The Drinks List: Top 100 Brands

The Drinks List: nine craft beer brands make the top 100

By Michelle Perrett

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Top dog: BrewDog's Punk IPA is the highest rated craft beer
Top dog: BrewDog's Punk IPA is the highest rated craft beer

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Almost 10% of the 100 hot brands for the pub sector have been taken by Craft beer brands.

The nine beers – Shipyard American Pale Ale, Dark Star Hophead, Meantime Pale Ale, Camden Town Pale Ale, BrewDog Punk IPA, Camden Hells Lager, Innis & Gunn Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and Brooklyn Lager, made it into the Drinks List: Top 100 Brands​.

This is the first top 100 brands list, compiled by The Morning Advertiser​ in association with research firm CGA Strategy. The list looked at both alcoholic and soft drinks, ranking the brands on the basis of consumer preference and sales metrics.

BrewDog IPA came in as the top craft beer in the listings, with the ‘punk revolution’ leading the charge in the craft beer category.

This was followed by Shipyard American Pale Ale, which Marston’s brews in the UK in collaboration with US-based Shipyard Brewing Company. Marston’s puts the popularity down to the beer being “special and unique” to capture people’s attention.

Next was Camden Pale Ale, which has caught consumer attention and could have been boosted by its wider distribution following AB InBev’s acquisition of the brewer.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager ranks next following an image refresh and packaging redesign.

Meantime Pale Ale is still highly rated by consumers and gains huge sales while managing to maintain its identity as a niche craft brew despite being bought out by Asahi. This was followed by Camden Hells Lager from Camden Town Brewery, which has also managed to retain its craft credentials in the list despite being bought out by AB InBev.

The American theme continues with Brooklyn Lager, the Carlsberg-owned brew,  which has become an on-trade icon. Back to the UK, and Dark Star’s Hophead is a popular choice for consumers with sales up 10% on last year despite little marketing activity.

And finally, Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn’s Lager Beer has edged into the top 100. More than 1,000 investors bought into the brewer's beer bonds scheme.

You can view the whole list below:

  1. BrewDog Punk IPA
  2. Shipyard American Pale Ale
  3. Camden Pale Ale
  4. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  5. Meantime Pale Ale  
  6. Camden Hells Lager
  7. Brooklyn Lager
  8. Dark Star Hophead
  9. Innis & Gunn Lager Beer

The list was compiled by CGA Strategy based on consumer preference, equity scores and sales metrics and includes brands from the spirits, wine, softs and LAD categories. Consumer opinion forms the basis of the methodology, highlighting the brands that consumers want to see when they visit the on-trade. As such a 66:33 weighted split was used to determine the list, balancing consumer preferences with actual on-trade sales performance to give the most accurate and comprehensive list of the 100 ultimate drinks brands in the GB on-trade. By measuring brands against a number of equity features, we have also uncovered consumers’ perception of brands and the reasons why they make up the nation’s favourite drinks – are they cool, fun, value for money? etc. All sales data used in the report is from the brands and their owners.

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