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The Best Breweries of 2020

The Best Breweries of 2020

The Beer Connoisseur's 2020 Breweries of the Year


Each year, we award the breweries that collectively produce the highest-rated beer of the year as evaluated in our Official Review. Though 2020 saw breweries worldwide grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, that didn’t stop them from producing terrific beers of the highest caliber in a variety of styles – including complex, ingredient-packed pastry stouts and a bevy of hazy, juicy IPAs. Read on to explore the best of the best in craft beer with our Best Breweries of 2020.

How We Award

We look at the top three highest-scoring beers (as rated by our judging panel) for each brewery in the calendar year.

We then consider how many of the three place into the 100 to 96: World Class category and the 95 to 91: Exceptional category. For example, a brewery with two World Class beers and one Exceptional would rate higher than a brewery with a single higher-scoring World Class beer and two Exceptional beers.

The brewery with the most World Class beers followed by the most Exceptional beers is awarded the Brewery of the Year.

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