Two of Massachusetts’ unique breweries are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the United States

Massachusetts has a longstanding fascination with alcohol. The history of beer and taverns is so intertwined with that of Massachusetts that the country’s first bar opened in Boston on March 4, 1634.

While the liquor business has certainly changed since then, Massachusetts is still home to an abundance of microbreweries, an industry that has soared in popularity across the country over the past two decades.

Once viewed as an industry created exclusively by beer connoisseurs for a niche group of homebrewing customers, craft beer consumption has become one of the fastest growing segments of alcoholic beverage sales in the United States.

Since 2005, microbreweries’ revenue has increased by more than 300%. Over the past 20 years, thousands of new, independent breweries and brewpubs have opened, and employment in the industry has more than tripled.

While the popularity of these craft breweries has grown nationwide, certain pockets of the country have become hotspots for beer enthusiasts and New England is certainly one of those areas.

According to, Massachusetts is home to more than 130 microbreweries spread from Cape Cod to the Berkshire Mountains. That’s a lot of completeness, but two of the state’s most popular breweries stand out from the pack and we were recently ranked as the number one and number three breweries not only in Massachusetts, but across the country.

Two Massachusetts breweries were named number one and number three in the United States.

According to Untappd, the #1 geosocial network for beer geeks, Treehouse Brewing Company from Charlton, Massachusetts, ranked as the best brewery in the United States, closely followed by another popular Massachusetts brewery, Trillium Brewing Companybased in Canton, Massachusetts, comes in at No. 3.

Untappd app, where users can track and rate pubs, breweries and individual beers themselves, basing global rankings on their weighted average formula, which effectively ranks all breweries against each other and gives weight to beers with a higher rating count. A brewery must have at least 1,000 reviews and at least 5 beers in its portfolio to qualify for this list.

According to the Boston Globe, last year Treehouse brewed more than 44,000 barrels of beer with revenue estimated at $54 million according to Rocket Research. To put this into perspective in 2015, Treehouse produced only 2,350 barrels, demonstrating their tremendous growth.

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