When it comes to the world of beer, a diverse and ever-growing array of choices awaits beer lovers. Some brands have become popular, becoming staples in gatherings, bars, and households. The journey to becoming a popular beer is influenced by taste, marketing, cultural significance, and social media buzz.

A recent survey conducted by the market research firm YouGov examined the awareness and favorability of 75 different beer brands. They surveyed 1,400 Americans between April and June. Based on the survey, the top ten most popular beers include Guinness, Corona, Heineken, Samuel Adams, Blue Moon, Budweiser, Modelo, Corona Extra, Stella Artois, and Coors.

The survey also reveals that Ireland’s well-known beer, Guinness, is the most popular choice among respondents. With 98% recognition and a favorable rating of 58%. These numbers increased since last year having 91% recognition and a popularity rating of 50%.

Top 5 most popular beer for millennials

For Millennials, the top five most popular beers were Guinness, Modelo, White Claw, Bud Light, and Blue Moon. Gen X-ers favored Guinness, Corona, Heineken, Stella Artois, and Samuel Adams. Meanwhile, the top five beers for Baby Boomers were Samuel Adams, Guinness, Heineken, Corona, and Blue Moon.

Comparing the current rankings to their previous year’s results, the top ten most popular beers showed slight variations. With  Guinness, Heineken, Corona, Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Miller, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Bud Light, and Dos Equis making last year’s list.

While Bud Light had the highest recognition rate at 98%, its popularity was only 42%. It faced some controversies due to its one-time sponsorship of a transgender social media influencer. This move resulted in boycotts and declining sales.

According to USA Today, Modelo Especial surpassed Bud Light as the top-selling beer brand in the U.S. in both May and June. In the survey, Bud Light dropped to the 15th most popular beer brand, down from its ninth position last year.

Guinness has a rich history in the U.S., with records dating back to 1817 when it was first brought to the country. In 2018, the Diageo-owned beermaker opened the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland, marking its first U.S. brewery in over six decades. Another Open Gate Brewery is opening in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood later in the summer. Despite its U.S. presence, the iconic Guinness stout is still brewed in Ireland, but it remains a top choice for many Americans.

Are These The Best Beers?

Summer is coming, and that means sitting on the patio sipping a frosty brew with your friends! The “patio beer” is one of my favorites, especially as someone who lives in the Midwest where apparently it’s still winter in May. We sat down and thought about it, and there are plenty of great beers one can have throughout the year! Here’s some other great beers we’re looking forward to having this year!

  • The Patio Beer

    As mentioned above, the patio beer is one of our favorites. Whether it’s a warm spring day or a cool summer night, the patio beer usually means we’re hanging out in someone’s bitchin’ backyard or at one of the many restaurants that feature a patio. More often than not, the restaurant patio is next to a busy road so we’d prefer the backyard patio beer.

  • The Airport Beer

    There are many positive parts to the airport beer. First, there are really no laws or judgement when it comes to the airport beer. You’re more than likely heading out on a vacation which means it is acceptable to order that beer at 7AM, maybe even two! No better way to start a vacation than with an overpriced beer before you board your plane. You don’t even care about how much it cost because you’re heading out on VAY-CAY! The other side of the airport beer is when you’re heading home from your travels. Maybe it was a work trip that was successful or less than successful, the airport beer is here to support you. Maybe it was a great vacation and you’re ending on a high note, airport beer is here to wrap things up the fun way! And if your vacation was less than ideal, airport beer is here for your sorrows. You really can’t go wrong with the airport beer.

  • The Airplane Beer

    A lot of similar positives as the airport beer. Are they overpriced? Sure, but sometimes you need it. Just keep in mind that alcohol affects you differently at 30,000 feet. As someone who once left her wallet on the plane after a few beers, you’ll want to remember this one.

  • The Happy Hour Beer

    It doesn’t get much better than leaving work early and heading to happy hour! Usually there’s a discount on the drinks and the appetizers! You can’t beat that! Especially if it’s on a Friday!

  • The After Work Beer

    Not to be confused with the happy hour beer. The after work beer usually has a different motive going into it. The after work beer is when you and one or two co-workers finish out your full day at work and then decide you HAVE to go get a beer because something ridiculous happened that day. Was it a meeting that could have been an email? Did your computer crash in the middle of a presentation? Did you have a super successful sales meeting and you want to celebrate with your work besties? The after work beer is always there for your ups and downs.

  • The Beer League Beer

    A lot of us played sports in our youth, and at some point we realized we weren’t getting scouted to play at a D1 college and certainly not making it to the big leagues. That’s where the beer league comes in! The beer league is where you can still play your favorite sport and drink a frosty brew when you’re on the bench. Some people take the beer league a little too seriously and ruin it for everyone else. If you’re that person, relax. It’s beer league. You’re not playing in the majors and you never will.

  • The Beach/Pool Beer

    Is there anything better than sitting on a beach or pool deck, wind in your hair, sipping your favorite brew? No, there’s not. If you’re enjoying a beach/pool beer, you’re probably on vacation which is a great place to be. Just make sure the beach/pool allows alcohol and that it’s in a can. Glass isn’t typically allowed in these places, and don’t forget to clean up after yourself!

  • The Hotel Balcony Beer

    The hotel balcony beer has a similar feel to the beach beer. You’re probably on vacation and getting ready for a night on the town. Or you just got back from having beach beers. Either way, it’s always fun to drink a beer on a balcony with your buds on vacation!

  • The Break-Up Beer

    Did you just break up with your long time partner? Maybe it was a quick fling. It doesn’t matter, beer is always there for you. In the words of country singer Luke Combs, “beer never broke my heart.”

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