Top Companies in the Craft Beer Industry

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Top Companies in the Craft Beer Industry

The global craft beer market size reached US$ 130.4 Billion in 2023. Craft beer is an alcoholic beverage produced in a non-mechanized way by a microbrewery. It is made from natural ingredients and is rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, and protein. It is made using a complex process of brewing that includes various steps compared to conventional beer. Consequently, it has a richer taste than the beer manufactured by large breweries. In recent years, craft beer has gained immense traction, especially among the young population, due to its higher alcohol by volume (ABV) content and lower cost.

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top craft beer companies are introducing unique flavors, such as spicy, honey-like, sweet and sour, and fruity, to meet consumer preferences and expand their product portfolio. They are also adopting go-green technology and innovative methods to produce craft beer while minimizing water wastage. In addition, various leading market players are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to strengthen their foothold in the market. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 293.4 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 9.2% during the forecast period (2024-2032).

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Top Companies Operating in the Global Craft Beer Market:

1. Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Establishment: 2008
Headquarters: Leuven, Belgium

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev, is a multinational drink and brewing company formed by the merger of American brewer Anheuser-Busch and Belgian-Brazilian brewer InBev. It offers a portfolio of 500 beer brands, which include Stella Artois, Corona, Beck’s, Hoegaarden, Leffe, and Michelob Ultra, and Aguila, Budweiser, Bud Light, Brahma, Cass, Castle, Castle Lite, Cristal, Antarctica, Harbin, Jupiler, Modelo Especial, Quilmes, Victoria, Sedrin, and Skol brands. 

2. Bell’s Brewery Inc.

Establishment: 1985
Headquarters: Michigan, the United States

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. is a craft brewing company with operations in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and Michigan. It owns various beer brands such as Oberon Ale, Hopslam Ale, and Two Hearted Ale. The company is the oldest existing craft brewery in Michigan and the 6th largest brewery in the United States. It was formerly known as the Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc. and changed its name in 2006 to reflect the name by which it was popularly known. 

3. Constellation Brands Inc.

Establishment: 1945
Headquarters:  New York, the United States

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, imports, produces, markets, and sells beer, wine, and spirits in the United States, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and Italy. It provides beer primarily under the Corona Premier, Corona Familiar, Corona Light, Corona Extra, Corona Refresca, Corona Hard Seltzer, and Victoria brands. The company also offers wine under Cook’s California Champagne, Mount Veeder, Ruffino, Robert Mondavi, My Favorite Neighbor, and Schrader, and spirits under the Copper & Kings, High West, Mi CAMPO, Casa Noble, Nelson’s Green Brier, and SVEDKA brands. Presently, Constellation provides its products to retailers, on-premise locations, wholesale distributors, and state alcohol beverage control agencies.

4. D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc.

Establishment: 1829
Headquarters: Pennsylvania, the United States

D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest operating brewing company in America. It primarily manufactured malt beverages, beer, and liquors such as traditional lagers, light lagers, black and tan, dark brewed porter, premium, and premium light.  At present, the company owns breweries in Pottsville, Mill Creek, and Tampa. 

5. Diageo Plc

Establishment: 1997
Headquarters: England, the United Kingdom 

Diageo plc produces and sells alcoholic beverages such as scotch, whisky, gin, vodka, rum, ready-to-drink products, raki, liqueur, wine, tequila, American whiskey, brandy, and beer. It provides its products under the Crown Royal, Bulleit, and Buchanan’s whiskies, Tanqueray, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, and Guinness brands. Currently, the company operates in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, North America, and internationally.

6. Duvel Moortgat

Establishment: 1871
Headquarters: Breendonk, Belgium

Duvel Moortgat is a Flemish family-controlled brewery that produces specialty beers under the brands Vedett, ’t IJ, La Chouffe, Duvel, De Koninck, Liefmans, and Maredsous. The company has grown from a local brewery to a global leader, with ten production sites in Belgium, the United States, and the Czech Republic. It also has several sales sites in China, France, and Spain.

7. Heineken NV

Establishment: 1864
Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Heineken N.V. is engaged in the brewing and selling of beer, cider, soft drinks, and water. It offers its beers under the Amstel, Affligem, Desperados, Sol, Tiger, Heineken, Birra Moretti, Lagunitas, Mort Subite brands, and various other regional and local brands. The company is a subsidiary of Heineken Holding N.V. and offers its products to retailers, bars, pubs, hotels, and restaurants across Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. 

8. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

Establishment: 1907
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

Kirin Holding has been Kirin Brewery’s flagship brand and has been loved by customers in Japan and around the world for over 30 years. Lion, an Australian subsidiary of the Kirin beverage group of Japan, Acquired New Belgium Brewing Company Inc. Kirin Brewery’s SPRING VALLEY is a craft beer brand that carries on the spirit of the Spring Valley Brewery, which formed the cornerstone of the beer industry in Japan in 1870. Some of the other product portfolios of the company include Kirin Ichiban, Honkirin, Kirin Hyoketsu, Château Mercian, XXXX Bitter, James Squire and Four Roses.

9. Oskar Blues Brewery LLC

Establishment: 1997
Headquarters: Colorado, the United States 
Oskar Blues Brewery is a craft brewery with operations in Longmont, Colorado, Brevard, North Carolina, Austin, and Texas. The company began as a brewpub in Lyons and became one of the first to put their craft beer in cans. Afterward, Oskar Blues began marketing some of their craft beer in resealable aluminum containers, and in 2012, expanded and established another brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. 

10. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Establishment: 1980
Headquarters: California, the United States 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of the leading breweries in the United States. The company’s flagship products include pale ale, torpedo, dankful, and tropical torpedo. It also produces seasonal specialties, including powder day IPA, summer break IPA, liquid happiness IPA, and celebration hop IPA. In addition, it offers hard kombucha drinks in two flavors. Besides this, the brewery was named “Green Business of the Year” by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 for its practices in sustainability.

11. Lion Brewery Co.

Establishment:  2018
Headquarters: Singapore 

Lion Brewery Co. was founded by Harry, Ben and Will. After years spent homebrewing in hot Singapore kitchens, they started making flavourful and sessionable beers, tailored to the Southeast Asian climate, using only natural ingredients. The company now has six core range beers, three Flagships and three as part of its Brewer’s Series. It has brewed over 60 different seasonal varieties and continues in the craft beer tradition of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. Moreover, Lion Brewery Co is now available in five markets, namely Singapore, Indonesia, the UK, Hong Kong, and Cambodia.

12. The Boston Beer Company Inc.

Establishment: 1984
Headquarters: Massachusetts, the United States 

The Boston Beer Company, Inc. produces and sells alcoholic beverages in the United States. The company’s flagship product is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. It also offers various beers, hard ciders, and hard seltzers under the Twisted Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Angry Orchard, Samuel Adams, Angel City, Coney Island, Dogfish Head, and Concrete Beach brands names. The company sells its products to a network of 400 wholesalers in the United States and importers or other agencies such as grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, bars, club stores, restaurants, stadiums, and other retail outlets.

About Author:

Aditi Kumar 

Senior Content Writer at IMARC Services Private Limited  

Aditi is a content writer and editor at IMARC Services Private Limited with over two years of experience in market research, covering diverse sectors from information technology to healthcare, automotive, oil and gas, food and beverage, and electronics. She actively works on numerous predictive and exploratory research projects and has hands-on experience analyzing and writing about macro and micro markets. Besides writing, Aditi loves baking and reading novels.


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