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25 Worst Beers

the worst beer in the world

Below is a list of worst beers in the world as rated by the thousands of beer enthusiasts at RateBeer.com. Dare to try them? We don’t advise it. We provide this list in the name of beer education. We aren’t picking on the fat kid as much as we’re making a few big brewers accountable for their products that are more about beer hype and marketing than substance. Often the pitch of mass marketing campaigns work against them among craft beer enthusiasts.
If you’re interested in how good real beer can be, we can certainly help you out! Try a link or two in the right hand column.

score count style
1 Olde English 800 3.2 0.93 65  Malt Liquor
2 Natural Light 1.03 1129  Pale Lager
3 Natural Ice 1.04 794  Malt Liquor
4 Milwaukee’s Best Premium 1.07 815  Pale Lager
5 Sleeman Clear 1.08 131  Pale Lager
6 Michelob Ultra 1.08 1147  Pale Lager
7 Busch Ice 1.11 144  Pale Lager
8 Budweiser Select 55 1.13 179  Pale Lager
9 Bud Light Chelada 1.15 272  Spice/Herb/Vegetable
10 Milwaukee’s Best Light 1.17 478  Pale Lager
11 Busch Light 1.17 818  Pale Lager
12 Bud Light 1.18 2596  Pale Lager
13 Miller Genuine Draft Light 64 (MGD Light 64) 1.18 312  Pale Lager
14 Keystone Light 1.19 897  Pale Lager
15 Camo Genuine Ale 1.19 47  Malt Liquor
16 Camo Silver Ice High Gravity Lager 1.23 107  Malt Liquor
17 Keystone Premium 1.23 216  Pale Lager
18 Busch Beer 1.24 958  Pale Lager
19 General Generic Beer 1.25 26  Pale Lager
20 Budweiser Chelada 1.25 278  Spice/Herb/Vegetable
21 Labatt Sterling 1.26 64  Pale Lager
22 Milwaukee’s Best Ice 1.26 437  Pale Lager
23 Hurricane High Gravity Lager 1.26 229  Malt Liquor
24 Old Milwaukee Ice 1.27 112  Pale Lager
25 Molson Kick 1.28 54  Spice/Herb/Vegetable

World’s Largest Glass of Beer

Everybody loves to enjoy a glass a beer now and then, but there is no man who would be able to finish the world’s biggest glass of beer. Actually this feat would be a problem even for a hundred people as the biggest glass of beer was 8 feet (2.44 meters) tall and filled with 430 gallons (1,627 liters) of Guinness beer. The glass alone weighs about 900 pounds (408 kg).

People responsible for this record are David Copley and Eric Johnson, owners of the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub in Tustin, California. Over 400 people gathered to watch the beer being poured in the huge glass.

worlds biggest glass of beer

Oh and if you were thinking that all this beer went to waste, don’t worry, because the pub owners said that they will drink it all, and they didn’t lie.

Ancient Beer Recipe

World’s Oldest Written Recipe (and it’s for Beer!)

This is a very special recipe on several different levels. First, at 4,000 years old, it’s the oldest known written recipe. Second, it was handed down by a god.
Although the recipe was said to have been given to men by the Sumerian god Enki, the written version was found contained in a hymn dedicated to the beer goddess Ninkasi. Beer was the national fermented drink of ancient Babylonia.
In the beginning, beer was probably an accidental by-product of the bread making process. Ancient Sumerians preserved grain by baking it, usually in the form of bread. When this bread got wet, it fermented into a kind of liquid beer. Over time, honey and other spices were used to flavor the brew. The resulting beer was strong. It was also full of pieces of bread and other more or less solid materials, making it a hard to drink. The Sumerians’ solution was to drink their beer through a straw.
Beer was so important in the ancient world that laws were passed governing it. Beer was even part of the pay of workers in Mesopotamia, Egypt and other ancient civilizations. The Babylonians are known to have made at least sixteen different kinds of beer and used a variety of grains, including barley and wheat, along with honey. Beer was also mentioned in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
If you’d like the recipe, you can find it here


