Since being the “best” at something is subjective, I looked at the top selling beer in different countries and these “best” brewers are based upon who brews the top selling beers in several countries.
United States- Anheuser-Busch
Bud Light is the top selling beer in the US, despite the belief by many that it’s Budweiser. It is sold in the US, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Columbia, and Sweden. Bud Light is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch is a United States based company and has 12 breweries. The breweries are located in Missouri, Texas, New Jersey, California (2), Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, Virginia, Colorado, New York, and Georgia. Their top selling beers are Bud Light and Budweiser, and they are among the top selling beers in the world. Anheuser-Busch has received numerous awards for corporate business, environmental service, community service, employer of choice, responsibility, sales, and diversity.
Canada- North American Breweries
In Canada, the Canadian beer of choice is Labatt Blue, brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. Labatt Brewing was founded in 1847 in London, Ontario by John Kinder Labatt. The company is now part of North American Breweries. Labatt Blue is sold in all provinces of Canada and most of the United States; in Quebec it is sold under the name Labatt Bleue. Labatt Blue was first produced in 1951 and has a fresh, sweet taste with a light color, balance, and slight hop aroma. Labatt Blue and Blue Light were Gold Medalists in the 2004 World Beer Cup. Beer Cup, Labatt Blue and Blue Light are the two top-selling Canadian imports in the United States. The other top selling brands of North American Breweries are Seagram’s Escapes and Dundee Ales.
Mexico- Grupo Modelo
Corona is the best selling beer in Mexico, and is owned and produced by Grupo Modelo. It has been brewed since 1925 and is the company’s best selling beer. Corona is the top selling imported beer in the US, and a top selling beer internationally. It is available in over 150 countries. Grupo Modelo also brews and distributes the Modelo Especial, Victoria, Negra Modelo, Estrella, Pacifico, Montejo and Leon brands. Corona is a great tasting beer, especially when you add lime! I have to say I’m not a big beer drinker, but Corona is my favorite. Grupo Modelo is a participant in community services, such as relief efforts in the recent Haiti earthquake, and has recieved awards for their product packaging, environmental efforts, social responsibility The National Agro-Food Award, and the American Award for Quality.
Germany- Krombacher Brewery
The best selling beer in Germany is Krombacher Pils, brewed in Kreuztal-Krombach by The Krombacher Brewery Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH & Co. KG. The beer is brewed with fresh mountain spring water. The brewery was started in 1803 by the Schadeberg family and is still owned by the family. Krombacher is exported from Germany to 48 countries, including France, Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Spain, South Korea, and Greece.
Netherlands- Heineken Brewery
Heineken is the best selling beer in the Netherlands and a top US import. Heineken is brewed by the Heineken Brewery. The company was started in 1863, when Gerard Adriaan Heineken purchased the De Hooiberg Brewery. The company has over 110 breweries worldwide, and is sold in 170 countries. The brewery has won numerous awards, it’s earliest being the Medaille d’Or (Gold Medal) in Paris in 1875, Diplome d’Honneurs (Honorary Diploma) in Amsterdam 1883, Grand Prix in Paris in 1889, and Hors Concours Membre du Jury in Paris in 1900.
Ireland- Diageo PLC, Guinness & Co.
Guinness Beer is undoubtedly the best selling beer (or stout) in Ireland. The beer has been brewed for 250 years, and the brewery was started by Arthur Guinness. Guinness is available in over 100 countries and has almost 50 breweries. The biggest markets for Guinness are Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, the US and Cameroon. Guinness was given the Queen’s Award for Technology Achievement and numerous advertising awards. It lives up to the name of stout, it has a strong thick look and taste.
Top 10 Beer Brewers in the US:
1. Anheuser-Busch InBev St. Louis, MO
2. MillerCoors Brewing Co. Chicago, IL
3. Pabst Brewing Co. Woodridge, IL
4. Boston Beer Co. Boston, MA
5. D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. Pottsville, PA
6. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA
7. Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. Woodinville, WA
8. New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins, CO
9. High Falls Brewing Co. Rocheste, NY
10. Spoetzl Brewery Shiner, TX
Roger Wade, “Best Selling Beers Around the World”
“Who Has the Best Selling Beers”, Food and Beverage Underground