Did you know that beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage? Do you love beer? How about beer trivia? Do you know the top selling beers in the major parts of the world? How many of the following beers have you tried?
1. USA: Bud Light
Surprise surprise, Budweiser isn’t the top selling beer in America despite what many might think. In a country that consumes between 27 to 32 million metric tons of beer a year, apparently Bud Light — Budweiser’s flagship light beer with 4.2% ABV and 110 calories per 12 ounce serving — is the preferred beer in the USA.
2. Canada: Labatt Blue
Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Canada, in term of both volume and dollar value. Weirdly, most of Canada’s beers are actually American beers that are brewed domestically. Having said that, the best selling beer in Canada is Labatt Blue which is brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. (owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev).
Moosehead (Moosehead Breweries Limited) is Canada’s oldest independent brewery, controlling about 5.5% of the Canadian market.
3. Brazil: Skol
Brazil is the world’s fourth largest market for beer with over 88 million barrels produced in 2010. Skol is the top selling beer in Brazil is brewed by AmBev, the owner of the Brahma, Antarctica, Bohemia and Skol brands. AmBev merged with Belgium’s Interbrew (Stella Artois, Becks, Staropramen and many others) to form the world’s largest brewer, now known as InBev.
4. Mexico: Corona
Um, no surprises here. Corona Extra, better known as Corona, is a brand of pale lager owned and produced by Cerveceria Modelo. But did you know that beer is commonly drunk with lime juice in Mexico. A beer cocktail called a michelada consists of light beer with lots of lime juice, salt and can include chilli powder, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or tomato juice — yum!
5. Chile: Cerveza Cristal
Pisco and rum are popular alcoholic drinks in Chile, however there has been a slow increase in the sales of pale ale from local microbreweries. Cerveza Cristal is the top selling beer brewed in Chile by Compañía de Cervecerías Unidas.
That’s the end of Part 1. In Part 2, we’ll be taking a look at the top selling beers in Europe.
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