The Most Popular Breweries in the U.S.
and in Each State

By David Cusick
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The craft beer industry in the U.S. has been a fast-growing industry for years. It seems like a new brewery is opening every time you look as the industry brought in over $27.6 billion in 2018 alone. But what are the most popular breweries in the U.S.?

We wanted to find out the answer to that question. Our team of researchers pulled the data on every craft brewery in U.S. looking at four factors to determine the most popular: number of Facebook followers, number of Instagram followers, Yelp score, and number of Yelp reviews. After analyzing the data, we found the top 150 most popular breweries in the U.S. as well as the most popular in each state.

Read on to see our full findings and methodology.  

The Top 150 Most Popular Breweries in the U.S.

Coming in at the top spot is New Belgium Brewing Co. Founded in 1991 in Colorado, the craft brewing company is now not only nationally distributed, but also one of the largest craft breweries in the country. Two of their signature beers are Fat Tire and the Voodoo Ranger IPA. The second most popular brewery is the Boston Beer Company. The brewery was founded in 1984 and their signature beer is the Samuel Adams lager. In 2012 the company launched Angry Orchard brand, a hard cider.

Rounding out the top five are Goose Island Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. All three are pioneers of the craft brewery industry, helping grow craft beer not only in their respective states, but throughout the U.S. as well. 

While only one brewery could claim the top spot, just being in the top 150 is no small feat. Our study analyzed the data on over 2,200 breweries across the country and the above are the head of the glass. 

Most Popular Brewery in Each State

In addition to comparing breweries across the country, we wanted to see which brewery was the most popular in each state. For this portion of the study, we only compared data on breweries within their respective state. 

The map above shows which brewery is the most popular in each state–which one took the top spot. 

The Top 5 Most Popular Breweries in Each State

Click on a state to see the top five breweries

AlaskaHawaiiAlabamaArkansasArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaIowaIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMassachusettsMarylandMaineMichiganMinnesotaMissouriMississippiMontanaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraskaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNevadaNew YorkOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaVermontWashingtonWisconsinWest VirginiaWyomingDistrict of Columbia
Alabama

1. Avondale Brewing Co.
2. Good People Brewing Co.
3. Trim Tab Brewing
4. Cahaba Brewing Co.
5. Fairhope Brewing Co.

Alaska

1. Alaskan Brewing Co.
2. Anchorage Brewing Co.
3. Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4. HooDoo Brewing Co.
5. Broken Tooth Brewing Co.

Arizona

1. Four Peaks Brewery & Taproom
2. Four Peaks Brewing Co.
3. Wren House Brewing Co.
4. Sleepy Dog Brewing Co.
5. SanTan Brewing Co.

Arkansas

1. Lost Forty Brewing
2. Ozark Beer Co.
3. Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
4. Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
5. Bike Rack Brewing Co.

California

1. Lagunitas Brewing Co.
2. Anchor Brewing Co.
3. Ballast Point Brewing Co.
4. Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
5. Green Flash Brewing Co

Colorado

1. New Belgium Brewing Co.
2. Great Divide Brewing Co.
3. Left Hand Brewing Co.
4. Odell Brewing Co.
5. Oskar Blues Brewery

Connecticut

1. Two Roads Brewing Co.
2. Stony Creek Brewery
3. New England Brewing Co.
4. Fox Farm Brewery
5. Thimble Island Brewery

Delaware

1. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
2. Blue Earl Brewing Co.
3. Mispillion River Brewing
4. Fordham & Old Dominion Brewing Co.
5. Twin Lakes Brewing Co.

