Meet the top 10 brewing companies in the United States
The thirst for beers seems unquenchable, with the global beer market forecast to reach a value of $750bn by 2022, according to Zion Market Research. At FDF World, we explore the top brewing companies in the US according to the Brewing Association, ranked by volume of beer produced in 2017
10 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Describing itself as one of “America’s longest-running craft startups,” Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is now one of the top overall brewing companies in the US, according to data from the Brewing Association. The firm was founded by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi in 1979. Headquartered in Chico, California, the firm produces several craft beers including its flagship, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Additionally, the US brewer has also embarked on several initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. In 2016, its Mills River brewery made history when it became the first production brewery in the US to receive LEED Platinum certification and in 2013 its Chico brewery was certified as a zero-waste facility.
9 | Boston Brewing Company
Founded by Jim Koch in 1984, the Boston Beer Company stands as one of the top brewing companies in the US. The company brews more than 60 styles of Samuel Adams beer and it also produces iced teas under its Twisted Tea brand and ciders under its Angry Orchard brand. In February 2018, the brewer announced that it had chosen Dave Brunswick to succeed Martin Roper as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Boston Brewing Company sold around 3.8mn barrels of its products in the 2017 fiscal year.
8 | Diageo
Diageo may be the world’s largest producer of spirits but it is also one of the largest brewing companies in America. The firm produces a range of leading beer brands including Guinness, Harp Larger, and Smithwick’s. The firm employs approximately 32,000 people across its global business and makes 45% of its profits in the US. Founded in 1997, the firm’s 150 brands are now sold in more than 180 countries. This year, Diageo unveiled a new $90mn Guinness brewery outside of Baltimore, Maryland, representing the first Guinness brewing operation on US soil in more than 60 years.
7 | North America Breweries
Headquartered in Rochester, New York, North American Breweries has also been named as one of the leading brewers in the US. The company’s portfolio includes the Genesee Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Pyramid Brewing Company, Portland Brewing Company and Seagram’s Escape. On top of this, the firm also owns exclusive rights to import and market the Labatt family of brands and the Imperial brand of beer in the US.
6 | D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
Founded in 1829, D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest operating brewing company in the US. The family-owned company is also the largest independent craft brewer in the country, producing more than 2mn barrels of beer annually, according to Business Insider. Yuengling has breweries in Pottsville and Port Carbon in Pennsylvania and a brewery in Tampa Florida.
5 | Pabst Brewing Company
With over 30 beers in its portfolio, Brewing Association has also named Pabst Brewing Company as one of the top brewing companies in the US according to the volume of beer the firm produced last year. The brewing company was established in 1844 and sells beer brands including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Style, Lone Star, Old Milwaukee, Schiltz, and Colt 45. In September, Simon Thorpe stepped down as CEO of the brewer.
4 | Heineken
With its US headquarters located in White Plains, New York, Heineken is one of the leading brewing firms in the US today. Championing a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders, Heineken USA touts itself as the “leading importer of upscale beers in the US”. In 1933, the brewer was the first imported beer to re-enter the US market after Prohibition. In June, Heineken USA announced that it had appointed Maggie Timoney as its new CEO.
3 | Constellation Brands
The Brewing Association has named Constellation Brands as the third largest brewing company in the US, ranked by volume of beer produced last year. A Fortune 500 company, the brewer boasts brands including Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, and Pacifico. Constellation Brands reported that net sales of its beer brands increased 10.1% to about $4.7bn in its fiscal-year 2018 earnings, according to Brewbound.
2 | MillerCoors
Today, MillerCoors in the second largest brewing company in the US, according to Brewing Association data. It’s parent group, Molson Coors, acquired full ownership of MillerCoors for $12bn in 2016 and now acts as the firm’s US business unit. Headed up by Chief Executive Officer Gavin Hattersley, Miller Coors’ portfolio includes beers such as Coors Light, Miller High Life and Blue Moon.
1 | Anheuser-Busch InBev
Topping the leaderboard, the Brewing Association has revealed that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) produced the most volume of beer in the US last year. The Belgian brewer says it controls 46% of the entire industry’s US sales and it is also hailed as the largest brewer in the world. Today, AB InBev has over 500 beer brands including global brands Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; multi-country brands like Leffe and Beck’s; and local brands like Antarctica and Skol. Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has committed to a series of 2025 Sustainability Goals in smart agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging and climate action.