Ranking Matrix

If you’re wondering how we decide the rankings for each of the city articles, you’ve come to the right place!

Everything we do to create our rankings system is based on quality data that we collect from various parts of the web. We use well-known tools to pull data in from around the internet and give us an overall ranking score.

Once we have all of the data, we then read through and manually compare every data point, ensuring accuracy and adding a human element to the process. Finally, once all the data has been compiled and reviewed, we manually review our findings and create our lists.

So, how do you rank higher on our lists? We’re glad you asked!

Outside of becoming a Featured Brewery, here are the top 5 ways that you can improve your overall rankings on our website!

1. Collect positive online reviews

Collecting positive online reviews is the ultimate way to show your audience that your Brewery is THE place to be! As part of our ranking matrix, we look at many online review platforms such as Google My Business, Beer Rater, Untapped, Facebook, Beer Advocate, Just Beer and a few more. Our list of platforms gets reviewed every year for quality assurance and to ensure the platform itself is still relevant to the industry.

Why it’s important: Online reviews are important because it’s the one place your customers can give an unfiltered review of their experience with your brewery

What to do: Get more positive reviews across all platforms

2. Be active on social media platforms

Craft beer enthusiasts love to follow and engage with breweries online. Be it finding out what new seasonals are available, or tagging their recent brew, if you’re not engaging with your audience then you’re not giving them the best possible experience.

Why it’s important: Being active on social media is a good way to increase brewery awareness and engage with your audience

What to do: Engage, post, start a conversation with your customers on your favourite social media platforms

3. Have a professionally designed website that is easy to navigate

In this day and age, if you don’t have a professionally designed website that works on mobile devices and is easy to navigate, your customers and Google aren’t going to enjoy their experience. Since a brewery is very customer-focused, the website is an extension of the business.

Why it’s important: Your website is an extension of your brand and customer experience. Bad website = bad customer experience

What to do: Create a professional website yourself or hire a local web designer to help you. Here’s a great guide on Web Design Best Practices that can help get you started

4. Link from your website to the “Best Breweries” article that includes your brewery

When you add a link on your website to our “Best Breweries” articles, you’re telling the world that you’ve made our Best Breweries list! This little backlink is a great signal for Google and will help more people see the recognition our website is giving you!

Why it’s important: A backlink from your website helps promote the brewery

What to do: Add a link on any page of your website that says something like “We are super excited that we made the Best Toronto Breweries list” and then contact us to let us know it’s been added. We’ll check the link and add it to your brewery’s overall ranking matrix.

5. Improve your overall website Domain Authority

Domain Authority (DA) is a search engine ranking score that predicts how likely a website is to rank in search engine result pages. The higher a page ranks in search results, the more Google trusts that the content that the website creates (across all platforms, websites, etc) is what the people searching want. Simply put, the higher your DA, the more Google sees that the content you’re putting online (anywhere online) is quality and trustworthy.

You can check your website’s current DA here: https://moz.com/domain-analysis

Why it’s important: Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to visit every brewery and give a non-biased opinion of that brewery. So, in Google we for part of our overall ranking factor.

What to do: Follow the list of best practices on this page and follow this simple SEO Checklist and improve your results over time. Alternatively, you could also become a Featured Brewery and rank at the top of our list instantly.


1. Add a link from your website to the “Best Breweries” article that includes your brewery