American Beer

Americans love beer—in 2011, the United States was second in the world in total beer consumption. The U.S. is home to over 3,000 breweries, including major brands like MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch and Pabst Brewing Company, and beer was part of colonial life in America before Prohibition. The U.S. is now known for American lager, a type of pale lager, and common craft beer styles in the States include American Pale Ale and American IPA. Craft beer is also on the rise in the U.S. thanks to companies like the Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.—it's a $22 billion industry, and sales are expected to grow even more. Read all about American beer in our patriotic guide to brews.

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Largest Distillery West of the Mississippi Set to Open This Fall on Historic Golf Course
Popular Texas craft distillery Firestone & Robertson will offer whiskey tastings and 18 holes on a re-imagined Fort Worth golf course.
Nashville Brewery’s New Beer Benefits Tennessee State Parks
Two years in the making, State Park Blonde Ale is a partnership between Tennessee Brew Works and the Tennessee State Parks, designed to both promote and financially benefit the state’s park system.
Best American Oktoberfest Beers
Tell an American that Oktoberfest actually starts in September and you’ll see a glazed look come across his face (“But, like, October is in the name!”). Remind him that just means we can start drinking massive steins of beer a month earlier and he’ll quickly overlook the calendar-based nonsensicalness.Alas, Oktoberfest beers (stylistically also known as märzen, umlaut included), are not the most common style American brewers. The darker, toasty and bready beers don’t exactly match the modern American beer palate.Still, a few American breweries are making märzens that are worth devoting a month to...whether that month is September or October. Because you don’t want to be the one in a dirndl slamming juicy IPAs. – Aaron Goldfarb
West Coast Beer Is Taking Over the East Coast
Deschutes will be the latest well-respected craft brewer to open its doors on the East.