These are the 15 top selling beers in America by volume as 30 seconds of Google research has yielded. While I realize we are all beer snobs and wouldn’t be caught dead quaffing any of these insults to the word “beer,” SOMEONE is buying and drinking it.
Which of these will you own up to perpetuating the existence of?
Yes, I know, all American beer is watered down swill. But at least it doesn’t taste like a skunk took a bath in it. So I drink Michelob Ultra because it has fewer calories and doesn’t taste all that bad. And it doesn’t give me a headache if I drink too much. It’s definitely not the manliest beer to drink, but I’m manly enough to pull it off.
Admittedly, when I came back from living in Germany I had a hell of a time getting used to American beer again.
For myself, I will happily admit I regularly buy Miller Lite, High Life (preferably MGD, but I consider the two interchangeable), Guinness, Sam Adams, and Yeungling. Sam Adams, Guinness and Yeungling I would consider a significant cut above the rest. Miller Lite I buy because it’s dirt cheap. MGD I actually like.
Miller Lite is hardly beer by any reasonable definition but I still drink it. It’s good hot weather/working outdoor brew. When the day is done and I want something … good, I’ll grab something else but a couple of ice cold MLs wash the dust out of my throat nicely.
I’ll guzzle a Bud or a Corona when I’m hanging with my dad, as that’s what he usually buys, but you’ll never see me buying that stuff. I’ve gone total snob on them. And believe me, I’ve filtered kegs full of Bud through my liver over the years. I just don’t like the taste of it now that I’ve been turned onto IPAs.
To elaborate-Brits attempt to smuggle out cases of our stout. Germans cry in frustration as they leave for the airport. Trappist monks come here to refresh their skills(and steal our recipes). Really, do you think we stay here for the weather?
I sincerely doubt that. I love the beers of the Pacific Northwest, but there will always be a place for Guinness.
(And Sam Adams, for that matter. I drink my fancy microbrews, but when I want to unwind with a clean American lager, Sam Adams is my drink of choice.)
Unfortunately, the macrobrew choices I drink when I want to slum it aren’t available in this poll. The new formulation of Schlitz actually has flavor, and, being a Chicago boy, I kind of grew up on Old Style, so that’s my blue-collar beer if Schlitz is not available.
If I’m going for cheap beer I’m a fan of Miller Lite (or High-life if I’m in the mood for bottles). If I’m going for REALLY cheap beer I usually go with Natty Boh or Schlitz. I have a fantasy wherein I show up to a hipster party. When offered a PBR I say “No, PBR is too high-brow for me” and bust out my 30-pack of Schlitz. “Who’s slumming it now, bitches?”
If I want a beer and I’m somewhere that doesn’t have an extensive beer selection, Guinness is my default choice. I generally prefer dark strong-tasting beers and Guinness is often the only available brew that fits into those categories. Also, Guinness is still better than the other macrobrews out there.
Sam Adams has a wide variety of seasonal beers that are often extensively available and will try at least once. I especially liked their Double Bock.