These are the 50 Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Breweries

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Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Breweries 2018
The Brewers Association releases info on the fastest growing craft breweries of 2018. (Brewers Association)

A craft brewery from northern Iowa tops the new list of the 50 Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Brewers.

The fastest growing breweries list is compiled by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group representing U.S. craft brewers. The BA also publishes

Lake Time Brewery in Clear Lake, Iowa, founded by Bob and Suzy Rolling, was 2018’s fastest growing craft brewery. Lake Time opened in 2013 and recently expanded production, added a canning line, and is now distributing to about three dozen Iowa counties.

“These small and independent breweries and brewpubs demonstrate there are still growth opportunities.” Bart Watson, Brewers Association

(READ: 2018 Top 50 Craft Brewers by Volume)

This marks the second year the BA has compiled and released data around the fastest growing small breweries. You can see the 2017 swiftly growing breweries here. BA Chief Economist Bart Watson says the list demonstrates that craft breweries continue to thrive in communities across the U.S.

“Even as market competition continues to increase, these small and independent breweries and brewpubs demonstrate there are still growth opportunities across a diversified set of regions and business models,” Watson says.

When you see the fastest growing breweries full list, you’ll notice some breweries are in historic craft beer hotbeds like San Diego and Chicago, further illustrating Watson’s point that there’s still an opportunity for breweries to grow — even in already-busy beer markets.

Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Breweries 2018 Chart
Brewers Association

The breweries range from 50 barrels to more than 40,000 barrels. A few more interesting tidbits we see in this year’s fastest growing breweries list include:

  • 27 states are represented
  • Four breweries were featured in both the 2017 and 2018 fastest growing lists: Hopsters in Newton, Massachusetts (No. 15), Hutton and Smith Brewing Co. in Chattanooga, Tennessee (No. 16), Gnarly Barley Brewing in Hammond, Louisiana (No. 37), Whalers Brewing Co. in Wakefield, Rhode Island (No. 40)
  • 13 are brewpubs

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Jess Baker walked into a beer fest in 2010 and realized beer had come a long way from what her dad had been drinking since the 70s. She served as editor-in-chief of from spring 2016 to spring 2020, bringing you stories about the people who are the heartbeat behind U.S. craft brewing. She's a runner, a die-hard Springsteen fan, a mom who is always scouting family-friendly breweries, and always in search of a darn good porter. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.