Maxim.com’s Top 25 New Beers in America


1. Porkslap Style: Pale Ale Brewery: Butternuts Beer & Ale, Garrattsville, NY

Don’t let the cartoon piggies tummy-thumping on the can fool you—Porkslap provides some serious suds action. Pour this classic American pale ale into a glass and you’ll notice its striking orange color. Take a sip and you’ll be struck by its malty, hoppy goodness. Pour some on your jeans and you’ll be all wet. Pork power!
2. Drifter Style: Pale Ale Brewery: Widmer Brothers, Portland, OR

A light and airy pale, Drifter is like an awesome roommate who pays the rent on time and can persuade any group of hot girls to head back to your place for an ¿after-party. Move this guy into your fridge fast. Your sex life just may depend on it.
3. Hoss Style: Rye Lager Brewery: Great Divide Brewing, Denver

An old-world Bavarian brew style in which rye replaces some of the barley, this plaid-frocked fun ¿punch epitomizes the genre: Sweet and crisp, with woody undertones.


Why Beer? Well…. Why Not?

Throughout history humans have brewed some type of drink similar to beer.  Due to water that was down right nasty in flavor and after effects people had to learn methods to dissenfect their means of hydration.  Fermentation became the perfect combination of a nondiarreal thirst quencher and liquid amusement.  As we grew smarter we also became aware of the further health benefits of ales, stouts and lagers.

None other than Cliff Clavin can better explain the phenomenon of beer …

Cliff explains beer to Norm

Cliff explains beer to Norm

“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this . . . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.    In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

A flyers Remembrance

The Beer Run

On June 13, 1944, (D-Day plus seven) number 412 (Falcon) Squadron, along with the others comprising 126 Wing gathered for a briefing by W/C Keith Hodson at our Tangmere base.

We would get details of our now regular Beach Patrol activities, only this one had a slight variation.

The Wingco singled me out to arrange delivery of a sizable shipment of beer to our new airstrip being completed at Beny-sur- Mer.

The instructions went something like this – “Get a couple other pilots and arrange with the Officers Mess to steam out the jet tanks and load them up with beer. When we get over the beachhead drop out of formation and land on the strip. We’re told the Nazis are fouling the drinking water so it will be appreciated.”

“There’s no trouble finding the strip, the Battleship Rodney is firing salvoes on Caen and it’s immediately below. We’ll be flying over at 13,000 so the beer will be cold enough when you arrive.”

I remember getting Murray Haver from Hamilton and a third pilot (whose name escapes me) to carry out the caper.

In reflection it now seems like an appropriate Air Force gesture for which the erks (infantrymen) would be most appreciative.

By the time I got down to 5,000 the welcoming from the Rodney was hardly inviting but sure enough there was the strip.

Wheels down and in we go, three Spits with 90 gallon jet tanks fully loaded with cool beer.

As I rolled to the end of the mesh runway it was hard to figure . . . there was absolutely no one in sight. What do we do now, I wondered, we can’t just sit here and wait for someone to show up. What’s with the communications?

Finally I saw someone peering out at us from behind a tree and I waved frantically to get him out to the aircraft. Sure enough out bounds this army type and he climbs onto the wing with the welcome . . . “What the hell are you doing here?”

Whereupon he got a short, but nevertheless terse, version of the story.

“Look,” he said “can you see that church steeple at the far end of the strip? Well it’s loaded with German snipers and we’ve been all day trying to clear them out so you better drop your tanks and bugger off before it’s too late.”

In moments we were out of there but such was the welcoming for the first Spitfire at our B4 airstrip in Normandy.

The unbelievable sequel to this story took place in the early 1950s at Ford Motor Company in Windsor where I was employed at the time.

A chap arrived to discuss some business and enquired if I had been in the Air Force. “Yes, indeed,” I responded.

