On Monday, February 17, consumer review website RateBeer released the final results of its annual rankings of the best brewers, beers, and beer destinations around the globe.
“The Best Brewers in the World” are indeed international in scope, yet among the top 10 for 2019, all but one are located in the U.S. Additionally, more than half of them featured in VinePair’s 35 Most Important Breweries of the 2010s.
The ranking is based on aggregate reviews from RateBeer’s “global community” of millions of beer enthusiasts, and is based on “performance mostly of the last year,” according to RateBeer.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 breweries of 2019, according to RateBeer:
10. Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, Calif.)
Though this award-winning brewery was acquired by the respected, family-owned Belgian brewery Duvel-Moortgat in 2015, it retains its craft status and continues to turn out show-stopping IPAs, a regionally successful blonde ale, and innovative drinks like Rosalie, its beer-rosé hybrid.
9. Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (Capitola, Calif.)
8. Cloudwater Brew Co. (Manchester, Greater Manchester, England)
The lone non-U.S. brewery to make the top 10, Cloudwater has been brewing in Manchester, UK since 2015.
7. Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Despite its seriously damaged reputation following a racial discrimination lawsuit and allegations of homophobia in recent years, Founders still holds on as a top brewery. Now that its Detroit taproom has reopened to the public under new management, time will tell if Founders can regain the trust and respect of the beer community.
6. AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, Calif.)
Earning the number one slot on RateBeer’s list in 2006, AleSmith has been a staple of the San Diego brewing scene since 1995. In a show of hometown pride, their brewery includes a museum dedicated to Padres right fielder and Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, whose batting average inspired their .394 Pale Ale.
5. Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Fla.)
Named the best craft brewery in Florida by VinePair in 2015, Cigar City is also one of the fastest-growing top craft breweries in the country, thanks in part to the popularity of its Jai Alai IPA.
4. Tree House Brewing Company (Charlton, Mass.)
To taste the beers from this coveted brand partly responsible for the
New England IPA, plan a trip to this Massachusetts brewery — it doesn’t distribute. Sure, you’ll probably have to wait hours in line to try their latest offerings, but you can grab some of their house-roasted coffee to help pass the time.
3.Trillium Brewing Company (Boston, Mass.)
Another major player in the New England IPA scene since its founding in 2013, Trillium’s Crown and Crate double IPA landed the number 10 slot on VinePair’s 50 Best Beers of 2019. The brewery earned its share of backlash after cutting wages at its taproom from $8 an hour to $5 in 2018, but luckily, it quickly reversed the decision.
2. Side Project Brewing (Maplewood, Mo.)
Known for its oak-aged and wine-inspired sours, saisons, and stouts, Side Project quite literally started as a side project while husband and wife team Cory and Karen King worked at St. Louis’s Perennial Artisan Ales.
1. Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, Vt.)
Hill Farmstead has topped RateBeer’s list for seven years running, which is even more impressive considering it only opened its doors in 2010.