Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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26. Guinness
> Parent company: Diageo
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.1 million
> Change from 2016: 2.3%
> Market share: 0.5%

While Americans typically prefer domestic beers, this Irish brew sells well. The brewer shipped over 1 million barrels of Guinness in the U.S. market in 2017 — including the Guinness Stout, which helped make the brewery famous. Today, Guinness is best known for its dark draught, described by Guinness as “perfect balance of bitter and sweet.”


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25. Milwaukee’s Best Ice
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million
> Change from 2016: -9.7%
> Market share: 0.5%

Milwaukee’s Best Ice is one of several ice-style lagers that rank among America’s favorite beer brands. As the name suggests, ice beers are chilled to below freezing during the brewing process, forming ice crystals that supposedly imbue the brew with a smoother flavor. In the case of Milwaukee’s Best Ice, it also increases the alcohol content by more than a full percentage point to 5.9%, compared to Milwaukee’s Best Premium.

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24. Corona Light
> Parent company: Constellation Brands
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million
> Change from 2016: 1.7%
> Market share: 0.6%

Along with many other Mexican-style lagers, Corona Light is exploding in popularity in America. Not only does the U.S.’s growing Hispanic population often prefer to stick with familiar beers, but the brand is also enjoying increased popularity across the general population. Corona Light is a lower calorie alternative — 99 calories per 12 oz. bottle — to the 149 calories in Corona Extra.

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23. Icehouse
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.3 million
> Change from 2016: -7.0%
> Market share: 0.6%

In Texas, an icehouse is an old-style neighborhood tavern, at least partially open to the outside. However, the Icehouse lager, brewed by Molson Coors Brewing Co., has nothing to do with Texas. Its name indicates that it’s an ice beer, in fact the first one produced in America, introduced in 1993.

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22. Steel Reserve
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.6 million
> Change from 2016: -1.5%
> Market share: 0.8%

Steel Reserve differs from many of the beers on this list because of its high alcohol content. Many of America’s favorite brews hover around 5% alcohol by volume. Steel Reserve has 8.1% ABV and is considered a malt liquor.

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