American Macro Week: Budweiser Select

Budweiser Select. Another in the Bud family from Anheuser-Busch, introduced very recently (2005) as their super-premium beer and I think it’s an all malt brew; their spec sheet talks about two-row and caramel malts and doesn’t mention any adjuncts. It’s also targeted at the low-car, low-alcohol market, without expressly being … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Bud Light

Bud Light is the "Superbowl beer"… it’s also the beer of the "Real Men of Genius" radio commercials which I actually find pretty funny and clever. Anheuser-Busch really pushes this beer as a sponsor of sporting events and claims it’s the world’s best selling beer. Not much more to say … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Miller High Life

Miller High Life might just have the best name of all of these… you gotta love any beer subtitled "The Champagne of Beers" without irony. For some reason, when I think of High Life, I want to call it "your (grand)father’s beer," not in an offensive way but because it … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Pabst Blue Ribbon

I approached reviewing Pabst Blue Ribbon with a bit of trepidation; after all, I’ve said more than once that it’s my favorite macrobrew and the best of them out there. I tend to drink it when we’re at my parents’ place, as well. So how would the beer fare in … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Coors

The original Coors is known as "the banquet beer" though I have to admit I don’t know why. I suppose because they consider it so good that it’s appropriate for a banquet? Forget about Coors Light, this beer is an(other) American classic. The spoiler is, I was very pleasantly surprised … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Keystone Light

Keystone Light was a mainstay beer of my youthful drinking days… it was available at Costco for $7.99 a case, what are you gonna do? Aside from the cheap availability of it, the most outstanding feature of this beer was—according to its commercials—lack of bitterness. You wouldn’t suffer from "bitter … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Hamm’s

I have a soft spot for Hamm’s ("the beer refreshing"), not so much for it’s drinkability factor (I never really drank this) but because, like Rainier, of the commercials they used to run. And the jingle. The jingle was huge. In fact, Wikipedia’s page on Hamm’s Brewery includes the full … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Busch Beer

Busch is the "value" brand beer from Anheuser-Busch. Apparently it’s "the country’s largest-selling subpremium-priced beer in all major demographics"… that’s a long-winded way to say "cheap." This is one of those beers for which I have the least familiarity. Here’s an interesting tidbit, though: introduced in 1955, "Busch also holds … Continue reading

American Macro Week: Rainier

Rainier is an American classic, there’s no two ways about it—one of the Pacific Northwest icons. Whether you remember the great commercials of the ’70s, or the giant "R" on top of the brewery itself, it’s hard not to look fondly upon this beer. These days, Rainier is a product … Continue reading

What’s wrong with this picture?

Breaking out of American Macro Week for a moment because this strikes me as very interesting: the RateBeer Best 2008 is out. I’m a sucker for "Top X" lists as I’ve mentioned before, so this is a no-brainer. In regards to my admittedly slightly-incendiary title, look at their "The Top … Continue reading