Annual Craft Brewing Industry Production Report

Boulder, Colo. – Brewers Association (BA) – Small and Independent Business Association1 American Craftsmen-Today has released the annual production figures for the American Craft Brewery industry.2 By 2021, small and independent breweries will jointly produce 24.8 million barrels of beer, a growth of 8%.3The overall beer market share of handicrafts increased to 13.1% from 12.2% in the previous year.

The overall beer market * grew by 1% in 2021. The retail dollar is valued at $ 26.9 billion, representing 26.8% market share and 21% growth by 2020. This growth is stronger than the level primarily due to the change of channel- campus, which has a higher average retail value. Craft manufacturers provided 172,643 direct jobs, an increase of 25% from 2020.

“Craft Brewer sales are set to grow again in 2021, boosted by draft and liquor traffic,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Browers Association. “However, business models and geographically mixed performance and still lagging production levels in 2019 suggest that many breweries are in recovery mode. Add to that the continuing supply chain and pricing challenges, and 2022 will be an important year for many liquor manufacturers.

The number of Kraft distilleries operating in 2021 continued to rise to 9,118, including 1,886 micro breweries, 3,307 breweries, 3,702 dayroom breweries and 223 regional craft breweries. The total number of distilleries was 9,247, up from 9,025 in 2020. Throughout the year, there were 646 new liquor store openings and 178 closures. For the second year in a row, openings are down, and the continued decline represents a more mature market. Continuing epidemic challenges and rising interest rates were additional factors. The final rate is also set to fall in 2021, with better sales numbers and additional government relief through the Restaurant Revival Fund, which has been available to some Proof and Dayroom liquor manufacturers.

“While the boom in distilleries has certainly slowed down a few years ago, the continued growth of smaller breweries shows a solid foundation for the demand for their businesses and beers,” Watson said.

In addition, the Brewers Association also publishes an annual list of the top 50 manufacturing craft breweries and overall breweries in the United States, based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 total breweries by 2021, 40 are small and independent craft breweries.4

View and download a map of the top 50 manufacturing craft brewing companies

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Ranking Company City Condition
1 Digi Yuenling and Sun Inc Potsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co. Boston, Milton Done
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chicco That
4 Duvel Moortgat USA Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown CA, MO, NY
5 Cambrinus Berkeley, Shiner CA, TX
6 Bells Brewery, Inc. Comstock ME
7 Government Longmond, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, TX
8 Artisan brewing efforts Downtown, Lockwood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
9 Stone distillation Escondido That
10 Sweet Water Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
11 Deschutes Liquor Curve Or
12 New Clarus Broving Co. New Clarus WI
13 Brooklyn Bar Brooklyn New
14 Mad Browing Co. Utika New
15 Gordon Pearsh Brewing Co. San Jose That
16 Abhita Browing Co. Covington The
17 My craft distillery Monroe WI
18 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
19 Great Lakes Brewing Company Cleveland Oh
20 Hotel Broving Co. Ford Collins CO
21 Harpoon Brewery Boston M.A.
22 Summit Broving Co. St. Paul M.N.
23 Alakash Brewing Company Portland ME
24 Trox Broving Co. Hershey PA
25 Georgetown Broing Co. In Seattle WA
26 Boiling three Floyds Munster IN
27 Athletic Brewing Company Stratford C.D.
28 Rhenizist alcohol Cincinnati Oh
29 Kona Broing Co. Kailua-Kona Hello
30 August Shell Brewing Company New Ulm M.N.
31 Alaskan Brooking Co. Juno IF
32 Narganset Broking Co. Pawtucket RI
33 Rogue Ales Liquor Newport Or
34 Kings & Convict’s Brewing / Ballast Point San Diego That
35 Flying dog liquor Frederick M.D.
36 Long Trail Broving Co. Bridge water corners VT
37 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka That
38 Revolution brewing Chicago The
39 Shirley Brewing Company Minneapolis M.N.
40 Ninkashi Broking Co. Eugene Or
41 Creature Comforts Broking Co. Athens GA
42 21st Amendment distillery Bay area That
43 Maui Broing Co. Kihoi Hello
44 St. Arnold Browing Co. Houston TX
45 Scofflaw Brewing Co Atlanta GA
46 Shipyard Brooking Co. Portland ME
47 Left-handed brewing company Longmond CO
48 Modern Times Drinks San Diego That
49 Fiddlehead brewing Shelburn VT
50 North Coast Browning Co Inc. Ford Brock That

