Most people think to describe Macro brews as only Miller, Coors and Budweiser, but there are some large scale macro breweries out there brewing damn good beer, not just the American macro swill we’re all used to. The Whiskey Goldmine has compiled a list of beers and major breweries that simply make a phenomenal beverage and are sold on a massive scale. You’d be surprised at how many beers Sierra Nevada actually sells. We were surprised too.
1. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale:
5.6% ABV, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA. The Sierra Nevada Company is the 5th largest brewery in the United States and by 2005; Sierra Nevada was in excess of $100 million in sales. The Pale Ale is the clear #1 here; it’s not even worth arguing. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is simply a perfect beer.
4.7% ABV, Scottish & Newcastle UK. Newcastle Brown Ale is the #1 selling bottled beer in the UK and one of the best selling beers in Europe.
3. Sam Adams Boston Lager.
4.75% ABV. Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA. The Boston Beer Company is one of the largest breweries in the United States and for good reason. These guys just make great beer. Perhaps Sam Adams is being a little overshadowed by the recent craft beer fanaticism, but these guys have been doing great craft beer on a large scale for 25 years. Six weeks after its release in 1985, the Boston Lager was awarded the “Best Beer in America.”
4. Bitburger Premium Pilsner.
4.8% ABV, Bitburger Brewery, Germany. Bitburger is the #2 selling beer in Germany and one of the best cases of beer you can buy for under $20.00.
5. Yuengling Lager.
4.7% ABV, Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville, PA United States. The Yuengling Brewery is the 4th largest brewery in the United States and the Lager is a classic staple beer on the East Coast. Yuengling Lager Light might also be the best light beer in the world; without a doubt it’s Top 5.
6. Pilsner Urquell.
4.4% ABV. Plensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic. Perhaps the most famous Pilsner in the world, Pilsner Urquell is the #2 selling beer in the Czech Republic.
4.8% ABV. Warsteiner Brewery, Germany. Warsteiner is the #3 selling beer in Germany but has a huge market overseas. This is a great Pilsner. It also has one of the coolest labels in all of beer. You know you like it. Don’t kid yourself.
8. Stella Artois.
5.5% ABV. Stella Artois Brewing, Belgium. Stella Artois is the best selling Belgian beer outside of Belgium. Stella is a solid beer but tends to skunk easily.
9. Amstel Light.
3.5% ABV. Amstel Brewery, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amstel Light is one of the best light beers in the world and the #1 imported light beer in the United States.
10. Dos Equis Lager.
4.5% ABV, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Monterey Mexico. We never thought we would put Dos Equis above Corona but last week, we tried a Dos Equis and a Corona with what might have been the greatest fajita ever, and the Dos Equis emerged as the ideal beer with Mexican cuisine. The Dos Equis is slightly thicker and slightly sweeter than Corona and it doesn’t need a god damn lemon. Dos Equis is the #3 selling beer in Mexico.
11. Corona Extra.
4.6% ABV. Grupo Modello, Mexico City, Mexico. I can already feel the craft beer geeks cringing as their reading this but who cares? Corona is a refreshing beer and perfect or the summertime. Corona is also the #1 selling imported beer in America.
6.0%. Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland. Guinness is the #2 beer in Ireland and Irelands #1 beer export. Guinness sells 2 billion pints a year. Guinness is the #1 selling stout in the world. If you like Guinness, try the Victory Donnybrook. They’re very similar but the Donnybrook has a bit more flavor and a bit more bite.
13. Heineken Lager.
5.0% ABV. Heineken Brewery, Netherlands. Heineken is the #2 selling imported beer in America and the 7th best selling beer in the world. It does skunk too easy though, but is still very refreshing.
14. Becks German Pilsner.
5.0% ABV. Becks Brewery, Bremen, Germany. Becks sells over 720 million liters a year. That’s not peanuts.
15. Red Stripe Jamaican Lager.
4.7% ABV, Desnoes & Geddes Brewing, Kingston Jamaica. Red Stripe is a very refreshing beer, especially when you’re watching the sunset in Montego Bay or dining on a cliff in Negril. However, after 8 days and nights at a Jamaican all inclusive with nothing other than Red Stripe, it gets a little tired. Red Stripe has over $8 billion in sales annually.
16. Carlsberg Pilsner.
5.0% ABV. Carlsberg, Denmark. Carlsberg dominates the Denmark beer market with 95% of total beer sales. That’s ridiculous.
Source: The Daily Bugle, the New York Times, the Guardian, Beerinfo.com, Faq.org & Beeradvocate.com
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