5 beers Americans aren't drinking

Traditional favorites fall out of favor as Americans choose beers that are lighter or have a higher alcohol content.

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some of these beer companies are foreign country and don't care about are right to have guns
Jan 1, 2013 12:46PM
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German beer is highly over-rated!!!!!! It takes too much to get a buzz and that's the whole purpose of drinking beer. San Miguel (Philippines), Victoria Bitter (Australia), and Duvel (Belgium) are great beers!
Jan 1, 2013 12:36PM
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Sam Adams -( Boston Lager), Blue Moon, or Long Trail Ale for me!
Jan 1, 2013 12:10PM
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I remember while stationed in Germany how many Americans would go to the Class Six store and purchse Bud or some cheap American beer.  I look at them in disbelief that they are in the fatherland of bier and buying cheap pisswater beer.  Just outside the gate you could have full flavor high octane beer for the price of an american beer bottle for bottle, draft for draft if not less expensive.

Check out "Beer Wars" on Netflix.  American commercial brewers are not even producing beer the same way when they first arrived in the US and started producing it.  Commercialized beer is nothing more than the low income, middle income blue collar workers of America spending their hard earned cash and making a corporate capitalist even richer.   Support you local micro brewers at least the money stays local.  
Jan 1, 2013 11:49AM
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America used to win international competitions before WWII.  Now the big brewers make beer with rice!  Cheap and makes for bad headaches.  That's why it has to be "ice cold" - so you can't taste it.
Jan 1, 2013 11:29AM
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Here is the secret: unlike good wine, beer does not improve with age. Time and UV light cause it to oxidize right in the bottle. So, the beer close to home, the beer that has been kept in a cool dark place is always better than the one hauled half way across the globe in a 40' dry van.
Jan 1, 2013 11:26AM
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I may be wrong but I don't see any Sam Adams,Bluemoon, etc.or and micro brew logos on the side of a Nascar.  

Jan 1, 2013 11:13AM
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Sam Adams brewed a first batch of "Merry Mischief" this year...a "gingerbread stout" that is very tasty and still rates up there with rocket fuel in horsepower.  If they have it next holiday season take an old beer drinkers advice ... try it before the Chivas.

Jan 1, 2013 11:13AM
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For those saying there are no good American beers, you gotta get away from the corporate beers you find at your local gas station or grocery store and look elsewhere.  I'm particular to Belgians and the trappist ale's and there are some very good American craft beers starting to give these guys a run for their money - and they're usually much cheaper!  Same thing for German style beers like Marzen's, Hefeweizen, Bock's, etc.  The American's are starting to catch up but you have to be willing to go a little out of your way and take a chance on something new every now and then in order to find them...
Jan 1, 2013 11:04AM
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it must be the beechwood or whatever Bud says they use but if that is all that is available, I just don't drink.  Nothing ABusch makes tastes good to me, I don't care how cheap it is.

I like heavier beers with lots of hops - IPAs, ESBs (my favorite).  Porters or Guiness are a bit over the top for me but I don't mind one with dinner.  For chillin' in a hammock or firing up the BBQ, gimme ESB any day.  I don't even consider alcohol content when purchasing - I go for flavor.  Even different micro-brews have different tastes to their brews, you just gotta find your own favorite.  I wind up paying $8-12 for a six pack, but it's worth it to me.

Kinda like the $7/gal milk threat - I don't care.
Jan 1, 2013 11:02AM
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I love a story where the writer has no concern for the facts. Not that it matters a hill of beans to anyone but Michelob didn't come out in 1986. It's been around since 1896 and has been shipped all across the US since the early 60s.

Jan 1, 2013 10:52AM
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I don't drink the stuff. Smells to much like a men's bathroom at a concert or football game.
Jan 1, 2013 10:41AM
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Yes these all are piss water, with no taste. I buy a 12 pack of whatever microbrew is on sale for what the giant pack of the gowd awful stuff costs. This helps me drink less and actually enjoy the beer I am drinking, plus the higher alcohol content.  Plus I am helping a local brewer rather than Anheuser- Bush, although they have purchased portions of some microbrews through inbrew to distribute some of these microbrews nationally.   
Jan 1, 2013 10:36AM
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ummmmm, the only way you guys can describe beer is with the words piss, urine, crap and **** ? doesen't say much for your command of the english language
Jan 1, 2013 10:11AM
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Sales of domestic beers are down because companies like AB InBev are using cheaper ingredients so the beer tastes differently and even Beck's can now be considered a domestic beer as it's brewed in St. Louis.   

 

 

Jan 1, 2013 9:34AM
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Couldn't agree more with the comment about '3.2' beer being an inferior brew and offered to Americans with shrewd marketing campaign, less filling, tastes great, beautiful women, healthy choice, etc.............most folks are missing the great tasting European  and American Craft beers.............you want 'light' beer?    Put an ice cube in it!  
Jan 1, 2013 9:22AM
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Stout from Ireland, Scotch from Islay.....Craft beers and brewpubs here are great, usually, except for some strange concoctions I have been unfortunate enough to waste money on during my travels...Pumpkin ales come to mind per that last statement..............
Jan 1, 2013 9:06AM
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American consumers have abandoned Michelob, a lager brewed since 1986? SINCE 1896! Miller lite, killer Miller High Life. Michelob brewed since 1896 (not 1986) killed by Michelob light, and Budweiser the last to get a light beer is following the same trend as the others. For the past three years, the biggest-selling beer in the world was a brew you've probably never heard of: China's Snow Beer, and with the Chinese beer market surging by 10% a year, expect Snow to grow even bigger. Formed in 1993 in a joint venture between SABMiller and China Resources. Last year, Snow beer sold 16.5 billion pints, about twice as much as former No. 1 seller Bud Light.
Jan 1, 2013 8:57AM
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When I was in Germany, Americans would come over there and brag that they could drink 3 cases of American beer like Budweiser, Michelob, and Coors.  They would drink 2 or 3 GERMAN beers and they were drunk and had a hard time standing up.  Most of the American beer is watered down.  That is why a lot of Americans are overweight besides eating that junk food from Mickey D's that CLOG their arteries.  If you want a good American beer, drink SAMUEL ADAMS.  Just remember, DON'T DRINK and DRIVE.  Have a good New Year.
Jan 1, 2013 8:55AM
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I wasn't aware that I crippled the beer industry when I pretty much quit drinking. Now its strictly one a day at most. My apologies to the workers that have lost their jobs because I no longer over indulge. But then again I never did like any of the bud, mic or busch brands any how.
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