The 25 Most Popular International Beers for Int'l Beer Day

August 6, 2021, marks the annual International Beer Day on which the worlds most popular alcohol drink is celebrated all over the globe.

To celebrate, here are the 25 most popular international beers...

1. Snow

Snow is the best-selling brand of beer in the world, yet many people will probably never have heard of it. This brand is sold mostly in China, with 101 million hectares being sold in 2017 alone.

This beer is produced mainly in Beijing and was only launched in 1993.

2. Bud Light

Bud Light
Bud Light is a popular beer in the US Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bud Light is the top-selling beer in the US, and is produced by Belgian-Brazilian company AB InBev. The beer sits in the no.4 slot for best-selling beer world wide, according to Business Insider.

In 2018, an incredible 29 million barrels of Bud Light were shipped, despite sales dropping nearly 20% between 2013 and 2018.

3. Skol

Skol's current biggest market is Brazil, but as its name suggests, the inspirations for the brew were apparently Scandinavian.

The beer is recognised as a Brazilian brand but it was, in fact, first produced in Scotland. It is currently the 5th top-selling beer in the world.

4. Budweiser

Another popular beer in the US, Budweiser is made by Belgian-Brazilian company AB InBev, which was founded in the 1850s.

Budwiser is currently the most-valued beer brand worldwide and, according to Statista, was valued at $14.65 billion dollars in 2020.

5. Tsingtao

Tsingtao Brewery is the largest brewery in China China Photos / Stringer/Getty Images

Tsingtao is produced in Qingdao, China, and can trace its history to the brief German occupation of the northern Chinese city.

Some 49 million hectolitres were sold in 2017 and this brew currently holds about 15 percent of the Chinese beer market. In Qingdao, locals will often drink the beer from plastic bags with straws, while having a stroll along the beach.

6. Heineken

Heineken beer is a classic Dutch brand and is popular all over the world Getty Images / Stringer/Getty Images

Dutch brand Heineken is one of the most recognizable beer brands in the world and sold an estimated 34.3 million hectares in 2017.

According to Statista, the brand is worth $11,136 in 2020, meaning it is the second most valuable beer brand in the world.

7. Harbin

Harbin Beer
Harbin beer is named after the Northern Chinese city where it was created RICHARD A. BROOKS / Staff/Getty Images

Another Chinese brew, Harbin sold 29.9 million hectolitres in 2017.

It is the oldest beer brand in China, and was made in Harbin in 1902 under a different name, before changing its name to Harbin in 1932.

8. Yanjing

Yanjing is produced by a state owned brewery in Beijing China Photos / Contributor/Getty Images

Yanjing beer is produced in Beijing and is produced in a state-owned brewery. Production first began in 1980.

Yangjing beer reached a production capacity of 57.1 million hectoliters in 2013 but in 2017, they produced 29.7million hectoliters of the stuff.

9. Corona

Corona is the most popular imported beer in the US RODRIGO ARANGUA / Contributor/Getty Images

Corona is a Mexican beer and is another brand from AB InBEV.

An estimated 28.8 million hectoliters were sold in 2017, and it's produced by the Cerveceria Modelo brewery in Mexico.

Corona was launched in Mexico in 1925, but didn't come to the U.S. until 1981. It's now the most popular imported beer in America.

10. Kronenbourg

Kronenbourg 1664 is a French wheat beer which was first produced in Strasbourg.

It is the most popular beer in France today.

11. Asahi Super Dry

Asahi Beer poster
Asahi Beer has been produced for well over 100 years swim ink 2 llc / Contributor/Getty Images

Asahi Super Dry is produced by Asahi breweries, which was established in 1949. Asahi Super Dry is a Japanese rice lager and is made with rice and malted barley.

Asahi beer can trace its roots all the way back to the 1892, when the beer first debuted.

According to the Drinks International website, Asahi Super Dry was the second best-selling beer brand worldwide in 2020.

12. Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is the third best selling brand of beer in the world Rich Polk / Stringer/Getty Images

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is an Italian beer, made by a brewery first established in 1846 in Vigevano, Italy.

