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(Vox)   1 in 5 beers sold in America is a Bud Light. But wait, it gets worse. Bud Light Lime outsells just about everything that could be called a craft beer   (vox.com) divider line 215
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2014-04-16 09:44:18 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.


If it's 115 degrees I'll stick with water thenkyewveddymuch
 
2014-04-16 09:45:18 PM  

MFAWG: king_nacho: if you want to spend less than $20 an drink a case a beer, you can't do that on %INSERT FAVORITE CRAFT BEER HERE%.

I don't understand why this surprises anybody. Craft beers are expensive, and very few make light bodied beers, and by the time they make it to the local grocery store they aren't really craft brews anymore.

Sometimes a 5 dollar 6 pack is the right tool for the job, and if you can't see that you're probably an asshole.


I think I just need to save this for a stock response anytime a beer thread is posted on fark. So much this.
 
2014-04-16 09:46:11 PM  
As much as I despite Budweiser and Coors products, I have to admit that, on a hot day at the pool, a Bud Light Lime actually tastes pretty darned good. Don't get me wrong, I love me some craft beer, and I go to local brewery tap rooms all the time, but a hot crowded pool is neither the time nor the place for a heavy trippel or even something like a brown ale. It's all about context. That and I don't really want to spend $80 on beer for an afternoon at the pool.
 
2014-04-16 09:47:22 PM  
shtychkn:

Also. Crap TV is more popular then good shows. game of Thrones and walking dead would be canceled if they were on broadcast tv.

Game of Thrones would never have gotten on broadcast TV with the boobies and rape and medium-core girl-on-girl action
 
2014-04-16 09:48:38 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.


Last July I rode 350 miles on a motorcycle from Corpus to Orange, TX; 110+ in the hot sunlight, and that heat off the black asphalt highway made it a lot worse.

I stopped at a restaurant after 6 hours of riding, ordered a Mexican deluxe dinner "----and the coldest beer ya got!"

"We have this major brand light, that major brand light and the other major brand light," she replied. "which would you like?"

"Young lady," I told her,  'anyone who would drink light beer would probably put out the lights to make love, but I will forgive you.  Fetch anything, as long as it's cold!"

Well, the beer was fresh from the refrigerator, well colder than the 54 degrees Fahrenheit which is the prefect temperature, and the mug was fresh from the freezer which made it even colder.  But the tacos were excellent, the enchiladas were great, and after staring at hot asphalt all day long in Texas in July, ANYTHING would have tasted good.

But light beer really hit the spot that day, I grudgingly concede it has its uses.
 
2014-04-16 09:49:36 PM  
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2014-04-16 09:51:24 PM  

anuran: Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.

If it's 115 degrees I'll stick with water thenkyewveddymuch


When you live in Vegas that means taking about half the year off from having beer while the sun shines.

NO FREAKING THANK YOU
 
2014-04-16 09:52:17 PM  
So wait, a beer can't be both imported and craft? Not cool, chart.
 
2014-04-16 09:53:14 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.

Or you could drink a Sam Summer.


Or a Sam Golden Pilsner before they took it away forever 15 years ago. :(
 
2014-04-16 09:54:31 PM  
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2014-04-16 09:54:54 PM  
One of my favorite summer beers:

beerpulse.com
 
2014-04-16 09:55:31 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.


This. I like a good craft beer, and my local purveyor stocks quite the selection of expensive six packs of beers that I've never heard of that I love to try, and do with pretty good frequency.

That said, if I want some beer  for an afternoon in the yard with the lawnmower, garden and BBQ, I'm stocking the patio cooler with those refreshing blue cans that cost $14 for an 18 pack at the same liquor store that sells all of those craft beers. Even the guy behind the counter that seems to have infinite knowledge of all things beer readily admits that Bud Light is the right tool for a day in the yard.
 
2014-04-16 09:55:54 PM  
If you're buyin', I'm drinkin'.

