Americans love beer. In 2018, we quaffed about 6.3 billion gallons of it in all, which works out to an average of roughly 26.2 gallons per adult of drinking age (not that adults of drinking age are the only ones consuming it, of course). The overwhelming majority of what we consume is mass-produced, most of it made by brands owned by one of two companies — Anheuser-Busch InBev or MillerCoors. More than 29 million barrels of the countrys single best-selling beer, Anheuser-Buschs Bud Light, were shipped in 2018. In addition to Bud Light, these are the biggest beer brands in America.
In contrast, the countrys estimated 7,500-plus craft breweries combined shipped only 25.9 million barrels. But while overall U.S. beer sales decreased 1% in 2018 over the previous year, craft brew sales grew by 4%.
Every year, the Brewers Association, a non-profit trade group representing more than 4,800 breweries, releases two lists of the top brewing companies in the U.S. (members of the Association and otherwise) according to the previous years sales volume. One list covers companies overall, including Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, while the other concentrates on craft breweries. That one is the basis for this list. (For an alternative ranking, based on social media engagement as opposed to sales, see the 35 most popular craft breweries in America.)