The good folks at booze blog Vinepair have created a map that shows each country’s most popular beer by market share. It’s not an exhaustive list, since data wasn’t available for every single country, but it shows clearly enough that a country’s best-selling beer is usually not its best one.


Even though we already knew that Bud Light is America’s top beer by a couple of billion dollars, it’s still an upsetting notion.


Also slightly depressing is the fact that a lot of these brands are owned by a few multinationals. In the Americas alone, Anheuser-Busch and SABMiller own: Bud (Canada) and Bud Light (U.S.A.), Corona (Mexico), Skol (Brazil), Cristal (Chile), Pilsen (Uruguay), Pilsener (Ecuador, El Savador), Imperial (Costa Rica), and Salva Vida (Honduras).

It reminded us that in 2010, the top four brewers—Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken, and Carlsberg—actually accounted for more than 50% of global beer sales, according to Reuters.



We also noticed a few amusing little tidbits, like the fact that the most popular beers in England and South Africa are both from Carling (oh hey, colonialism), a company founded in Canada.

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We also learned that Tuborg is the most popular beer in both Denmark and Nepal, and Fosters is not actually Australian for beer.

[via The Daily Mail]