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Jun 30 2014
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Beer drinkers take note – beer is good for you because it keeps your kidney healthy and it’s good for digestion, not to mention full of vitamins – B1, B2, B6 and B12. Beer also makes your bones stronger and reduces risk of heart attack. Heck, you should take barrels of beer if you fancy having beautiful skin and wish to lower bad cholesterol. Besides, didn’t the Chinese believe beer is western version of herbal-tea – an excellent cold remedy alternative (*grin*)?

 

Well, regardless whether you believe the above or otherwise, beer is a multi-billion dollar industry. But do you know that beer prices can be dirt cheap in some corners of the planet while it could cost you an arm and a leg in other parts of the world? If you’re a heavy drinker, you should stay in Ukraine and Vietnam because a bottle of beer there costs only 50 cents.

Countries With Cheapest Beers - June 2014
Countries With Priciest Beers - June 2014

Other beer-friendly countries include Cambodia, Saudi Arabia (are you surprise?), Czech Replublic, China and Panama. You can literally get a bottle of beer for less than a buck. However, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, beer prices in Middle East are super expensive. It costs a staggering US$7.71 a bottle in Iran and US$7.09 in Kuwait. For the price of one bottle of beer in Iran, you can get about 13 bottles in Ukraine.

 

If you think Americans or Russians were the heaviest beer drinkers, think again. The world’s heaviest beer drinkers come from Czech Republic and Australia where they consume 419 and 304 bottles per person annually. Americans were only at 14th place – guzzling a mere 217 bottles per person every year. Drink harder, Americans!!

Countries With Most Beer Consumption Per Person - 2012Top 10 Countries That Spend The Most On Beer

Surprisingly, although the Germans were the third heaviest drinkers with 299 bottles per person, slightly lower than the Australians, they spent a third less than the land of kangaroos. Australians spend the most on beer per person annually – forking out US$747.90.

 

Although Ukraine has the cheapest beer, they’re not in the top-10 heaviest beer drinkers. Instead it were Lithuania and Romania, two countries in the top-10 heaviest drinkers who enjoy having their cheap beers all year round. And due to the fact that the top-10 heaviest beer drinkers were from Europe and South America, you may think the best selling beer brands should be from these countries, right?

Top 10 Countries That Spend The Least On Beer

Wrong – the best selling beer brands worldwide are not co-related to the top-10 countries with the heaviest drinkers. The following information should provide a good puzzle during your next beer session – who can guess the best selling beer brand and its country of origins will be spared from 3-glasses bottom’s up.

 

 

{ 10 }  Brahma

 

Volume sales: 18.1m barrels

Brand owner: AB InBev
Head office: 1 Busch Place, St Louis, MO, 63118 USA
Tel: +1 800 342 5283
Website: anheuserbusch.com

Advertising Celebrities: Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox and Gerard Butler

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 -Brahma Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

If you’re currently in Brazil for the Samba fever, chances are you would have tried this Brazil beer brand – Brahma. The name sounds like an Indian brand, but this Companhia Cervejaria Brahma was founded in 1888 and had been the local beer for decades. Only after 2005 that the beer was widely available in countries outside of Brazil – UK, US, Canada, Russia, France, Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

{ 9 }  Coors Light

 

Volume sales: 25.1m barrels

Brand owner: Molson Coors
Head office: 1225 17th Street, Denvern CO, 80202 USA
Tel: +1 800 642 6116
Website: coorslight.com

Advertising Celebrities:  Jean Claude van Damme

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 -Coors Light Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

First brewed in 1978, the light in Coors Light refers to the nutritional information rather than alcoholic content, similar to Diet Coke. The 4.2% abv beer contains just 5g of carbohydrates in a 355ml bottle, which compares to 10g in a bottle of Budweiser and the 12g of carbohydrates which are found in a similar amount of Guinness. Although this is the second-best selling beer in the US, Coors Light is still only the 9th best selling beer brand globally.

 

 

{ 8 }  Heineken

 

Volume sales: 29.1m barrels

Brand owner: Heineken International
Head office: Tweede Weteringplantsoen 21, 1017 ZD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)20 523 92 39
Website: heineken.co.uk

Advertising Celebrities:  Daniel Craig

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Heineken Daniel Craig

Why this brand is global top beer?

When even James Bond swaps his usual martinis for a Heineken (in at least one scene of “Skyfall”), this brand deserves a place in the Top-10 best selling beers globally. The US has been a strong growth area for Heineken and it’s not hard to imagine why – Heineken brand delivered 5.3% volume growth in the international premium segment with a 7.4% revenue increase to €18.4billion (2012).

 

 

{ 7 }  Skol

 

Volume sales: 29.9m barrels

Brand owner: Carlsberg Breweries
Head office: 100 Ny Carlsberg Vej, 1760, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: +45 2298 2185
Website: carlsberggroup.com

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 -Skol Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

Created and launched in 1960, Skol is the biggest beer brand in Brazil, with around 30% market share. Skol was originally produced by Caracu in Brazil, which was bought by Brahma in 1980, which later went on to become part of AB InBev. At 7th position, Brazil leads the sales of this global brand, and you can basically find this brand “everywhere in Brazil”.

