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Top Beer Companies in the World

The global beer market reached a value of US$ 623.2 Billion in 2020. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to exhibit stable growth during (2021-2026). Beer is an alcoholic beverage made from yeast, hops and malted cereal grains. As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the leading brewery companies are nowadays introducing new beer variants to expand their consumer base. These innovations are directed towards new flavors, types, production styles, and varying alcoholic content. The brewers are also using high-quality ingredients and special brewing techniques to produce superior products.

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Top beer companies 2021

IMARC Group offers a list of the top 13 largest beer companies and beer brands in the World 2021. They are as follows:

Asahi Group Holdings Ltd.

Establishment: 1889

Headquarter: Tokyo, Japan


Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. sells and manufactures alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and food products in Japan and internationally. It operates through four segments, namely alcohol beverages, soft drinks, food, and overseas. The company offers alcoholic beverage products, including imported beers, non-alcohol beer taste beverages, wines, shochu and whiskey products, ready-to-drink beverages, happoshu products, and spirits. It also provides soft drink beverages, such as ciders, carbonated soda water beverages, coffee, tea, lactic acid drinks, mineral waters, sports drinks, and fruit juices. In addition, the company offers food products comprising confectioneries, supplements, yeast extracts, baby foods, and freeze-dried foods, like pasta, miso, soups and curries.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV/SA (AB InBev)

Establishment: 2008

Headquarter: Leuven, Belgium


Anheuser-Busch InBev NV/SA (AB InBev) is primarily involved in the production, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages that include beer, rum, malt beverages and soft drinks worldwide. It markets and sells these products under various international and local brands, such as Budweiser, Aguila, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Skol, Bud Light, Victoria, Harbin, Sibirskaya, Corona, Brahma, Antarctica and Quilmes. Recently, Natural Light, a reduced-calorie light beer brand by the American brewing company Anheuser-Busch, has launched Naturdays, a strawberry lemonade-flavored beer. The company also holds exclusive rights to bottle, sell and distribute certain PepsiCo brands in Brazil, including Pepsi-Cola, Gatorade, H2OH!, and Lipton Ice Tea. Moreover, AB InBev conducts business operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

Beijing Yanjing Brewery Company Limited

Establishment: 1980

Headquarter: Beijing, China


Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co., Ltd. was formerly known as Shunyi County Brewery and changed its name in March 1984. The company primarily engages in the production and sale of beer in China. It also offers refreshing, fresh, draft, and white beers, wine or liqueur, mineral water, raw materials of beer, feedstuff, yeast powder, and plastic boxes.

Carlsberg Group

Establishment: 1847

Headquarter: Copenhagen, Denmark


Carlsberg A/S provides craft and specialty and non-alcoholic beers; and soft drinks primarily under the Carlsberg, Baltika, Tuborg, Birell, Ringnes, and other local brand names. Carlsberg A/S produces and sells beer and other beverage products in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia. It also exports its products to approximately 100 countries worldwide.

Diageo plc

Establishment: 1886

Headquarter: London, the United Kingdom


Diageo plc, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and sells alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic products worldwide. The company offers a collection of brands across spirits, beer, cider, and wine categories. Its brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's and Windsor whiskeys, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Bundaberg, McDowell’s No. 1, Black & White, Shui Jing Fang, Grand Old Parr, Ypióca, Lagavulin, Cîroc, Bulleit Bourbon, Ron Zacapa Centenario XO, The Singleton of Glen Ord, Casamigos, Talisker, Tanqueray, and Guinness.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.

Establishment: 1995

Headquarter: Milton, Delaware


Dogfish Head Brewery is a brewing company founded by Sam Calagione. It produces 262,000 barrels of beer annually. The company has been a rapidly growing brewery – it grew nearly 400% between 2003 and 2006. The first successful beer that Dogfish Head produced was Midas Touch, which was brewed with honey, white Muscat grapes, and saffron. Although it started by only selling beer in the state of Delaware, it became one of the most profitable microbreweries in the United States. Dogfish Head's best-selling product is its line of India Pale Ales (IPAs), which are offered in seven varieties. On May 9, 2019, the company was acquired by Boston Beer Company in a deal worth US$ 300 Million.

Heineken N.V.

Establishment: 1864

Headquarter: Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Heineken N.V. is a subsidiary of Heineken Holding N.V., which engages in brewing and selling beer and cider. The company operates in Africa, the Middle East & Eastern Europe; the Americas; Asia Pacific; and Other European countries. It offers beer, cider, soft drinks, and other beverages. It provides its beers under the Heineken, Amstel, Desperados, Sol, Tiger, Tecate, Red Stripe, Krušovice, Birra Morett, Affligem, Lagunitas, and Mort Subite brands, as well as under various other regional and local brands; and cider under the Strongbow Apple Ciders, Orchard Thieves, Stassen, Bulmers, Old Mout, and Blind Pig brands. It offers its products to retailers, bars, and restaurants through distributors.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Establishment: 1979

Headquarter: California, United States


Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. They expanded their homebrewing hobby into a brewery in Chico, California. By 1987, the brewery was distributing to seven states and production had reached 12,000 US beer barrels (14,000 hl) per year, causing the company to pursue building a new brewery. In 1988, the brewery moved into a 100-barrel brewhouse, with four open fermenters, and eleven 200 US bbl (230 hl) secondary fermenters. A year later, Grossman and Camusi added the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner and includes a gift shop. They currently offer more than 25 varieties of beer.

