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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Jan 1, 2013 10:11AM

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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jan 1, 2013 8:46AM
Beer, whiskey, sports teams, politicians etc, everyone has their own taste and opinion.  The best beer brewed is Heinekin and my favorite scotch blend is Chivas Regal.  You may not agree, but I fall into the majority in my choices.  Lite beers are for people who also drink cheap wines.
Jan 1, 2013 7:45AM
I think Old Milwaukee, Milwaukee's Best, and other economical beers will have some increased sales soon since the Feds are grabbing more from our wallets. Craft beers will still do well since a lot of people may splurge now and again and some will still be well enough off to still afford them regularly. The light beers should go down since the  calories in the regular beers will make up for fewer calories from food that is becoming less affordable. Took about a year to recoup my investment in supplies and a couple of yeast strains I like, and now I can brew about 2 cases of my own craft for about the cost of a case of Sam Adams.
Jan 1, 2013 4:59AM
The sales of that garbage beer is down because people are searching for Yuengling, even if they have never had one or heard of it, and don't want to settle for that "here today gone tomorrow" bullsh-t. It is the best and the oldest American brewery, made right here in Pennsylvania....
Jan 1, 2013 4:53AM
Welcome to Bend OR highest Brewery per capita.
Check this place out it is the Mecca for micro/craft brewing
local mini markets fill growlers from tap

Jan 1, 2013 4:27AM

among my friends,milwaukees best has always been referred to as 'milwaukees worst'


and we drank a lot of it,cuz it was cheap

Jan 1, 2013 3:32AM

Blue Moon is made by Coors. Coors used to be great beer but has slipped. Blue moon has taken it's place. Not bad beer.

Olympia used to be good, but slipped. I like Molson Ice.- A decent full tasting beer.

All light beer is watered down to reduce calories.. One of the best advertising tricks ever put over on US beer drinkers. Calling it "light"

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale,  Stout and Porter are all great...stella Artois is a Belgium beer. Very good on draft..

But, the absolute best beer in the world is Australian NQ . (North Queensland).lager.. It is worth the airfare to Australia.

have a shot of something...then drink your light beer....miller, coors or bud-light are fine.  

at least you can enjoy a few cold ones & not end up in a size 38 jean
eventually all true beer drinkers go back to light beers.....if you keep drink heavy beers you will find yourself buying new clothes 
Jan 1, 2013 1:19AM

I never drank piss but I bet that's what Miller beer taste like. As for shlitz, do they make that rot gut anymore?

Jan 1, 2013 1:01AM
I'd gladly drink Michelob if I could FIND the damn stuff to buy it. AB is doing everything it can to kill a great beer brand. Re-re-brand Michelob into what is USED to be,a more upscale beer.
Jan 1, 2013 12:58AM

There are good American beers, but most of them are regional.  Brooklyn beer and ale are good.  The trader joes markets have some good private label wheat beers.  Very tasty and not overly alcoholic.  Samuel Adams is good expecially the dark versions.  Brewers, even the major mass market brewers can make anything the public will buy, but they often ignore public taste and brew the pale tasteless stuff they throw at America's "low information" drinkers.  Rise up America and take your beer back.  Reclaim your rightful brew.

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