“Did you by chance land at Beny-sur-Mer in Normandy with two other Spitfires with jet tanks loaded with beer?” he asked.

“Yes for sure I did,” I answered, “But how on earth would you possibly be aware of that?”

“Well I’ll tell you,” he said, “I was the guy who climbed on your wing and told you to bugger off.”

We finished the afternoon reminiscing.

You’re a beer drinker. It’s been a steaming summer, but a nice craft brew just won’t do it. You want simple. And you want to keep an eye on your wallet.

You want a budget beer.

With the dog days of summer in mind, we embarked on a challenge: Find and review a month’s worth of low-cost, simple beers. Are they all the same? Are some better than others? Do they all look alike? We found the answers: No, yes and pretty much.

We learned a few things along the way. Almost everyone — from beer snobs to casual drinkers — has a memory of these mostly long-established beers. People often told us, “I remember drinking that when . . .” Or “That’s the beer we used to buy when . . .”

About our methodology: We tried to avoid light or ice versions of these beers. We stuck mostly to lagers. All the selections are brewed in the United States and, despite some being regional beers, can be found at Northeast Ohio retailers. All are 12-ounce cans or bottles unless noted.

To see all our reviews, go through the photo gallery. See links below for our overall remarks.


Description: Free beer!  OK, so they’re not free. But they are cheap, and some are even worth drinking. Plain Dealer beer expert Marc Bona and Akron Beacon Journal brewmeister Rick Armon sampled a month’s worth of what they call “budget beers” — 31 low-cost, and often low-flavor, brews. Here’s their report.

See The Reviews in the Photo Gallery

SchlitzSchaeferOld Milwaukee

Little Kings Cream AleMickey's Big MouthExtra Gold

…Or something else to write about when the world gets sick of hearing about how “hemp” can save the human race. (editors note)


1. Remove the label to make an instant, easy vase. And you may be thinking,“Booooooring!”, but before you dismiss the idea, just imagine this: A long, rustic wooden table scattered with dozens of green glass bottles, each one holding just a few white flowers. Pretty elegant right? Or, how about a dozen clear bottles hanging from wire, suspended in trees, with a big beautiful bloom in each one. Perfectly whimsical for a homespun garden party, no?



2. Remove the label to make an instant, easy candle holder. Just the same as above, this concept goes from “dorm” to “decadent” by keeping just a few things in mind: 1) Large groupings add a dramatic effect. Try covering a table, mantle, or hearth. 2) Choose colors and shapes that tell a story. All the same color or a slapdash mix? Tall clear bottles or squat little brown ones? Each choice will evoke a different feeling. 3) Try styling in unexpected ways, such as the suspended vases mentioned above.
3. Remove the label and wash the bottle well, then use it to store or serve your kitchen liquids, like oils, vinegars, or even dish soap or hand soap. You’ll just need a few of those stopper/pourer tops — cheap at any kitchen supply store. The dark bottles are great for protecting oils, which react to light.
By the way, the best use of an empty beer bottle has always been a quick portable ashtray or a jagged multi-colored self defense system.

Best Beer Commercial Ever



Advertising makes the world go ’round.  There are good  commercials, bad commercials and then there are ones like this one.  It takes awhile to get to the punch line but it is well worth the wait.


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Budweiser is on the verge of releasing a new, higher-alcohol line of beers, AdAge reports, which could be available in time to be promoted in a big commercial during the Super Bowl.

The new line of beers will be called “Black Crown,” and was first announced at a private meeting with investors in Budweiser parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev on Monday. Black Crown will likely to be available in stores by early 2013, about a year after the company unleashed its successful Budweiser Platinum,  which also higher in alcohol than normal Bud.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has apparently already gotten approval on its label plans from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. As for what’s inside the bottle, it’s alleged to be a “distinctively smooth [...] golden amber lager.” It’s unclear how exactly that makes it different from traditional Budweiser, which is billed as “the great American lager.”