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Commercial American Lagers vs. Ales

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mciaio

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Seems like to me that most commercial beers in the US are lagers. Hell, even Pete's Wicked Ale is a lager. Why so many lagers over ales?
 

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Pete's Wicked Ale is an ale (english brown ale).

Lagers are easy drinking and have been highly marketed in the US. After prohibition killed most breweries, consolidation led to Bud/Miller/Coors dominating the market place, and it's only since about 1980 that there's been an expansion of craft breweries. Those tend to be fairly split--Sam Adams' biggest product is their Boston Lager, but Sierra Nevada's is their Pale Ale.
 

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Seems like to me that most commercial beers in the US are lagers. Hell, even Pete's Wicked Ale is a lager. Why so many lagers over ales?
Most of the major US breweries were founded by German immigrants. There are very few German ales, so it's not surprising that they brewed lagers.

Lagers dominate the marketplace in most countries.
 
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