How British and American beers compare

The redoubtable Ellen, of Notes from the UK, wrote this specially for ME! (Well, in response to my question, which I sent her in response to her solicitation for questions – but let’s not get too technical here.) Anyway … if you like beer (or cats) you will find this both interesting and entertaining. If you are really inquisitive about beer, read the comments.

Notes from the U.K.

Belladonna Took wrote to say, “I would like to know about beer. Is it indeed served at room temperature in Britain? And is it real beer with hops and lifeforms in it, and not the chemically scrubbed cat piss that passes for beer over here [in the U.S.]? (I’m not referring to the good stuff one can get from a microbrewery, of course, but the stuff sold in supermarkets.) What about alcohol content? I’m pretty sure it’s lower here.”

Gee, Belladonna, I wish you’d tell how you really feel. Don’t be hold back.

I had to ask around, because it’s been so many years since I ingested alcohol that I don’t remember if it comes in a solid or a gaseous form.

Beer at sundown. Photo by Ida Swearingen Beer at sundown. Photo by Ida Swearingen

First I asked Google about alcohol content and read that British beer is weaker than American—below 5%, although that will…

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Author: Belladonna Took

Well into my second half-century and still trying to figure out what to be when I grow up. Born South African, naturalized American, perpetually at risk of losing my balance and landing ass-first in the Atlantic.

6 thoughts on “How British and American beers compare”

  1. My Eie Suid-Afrikanse Vroutjie (my very own South African wifey) strikes again ! Her comments comparing American beers to cat urine have me ROTFLMAO…

    To elucidate, I find this so amusing because, most of the well-known and highest sales volume American beers are in fact owned/controlled by by a South African company known as SABMiller (South African Breweries Miller)… these include such ‘All-American’ beverages as those brewed by:
    – Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser, Michelob, Miller, etc) which hold 49.2% of the US Market Share.
    – Molson-Coors which holds 14% of the US market share and 40% of the Canada market share.
    – Pabst Blue Ribbon (Schlitz, Rainier, Stroh, Colt-45, Olympia) which holds 8% of the US Market

    Additionally, many of the ‘niche’ beers such as Sam Adams, Red Hook, Killian Red, Blue Moon, ad-nauseum, are also owned or controlled by SABMiller.

    In total, SABMiller controls nearly 3/4 of the North American beer market. Their revenue for CY2014 was over US $22.3 billion. No matter how one cuts it, that’s a LOT of South African Cat Piss !

    Don’t get me started on SABMiller’s market share in the UK… it’s substantial as well !

    (As a side note: SABMiller is a major bottler of Coca Cola)


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