Who's the country's biggest brewer?
A Pennsylvania company has surpassed Boston Beer to become No. 1, though it still has only 1.2% of the US market.
Anheuser-Busch, the maker of the No. 1 beer Bud Light? Nope. That's a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which is based in Belgium.
How about MillerCoors, which makes No. 2 beer Coors Light? Nope. MillerCoors is a joint venture of London's SABMiller (SBMRY) and Molson Coors (TAP), which operates out of Montreal and Denver.
The biggest U.S. brewer is now D.G. Yuengling and Son, based in Pottsville, Pa., the Allentown Morning Call reports. Yuengling saw shipments soar 16.9% last year to 2.5 million barrels. As a result, it barely squeaked into first place, surpassing Sam Adams maker Boston Beer (SAM), which rose 8% to 2.4 million barrels.
"It just floors me that so much of our beer industry is owned by foreign concerns," Dick Yuengling, the brewery's fifth-generation owner, told the Morning Call. "We were not in any race to be the largest domestically owned brewer, but it's a tremendous honor for us."
And Yuengling's sales will likely increase for 2012 because it just started selling beer in its 14th state, Ohio, the Morning Call reported.
Yuengling's growth is even more remarkable because the industry has been in a prolonged slide. Total beer shipments fell by 1.4% last year, Advertising Age reported.
The beer industry saw another shakeup last year: Coors Light surpassed Budweiser to become the No. 2 beer. It was the first time in decades that Anheuser-Busch hasn't controlled the top two beers in the country.
The following video has more details about Budweiser's long slide.
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It's interesting, and a little sad, that Yuengling can be the top U.S. brewer but have only 1.2% of the market. The company ranks No. 8 in overall market share. Even Pabst Brewing Co. is bigger, but Pabst doesn't actually brew its own beer, so it doesn't count as a brewer. And North American Breweries, which sells Genessee and Magic Hat, gets much of its volume from Canada's Labatt beer, Advertising Age reported.
Americans seem to be just fine with drinking foreign-owned beer. When InBev took over Anheuser-Busch four years ago, some observers thought U.S. beer drinkers would revolt, Advertising Age reported. That hasn't happened.
"The average consumer has a short memory," one industry expert told the magazine.
The popular m****duced beers like Coors Lite, Miller Lite, Bud Lite are considered "sessions' beers. That is a beer one will drink for a long period or "session". The better tasting beers like Yuengling, Sam Adams, Leinnies special brews are not "session" beers. Rather they are to be enjoyed for their great taste and not guzzled down for long periods. I personally prefer these craft type beers, but to each his own.
Actually a couple of beers to wet the pallet and then on to Crown Royal.
Sorry to say there is some inaccurate information...Miller Coors still operates out of Milwaukee WI...who also manufatures for other companies under contract, such as Schlitz, Pabst, and Old Style.
It's a shame foriegners have taken the American breweries from us!
Anheuser-Busch may be headquartered in Belgium, but it has 12 breweries here in the US, one in Jacksonville Florida where I live. This article is about American owned breweries in the US. Because I think that if it counted foreign owned companies with breweries in the US, Anheuser-Busch would top that list.
I did learn that Miller and Coors have joined as I thought they were separate competing companies.
I have tried Yuengling and I do like it, but not as much as I do Coors LIght.
It is correct that Yuengling is neither Chinese nor Dutch. It is produced in the Pennsylvania Dutch region, which is descendent from German. That "Dutch" is a bastardization of the German word for German. But the word is not "Dursch," it's DEUTSCH.
It was never "illegal to sell or have Coors outside of Texas"! I mean, Coors was never illegal to begin with. But Texas? Considering that Coors was originally brewed in Colorado, that would make it hard NOT to have some outside of Texas. However, it was first available primarily in, wait for it! Colorado! And it was available in nearby states, based on early distribution methods. I was able to get it in Arizona in the late 70s.
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