Americans want beer brewed in the U.S., and their top choice is Budweiser, according to a new survey.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows nearly seven in 10 American beer drinkers are choosing domestic beers over imported ones, while only 22 percent like imported beers more.
However, those people are more evenly divided when it comes to what kind of beer to drink: 49 percent prefer a light beer, while 46 percent prefer a regular one.
When given a choice, 25 percent said say they are most likely to drink Budweiser. Second choice is Miller (19 percent) and third place went to Sam Adams (7 percent). Coors, Heineken, Corona, Pabst and Guinness are next, in descending order, with each garnering between 3 percent and 6 percent. Another percent choose some other brand.
Miller is the top choice of 26 percent of male beer drinkers, while one-out-of-three women prefer a Bud.
The survey of 345 beer drinkers was conducted last week by Rasmussen Reports, a public opinion polling firm.
St. Louis-based Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) — a wholly owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev of Belgium — operates 12 breweries in the United States. Read about A-B InBev’s first-quarter earnings here.
MillerCoors is jointly owned by London-based SABMiller Plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co. Other brewers on the list include Heineken NV and Boston Beer Co. Inc., the maker of Sam Adams.