Posted on May 1, 2022

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.

Generally speaking, beers are of two types: domestic and imported. So, what’s the difference? We’ve got answers for you. Here’s what you need to know about domestic vs. imported beers!

Domestic Beers

Domestic beers are brewed in the United States. This means any domestic beer list should include popular beers like Miller, Budweiser, Coors, and Michelob.

The color of the beer determines the taste. The lighter-colored beers are brewed with pale grain and have less alcohol concentration. This makes the flavor of the beer less strong. Examples of these beers would be Bud Light, Blue Moon, and Coors Light. Interestingly, Bud Light Platinum has one of the highest alcohol content in domestic beer, as far as the light-colored ones are concerned.

So, if you were wondering, “Is Blue Moon a domestic beer,” it is. It’s a wheat ale produced by MillerCoors in the US and Molson Coors in Canada!

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

Contrary to items on the domestic beer list, imported beers can come from various countries such as Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, and Germany. The highest percentage of imported beers come 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 countries like Ireland and Germany are known to make dark brewed beers as well. The dark color and flavor of German beer come 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.

Roasting 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 a dark, rich flavor. Places like Germany and Ireland are the reason why a majority of dark beers are imported.

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Depending on where in the world you ultimately buy a beer dictates what kind of beer will be on hand. Ordering a beer in the Netherlands would be different than ordering a beer in Pennsylvania. The beer 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!