There are lots of kinds of beer drinkers…those who wouldn’t be caught dead with an American Pilsner from a major brewery, those who wouldn’t consider anything else, and the entire spectrum in between. But in the race to taste every micro, spring-water brewed ale with as many IBUs as possible, the question still deserves discussing: which cheap beer is actually worth drinking. And by cheap, we mean cheap…like, wherein Bud Light – the United State’s best selling beer – is too expensive. Troy Patterson decided to try ’em all, and wrote his findings for Slate. He says,
To survey the world of cheap beer is to examine a complicated terrain of class markers, class solidarity, and classiness indices…What, exactly, are you getting when you pay less? Sometimes, it is the local pride of a traditional favorite… Sometimes, it is a can of relatively palatable foreign swill marked down for complex cultural reasons… And sometimes you are getting an economy-priced headache. Let’s knock back a mixed six-pack of notable brands.
He reports his findings on Natural Light, Milwaukee’s Best, Busch, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and the local-ish Porkslap Pale Ale. Get the full report at Slate:
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