Florida

1. Cigar City Brewing
2. Funky Buddha Brewery
3. D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc.
4. Saltwater Brewery
5. J Wakefield Brewing

Georgia

1. SweetWater Brewing Co.
2. Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
3. Monday Night Brewing
4. Wild Leap Brewing Co.
5. Reformation Brewery

Hawaii

1. Maui Brewing Co.
2. Kohola Brewery
3. Ola Brew Co.
4. Olomana Brewing Co.
5. Waikiki Brewing Co.

Idaho

1. Crooked Fence Brewing
2. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
3. Jim Dandy Brewing
4. County Line Brewing
5. Grand Teton Brewing

Illinois

1. Goose Island Beer Co.
2. Lagunitas Brewing Co.
3. Printer's Row Brewing
4. Revolution Brewing
5. Half Acre Beer Co.

Indiana

1. Three Floyds Brewing Co.
2. Sun King Brewing
3. Upland Brewing Co.
4. Cedar Creek Brewing Co.
5. Metazoa Brewing Co.

Iowa

1. Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.
2. Exile Brewing
3. Front Street Brewery
4. Confluence Brewing Co.
5. Iowa Brewing

Kansas

1. Free State Brewing Co.
2. Defiance Brewing Co.
3. Aero Plains Brewing
4. Drop the H Brewing Co.
5. Three Rings Brewery

Kentucky

1. West Sixth Brewing Co.
2. Braxton Brewing Co.
3. Against the Grain Brewery
4. Country Boy Brewing
5. Against the Grain

Louisiana

1. Abita Brewing Co.
2. NOLA Brewing
3. Urban South Brewery
4. Port Orleans Brewing Co.
5. Parish Brewing Co.

Maine

1. Allagash Brewing Co.
2. Bissell Brothers Brewing
3. Maine Beer Co.
4. Side By Each Brewing Co.
5. Lone Pine Brewing Co.

Maryland

1. Flying Dog Brewery
2. Fin City Brewing
3. Burley Oak Craft Brewery
4. Heavy Seas Beer
5. Union Craft Brewing

Massachusetts

1. Boston Beer Co.
2. Harpoon Brewery
3. Tree House Brewery
4. Vitamin Sea Brewing
5. Spencer Brewery

Michigan

1. Bell's Brewery, Inc.
2. New Holland Brewing Co.
3. Short's Brewing Co.
4. The Mitten Brewing Co.
5. Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Minnesota

1. Surly Brewing Co.
2. August Schell Brewing Co.
3. Fair State Brewing Cooperative
4. Dangerous Man Brewing Co.
5. Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Mississippi

1. Chandeleur Island Brewing Co.
2. Natchez Brewing Co.
3. Southern Prohibition Brewing
4. Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co.
5. 1817 Brewery

Missouri

1. Boulevard Brewing Co.
2. Schlafly Bottleworks
3. 4 Hands Brewing Co.
4. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.
5. Mother's Brewing Co.

Montana

1. Big Sky Brewing Co.
2. Lewis & Clark Brewing Co.
3. Tamarack Brewing Co.
4. Draught Works Brewing
5. Great Northern Brewing Co.

Nebraska

1. Infusion Brewing Co.
2. Brickway Brewery & Distillery
3. Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
4. Kinkaider Brewing Co.
5. Kros Strain Brewing Co.

Nevada

1. Revision Brewing Co.
2. CraftHaus Brewery
3. Bad Beat Brewing
4. Hop Nuts Brewing
5. Lead Dog Brewing

New Hampshire

1. University Of New Hampshire Brewery
2. The Outlaw Brewing Co.
3. Smuttynose Brewing Co.
4. Deciduous Brewing Co.
5. 1766 Brewing Co.

New Jersey

1. Cape May Brewery
2. Kane Brewing
3. Carton Brewing Co.
4. Jersey Girl Brewing Co.
5. Magnify Brewing Co.

New Mexico

1. Marble Brewery
2. La Cumbre Brewing Co.
3. Bow and Arrow Brewing Co.
4. Santa Fe Brewing Co.
5. Sierra Blanca Brewing Co.

