Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery has won top honors in Ratebeer.com’s annual compilation of the world’s best breweries, as voted on by the website’s unpaid citizen reviewers. The rustic New England brewery ranked number one out of 30,800 breweries reviewed throughout 2018. The award is calculated using ten different weighted scales that include factors like most recent reviews and performance of a brewery across various beer styles, based on a five-point scale.
The winning brewery receives bragging rights.
RateBeer founder Joe Tucker says, “Larger, internationally brewed and/or distributed brands are still making the top 100. This is somewhat surprising to me, considering that 20 years ago, one of the definitions of craft beer involved making beer from small, single batches. It’s obvious now that many breweries are making quality beers at scale.”