/whatever it is you're paying for.
 
2014-04-16 09:58:40 PM  
What the fark do you care what kind of beer other people drink?

I mostly drink Shiner Bock.  I doubt you call that a craft beer either.  I like it, so I don't really care what you think.

By nature, the term craft beer tends to mean "Some small time operation with hardly any sales and very high prices, only available locally".

Paying extra money for beer that isn't good enough to generate significant sales just so you can scream "I drink craft beer you've never heard of and that makes me better" is stupid.
 
2014-04-16 09:59:09 PM  

Likwit: doglover: "craft" is a synonym for overpriced. That said, Bud Light isn't really beer. In Japan they have two legal definitions for a fermented barley drink.

Beer is heavily taxed and contains at least 67% malt. It's taxed pretty good.

The other one is "happoshu" or "bubbling alcohol" and is less than 67% malt and not so heavily taxed. Many blends are less than 25% malt.


Bud Light, while the recipe is secret, must contain less malt than normal Budweiser which already has up to 30% rice. Even a 3% decrease in malt content would make it legally "not beer".

They're also so far behind the curve on craft beer that they're about to loose their foodie cred. Japanese beer is garbage.

I know that's not what you were getting at, but I needed to vent. Had a nomikai last night at a bar with no whiskey and I'm grumpy.


They have excellent beers but their beer culture is so backwards and their laws so messed up it is very hard to find them in Japan... Hitachino Nest and Echigo spring to mind as brewers of excellent beer, but I can find Hitachino more easily in America than I could in Japan. Echigo appeared in the supermarket and then disappeared again, leaving me annoyed. I can find it here in Hawaii, though. Too expensive by half, though.

Also had a very good local beer in Kyoto.

That said, by the end of my 3 month stay there I had given up and was drinking canned chuhai and happoshu (which at least admitted it wasn't beer and wasn't too bad yet was much cheaper).

Bud Light is basically happoshu, it's not that bad, just that it has no special quality in terms of taste. Boring and easy to drink.
 
2014-04-16 09:59:23 PM  
I always thought the craft beer nerds were like the guys who used to read Playboy articles. Yeah, there great articles but you are only fooling one person with that line.
I'll drink whatever, but having known too many micro brewers over the years, I'll take my chances with mass produced swill that has a quality control program.
 
2014-04-16 10:00:34 PM  
I get the need to drink mass produced light beer, as long as it's Miller Lite
 
2014-04-16 10:00:42 PM  

olddinosaur: For beer snobbery in reverse, I will open with Budweiser Clamato Chelada with jalapeno; best emetic you can buy if there is no ipecac.

But to exercise my natural expertise in the matter---and to rub your noses in it of course---NO BEER is at its best from the bottle, at least it is a cheap imitation.  All beers must be on draught to be appreciated, preferably from an oaken keg with a wooden tap, and no contact between metal and the product, like they did in the old country.

Kloisterbrauerei Andechs forever, dude.

\\\ And funk Belgium, Bavaria lebt!


This.
/andechs was lovely!
//don't clearly remember the walk back to the train station
///but belgians can be nice too
 
2014-04-16 10:04:14 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: king_nacho: if you want to spend less than $20 an drink a case a beer, you can't do that on %INSERT FAVORITE CRAFT BEER HERE%.

I don't understand why this surprises anybody. Craft beers are expensive, and very few make light bodied beers, and by the time they make it to the local grocery store they aren't really craft brews anymore.

There are still flavorful beers that aren't expensive.  A case of Yeungling usually isn't much more than Bug Light, and is a far better beer.  A case of Sam Adams usually isn't much more than that and is better still.

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.

Different styles are better for different climates, sure, and in the middle of the FL summer (which basically goes from mid-April through Mid-October) I don't really want to drink Guinness either.  However, there are nice affordable refreshing beers that actually have some flavor.  I'm partial to Sierra Nevada myself.


