Special Report

The Most Popular Beer Brands in America

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10. Busch
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 3.9 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -7.8%
> Market share: 1.87%

Formerly sold under the name Busch Bavarian Beer, this was the first brew Anheuser-Busch marketed after Prohibition — though it took the company a long time. Prohibition was repealed in 1933, and the beer didn’t appear until 22 years later. Busch bills itself as being “as crisp and cold as a mountain stream” — a claim echoed by the snowy peaks depicted on the label.

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9. Busch Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 6.3 million
> Shipment change from 2018: 1.6%
> Market share: 3.07%

A lighter sibling of the original Busch, this light beer has only a slightly lower ABV than the standard Busch (4.1% versus 4.3%). It earns its “light” designation, though, by having a mere 95 calories per 12-ounce can (19 fewer than regular Busch) and 3.2 grams of carbohydrates (roughly half what its near-namesake has).

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8. Natural Light
> Parent company: Anheuser-Busch InBev
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 6.7 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -0.7%
> Market share: 3.24%

“Natty” bills itself as “the official beer of keeping it real and letting things just happen.” A light pilsner, it has the same calorie count as another Anheuser-Busch light brand, Busch Light — 95 — and 35 fewer calories than Natural Ice (see No. 16).

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7. Modelo Especial
> Parent company: Constellation Brands
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 9.4 million
> Shipment change from 2018: 15.0%
> Market share: 4.56%

America’s second-most popular Mexican beer, Modelo Especial is a rich, pilsner-style lager. It has a darker, richer lager cousin, Negra Modelo, made in the centuries-old Munich Dunkel (dark) style. It has a following of its own, but its sales are substantially lower.

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6. Corona Extra
> Parent company: Constellation Brands
> Barrels shipped in 2019: 8.1 million
> Shipment change from 2018: -0.5%
> Market share: 3.95%

First brewed in 1925, Corona didn’t cross the border until 1981 — but it became America’s favorite Mexican beer, and the nation’s No. 1 beer import of any kind. There have been reports that Corona sales are down in the U.S. because — ridiculously — people somehow associate it with the coronavirus. According to Corona’s parent company, however, American sales actually grew 5% in the four-week period ending Feb. 16.