The beer world’s answer to Tripadvisor, Ratebeer, has just released its top 100 brewery ranking for 2020.
The ranking is based on 10 different weighted scales, which look at factors such as user reviews of the past year and top performing beers, but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s strength across a range of styles, and a few other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single method of processing.
While the vast majority of brewers are based in the US this year, Ratebeer’s top 10 has featured producers from around the world in the past, such as Mikkeller in Denmark and Sweden’s Omnipollo.
Joe Tucker, founder of RateBeer: “Our winners are big and small, urban and rural, highly specialised or brewing a myriad of styles. RateBeer Best judges them on equal footing, with many of our reviewers traveling extensively, so it’s not uncommon to see a brewery that some people see as their local gem recognised as a global best. In fact, most of our top 100 winners are smaller breweries.”
Keep scrolling to see which brewers are this year’s fan favourites.
10. Firestone Walker Brewing (California) — jumped up from 16th
Owned by Belgian brewer Duvel-Moortgat, Firestone Walker is California’s fourth-largest craft brewery and is known for producing hoppy ales with a transatlantic twist. The brewery was founded in 1996 by the heroically-named Adam Firestone, who sold it on to sold to Duvel Moortgat in 2015.