Sometimes, it’s the cheap beer that’s the best beer to grab ahead of a day at the beach, a big house party, on game day, or even for a Friday night of drinking home alone.
This isn’t because it’s got the most developed and rich flavor profiles, but, rather, it’s a way of drinking without completely breaking the budget. These beers may not be original, exotic, or craft IPAS or sours, but they offer a sense of normalcy and dependency.
You can always count on a case of Miller Lite at the store, but finding the #adulting beer from Evil Genius Beer Company or the 668 The Neighbor of the Beast beer from New England Brewing may not be quite as easy each time.
Each state has its own preference when it comes to these cheap brews as well. There’s more than enough to pick from, meaning there’s enough room for preferences as well.
Cheap Bear Preferences By State
When it comes to cheap brews on the grocery store shelves, plenty do the trick. Workshopedia conducted research over the last year to determine which of these cheap beers is most favored in each U.S. state. They did so by creating a list of 36 inexpensive beers. They then tracked Google Trends search data over a 1-year period.
One popular choice is the Michelob Ultra beer, which is the fan-favorite for states like Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Another insanely popular choice is Bud Light. This is the beer of choice in Alaska, Iowa, Massachusetts, and West Virginia. It’s not quite as many states as you’d expect, given the surge of popularity this brand has. In fact, according to Statista, Budweiser was ranked as the most valued beer brand worldwide in 2020. Heineken and Stella Artois are in second and third.
Another popular choice is Coors Light which is the favorite in Arizona, California, Minnesota, and Nevada. Natural Light has won over states like Connecticut, Deleware, Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. This appears to be the most popular of the non-expensive selections.
Some outlier winners include Keystone, Yuengling, National Bohemian, Stroh’s, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Interesting And Exotic Beer Choice
A beer from Iceland made headlines after people learned exactly what goes into the beer-making process.
According to Travel + Leisure, a local brewery in Iceland called Stedji Brewery is now known for producing a seasonal beer that’s called Hvalur. This brew is now famous because it’s made with whale testicles that have been smoked in sheep’s dung.
The drink comes to life in the town of Borgarfjordur. It supposedly tastes like a porter. It has hints of caramel and it had hints of a smoky, meat taste near the end. While it may seem controversial, this beer is an Icelandic tradition. The town makes it for the annual Thorri festival in January and February.