The World Top Beer for 2014 just happens to be Snow Beer, with Tsing Tao coming in second, and Yanjing and Harbin taking 6th and 8th place respectively. Beer in China is popular, but Budweiser is ranked fourth.
On June 17, the Examiner reported that Budweiser only king in America. “It’s no major surprise that Budweiser remains high-selling ale here in the U.S., but on the global scale, China is in control,” the site said. According to the press release, both Yanjing and Harbin — which are Asian beers — both earned themselves a spot in the rankings, while China Snow Beer comes out at the chilly top as the clear winner.
Snow Beer as the World Top Beer for 2014? Many people are surprised. In China, it’s all about Tsing Tao, but Snow Beer is basically what people drink if the former is too classy for you.
Last year the world’s beer drinkers downed more than twice as many pints of this SAB Miller-China Resources collaborative brew as they did Bud Light. In fact, the overall stats become much less surprising when you consider that Chinese hop-heads currently consume about 110 billion pints of beer per year, approximately twice as much as Americans.
However, it may be a while before any of Chinese suds make a list of the “top ten tastiest beers,” but with respectable craft breweries shooting up all over China, that day may come sooner than we think. For now, Snow takes the top as the World Top Beer in 2014.
Here’s the Top 10 list:
- Bud Light
- Coors Light
The results are much different than we expected.
“If your American keg-stand pride is feeling upturned by a third-place ranking, the news gets worse. Budweiser hasn’t technically been American beer for some time now. The company that took it over in 2008, Anheuser-Busch Inbev, is based in Belgium. It now owns half of the top 10 beers in the world,” Bloomberg reported.
Anheuser-Busch, though, does operate 12 breweries across the United States and accounts for 47.6 percent of the country’s beer sales to retailers, according to its website.
Many people were surprised about Snow’s outcome on the World Top Beer 2014. However, Anheuser-Busch Inbev owns more than 200 beer brands worldwide and its beverages hold either the No. 1 or No. 2 market positions in 19 countries. It also generated $36.3 billion in revenues in 2010, according to its website.