This is the Best Beer in America
NEW YORK (MainStreet) I know I'm usually right, but it's nice to see statistical proof every once in a while. Blowfish, a company that claims to offer hangover cures, has a new map out announcing that Blue Moon is the country's favorite beer. Bud Light comes in second, while Sam Adams and Yuengling make strong showings in third and fourth place respectivelly. In fact, local boy Sam Adams pretty much sweeps New England.
Way to stay loyal, Northeast.
Two noteworthy tidbits about these results. The first is that they show absolutely great taste on the part of Americans. Blue Moon is a fantastic beer. It's the pint I order when I don't want to pay full freight for a microbrew but actually want to taste what's in the glass. (Sorry Bud Light, but I'm pretty sure between you and a glass of spritely tap water, you'd fail the Pepsi challenge.)
In fact, I had a friend in Thailand who loved Blue Moon so much he'd make his own by mixing a couple brands of local lagers and some orange juice until he got the taste just right. That's commitment. It was also very strange to be handed a pint of shockingly good "imitated imitation Belgian beer" at a small bar in the middle of Thailand.
The second thing about these results is that the site doesn't really bother to explain its methodology. Perhaps this is asking a bit too much from the Intoxication Nation, but looking at the map in all its glory, I have no real idea what "most popular beer in America" means. Is it the beer the most people drink? The one drunk in the largest quantities? The answer to a random Internet quiz?
My money would be on the last option.
Oh, and on an unrelated shout out: Way to go Michigan for leading the country at calling in hungover. I'd like to think my old home of Ann Arbor made a solid contribution.
--Written for MainStreet by Eric Reed, a freelance journalist who writes frequently on the subjects of career and travel. You can read more of his work at his website www.wanderinglawyer.com.