Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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21. Coors Banquet
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.7 million
> Change from 2016: 2.7%
> Market share: 0.8%

When Albert Coors founded his brewery in Golden, Colorado in 1873, he called his first beer Golden Lager. Miners working in the area ate heartily when the working day was done, and the locally produced beer was a favorite at their banquets. After Prohibition, the Coors company added the name “Banquet” to the lager label in honor of those miners’ feasts. Still produced only in Golden, the beer is brewed with Rocky Mountain water and locally grown Moravian barley.

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20. Dos Equis
> Parent company: Heineken International
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.0 million
> Change from 2016: -1.3%
> Market share: 0.9%

Dos Equis is the product of a combination of German brewing techniques and Mexican ingredients. In the late 19th century, Wilhelm Hasse founded a brewery in Veracruz, Mexico. The brand was named in honor of the upcoming 20th century, as the Roman numeral XX means 20. Dos Equis is a pilsner-style beer.

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19. Blue Moon Belgian White
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.1 million
> Change from 2016: -0.2%
> Market share: 1.0%

Blue Moon Belgian White is a Belgian-style wheat ale, a genre characterized by a cloudy appearance (it’s unfiltered), an orange-peel citrusy tang, and a bit of spice, often coriander. The beer has been the subject of controversy and even a lawsuit because it’s marketed as if it were a craft beer when in fact it’s mass-produced by Molson Coors, the world’s third largest brewing company.

18. Yuengling Lager
> Parent company: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.2 million
> Change from 2016: -0.9%
> Market share: 1.0%

Yuengling is one of the few major American brewers that is still family owned. The Pennsylvania-based brewery is also the oldest in America, making beer for nearly 200 years. It still ranks in the top 20 beer brands in terms of barrels shipped, an impressive feat considering that it’s only available in the eastern United States.

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17. Natural Ice
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.4 million
> Change from 2016: -8.5%
> Market share: 1.1%

An ice-brewed lager made with both malted barley and corn, Natural Ice is a spinoff from Anheuser-Busch’s Natural Light — popularly known as Natty. Slightly higher in alcohol content than the company’s Bud Ice (5.9% vs. 5.5% ABV), it is considered by reviewers to be bland but clean in flavor.

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