The Brewers Association has released their ‘Top 50’ list for 2020, aka “the killer of business plans.”
As you can probably guess, any brewery in America that relied heavily on draft sales had an especially hard year.
New to the list this year, and now the second brewery in Georgia to break the Top 50 (craft in volume) is Athens, Georgia-based Creature Comforts Brewing Co. That’s possible thanks to a large scale production facility a few miles from their downtown location. That production boost, plus expanded distribution has pushed them into the 48th spot.
Another notable entry and re-entry to the Top 50 is Chicago area-based Kings and Convicts, which, after the acquisition of Ballast Point, puts Kings onto the list for the first time, and Ballast Point back into the Top 50. When Ballast Point was acquired by Constellation in 2015 for a whopping $1 billion dollars.
Overall in volume in the United States AB-InBev still leads in volume, followed by MolsonCoors and Constellation (Corona, Funky Buddha).
A media State of the Industry is scheduled by the Brewers Association for April 8th.
Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies