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11 Best Crappy Domestic Beers
written by Sam Greenspan

Over the course of my life, I've, for better or worse, consumed a lot of crappy domestic beer. I say "for better" because I could've been out there doing crappy domestic drugs like meth or paint huffing, and, given the choice, beer is clearly the winner. I say "for worse" because binge drinking is supposed to be for high school kids... and binge drinking low-class beer is supposed to be for middle school kids.

But, anyway, here we are. It's time to look at the beers that have found their way into my life so, so often... and rank them based on any number of arbitrary criteria that I haven't even really thought of yet.

Let's go...

  1. Busch Light: Nectar of the Gods. Not available in California.
    Busch Light. Maybe it's the nostalgia speaking, because this is the beer of the Midwest. They don't sell it out here in California. But back in the day, I daresay I remember not just tolerating it... but growing to love it.

    Also, in 1997, a liquor store in Evanston sold 30 packs of Busch Light for $10. Of course, I was 18 at the time, so the official stance of this website is that I only know that because older people told me so.

  2. Bud Light. I'm not sure how Bud Light became the king of the crappy domestic beers, but it sure did. Once most people get to the point where they can tell Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light apart on taste... they default to the Bud Light. And I'm one of them. Or maybe I've been brainwashed by their incredible ratio of one funny commercial per 30 attempts.

  3. Coors Light. This is an interesting one, because, back in the day, I would've picked Miller Lite. But, as I've gotten older and therefore, by default, more discerning, Coors Light has stepped up. I think it may be what happens to the beers after a week in the refrigerator: Coors Light's taste stays about the same, Miller Lite tastes RIPE.

  4. Miller Lite. But I'm not going to sell it down the river completely. Of the top four on this list, I think it tastes the best out of a bottle. And I'm fairly sure it's the lowest carb of the four, which is important to those of us who eat like 13-year-old girls.

  5. Michelob Ultra. When you're thinking to yourself: I'm not sure if I want to order a beer or just drink some water... you can reach for the Michelob Ultra, and have both!

  6. Natural Light. You can tell it's made with cheaper ingredients than any of these other beers... and that's saying something. The good news: Once you're several beers deep, you can't tell the difference. And the stores practically give this stuff away.

  7. Pabst Blue Ribbon. At some point, this became a hipster beer. I'm not sure when that day happened, but it did. So it's only good if you drink it because you like its blue-collar, heavy taste... not because a 114-pound guy wearing women's jeans and a 20-year-old tattered Steely Dan shirt just ordered one too.

  8. Icehouse. Icehouse is more alcoholic, so it's always good to drink in a hurry. After typing that sentence, I realized it might mean that I'd have to go into detail about when you'd be drinking in a hurry. And I don't want to get into it. Just have some Icehouse ready if we all decide to flee from Pharaoh.

  9. Old Style. I went to college in the Chicago area. You get introduced to Old Style quickly. And whether you think it's good or not, if you're going to drink during Cubs games, you have to get down with Old Style. (And you ARE going to drink during Cubs games. That's not a "the Cubs are bad" comment, that's a "Wrigley Field is the world's biggest bar" comment.)

  10. Killians Red. No one would've ever had this beer if it wasn't always the "cheap keg" option. Actually kind of a brilliant marketing strategy. But when you're standing there, next to the red tub of ice, holding the tap, asking some random stranger to give the keg a few pumps... it's kind of comforting to see Killians Red. I just got a vision of a very, very unusual Norman Rockwell painting.

  11. Red Dog. Always seems to be the last beer to go. I don't even remember if I've ever had one. But nothing from the Old Milwaukee, Beast or High Life family was going to make this list. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.


This post was originally published on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 05:20:01 AM under the category Food & Drink.

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