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Old 03-21-2014, 04:13 PM
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I'm quite a microbrew enthusiast and pretty into "good" beer, but that said there are plenty of macros I find perfectly enjoyable in a "just a plain-old cold beer" kind of way:

Negra Modelo

I really struggle with a few though. I can't deal with Corona, even a free one.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:16 PM
Location: Arizona
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Blue Moon
Red Stripe

Is Sam Adams "macro"?
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:37 AM
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I personally do not mind Bud. I had the original "real Budweiser" in the Czech Republic back in 1999 and it was/is the same beer for the most part. I also like Coors, although I rarely drink it.

I drank a lot of Pabst, Olympia, Hamm's, Stroh's, Lucky, and so on back-in-the-day, but I can't stand much of them these days. I will drink Oly and Hamm's out of sentiment every so often (if I can find them), sometimes Old Style, too. Speaking of Hamm's, has anyone tried Hamm's dark. I've only seen it once in my life and on tap, too.

Originally Posted by gardener34 View Post
Old Style, used to be brewed by G.Heilemann's but I think now it is under the Pabst umbrella. Is really good ice cold (preferably from a cooler filled with ice) in the summertime. Really don't drink any other cheap beers. Back in the day used to drink Mickey's malt liquor, but I don't know if that is a macro.
Pabst is now owned by Miller. But yes, G. Heileman along with 10 or so others are also under Pabst with Pabst being the holding company.

Originally Posted by andywire View Post
So what's stopping them?
Distribution. To be more specific; beer distributers for the most part just deliver the beer. Some may do sales themselves, but in general they do not. It is currently primarily up to the brewer[y] to sell and promote the beer, sometimes through the distributor. In some instances, distributors are "strictly" InBev or Miller-Coors. In others, state laws regarding importing/exporting alcohol, taxes, and a few other bits of regulation might make it financially difficult for a smaller brewer to distribute to that state (which is why, say, a six pack of Ship Yard can run $10 in Portland, ME. [where it is brewed/packaged] but retail for $8/six pack in California).

Originally Posted by almost3am View Post
I don't really get why Yuengling is such a big deal. The beer is fine, but nothing amazing...maybe the name is fun?
Because it is America's oldest continuously-operating brewery and for some reason is only distributed to half of the Northeast, half of the South, and Ohio.

Plus it is fun to say Yuengling.

Originally Posted by mattywo85 View Post

Is Sam Adams "macro"?
No. Unless things have changed recently, despite being available practically everywhere they still only have something like 1% of the market. They are in a "grey" area shared by Sierra Nevada, [formally]Red Hook, and a few others that were once micro, niche brews that appealed to a niche market 30 years ago or so. Yet, over time they became major players and were able to acquire massive market penetration even though they are still not available in many types of markets such as some sporting events, some concerts, some fairs, airlines, and so on. Really, the only reason why they are not macros is because they are still independently owned, which for the most part, is the only real difference between a macro and micro beer these days.
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