Bottoms up: Four Best-Selling Beer Brands


According to a Gallup poll, 42 percent of alcohol-drinking Americans prefer beer over other alcoholic beverages. While recent trends show that craft beer is gaining popularity, the country still has a soft spot for big commercial beer brands. A recent 24/7 Wall St. study reviewed the data for domestic shipping volume that was provided by advocacy group Beer Marketer’s Insights. We’ve trawled through their findings to bring you the top four beer brands America can’t get enough of.

Bud Light

Bud Light, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev shipped 29,350,000 barrels of its finest in 2018. Though sales have been on the decline since 2013, the brand is still doing extremely well with Americans. Fun fact: after Bud Light put out ads claiming that it doesn’t use corn syrup in its beer, corn farmers responded by pouring cans of Bud Light down the drain.

Coors Light

Coor Light (Parent company MillerCoors) shipped 14,875,000 barrels in 2018. This beer has a clean, light flavor that goes down easy. It isn’t a diet beer by any stretch, but it is low calorie and low-carb which appeals to the health-conscious.

Miller Lite

This is another popular low-calorie beer. The brand, which has a bit of a storied history, shipped 12,575,000 barrels in 2018. This beer was sold under different brand names till 1972 which is when Miller bought and reformulated it. In 1975, the beer was branded as Miller Lite and a popular TV campaign and several celebrity endorsements made it the household name it is today.


Budweiser is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, and the brand shipped 11,300,000 barrels in 2018. If you’re not a fan of light beers, chances are you’re a Budweiser loyalist. The brand is the only best-selling brew that isn’t a light. The beer is brewed by carbonating it with actively fermenting beer. Treated beechwood strips which help collect yeast and increase its contact with the beer are added to the brew as it is being carbonated. This is a brewing process called krausening and removes off-flavors and reduces the carbonation time.