I don't care for Yeungling that much, it is too bitter for me, but it doesn't matter because it isn't available here. But then again, different people have different meanings for the word affordable. You can get bud light at about 60-75 cents a can, or about a $1 a bottle. If you are out at a restaurant, beers like Yeungling are typically considered premium, and are a couple bucks more a pint.

One of the other things, no matter where you are in the US, bud light, or Budweiser will taste exactly the same.
 
2014-04-16 10:06:19 PM  
Everything you know is wrong...
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2014-04-16 10:11:53 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.


This, all day long, my friend.
 
2014-04-16 10:12:58 PM  
I'm with those who say "meh" to this. It's not like bud sales are killing the craft brewers. Most of the brewers around here sell all they can make and iirc craft brewing is the only part of the beer market that's really growing.
 
2014-04-16 10:14:08 PM  

revrendjim: I switched to light and ultra for everyday beer for health reasons (carbs and calories). As a homebrewer this is a little embarrassing, but I've lost 20 pounds so STFU.


I really need to make that switch, just for the week days.
When I started brewing at home, I gained about 20lbs +\- g'damn calories.

Congrats!
 
2014-04-16 10:15:08 PM  
I weep for this nation.

/weeping
 
2014-04-16 10:15:49 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.


You listed two different styles of beer neither of which people normally would go for when its 115 degrees out. Furthermore there are plenty of beers that are great to sip on in high heat but that  is not  to say  that chugging the water that you call beer is a bad thing either.
 
2014-04-16 10:16:34 PM  

revrendjim: I switched to light and ultra for everyday beer for health reasons (carbs and calories). As a homebrewer this is a little embarrassing, but I've lost 20 pounds so STFU.


Same here, except I'm brewing my own.  Making light beer is hard.  People can mock it all they want, but as a brewer, I've got nothing but respect for Bud and Miller.  I haven't lost any, but I've at least stopped gaining weight.
 
2014-04-16 10:17:56 PM  

doglover: "craft" is a synonym for overpriced. That said, Bud Light isn't really beer. In Japan they have two legal definitions for a fermented barley drink.

Beer is heavily taxed and contains at least 67% malt. It's taxed pretty good.

The other one is "happoshu" or "bubbling alcohol" and is less than 67% malt and not so heavily taxed. Many blends are less than 25% malt.


Bud Light, while the recipe is secret, must contain less malt than normal Budweiser which already has up to 30% rice. Even a 3% decrease in malt content would make it legally "not beer".


Malt isn't a type of grain, it is a process performed on the grain. barley, wheat, rice, corn and other grains can be malted. That 30% rice is malted.
 
2014-04-16 10:20:17 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: 1 in 5 beers sold in America is a Bud Light

Well then it MUST suck. That's the only reason it sells so well, right. Kinda like how McDonalds managed to sell billions of burgers by making crap that nobody could possibly find appealing. Or how WalMart became the biggest retailer by having stores that no one shops in.


Brand loyalty, convenience and price.
 
2014-04-16 10:22:02 PM  
Its cheap and in 40oz bottles and down the street, sometimes I buy miller lite.  It takes a drive to get to the growler store.  And that is only useful if I have $35 or more for a half gallon of the good stuff.
 
2014-04-16 10:22:04 PM  

doglover: In Japan


Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.
 
2014-04-16 10:24:50 PM  
I'm a huge IPA fan, I am preferential to Lagunitas Maximus, most of the time I usually end up getting Sierra Nevada torpedo. That being said I think I act a lot, and when I'm out on the river there's pretty much no other beer that I would want except for a Bud Light with lime, it's actually refreshing, it satisfies your need to drink a beer without getting you all sweaty and sluggish. Make fun of it all you want, it's actually pretty damn good.
 
2014-04-16 10:25:41 PM  
bier ist gut

if anyone ever gets around Omaha try that Lucky Bucket pre-prohibition beer. It tastes like how budweiser is supposed to.
 
