Earlier this week, Chicago Tribune reporter Josh Noel challenged three Chicago craft brewers – Jim Cibak of Revolution Brewing, Matt Gallagher of Half Acre Beer Company and Brian Pawola of Pollyanna Brewing Company – to a blind taste test of 16 "macro" beers.
Noel wanted to answer the question "What’s the best macro beer in America?" And guess what? Milwaukee beers prevailed, with Hamm’s coming in first and Miller Lite and Pabst Blue Ribbon tied for second.
The beers were scored by a five-point system created by Noel:
5: Sure! I'd be happy to drink this after work and keep it in my fridge at home.
4: Not bad. Works fine for a ballgame or a barbecue.
3: Meh. Not egregious, but macro beer's flaws are starting to show.
2: Bad. This is why I got into craft beer.
1: Abysmal. Someone hand me an IPA, quick! I need this taste out of my mouth!
Read the entire article here and congratulations, Milwaukee breweries. Nice to get some Chicago love.
The 16 best macro beers in America:
Hamm's (Miller Coors) 4.5
Miller Lite (Miller Coors) 4.3
Pabst Blue Ribbon (Pabst Brewing) 4.3
Keystone Light (Miller Coors) 4
Old Style (Pabst Brewing) 4
Coors Banquet (Miller Coors) 3.7
Coors Light (Miller Coors) 3.7
Busch Light (Anheuser-Busch) 3.5
Michelob Ultra (Anheuser-Busch) 3.5
Miller High Life (Miller Coors) 3.5
Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch) 3.3
Busch (Anheuser-Busch) 3.2
Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch) 3
Natural Ice (Anheuser-Busch) 3
Schlitz (Pabst Brewing) 3
Icehouse (Miller Coors) 2.7
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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