Market resiliencyAfter a significant decline in production in 2020, craft beer volume amounted to about 24.8 million barrels in 2021, not quite pre-pandemic levels but well on the way. In terms of brands, Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium were the top three craft beer brands in the United States.
According to the Brewers Association, the nation's largest craft brew trade organization, an American craft brewer is "small, independent and traditional". Despite the pandemic, the number of operating craft breweries reached all-time highs in 2020 and 2021, with 9,118 craft breweries throughout the country. In that year, California boasted over 900 craft breweries, the most of any U.S. state.