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 2, 2013 2:24PM
There are a lot of good American beers, but most are regional/micro-brewery.  I was surprised at how much Budweiser Canadians drank when I visited some family in Winnipeg.  I was surprised at how much Tsing Tao (Chinese beer) was drank in North America.  Here in Philly, Yards is my overall favorite. 
Jan 2, 2013 2:22PM
If it's hit a hot summer day and I'm going to drink a lot of beer, Coors Light works for me but it has to be ice cold.

Other than that, I prefer quality to quantity.

Jan 2, 2013 2:20PM

Here in Newport, Oregon it is ROGUE ALL THE WAY !!! the best beer around.


Jan 2, 2013 2:18PM
I agree don't drink and drive.

That being said, I only like to drink beer when I'm alone or if I'm with somebody. When I do, I like a beer with flavor. Light beer is a total waste of time and is tasteless watered down crap.  The idea of putting light beer in a fancy bottle with a fancy name and calling it a craft beer is nonsense.  
Jan 2, 2013 2:18PM
Geez, what a bunch of beer snob comments.

I'll pay extra for Shiner when I'm celebrating and to get that non-watered down taste.

But most of the time I'll just stick with Busch Light as I putter around the yard or watch a game.

It saves money and calories.

What's wrong with that?

Jan 2, 2013 2:13PM
I stopped drinking beer (the bread of the common man) as soon as I could afford good bourbon and gin.
Jan 2, 2013 1:59PM
There are hundreds of good local and regional beers available. Shiner Bock proved there is was m****duced alternative to the basic lager such as Bud or Miller. Lite beers is for those that don't really want to drink beer, but act like they do.  Even stadiums and arenas are starting to sell beers other than those old line large commercial brews.
Jan 2, 2013 1:59PM

"Lite" beers (and Coors anything) give me a headache -- not a hang-over, a headache while I'm drinking 'em.


Q: How are American Beers like making love in a canoe?



A: They're both f----n' close to water!

(Joke courtesy of the Python boys.)

Jan 2, 2013 1:46PM
If wiskey is for men...and beer is for horses.... what happened?  did the horses stop drinking?
Jan 2, 2013 1:37PM
Most American beers suck. European brews are far superior...
Jan 2, 2013 1:35PM
Skunk beer taste is why those beers aren't selling.
Jan 2, 2013 1:27PM
All 5 of those beers are terrible! That is why people do not drink them.  If I had a choice between water and either of those 5 beers, I would choose water 10 out of 10 times
Jan 2, 2013 1:16PM

I live in Phila. and you can only buy beer by the case from a beer distributor. I go to the most competitive priced distributor in the area.

The reason Bud (and Platinum and Shock Top are just marketing ploys, OK beers that are a rip off of great beers) is hitting the skids is because of price. A case of CANS is $18.99. For $24.99-$26.99 I can buy a bottled PA craft beer, like Victory, Dock Street, Troeggs, Stoudts, Yards or Philadelphia Brewing, or a non-PA craft like Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, Flying Fish or Magic Hat. Stella Atois is in that range too. Becks, Labatt's, Molson, Spaten, Fosters, or a case of the old PA standby, Yuengling, are anywhere from two or four dollars less than Bud.

Why would anyone buy sh!t like Bud when you can get real beer at, below, or slightly above the same price?

Jan 2, 2013 12:51PM
I think many Americans prefer the beer they first got buzzed on when they were teenagers and it was illegal.  What little taste it had is the definition of "beer" for them into adulthood with all its connotations of having fun while being bad.  No other beer flavor triggers the emotional response being sought.
Jan 2, 2013 12:41PM
Best beer's in the world come from Belgium.
Jan 2, 2013 12:36PM
I am not surprised by this info, but from personal experience, I can say that the decline of Michelob and Mich Light is a direct result of the poor marketing/distribution practices of Anheuser Busch.  I have always liked Michelob and Amber Bock, and will take a Mich Light in a pinch.  However, over the last 5+ years (about the same time span used in the comparison), it has become next to impossible to get one of these in a restaurant or bar.  For a few years prior to that, you could not get a Michelob, but they always had Mich Light.  Now if you say Michelob, you get an Ultra.  

So the question becomes:  did AB just react to the demand, or did they create this drop in demand?
Jan 2, 2013 12:26PM
Jan 2, 2013 12:23PM
Gp to the U.P. and drink KBC, any, as they are all great.
Jan 2, 2013 12:11PM
Jan 2, 2013 12:06PM
I don't mind telling you, I could not find a good tasting American Beer that was affordable, so needless to say I started to drink the harder whiskey, preferably sold in the quart jar.
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