Wednesday (January 31), the “connoisseur-focused beer site” RateBeer released their list of the world’s top 100 brewers.
Editors of West Coaster craft beer magazine pointed out on the publication’s website that according to the RateBeer, “the summarization is based on ten different weighted scales that place an emphasis on reviews of the past year and top performing beers but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s range of performance across styles, and other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single method of processing.”
RateBeer also won laurels for the longest sentence in a press release.
Eight local brewers made the list, including AleSmith at number four. Mikkeller San Diego’s parent organization, Copenhagen-based Mikkeller, ranked ninth.
AleSmith has been a constant on the list for years, making the cut of 100 in 2016, ranking second in 2015, and eighth in 2014. In 2013, AleSmith was dubbed the top United States brewer in a format divided by country.
Outside of this year’s top ten, the breweries were listed alphabetically: Abnormal, Alpine, Ballast Point (owner Constellation), Mikkeller SD, Modern Times, (the combo of ) Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey, and Stone Brewing.