Originally Posted by Chip R
OK, I just looked at that list and my mind was blown because I saw that Old Style won 2 silver medals and Natural Ice won a gold. Who judged these categories, drunken frat boys? If those were the winners, I'd hate to drink what didn't win.
Yeah, I noticed that too and the answer to your question has more to do with the category than the nasty tasting beer that won. In other words, don't drink American Style Cream Ale. Given that there were 84 different categories, you won't "like" all of them. Miller Lite and Miller High Life won as well. I'd like to know what they consider an American Light Lager. At the class I attended they only showed us two of the 84 categories. If I'd had this list in front of me, I would have liked to ask them about the American Cream Ale and Light Lager categories.
Bottomline is that for craft beer drinkers, American Cream Ale and Light Lager are nasty beers but we're in the minority. By sales nationwide, Bud Light and Coors Light are #1 and 2 by a long shot.(Natty Ice is also in the top 20).
FWIW, I would only touch 4 of those top 20 beers (Yuengling, Heineken, Modelo Especial, and Corona