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The Best Breweries of 2021

The breweries that submitted the highest-scoring beers collectively in 2021. These brewers demonstrated mastery of their craft.


Each year, we acknowledge the breweries that collectively produced the highest-rated beers as evaluated in our Official Review. 2021’s top breweries were paragons of creativity and productivity, crafting styles ranging from thick, boozy and eminently flavorful barrel-aged imperial stouts to subtle and flawlessly executed lagers. Read on to discover 2021’s best breweries!

The Best Breweries of 2021 Medals

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.

If two or more breweries have the same number of world-class and exceptional beers, then the brewery with the highest point total wins.

In the event of a tie, a fourth reviewed beer is counted as a tiebreaker.

If a fourth beer was not reviewed, we look at the highest score total among the brewery’s two top-scoring beers.

Read on and raise a glass to this year’s winners!


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