Beverages Besides Beer

Recently, I read an article entitled: “Which Beer is loved most? 26 most popular  U. S. beer brands.”  But how popular is beer in the U. S.?  Apparently, very popular.  Last year, Americans bought more than 208 million barrels of the beverage.  The article added that consumption of American beers is down for two reasons: increasing demand for beers from Mexico (supposedly because of the growing Hispanic population in the United States), plus “millennial consumers” are moving to wine and mixed drinks.  Who knew? (How many times this week have you read something about millennials?  Maybe I should write about them.)

Yes, I know you want to find out where your favorite beer stands within the list of 26.  And just how much of each is “circulated?”  Here are the top 5 producers (or should I say consumers)?

1BudLightThe top five producers/consumers:  1) Bud Light (See above)  (33.1 million barrels shipped;  2) Coors Light(16.5 million barrels shipped);  3) Budweiser(13.3 million barrels shipped);  4) Miller Lite (13.1 million barrels shipped; 5)  Corona Extra  (8.7 million barrels shipped)

You don’t really want to know all 26 producers, do you?  Oh…. well OK. Here are numbers 6 to 26.  6 – Michelob Ultra;  7 – Modelo Especial;      8 – Natural Light;  9 – Busch Light;  10 – Busch; 11 – Heineken;  12 – Keystone State;  13 – Miler High Life;  14 – Stella Artois;  15 – Bud Ice; 16 – Pabst Blue Ribbon;  17 – Natural Ice;  18 – Yuengling Lager;  19 – Blue Moon (all); 20 – Dos Equis;  21 – Coors Banquet;  22 – Steel Reserve;  23 – Icehouse;  24 – Corona Light;  25 – Mil’s Best Ice;  26 – Guinness.

Let’s assume some of you want to cut back on your alcohol intake.  (Don’t worry, the economy will not bottom out.)  And let’s also assume you have been to a nutritionist lately AND they want you to drink 80 ounces of  liquid a day.  (Here’s a hint: Stay within 20 yards of a bathroom.)  What beverages will you use to stay hydrated?


Here is your last list. Try these to wet your whistle.  1 – Bottled water (see above).  2 – Apple juice (or another fruit juice).  3 – Iced or hot tea.  4 – Iced or hot coffee.  5 – Barq’s Root Beer (my favorite or another type of soda).  6 – Snapple ( I use Half and Half; My guess is it’s their version of an Arnold Palmer.)  7 – Chocolate Milk/Hot Chocolate.

Contrary to some of your friends and neighbors opinions, you can drink something(s) other than beer and still be a reasonably fun person during a long hot Summer or an equally enjoyable long cold Winter.

That’s a health tip for all seasons.

















About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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