The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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16. Pabst Blue Ribbon
> Parent company: Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.5 million
> Change from 2016: -0.6%
> Market share: 1.2%

Pabst Blue Ribbon has gained a reputation as a beer for so-called hipsters. But the real reason for its recent sales resurgence may have more to do with price. During the recession, PBR sales picked up, as it served as a cheap alternative at the bar. As the economy has picked up, sales have flattened for the pilsner.

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15. Bud Ice
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.6 million
> Change from 2016: 2.0%
> Market share: 1.2%

Though beer critics have called Bud Ice (along with other ice beers) lacking in personality, this ice-brewed sibling of Bud Light — America’s best-selling beer — has shipped an increasing amount of barrels each year since 2014. It’s comparatively low in calories for a non-light beer, with 123 per 12-ounce bottle (the company’s Natural Ice has 130).

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14. Stella Artois
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.7 million
> Change from 2016: 10.9%
> Market share: 1.3%

Stella Artois is one of the oldest beers available in America, as its roots stretch back about three centuries to Leuven, Belgium. Just recently, it has become one of the fastest-growing beers in the U.S. Its shipments have grown by more than 10% from 2016 to 2017, one of the biggest growths of any major beer.

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13. Miller High Life
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
> Change from 2016: -1.5%
> Market share: 1.6%

A golden pilsner, this popular beer was created in 1903 by brewer Frederick Miller. Miller supposedly gave it its name because he believed that the “high life,” i.e. good life, should be available even to those who could only afford to drink beer. To drive home his point, he added the slogan, “The Champagne of Beers,” to the label. Bottled beer was uncommon when the brand launched, and Miller gave his bottles long necks reminiscent of Champagne bottles. At various times in its history, the beer also had Champagne-style foil coverings over the bottlecaps.

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12. Keystone Light
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
> Change from 2016: 6.3%
> Market share: 1.6%

Keystone is one of six light beers that shipped over 3 million barrels of beer in the U.S. in 2017. But unlike most other light beers, Keystone Light shipments increased in 2017 compared to the year before. The 101-calorie light beer has outsold all other Keystone beers — the others shipped less than 1 million barrels.