Inspired by this thread, I was wondering if truly bad beer was strictly an American phenomenon. I’m a beer snob, and I’m well aware that many breweries in the United States produce some of the best beers in the world. Still, though, we can’t deny the presence of swill like Old Milwaukee, Koch’s Golden Anniversary, Hamm’s, Old Style, Natural Light, Red White and Blue, Meister Brau, and Milwaukee’s Best – affectionally called “The Beast”. These are your grandfather’s beers, and proof that the term “old fashioned” doesn’t necessarily imply quality. Today, such beers are enjoyed by very poor high school and college students, lower income rural dwellers, middle-aged heshers and groders, and of course, your grandfather.
Swill beer can’t be an only-in-America phenomenon. Friends in Ontario tell me that when they can’t afford to buy even Labatt Blue, they head to the Beer Store for a two-four of Steeler. What is the LOCAL swill beer in other countries? Surely there has to be bad beer in Germany Belgium, the Czech Republic, and the UK.