The COVID-19 pandemic market impactAccording 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 an all-time high in 2020, with 8,764 craft breweries throughout the country. In that year, California boasted over 900 craft breweries, the most of any U.S. state.
In terms of production, craft beer volume amounted to about 23.1 million barrels in 2020, a reduction of roughly 3.2 million barrels compared to 2019 and the first decline ever. In terms of brands, Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium were the top three craft beer brands in the United States.