Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

Colman Andrews

Everybody talks about craft beer these days, but what people mostly drink is the mass-produced, distinctly non-craft stuff.

Sales of specialty brews are definitely rising: The nation’s 7,500-plus craft breweries shipped a total of 25.9 million barrels in 2018, up from 9.1 million just 10 years earlier. Out of those, these are the 35 most popular craft breweries in America.

If the amount of craft beer sold sounds impressive, consider that the nation’s No. 1 beer brand, Bud Light, alone shipped 27.2 million barrels last year — and sales of the top three brands (all of them, incidentally, light or “lite”) exceeded 53 million.

24/7 Tempo reviewed domestic shipping volume data provided by industry advocacy group Beer Marketer’s Insights to determine America’s biggest beer brands in terms of 2019 sales volume.

The results reveal that we like drinking American brands: Only six of the nation’s 25 top-selling beers last year were imported. It also reminds us that two massive companies absolutely dominate the beer market: 18 of the 25 top selling beers — including the top five, and eight of the top 10 — were produced under the corporate umbrellas of either Anheuser-Busch InBev or Molson Coors.

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