Special Report

Beers Americans No Longer Drink

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Americans bought 208.1 million barrels of beer in 2017, about 1.6 million fewer barrels than five years ago. While sales of smaller craft beer brands climbed over that period, this growth was not strong enough to offset plummeting sales of some of the largest and most familiar beer brands in the United States.

U.S. sales of 18 of the 31 largest beer brands by shipment volume fell over the last five years. The brands include Coors Light, Miller High Life, Heineken, and — despite the buzz generated by the polarizing “Dilly Dilly” ad campaign — Bud Light.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the beer brands with declines in total barrels shipped in the United States between 2012 and 2017 to identify the beers Americans no longer drink. We only considered beer brands that shipped at least a million barrels in 2012. All shipment and market share data were provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights.

Some of the customers that once preferred many of the brands with collapsing sales are now increasingly opting for craft beers, flavored drinks, and some higher-end brands.

These are the beers Americans no longer drink.

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18. Heineken
> Sales change (2012-2017): -5.0%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.0 million
> Market share: 1.9%
> Parent company: Heineken Holding N.V.

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17. Pabst Blue Ribbon
> Sales change (2012-2017): -6.9%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.4 million
> Market share: 1.1%
> Parent company: Pabst Brewing Company

Source: Walmart.com

16. Icehouse
> Sales change (2012-2017): -8.9%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.3 million
> Market share: 0.6%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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15. Coors Light
> Sales change (2012-2017): -11.1%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 15.9 million
> Market share: 7.6%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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14. Miller Lite
> Sales change (2012-2017): -12.3%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 12.8 million
> Market share: 6.2%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

Source: keystonelight.com

13. Keystone Light
> Sales change (2012-2017): -15.1%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
> Market share: 1.7%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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Source: Courtesy of Milwaukee's Best

12. Milwaukee’s Best Ice
> Sales change (2012-2017): -16.8%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million
> Market share: 0.6%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

Source: buschbucks.com

11. Busch
> Sales change (2012-2017): -17.7%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.7 million
> Market share: 2.2%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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10. Bud Light
> Sales change (2012-2017): -18.0%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 31.6 million
> Market share: 15.2%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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Source: Courtesy of walmart.com

9. Natural Light
> Sales change (2012-2017): -20.5%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.5 million
> Market share: 3.1%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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8. Miller High Life
> Sales change (2012-2017): -21.5%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million
> Market share: 1.7%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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Source: courtesy of walmart.com

7. Natural Ice
> Sales change (2012-2017): -22.4%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.4 million
> Market share: 1.2%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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6. Budweiser
> Sales change (2012-2017): -23.8%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 12.2 million
> Market share: 5.9%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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5. Tecate
> Sales change (2012-2017): -32.3%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 765,000
> Market share: 0.4%
> Parent company: Heineken Holding N.V.

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Source: walmart.com

4. Bud Light Lime
> Sales change (2012-2017): -37.9%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 900,000
> Market share: 0.4%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Source: walmart.com

3. Milwaukee’s Best Light
> Sales change (2012-2017): -43.7%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 625,000
> Market share: 0.3%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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Source: Miller_Global / twitter

2. Miller Genuine Draft
> Sales change (2012-2017): -50.5%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 680,000
> Market share: 0.3%
> Parent company: Molson Coors Brewing Company

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1. Bud Light Platinum
> Sales change (2012-2017): -52.8%
> Barrels shipped in 2017: 850,000
> Market share: 0.4%
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

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