This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

5 Most American Beer Brewers

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- You can wrap your beer in red, white and blue cans, tout your "American" roots and call your entire line of beers "part of the American experience."

None of that makes a beer "American." Milwaukee's Miller Brewing was acquired by U.K.-via-South Africa's SAB in 2002, placing it firmly under foreign control. Denver-based Coors merged with Canada's Molson in 2005, splitting the brewery between the two countries. Though the term "American" still applies -- Canadians will remind U.S. drinkers that both are in North America -- it's tough to call MolsonCoors a U.S. company when one of its headquarters is in Montreal. SABMiller and MolsonCoors still have operations here, but much of it falls under their joint venture MillerCoors. That operation brews and distributes not only MolsonCoors and SABMiller brands, but it also brews beer for Pabst Brewing, including its Pabst Blue Ribbon.

All of St. Louis can attest that Budweiser is no longer an All-American beer, which already a stretch for a beer whose name and formula have Czech origins and are routinely the subject of legal battles in Europe. Belgium's InBev bought A-B for $52 billion in 2008 and the resulting Anheuser-Busch InBev has a figurehead headquarters in Leuven, Belgium, but Chief Executive Carlos Britto and much of A-B InBev's operations are in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Don't look to regional brewers or small "craft" brewers for easy answers. Mendocino Brewing of Ukiah, Calif., has been in business for more than 30 years and bought most of its equipment from pioneering brewer Jack McAuliffe and his New Albion Brewing, but has been owned by UB Group of Bangalore, India, since 1997. Burlington, Vt.-based craft brewer Magic Hat (founded in 1994) and Seattle-based Pyramid Breweries (1984) have been linked since the former bought the latter back in 2008, but both were swallowed up by KPS Capital Partners and its North American Breweries in 2010 and added to a portfolio that already included regional breweries Genesee and Dundee. In 2012, North American Breweries was sold to Florida Ice and Farm, which is based in Heredia, Costa Rica. Genesee, Dundee, Magic Hat and Pyramid all still work fairly autonomously -- with Genesee still releasing American Flag cans around this time of year -- but they still answer to an ownership group well south of the Lower 48 states.

Also see: What Fourth Of July Weekend Will Cost You

With Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Mo., and Brewery Ommegang owned by Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat and Berkley, Calif.-based Trumer Pils owing much of its existence and credibility to its Austrian co-owners, even some of the best craft beer produced in the U.S. doesn't quite pass the "All-American" test.

So what can a patriot put in his or her beer cooler that will have stronger ties to the U.S. than the flag-draped impostors in the beer aisle? We took a look at the best-selling beers in the U.S. and came up with five that are not only brewed and based here, but drunk here in large quantities. Granted, these brewers all take their cues from the German, Czech and Belgian brewers who came before them, but this is more about home addresses than it is about history:

1 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $94.19 0.00%
FB $118.06 0.00%
GOOG $695.70 0.00%
TSLA $222.56 0.00%
YHOO $36.00 0.00%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,651.26 -99.65 -0.56%
S&P 500 2,051.12 -12.25 -0.59%
NASDAQ 4,725.6390 -37.5850 -0.79%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs