The 26 most popular beers in the U.S., ranked

Beer is big business in America. The combined impact that brewers, distributors, retailers, supply-chain partners, and related industries had on the U.S. economy was more than $350 billion in 2016, according to the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.

Last year, Americans bought more than 208 million barrels of beer, 1.1% less than the year before. Most of the drop came from declining volumes among major beer brands.

Consumption of legacy beer brands is down because millennial consumers are migrating to wine and mixed drinks. Craft beer makers also are taking market share from big beer makers.

Another factor behind the slide in consumption of major beer brands is the rising demand for beer brands from Mexico like Modelo and Corona. This increased demand reflects the growing Hispanic population in the United States.

Despite declining from a 16.2% market share in 2016 to 15.4% in 2017, Bud Light is still the leading brand. Volume sales of Bud Light slid 5.3% to $5.6 billion in 2017. The market share of all four of the largest selling brands Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser, and Miller Lite decreased from the prior year.

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Beer is big business in America. The combined impact that brewers, distributors, retailers, supply-chain partners, and related industries had on the U.S. economy was more than $350 billion in 2016, according to the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association. Beer is big business in America. The combined impact that brewers, distributors, retailers, supply-chain partners, and related industries had on the U.S. economy was more than $350 billion in 2016, according to the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.  Scott Olson / Getty ImagesFullscreen26. Guinness:&nbsp;<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.1 million 26. Guinness: Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.1 million  Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images for GuinnessFullscreen25. Mil's Best Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.2 million 25. Mil’s Best Ice:Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million  Courtesy of Milwaukee's BestFullscreen24. Corona Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.2 million 24. Corona Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.2 million  Corona Light USA / FacebookFullscreen23. Icehouse:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.3 million 23. Icehouse:Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.3 million  Courtesy of IcehouseFullscreen22. Steel Reserve:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.6 million 22. Steel Reserve:Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.6 million  Courtesy of Steel ReserveFullscreen21. Coors Banquet:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.7 million 21. Coors Banquet:Barrels shipped in 2017: 1.7 million  Coors Banquet / FacebookFullscreen20. Dos Equis:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.0 million 20. Dos Equis:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.0 million  Dos Equis / FacebookFullscreen19. Blue Moon:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.1 million 19. Blue Moon:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.1 million  Bennett Raglin / Getty Images for NYCWFFFullscreen18. Yuengling Lager:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.2 million 18. Yuengling Lager:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.2 million  Courtesy of YuenglingFullscreen17. Natural Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.4 million 17. Natural Ice:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.4 million  Tim Boyle / Getty ImagesFullscreen16. Pabst Blue Ribbon:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.5 million 16. Pabst Blue Ribbon:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.5 million  Justin Sullivan / Getty ImagesFullscreen15. Bud Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.6 million 15. Bud Ice:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.6 million  Courtesy of Anheuser-BuschFullscreen14. Stella Artois:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.7 million 14. Stella Artois:Barrels shipped in 2017: 2.7 million  Courtesy of Stella ArtoisFullscreen13. Miller High Life:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 3.5 million 13. Miller High Life:Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million  Courtesy of Miller High LifeFullscreen12. Keystone Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 3.5 million 12. Keystone Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 3.5 million  Courtesy of Molson Coors Brewing CompanyFullscreen11. Heineken:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 4.0 million 11. Heineken:Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.0 million  Getty ImagesFullscreen10. Busch:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 4.7 million 10. Busch:Barrels shipped in 2017: 4.7 million  walmart.comFullscreen9. Busch Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 6.4 million 9. Busch Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.4 million  Busch Light Fans / TwitterFullscreen8. Natural Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 6.5 million 8. Natural Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 6.5 million  walmart.comFullscreen7. Modelo Especial:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 7.2 million 7. Modelo Especial:Barrels shipped in 2017: 7.2 million  walmart.comFullscreen6. Michelob Ultra:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 7.7 million 6. Michelob Ultra:Barrels shipped in 2017: 7.7 million  michelobultra.comFullscreen5. Corona Extra:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 8.7 million 5. Corona Extra:Barrels shipped in 2017: 8.7 million  N-Lange.de / Wikimedia CommonsFullscreen4. Miller Lite:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 13.1 million 4. Miller Lite:Barrels shipped in 2017: 13.1 million  Andrew Burton / Getty ImagesFullscreen3. Budweiser:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 13.3 million 3. Budweiser:Barrels shipped in 2017: 13.3 million  budweiser.comFullscreen2. Coors Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 16.5 million 2. Coors Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 16.5 million  coorslight.comFullscreen1. Bud Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 33.1 million 1. Bud Light:Barrels shipped in 2017: 33.1 million  Budlight.comFullscreenLike this topic? You may also like these photo galleries:ReplayBeer is big business in America. The combined impact that brewers, distributors, retailers, supply-chain partners, and related industries had on the U.S. economy was more than $350 billion in 2016, according to the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.1 of 2726. Guinness:&nbsp;<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.1 million2 of 2725. Mil's Best Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.2 million3 of 2724. Corona Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.2 million4 of 2723. Icehouse:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.3 million5 of 2722. Steel Reserve:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.6 million6 of 2721. Coors Banquet:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.7 million7 of 2720. Dos Equis:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.0 million8 of 2719. Blue Moon:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.1 million9 of 2718. Yuengling Lager:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.2 million10 of 2717. Natural Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.4 million11 of 2716. Pabst Blue Ribbon:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.5 million12 of 2715. Bud Ice:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.6 million13 of 2714. Stella Artois:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.7 million14 of 2713. Miller High Life:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 3.5 million15 of 2712. Keystone Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 3.5 million16 of 2711. Heineken:<strong>Barrels shipped in2017:</strong> 4.0 million17 of 2710. Busch:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 4.7 million18 of 279. Busch Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 6.4 million19 of 278. NaturalLight:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 6.5 million20 of 277. Modelo Especial:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 7.2 million21 of 276. Michelob Ultra:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 7.7 million22 of 275. CoronaExtra:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 8.7 million23 of 274. Miller Lite:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 13.1 million24 of 273. Budweiser:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 13.3 million25 of 272. Coors Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 16.5 million26 of 271. Bud Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 33.1 million27 of 27AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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Brand winners were Michelob Ultra, Corona Extra, and Modelo Especial. Michelob Ultra had the biggest gain in barrels of beer shipped, at 21.3%, shipping 1.35 million last year. Michelob Ultra shipped a total of 7.7 million beer barrels in 2017 as its market share climbed from 2.9% to 3.6%. Sales of Michelob Ultra grew 23.6% to $1.6 billion last year.

