Sunday, June 20, 2010

American Beer

So I had a beer last night, and I started thinking (rare, I know) "why are there both imported and domestic beers on the menu?" No, I was not intoxicated, I promise. Then I wondered "do other countries import American beer?" I believe the answer is a big fat NO.

Now here's my reasoning: if we import beers from other countries, then there must be something extra special about them, something that separates them from our own beers - otherwise, why would we spend the extra money to have them brought over here? But, I ask, why don't we (or why can't we) replicate it in our own brews? [caveat: I am referring to the popular American pale lagers, such as Budweiser, Miller, and Coors. I consider microbreweries and home brews as part of a different category altogether] Why doe we like the watered-down taste of these cheap and popular brands? And why do we have to import beer?

We export Coke, pop music, movies, fashion, McDonalds - but why not beer? Feedback?

This is an article on the general subject:

I prefer darker beers for their rich and substantial taste - stouts and the like. I also like Yuengling Traditional Lager, Labatt Blue, and Guinness. I'm not a big fan of pale ales.


  1. Hey little one...this might be a prompt for you to go abroad. They DO import American beer around the world. Every bar I ever went to in Europe had Budweiser (and all the ones in South America too, come to think of it). A lot of them had Miller, too. It's a global brand, just like Heineken.

  2. My understanding is that American beer was very different before Prohibition and that after Prohibition is when the pale ales/weak stuff took off, because despite all the bootlegging lore, most people had a pretty low tolerance when beer came back.