In the land of the free and the home of the brave, we have no one supreme ruler. Instead, we have a president (currently we’re lucky enough to be entertained by a ragtag group of presidential candidates, perfect for poking fun at) who serves as our leader — but the president’s role is certainly not that of a king.[related]
Arguably, the closest thing to a king that Americans have is beer (which, incidentally, just to complete the circle, our current president has been know to enjoy (and even make himself.) Many of us will blindly follow beer into any battle, supporting the decisions that it makes for us without hesitation. Have you ever experienced an alcohol-induced blackout? If so, you may have followed King Beer a bit more blindly than others. Billy Currington nailed it when he sang, “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.”
If you were to look at a list of the most popular beers by state, you’d notice that our 50 nifty United States bend the knee to a wide variety of stately sovereign brews. Each state has its own domestic, craft, or imported beer of choice, and you can learn a bit about the population of a state by seeing which beer it has decided reigns supreme.
As a nation, however, the United States favors a fairly standard selection of domestic and imported beers — there are no craft beers on our list of the 10 best-selling beers in America. While the beer snob inside of us is saddened by the fact that none of our 50 Best Craft Breweries in America 2016 produce nationwide best-sellers, we understand that there’s something to be said about the vast drinkability and availability of the beers our compatriots choose most. Instead of whiskey-barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts and lively, fruity barleywines, you’ll find that Americans are buying trusty, time-tested fridge-stockers like Coors Light and Corona, as well as frat-house favorites like Bud Light and Natural Light.
When looking at the 10 best-selling beers in America from a health standpoint (yes, there is a place for beer in a healthy diet), it’s important to note that each brew is relatively light and simple. More complex varieties tend to be heavier and higher in calories (if lighter beers are king, darker brews are the king’s sage advisory council). We’ve gone ahead and crunched some numbers in order to show you the total calorie, carb, and protein counts for a 12-ounce American standard serving size (standard serving sizes of booze are debated on a global scale) of the most popular brews in the United States.