2014-04-16 10:26:01 PM  

NewWorldDan: revrendjim: I switched to light and ultra for everyday beer for health reasons (carbs and calories). As a homebrewer this is a little embarrassing, but I've lost 20 pounds so STFU.

Same here, except I'm brewing my own.  Making light beer is hard.  People can mock it all they want, but as a brewer, I've got nothing but respect for Bud and Miller.  I haven't lost any, but I've at least stopped gaining weight.


Amen. I tried brewing something light and it was just awful. Now I give my money to AB/Miller-Coors, and brew something nice for special occasions.
 
2014-04-16 10:26:12 PM  

DoctorCal: doglover: In Japan

Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.


WTF dude?
 
2014-04-16 10:29:15 PM  

grumpfuff: One of my favorite summer beers:

[beerpulse.com image 575x423]


Hear Hear
 
2014-04-16 10:29:55 PM  

king_nacho: TuteTibiImperes: king_nacho: if you want to spend less than $20 an drink a case a beer, you can't do that on %INSERT FAVORITE CRAFT BEER HERE%.

I don't understand why this surprises anybody. Craft beers are expensive, and very few make light bodied beers, and by the time they make it to the local grocery store they aren't really craft brews anymore.

There are still flavorful beers that aren't expensive.  A case of Yeungling usually isn't much more than Bug Light, and is a far better beer.  A case of Sam Adams usually isn't much more than that and is better still.

Sin_City_Superhero: When it's 115 degrees here in the Vegas desert, I strongly encourage y'all to chug your Guinness Extra Stouts, and your Heineken Darks. Me? I'll stick to a light, refreshing beer...like Bud Light.

Different styles are better for different climates, sure, and in the middle of the FL summer (which basically goes from mid-April through Mid-October) I don't really want to drink Guinness either.  However, there are nice affordable refreshing beers that actually have some flavor.  I'm partial to Sierra Nevada myself.

I don't care for Yeungling that much, it is too bitter for me, but it doesn't matter because it isn't available here. But then again, different people have different meanings for the word affordable. You can get bud light at about 60-75 cents a can, or about a $1 a bottle. If you are out at a restaurant, beers like Yeungling are typically considered premium, and are a couple bucks more a pint.

One of the other things, no matter where you are in the US, bud light, or Budweiser will taste exactly the same.


True enough, everyone has their own tastes, and prices can vary by region.  Yeungling is cheap and common in the Mid-Atlantic area.  'Yeungs and Wings' nights with $1 Yeungling drafts and 25 cent wings were pretty common in a lot of the bars in my town.  Since they've opened up a brewery in FL it's not uncommon to see 12 packs of Yeungling bottles on sale for $7-$9.

Some of the craft breweries are really starting to stretch the limits when it comes to pricing though.  I like to try new beers, and Total Wine & More always has a nice selection, but wow, some breweries are pretty damn proud of their product by what they're asking for it.  I've seen more and more 750ml bottles going for close to $20/per lately.  At those prices it's hard to justify picking a few up just to try.
 
2014-04-16 10:31:54 PM  
I have had many days where any beer was a good beer, as long as it has not gone sour, it is good.
I think there are lots of people here who agree with me.
Same goes for wine, even more so.  Even cheap wine can be very good.
 
2014-04-16 10:32:10 PM  
Nobody in the US has any Idea about Beer, The history and the how and whys.

so now go suck on a "duck" and flap out,
 
2014-04-16 10:32:13 PM  

whistleridge: Actually, soft drinks sell more than beer and bottled water combined


160 gallons of soft drinks per person a year? That's almost half a gallon a day. Holy shiat.
 
2014-04-16 10:36:26 PM  
Here's why I scoff at Bud Light: it simply tastes terrible, and there are so many other options out there.

It's like eating Hershey's chocolate.
 