The Peroni Nastro Azzurro brand, however, wasn't created until 1963, as a premium version of the breweries existing beers.

13. Guinness

Guinness is a classic Irish beer LEON NEAL / Staff/Getty Images

Guinness is the iconic Irish brand of beer, and is the most internationally recognised symbol of Ireland.

It's a traditional Irish Stout Beer made from barley, hops, water and a type of ale yeast. Ten million glasses of Guinness are sold every day -- and it's brewed in more than 150 countries, including Indonesia and Nigeria.

According to Drinks International, its the fourth best selling brand worldwide in 2020.

14. Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in 1842 Joe Raedle / Staff/Getty Images

This beer was first brewed in 1842 in Plzen, in the Czech Republic. The beer is one of the few types of beer that's apparently better served with a thick head of foam on the top.

According to Drinks International, Pilsner Urquell was the seventh most popular brand of beer worldwide in 2020.

15. Estrella

Estrella is a Spanish beer, first brewed in 1876. The beer was adapted by Kuentzmann Damm to suit the warmer climate of the Mediterranean coast. As such, its lighter than central European beers, which were designed for colder climates.

According to Drinks International, it was the eighth most popular beer in the world in 2020.

16. Stella Artois

Stella Artois
Stella Artois is nearly 100 years old Brian Ach / Stringer/Getty Images

This beer was first brewed in 1926, making it nearly 100 years old.

It was originally brewed in Leuven, Belgium, and is currently the best-selling beer in the country.

According to Drinks International, its the ninth most popular brand of beer in the world in 2020.

17. BrewDog

BrewDog is produced in Ellon, Scotland Jeff J Mitchell / Staff/Getty Images

A newer brand of beer, BrewDog was first brewed in Scotland in 2007. The brand has enjoyed a lot of success, and even has its own pubs and bars dedicated to the beer.

It was the tenth most popular brand of beer worldwide in 2020 and was the top trending brand in the same year, according to Drinks International's survey.

18. Sofiero

Sofiero is a Swedish beer produced by Kopparberg. The company was first established in 1882 in Sweden. The brewery shut down for a period and was re-established in 1994.

Sofiero is the most popular beer in Sweden today.

19. Modelo Especial

Modelo Espeical
A woman pours pints of Modelo Especial beer Nicholas Hunt / Staff/Getty Images

Modelo Especial is another Mexican brand of beer and is the second most popular imported beer in the US, after Corona.

It was first brewed in the Northwestern part of Mexico City - Tacuba - in 1925.

According to Drinks International, it was tenth highest trending brand in the world in 2020.

20. Dos Equis

Dos Equis
Dos Equis is a popular brand of Mexican beer Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Dos Equis is a Mexican larger but is one of the fastest-growing beer brand in America. The beer was first brewed by Wilhelm Haase in 1897 - although it was then known as Siglo XX.

It is produced in Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, which has several locations throughout Mexico.

21. Brahma

Brahma is a Brazilian brand of beer which was first produced by Companhia Cerverjaria. Now, it is produced by brewing giant AB InBEV.

The brand was recently the subject of controversy, after a campaign last year asked the brand to change its name, as Brahma is also the name of a Hindu God.

22. Aguila

Aguila beer
A vintage advert for Aguila beer in Madrid Quim Llenas/Getty Images

Aguila is a Columbian brand of pale lager. It has been brewed since 1913 and is the number one beer in Columbia.

It is brewed in Bogota and is 4% ABV.

23. Sapporo Yebisu Beer

Yebisu beer is a malt beer and is one of the most popular brands of beer in Japan.

It was first made in 1890 with the help of a German brewer. It is the most popular beer in Japan.

24. Dreher

Dreher is the most popular beer in Hungary, and the brewery dates back to 1854.

It's a European pale lager, and is beloved by Hungarians the world over.

25. Becks

The most popular beer in Germany, Becks was founded in the Northern German city of Bremen.

It was first established in 1873, and remains one of Germany's most popular brands of beer worldwide today.

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