Top 50 Overall Liquor Making Companies

Ranking Company City Condition
1 Anheuser-Busch Inc (a) St. Louis MO
2 Molson Coors (B) Chicago The
3 Galaxy (c) Chicago The
4 Heineken United States (d) White Plain New
5 BABST BROWNING CO (E) Angels That
6 Diageo (F) Norwalk C.D.
7 Digi Yuenling and Sun Inc Potsville PA
8 FIFCO USA (g) Rochester New
9 Boston Beer Co (h) Boston, Milton Done
10 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chicco That
11 New Belgium Brewing Co / Green (i) Fort Collins, San Francisco CO, CA
12 Duvel Moortgat USA (j) Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown CA, MO, NY
13 Founders Browning / Maha Chan Miguel (Q) Grand Rapids, Boulder MI, CO
14 Cambrinus (L) Berkeley, Shiner CA, TX
15 Bell’s Brewery, Inc (m) Comstock ME
16 CANarchy (n) Longmond, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, TX
17 Artisan brewing efforts (o) Downtown, Lockwood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
18 Stone distillation Escondido That
19 Sweet Water Brewing Co (b) Atlanta GA
20 Deschutes Liquor Curve Or
21 New Clarus Broving Co. New Clarus WI
22 Brooklyn Bar Brooklyn New
23 Matt Brewing Co (q) Utika New
24 Gordon Pearsh Brewing Co. San Jose That
25 Abhita Browing Co. Covington The
26 Minhas Craft Brewery (R) Monroe WI
27 Stevens Point Brewery (s) Stevens Point WI
28 Great Lakes Brewing Company Cleveland Oh
29 Hotel Broving Co. Ford Collins CO
30 Harpoon Brewery Boston M.A.
31 Summit Broving Co. St. Paul M.N.
32 Alakash Brewing Company Portland ME
33 Trox Broving Co. Hershey PA
34 Georgetown Broing Co. In Seattle WA
35 Three Floats Browning (D) Munster IN
36 Athletic Brewing Company Stratford C.D.
37 Rhenizist alcohol Cincinnati Oh
38 Kona Broing Co. Kailua-Kona Hello
39 August Shell Brewing Company (u) New Ulm M.N.
40 Alaskan Brooking Co. Juno IF
41 Narganset Broking Co. Pawtucket RI
42 Rogue Ales Liquor Newport Or
43 Kings & Convict’s Brewing / Ballast Point San Diego That
44 Flying dog liquor Frederick M.D.
45 Long Trail Broving Co. Bridge water corners VT
46 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka That
47 Anchor Browing Co / Sapporo USA (V) Daridown, San Francisco NY, CA
48 Revolution brewing Chicago The
49 Shirley Brewing Company Minneapolis M.N.
50 Ninkashi Broking Co. Eugene Or

Note: Numbers initial. For additional insights by Bart Watson, visit the Intelligence and Analysis website at Browers Association. The full 2021 industry analysis will be published in the May / June 2022 issue New BrewerHighlighting regional trends and production of individual distilleries.

* FMBs / FSBs are not included. Along with them, total taxable beer products increased by 2%.

1 An American Kraft Brewer is a small and independent brewer. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (about 3% of annual U.S. sales). Beer is produced by the rules of alternative ownership. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft liquor manufacturer is owned or controlled by a member of the liquor industry (or equivalent economic interest). Brewer: TTB Brewer has notice and makes beer.

2 Complete statistics reflect the dynamic Kraft Brower data specified by the Kraft Brower definition. Growth numbers are given on a comparable basis. See full instructions.

3 The size of the craft brewers represents the total taxable output.

4 Image based on companies that have fulfilled the Kraft Brewer definition for the whole or part of 2021.

See the list of brands included under Companies in the Overall Browsing category

contact: McWeldon (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 970.963.4873 x212


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