Groupo Modelo

Establishment: 1922

Headquarter: Mexican City, Mexico


Grupo Modelo wears the Corona as the King of Beers. The brewer commands more than 60% of the Mexican beer market. It’s half dozen-plus domestic breweries produce and distribute 13 brands, including Corona Extra, the best-selling Mexican beer in the world, Modelo Especial, Pacifico, and Victoria. The group is present in almost 180 countries; however, the US is Modelo's largest export market. It imports Anheuser-Busch InBev's (AB InBev) suds in Mexico, as well as China's Tsingtao and Denmark's Carlsberg. Modelo also operates a chain of about 960 convenience stores under the Extra and Modeloramas banners. In 2012, Grupo Model was acquired by AB InBev in a deal worth US$ 20 Billion.

United Breweries Holdings Limited or UB Group

Establishment: 1915

.0Headquarter: Bengaluru, India


United Breweries Limited manufactures and sells beer in India and internationally. It offers beer under the Kingfisher Premium, Kingfisher Strong, Kingfisher Ultra, Kingfisher Ultra Max, Kingfisher Storm, and Kingfisher Buzz, as well as Bullet, Cannon 10000, Kalyani Black Label, UB Export, Zingaro, and London Pilsner brand names. The company also licenses its brands; and provides contract manufacturing services.

Oettinger Brauerei Gmbh

Establishment: 1956

Headquarter: Bayern, Germany


The "Fürstliche Brauhaus zu Oettingen" (Prince's brewhouse at Oettingen) was bought by the Kollmar family in 1956 and renamed "Oettinger Brauerei GmbH." Oettinger Brauerei is a brewery group in Gotha, Mönchengladbach and Braunschweig. It has been Germany's best-selling beer brand between 2004 and 2013, with an annual output of 6.21 Million hectolitres (5,290,000 US bbl) in 2011. Oettinger sells large amounts of beer for the lowest possible price. It also bought the brewery producing "5.0 Original" beer in Braunschweig, a competitor in the same market segment. The company is rarely found on tap in pubs and bars as most of it is sold bottled in supermarkets.

Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd.

Establishment: 1885

Headquarter: Tokyo, Japan


Kirin Holdings Company, Limited sells and manufactures alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and pharmaceuticals and bio-chemicals in Japan and internationally. The company was formerly known as Kirin Brewery Company, Limited and changed its name to Kirin Holdings Company, Limited in July 2007. Its product portfolio includes beer, happo-shu, wine, whiskey, spirits, soft drinks, dairy products, fruit juices, and other products. It also produces and sells pharmaceutical products, biochemical products, and other products. In addition, the company engages in the livestock feed and theme park businesses; and management and operation of a chain of Kirin City beer pubs; manufacture and sale of amino acids and nucleic acids for pharmaceutical and industrial use bulk pharmaceuticals, as well as margarine, jams, and honey. Further, it is involved in the manufacture and sale of Coca-Cola products and other soft drinks, as well as sake; and manufacture and supply of Four Roses bourbon. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited has a strategic collaboration with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Onegevity Health for launching a testing system in Japan, as well as to develop nutritional products.

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Establishment: 1786

Headquarter: Denver, Colorado


Molson Coors Brewing Company was formerly known as Adolph Coors Company and changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing Company in February 2005. The company manufactures, markets and sells beer and other malt beverage products in the United States, Canada, Europe, and internationally. It also sells various products under the Blue Moon, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite, Hamm's, Icehouse, Keystone, Mickey's, Miller64, Miller High Life, Milwaukee's Best, Olde English, Steel Reserve, Grolsch, Hop Valley, Leinenkugel's, Peroni Nastro Azurro, Pilsner Urquell, Revolver, Saint Archer, Sol, Terrapin, Crispin, Smith & Forge, Arnold Palmer Spiked, Henry's Hard, Redd's, and Steel Reserve Alloy Series brands. It also offers various brands, such as Belgian Moon, Carling, Carling Black Label, Mad Jack, Molson Canadian, Molson Canadian 67, Molson Canadian Cider, Molson Dry, Molson Export, Old Style Pilsner, Rickard's, Brasseurs de Montréal, Creemore Springs, Granville Island, Le Trou du Diable, Amstel Light, Heineken, Murphy's, Newcastle, Strongbow cider, Desperados, Dos Equis, Moretti, and Tecate.