The 10 best non-US breweries in 2020, according to Ratebeer’s users

The beer world’s answer to Tripadvisor, Ratebeer, released its latest top 100 brewery ranking last week.

Ratebeer, which was fully bought out by AB InBev in February 2019, is a “world site for craft beer enthusiasts and is dedicated to serving the entire craft beer community”, according to the company’s website. It allows beer fans the world over to upload photos of the beers they are drinking and review them, creating a user-generated database for appraising breweries and their beers.

The ranking is based on 10 different weighted scales, which look at factors such as user reviews of the past year and top performing beers, but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s strength across a range of styles, and a few other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single method of processing.

While Ratebeer insisted to the drinks business the ranking is compiled with due diligence to ensure there is a fair global representation, our readers rightly pointed out that all but one brewery in this year’s top 10 was based in the US. In fact, just 35 out of the top 100 this year are located elsewhere.

We thought it only fair to look at the best breweries that lie outside of the United States, from historic British powerhouses, to family-run lambic specialists in Belgium, as well as including their current ratings on rival review site Untappd.

Keep scrolling to see which breweries won over Ratebeer’s legions of fans

10. Fuller’s (owned by Asahi) – London, UK

Actual position: 32nd

Untappd rating: 3.49

Fuller’s, or, too give it its full name, Fuller, Smith & Turner plc, was established in 1845. Brewing has taken place at its historic south west London site since the late 1600s, with the Griffin Brewery itself acquiring both its name and emblem in 1816 when it was under the stewardship of brothers Douglas and Henry Thompson. Founding fathers John Bird Fuller, Henry Smith and John Turner gave their names to the business and descendants from the Fuller and Young families still work at the company, the Smith line having died out.

It was sold to Japanese drinks giant Asahi in January 2019 in a £250 million deal which included ownership of its flagship brand London Pride, the historic Griffin Brewery and Fuller’s entire brewing operation, in addition to its brands Cornish Orchards cider, Dark Star Brewing and Nectar Imports, wine wholesaling enterprise and drinks distribution network.

5 Responses to “The 10 best non-US breweries in 2020, according to Ratebeer’s users”

  1. Paul Barber says:

    Buxton won’t even be in the top 100 next year let alone top 10 UK. Sad to see such a huge decline of a once fantastic brewery, unless they get a new head brewer with experience and imagination they will be living of reputation, and that will only last until you have a couple of there current beers.

  2. Nick Bowman says:

    No NZ breweries, shame on you all

  3. Stuardo unimpressedio says:

    This list is nonsense, the amount of breweries around the world making astonishingly good beer and 9 of the 10 best are American breweries, lazy journalism. I agree That there are some progressive brewers in the US making great beers but this is all a bit one sided and biased. I would like to see the percentage of ratebeers users by country that would tell a lot I feel

  4. steven says:

    What about Scotland’s oldest working brewery … Belhaven. Found in Dunbar, right by the beautiful Belhaven bay #Belhavenbrews

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