On April 2, Beer Advocate, the widely-used beer ranking and forum website, published a Top 50 ranking that was inspired by the Brewer’s Association’s recent overall brewery ranking which include majors like Anheuser Busch and “crafty” breweries like Goose Island.”
The emphasis of BeerAdvocate’s ranking is the most rated breweries of 2020, “not the highest rated or best breweries of the world based on their beers.”
This list is simply a compilation of breweries around the world that showed the most activity from BeerAdvocate users…so yes it references the “most popular” brewers, but don’t assume “popular” means the best.
The listing also reflects the regional makeup of users. BeerAdvocate was founded by the Todd and Jason in 1996. Todd still resides in the Boston area and this ranking skews more heavily towards US breweries in the Northeast.
It also interesting that only one brewery outside the US made this Top 50 list. And that brewery, Collective Arts, is in Hamilton, Canada, not that far from the US border.
The Top 50 Most-Rated Breweries on BeerAdvocate for 2020.
- Tree House Brewing Co., Charlton, Mass.
- Other Half Brewing Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.
- Trillium Brewing Co., Boston, Mass.
- Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
- Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Decorah, Iowa
- Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.
- Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Ill.
- New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
- Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, Okla.
- Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
- Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.
- Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, Vt.
- Modern Times Beer, San Diego, Calif.
- Equilibrium Brewery, Middletown, N.Y.
- 3 Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.
- Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, Calif.
- The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.
- Aslin Beer Co., Herndon, Va.
- Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo.
- Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, Lyons, Colo.
- Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
- Surly Brewing Co., Brooklyn Center, Minn.
- Phase Three Brewing, Lake Zurich, Ill.
- Anchorage Brewing Co., Anchorage, Alaska
- Anheuser-Busch, Saint Louis, Mo.
- Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, Calif.
- Fremont Brewing Co., Seattle, Wash.
- Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, Vt.
- Pipeworks Brewing Co., Chicago, Ill.
- Collective Arts Brewing, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Boston Beer Co., Jamaica Plain, Mass.
- Tröegs Brewing Co., Hershey, Pa.
- Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
- Revolution Brewing, Chicago, Ill.
- Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood, N.Y.
- Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, Maine
- Clown Shoes, Boston, Mass.
- Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.
- WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, Colo.
- Side Project Brewing, Maplewood, Mo.
- Untitled Art, Waunakee, Wis.
- Kane Brewing Co., Ocean, N.J.
- Tired Hands Brewing Co., Ardmore, Pa.
- Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.
- Hop Butcher For The World, Darien, Ill.
- SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens, N.Y.
- The Veil Brewing Co., Richmond, Va.