Posted on June 10, 2021

Domestic Vs. Imported Beers: What To Know

There are over 100 different styles of beers brewed all over the world. Each beer distributor has crafted its beer to have its own unique taste. Whether it is a Lager or an Ale, there is a different flavor palate for each brewer. Color, taste, and branding all depend on where in the world these beers are brewed. Here’s what you need to know about domestic vs. imported beers!

Domestic Beers

Domestic beers are brewed in the United States. Some of the most common domestic brewed beers you may regularly see include Miller, Budweiser, Coors, and Michelob. The color of the beer determines the taste. The lighter-colored beers are brewed with a pale grain and have less alcohol concentration. This makes the flavor of beers less strong. Examples of these beers would be Bud Light, Blue Moon, and Coors Light. Darker brewed beers have a certain amount of bitterness to them. These types of beers have been compared to the bitter and strong taste of black coffee. Examples of these beers include microbrews like Samuel Adams or Yuengling. Most domestic beers are pale ale or lighter colored beers. Dark brewed beers are mostly imported, but there is a wide variety of imported beers. 

Imported Beers

Imported beers can come from several places such as Mexico, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, and Germany. The highest percentage of imported beers comes from Mexico. Corona Light is the most popular beer imported to the USA from Mexico, but there are other common ones such as Modelo, Dos Equis, and Sol Cerveza. Most of these beers are on the lighter side, but places like Ireland and Germany are known to make dark brewed beers as well. The dark color and flavor of German beer comes from roasted grains used in the brewing process. This process requires the grain to be heated until the enzymes break down and turn the starches into a sugar solution. The roasting of grain before heating is what causes this darker brew. Ireland brews one of the most famous dark beers known as Guinness. Guinness is made from water, barley, roast malt extract, hops, and brewer’s yeast. The secret to this brew is that the barley grain is malted and roasted to give it the dark, rich flavor. Places like Germany and Ireland are the reason why a majority of dark beers are imported. 

Join us at Kevin’s!

Depending on where in the world you ultimately buy a beer dictates what kind of beers will be on hand. Ordering a beer in the Netherlands would be different than ordering a beer in Pennsylvania. The beers may be different but when looking for the perfect addition to any meal, they’re all perfect. Whether it’s brewed in the USA or imported, we would love for you to join us for a beer at Kevin’s!