 

 

{ 6 }  Corona Extra

 

Volume sales: 31.6m barrels

Brand owner: AB InBev
Head office: 1 Busch Place, St Louis, MO, 63118 USA
Tel: +1 800 342 5283
Website: anheuserbusch.com

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 -Corona Extra Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

First produced in 1925 and is now sold in over 170 countries around the world, Corona Extra is the leading beer brand in Mexico, the number one imported beer in the US and the most popular Mexican beer in the world. Critics however pointed out that Corona is one of the worst beer around. But Corona isn’t selling beer – it’s selling the idea of having a beer on a beachside vacation. And the millions of beer drinkers bought the idea.

 

 

{ 5 }  Bud Light

 

Volume sales: 36.7m barrels

Brand owner: AB InBev
Head office: 1 Busch Place, St Louis, MO, 63118 USA
Tel: +1 800 342 5283
Website: anheuserbusch.com

Advertising Celebrities:  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Don Cheadle, and Reggie Watts.

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Bud Light Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

He’s not as muscular as before, but there must be a freaking good reason to pay Arnold Schwarzenegger US$3 million to convince beer drinkers to drink Bud Light. Although Bud Light does not have the same global reach as Budweiser, this brand is still the fifth best selling brand globally. It has a wide range of choices – Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime,  Lime-a-rita, Straw-ber-rita and Bud Light Cheleda.

 

 

{ 4 }  Yanjing Beer

 

Volume sales: 39.6m barrels

Brand owner: Beijing Yanjing Beer Group Corporation
Address: Shunyi District, River Road, China
Tel: (010) 89495511
Website: yanjing.com.cn

Advertising Celebrities:  Yao Ming

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Yanjing Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

Yanjing Beer has a nationwide market share of around 11%, but it is by far the most popular beer in Beijing, with close to 85% market share. That’s one heck lots of money in the business, considering revenue in China beer industry reached a whopping 181.4 billion yuan (US$29 billion) in 2013. Yanjing was the official beer of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Also known as Beijing Beer, this brewery is one of the largest in Asia with 20,000 employees.

 

 

{ 3 }  Budweiser

 

Volume sales: 40.4m barrels

Brand owner: AB InBev
Head office: 1 Busch Place, St Louis, MO, 63118 USA
Tel: +1 800 342 5283
Website: anheuserbusch.com

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Budweiser Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

Sold in over 85 countries around the world, Budweiser is the third best selling beer in the world. Budweiser was ranked as the world’s most valuable beer brand by the 2012 Global BrandZ Report. Last year, there were allegations Anheuser-Busch InBev was watering down Budweiser, the self-proclaimed “king of beers” in the US. Due to popularity of light beer, Budweiser sales has been declining.

 

 

{ 2 }  Tsingtao

 

Volume sales: 57.9m barrels

Brand owner: Tsingtao Brewery Company Ltd
Head office: China Hong Kong Road, Qingdao, Tsingtao Beer Tower, May Fourth Square
Tel: +86-532-85711119 85711991
Website: tsingtao-beer.co.uk

Advertising Celebrities:  A-Mei (Chang Hui-mei)

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Tsingtao Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

The first Tsingtao beer was believed to have been served during the, well, “Kung-Fu” era in 1904. Tsingtao is China’s second largest brewery and currently claims around 15% of the China beer market. Tsingtao started its export to the U.S. market in 1972 and is now claimed to be the number one Chinese beer in the U.S. Often mispronounced Chinese beer, Tsingtao is a staple, although many claim it’s actually an overpriced beer primarily due to excessive advertising.

 

 

{ 1 }  Snow Beer

 

Volume sales: 74.8m barrels

Brand owner: SABMiller
Head office: 1 Stanhope Gate, London W1K 1AF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7659 0100
Website: sabmiller.com; snowbeer.com.cn

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Snow Beer Ads

Why this brand is global top beer?

Snow beer, which was first produced in 1993, has a “higher carbonation level” and “aromatic notes which can be attributed to Satz hops imported from the Czech Republic.” But not everyone has heard of this beer brand. The reason – it’s the best selling and most popular beer in China. It’s lighter than Tsingtao and has a bitter, rancid aftertaste. But again, as we said earlier, the Chinese market appreciate it, and that’s all it matters.

America Top-5 Best Selling Imported Beer Brands - 2013

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012 - Graph

There you are – the Top-10 best selling beer brands worldwide. Although Americans top-five best selling imported beer are Corona Extra, Heineken, Modelo Especial, Corona Light and Stella Artois Lager, they were dwarfed by the Chinese brands. Heck, even American’s top selling brand, Corona Extra, can only manage the fifth spot in the Top-10 best selling beer brands.

Top 10 Best Selling Beer Brands WorldWide - 2012

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