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)?
The 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.