Originally Posted by ajwillys
Other than the Bud's and Miller's (which is not good beer!!), there are no hard guidelines for typical American beer.
Just for reference, here's the list of the top 50 craft brewers in the US. (Just look at the first list).
Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries List
Whilst I don't disagree with you I don't totally agree with you.
The top 10 in sales tells me that there is a quality product being made that falls into guidlines for an "American" beer.
Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume
(Based on 2008 sales)
Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch InBev St. Louis MO
2 MillerCoors Brewing Co. Chicago IL
3 Pabst Brewing Co. Woodridge IL
4 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
5 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. Pottsville PA
6 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
7 Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. Portland OR
8 New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
9 High Falls Brewing Co. Rochester NY
10 Spoetzl Brewery Shiner TX
I know you went to just the craft brews list at the top but on the bottom list there are 3 that stand out (the top 3). If there was no standard and it was a crappy example of American beer they wouldn't be in business.
Granted they don't have much taste and a ton of carbonation but they are consistent and outsell the other ones in the list. Surprised Miller isn't there but oh well... no tears shed.
They are good examples of American beer considering probably 80% of the market goes to them.
I've become a beer snob but you still have to respect the big boys.