Top 10 Largest Beer Brands


We all love Beer and there is nothing better than a cold one after a tiring day at work and when you are at the bar. So today we will be looking at Top 10 Beer Brands. Check if your favourite beer brand is on the list!

1. Corona Extra

Founded in 1925, Corona Extra is produced in Mexico by Grupo Modelo, owned by AB InBev, AB InBev purchased Grupo Modelo in 2012 for $20.1 billion and at the time, it was the biggest foreign buyout of a Mexican company in more than 20 years. AB InBev had previously owned shares in half of the company. Corona’s performance in 2016 has put it ahead of brands such as Molson Coors Light and Asahi

2. Brahma

Brahma was founded in 1988 by Companhia Cervejaria Brahma and was taken global by non-other than AB InBev in 2005, who introduced it into 15 countries including the UK, US, Canada, Russia, France, Australia and New Zealand. Dominating the Brazilian market, Brahma is heavily reliant on its performance in South America, which has proven to be a booming beer market in recent years. The brand has previously called on the services of a number of celebrities to promote its beer, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox and Gerard Butler, particularly around the time of the Carnival in Rio.

3. Harbin

Harbin comes stands at number eight after a strong performance in recent years. It is a Chinese brewery, it is listed on the Hong Kong stock market and, with the aid of its owners who took over the brewery in 2004 is now exported to European and North American markets. Harbin was founded in 1900 and is China’s fourth largest and oldest brewery. It is also responsible for the production of the Hapi beer brand. For a considerable part of its history, it was controlled by the Chinese state government, during which time it became the first company to brew beer with corn instead of rice during the Great Chinese Famine.

4. Heineken

Heineken has surely bounced back in 2016 after improving on its “challenging year” in 2013. Its flagship brew is available in 178 countries and in 2016, the Heineken brand grew by 3.7%. The company sponsors UEFA Champions League, the Rugby World Cup and James Bond and announced a five-year partnership with Formula 1. Its international portfolio includes Amstel, Tiger and Tecate.In 2016, Heineken also increased capacity in Ethiopia and Cambodia, opened a brewery in Shanghai, acquired a brewery in Vietnam, and began building a new brewery in Mexico after investing $470m in the project.

5. Yanjing

Founded in 1980 by The Beijing Yanjing Brewery, Yanjing beer has continued its downward descent in terms of volume sales. In 2013, Yanjing reported volume sales of 37.9m hectolitres, but this has now fallen to 32.3m hectolitres in 2016. In February 2017, BMI Research published a study that concluded that beer consumption in China is expected to continue its downward trend for the next five years, after falling for the past two.Also known as Beijing Beer, Yanjing is often described as the “taste of China”, alluding to its prevalence and popularity in the country. Yanjing has one of the largest breweries in Asia.

6. Skol

Skol’s volume sales have fallen in recent years, Skol was founded in 1964 following the creation of Skol International, a company formed of Allied Breweries (UK), Labatt (Canada), Pripps-Bryggerierna (Sweden) and Unibra (Belgium). Carlsberg and Allied Breweries later merged in 1992. Today, Carlsberg holds the license to brew and market Skol worldwide, apart from in Africa and South America.The brand, however, performs best in the Brazilian market where AB InBev controls its production and distribution.

7. Tsingtao

This brand was founded by The Anglo-German Brewery Co. Ltd. in 1903. After changing hands, a number of times, in 1993 it merged with three other breweries and was renamed Tsingtao Brewery Company Limited. Anheuser-Busch, who once owned 27% of the business, sold a 19.9% share of the company to Asahi in 2009 for $667m. It then sold whatever remaining stake it had. Earlier this year, it was reported that Asahi was selling its shares in Tsingtao, valued at US$1.1 billion. although its profits are shrinking and also the growth of imported beer in China,  it still remains the second-biggest domestic beer brand in China.

8. Budweiser

Overtaking Tsingtao, AB InBev’s Budweiser comes in at number three. Founded in 1876, it is currently sold in more than 85 countries and is one of the world’s most internationally recognized brands, making it also one of the most valuable. Due to a trademark dispute, it is not marketed as ‘Budweiser’ in all of the countries in which it is sold. in other countries, the beer is labeled as ‘Bud’. The brand was recorded as spending $449 million on advertising in 2012 and regularly uses celebrities to endorse its beer. In 2016, it launched a Super-Bowl responsible drinking advert featuring Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren entitled ‘Don’t be a pillock, get home safe’.

9. Bud Light

Bud Light has also overtaken Tsingtao and remains (just) ahead of its fellow AB InBev-owned cousin, Budweiser. Introduced in 1982, Budweiser’s flagship light beer is brewed at 4.2% abv in the US, but in the UK, where it was launched this year, it is brewed at 3.5% abv. Speaking in February this year, Nick Robinson, AB InBev marketing director for the UK and Ireland said that it will be “the biggest ever brand launch by AB InBev UK”, and that “Bud Light is perfectly placed to respond to the evolving preferences of today’s consumer”.The top-selling beer in the US, like Budweiser, Bud Light regularly advertises its beer at events such as the Super Bowl, last year unveiling specially designed cans for the occasion.

10. Snow

It was Launched in 2004 And now is the world’s largest beer brand and also the best-selling beer in the world. Snow beer is brewed by CR Snow which, until October 2016, was a joint venture between SABMiller and China Resources Enterprises. Before its merger with AB InBev, SABMiller owned 49% of Snow. Before acquiring SABMiller in October last year, AB InBev was forced to sell the 49% stake to China Resources Enterprises for $1.6 billion to satisfy regulators.