New York

1. Brooklyn Brewery
2. Brewery Ommegang
3. Southern Tier Brewing Co.
4. Sixpoint Brewery
5. Great Flats Brewing

North Carolina

1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
2. Wicked Weed Brewing
3. Oskar Blues Brewery
4. Green Man Brewing Co.
5. Burial Beer Co.

North Dakota

1. Drekker Brewing Co.
2. Fargo Brewing Co.
3. Bird Dog Brewing
4. Kilstone Brewing
5. Black Leg Brewery

Ohio

1. Rhinegeist Brewery
2. MadTree Brewing
3. Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4. Platform Beer Co.
5. Land-Grant Brewing Co.

Oklahoma

1. Prairie Artisan Ales
2. Anthem Brewing Co.
3. Stonecloud Brewing Co.
4. COOP Ale Works
5. Twisted Spike Brewing Co.

Oregon

1. Rogue Ales Brewery
2. Deschutes Brewery
3. Claim 52 Brewing
4. Chatoe Rogue Farmstead Brewery
5. Binary Brewing Co.

Pennsylvania

1. Troegs Brewing Co.
2. Victory Brewing Co.
3. Yards Brewing Co.
4. Goose Island Beer Co.
5. Rubber Soul Brewing Co.

Rhode Island

1. Whalers Brewing Co.
2. Proclamation Ale Co.
3. Foolproof Brewing Co.
4. Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co.
5. Ragged Island Brewing Co.

South Carolina

1. Holy City Brewing
2. Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
3. Revelry Brewing Co.
4. Palmetto Brewing Co.
5. Thomas Creek Brewery

South Dakota

1. Crow Peak Brewing Co.
2. Hay Camp Brewing Co.
3. Fernson Brewing Co.
4. Dakota Territory Brewing
5. Spearfish Brewing Co.

Tennessee

1. Yazoo Brewing Co.
2. Bearded Iris Brewing
3. Wiseacre Brewing Co.
4. Tennessee Brew Works
5. Blackberry Farm Brewery

Texas

1. Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
2. Karbach Brewing Co.
3. Spoetzl Brewery
4. Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
5. 8th Wonder Brewery

Utah

1. Uinta Brewing Co
2. Epic Brewing Co.
3. Red Rock Brewing Co.
4. Salt Lake Brewing Co.
5. Fisher Brewing Co.

Vermont

1. The Alchemist
2. Hill Farmstead Brewery
3. Harpoon Brewery
4. Green Empire Brewing
5. Foam Brewers

Virginia

1. The Veil Brewing Co.
2. Ballast Point Brewing Co.
3. Port City Brewing Co.
4. Blue Mountain Brewery
5. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Washington

1. Elysian Brewing Co.
2. Fremont Brewing Co.
3. Reuben's Brews
4. Backwoods Brewing Co.
5. Georgetown Brewing Co.

West Virginia

1. Big Timber Brewing
2. Mountain State Brewing Co.
3. Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co.
4. Bridge Brew Works
5. High Ground Brewing

Wisconsin

1. New Glarus Brewing Co.
2. Milwaukee Brewing Co.
3. Good City Brewing Co.
4. Potosi Brewing Co.
5. Central Waters Brewing Co.

Wyoming

1. Melvin Brewing Co.
2. Snake River Brewing Co.
3. Ten Sleep Brewing Co.
4. Black Tooth Brewing Co.
5. Gruner Brothers Brewing

Craft beer is as big as it’s ever been in the U.S. with no real signs of slowing down. Breweries have not only become places to grab a pint, but also to grab some food, hang out with friends, and maybe even bring your family (and dog). Our study found the most popular breweries throughout the U.S. and in each state. These breweries are beloved by many both nationally and regionally and have made significant impacts on the brewing scene. Cheers!

Methodology

Our study analyzed every craft brewery in the U.S. on four factors: number of Facebook followers, number of Instagram followers, number of Yelp reviews, and the average Yelp rating. We compared the data for those factors against the other breweries using a weighted scale with a total potential score of 50. 

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