24/7 Wall Street reviewed one-year changes in domestic shipping volume for 26 of the beer industrys largest brands to identify Americas biggest beer brands from data provided by industry advocacy group Beer Marketers Insights.

26. Guinness

26. Guinness:&nbsp;<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.1 million (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images for Guinness)

Parent company:DiageoBarrels shipped in 2017:1.1 millionChange from 2016:2.3%Market share:0.5%

25. Mils Best Ice

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:1.2 millionChange from 2016:-9.7%Market share:0.5%

24. Corona Light

Parent company:Constellation brandsBarrels shipped in 2017:1.2 millionChange from 2016:1.7%Market share:0.6%

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23. Icehouse

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:1.3 millionChange from 2016:-7.0%Market share:0.6%

22. Steel Reserve

22. Steel Reserve:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 1.6 million (Photo: Courtesy of Steel Reserve)

Parent company:The Steel Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:1.6 millionChange from 2016:-1.5%Market share:0.8%

21. Coors Banquet

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:1.7 millionChange from 2016:2.7%Market share:0.8%

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20. Dos Equis

Parent company:Heineken InternationalBarrels shipped in 2017:2.0 millionChange from 2016:-1.3%Market share:0.9%

19. Blue Moon (all)

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:2.1 millionChange from 2016:-0.2%Market share:1.0%

18. Yuengling Lager

Parent company:D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.Barrels shipped in 2017:2.2 millionChange from 2016:-0.9%Market share:1.0%

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17. Natural Ice

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:2.4 millionChange from 2016:-8.5%Market share:1.1%

16. Pabst Blue Ribbon

16. Pabst Blue Ribbon:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 2.5 million (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Parent company:Blue Ribbon Intermediate HoldingsBarrels shipped in 2017:2.5 millionChange from 2016:-0.6%Market share:1.2%

15. Bud Ice

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:2.6 millionChange from 2016:2.0%Market share:1.2%

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14. Stella Artois

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:2.7 millionChange from 2016:10.9%Market share:1.3%

13. Miller High Life

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:3.5 millionChange from 2016:-1.5%Market share:1.6%CLOSE

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12. Keystone Light

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:3.5 millionChange from 2016:6.3%Market share:1.6%

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11. Heineken

Parent company:Heineken InternationalBarrels shipped in 2017:4.0 millionChange from 2016:-0.9%Market share:1.8%

10. Busch

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:4.7 millionChange from 2016:-2.6%Market share:2.2%

9. Busch Light

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:6.4 millionChange from 2016:0.4%Market share:3.0%

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8. Natural Light

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:6.5 millionChange from 2016:-1.9%Market share:3.0%

7. Modelo Especial

7. Modelo Especial:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 7.2 million (Photo: walmart.com)

Parent company:Constellation BrandsBarrels shipped in 2017:7.2 millionChange from 2016:17.4%Market share:3.3%

6. Michelob Ultra

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:7.7 millionChange from 2016:21.3%Market share:3.6%

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5. Corona Extra

Parent company:Constellation BrandsBarrels shipped in 2017:8.7 millionChange from 2016:3.6%Market share:4.1%CLOSE

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4. Miller Lite

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:13.1 millionChange from 2016:-2.8%Market share:6.1%

3. Budweiser

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:13.3 millionChange from 2016:-7.5%Market share:6.2%

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2. Coors Light

Parent company:Molson Coors Brewing CompanyBarrels shipped in 2017:16.5 millionChange from 2016:-4.1%Market share:7.7%

1. Bud Light

1. Bud Light:<strong>Barrels shipped in 2017:</strong> 33.1 million (Photo: Budlight.com)

Parent company:Anheuser-Busch InBevBarrels shipped in 2017:33.1 millionChange from 2016:-6.2%Market share:15.4%

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