2014-04-16 10:36:50 PM  

grokca: Bud Lite Lime, best advertising campaign ever.
1.Take a crappy beer
2. put some artificial lime flavour in it.
3. higher profits.


Hey now, Bud Light Lime, A.K.A. Bud Light with a shot of Gay, is made with 100% Natural Lime Flavor (whatever the fark that means).
 
2014-04-16 10:37:06 PM  

DoctorCal: DoctorCal: doglover: In Japan

Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.

WTF dude?


Ok ok, sorry, doglover.

But I give you this:


Anyone who drinks microbrewery beer also tends to:

1. Own a TV but haven't turned it on in years
2. Ride a bike to work wearing spandex stretch trousers
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Feign disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac
 
2014-04-16 10:38:04 PM  

revrendjim: I switched to light and ultra for everyday beer for health reasons (carbs and calories). As a homebrewer this is a little embarrassing, but I've lost 20 pounds so STFU.


Unfortunately for me, I favor the dark fruit flavors common to Belgian brews.  In an effort to try and lose weight, I'm limiting myself to half servings.  Kudos to you on your weight loss.
 
2014-04-16 10:38:08 PM  

DoctorCal: doglover: In Japan

Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.


DoctorCal: DoctorCal: doglover: In Japan

Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.

WTF dude?


DoctorCal: DoctorCal: DoctorCal: doglover: In Japan

Oh, for the love of god, STFU. Nobody cares.

WTF dude?

Ok ok, sorry, doglover.

But I give you this:


Anyone who drinks microbrewery beer also tends to:

1. Own a TV but haven't turned it on in years
2. Ride a bike to work wearing spandex stretch trousers
3. Watch Japanese children's cartoons on a Mac
4. Appreciate the warmth of vinyl phonograph records
5. Read books at Starbucks
6. Claim to prefer girls with small breasts
7. Make snide remarks about Wal-Mart.
8. Walk past a smoker and force pretentious coughing noises
9. Take comfort in believing size doesn't matter
10. Feign disgust at the idea of eating a Big Mac


Helps if you remember to log into the right account.
 
2014-04-16 10:43:53 PM  

whatshisname: whistleridge: Actually, soft drinks sell more than beer and bottled water combined

160 gallons of soft drinks per person a year? That's almost half a gallon a day. Holy shiat.


And people wonder why Americans are fat...
 
2014-04-16 10:45:12 PM  

Cheeseface: FriarReb98: who despite having multiple sources of good beer will still stock his cooler in the summer with Coors Light.

^What this guy said. Only beer snobs who are so snobby they have no friends have issues knocking back some pisswasser from time to time with their buddies. ESPECIALLY if it's 1000 degrees outside.

However there's tons of drinkable craft/"craft" beer out there. New Belgium Shift lager immediately comes to mind, and Terrapin Recreation Ale if you're in Georgia.


I'd rather have a Leinenkugel Summer Shandy or a Bell's Oberon if it's hot out, though I do admit that when I was in Austin and it was 104 with 80% humidity (winds off the gulf) a cold Bud or a Corona wasn't bad.
 
2014-04-16 10:45:42 PM  

whistleridge: whatshisname: whistleridge: Actually, soft drinks sell more than beer and bottled water combined

160 gallons of soft drinks per person a year? That's almost half a gallon a day. Holy shiat.

And people wonder why Americans are fat...


What's really scary is I know quite a few people who drink little to no soda, so that implies there are people out there drinking a gallon+ every day.
 
2014-04-16 10:46:14 PM  

Dahnkster: I think Michael Jackson said it best...
[curezone.com image 400x357] [gamedayr.com image 640x640]

But, If
You're Thinkin'
About My Baby
It Don't Matter If You're
Black Or White


How is that NOT Philadelphia?
 
2014-04-16 10:46:23 PM  
Oh lawd another keystone cop.
 
2014-04-16 10:47:23 PM  

grumpfuff: Helps if you remember to log into the right account.


Troll Busted!
 
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