A one for all the beer lovers out there and let’s face it there’s plenty of us. We all love to kick back every now and then in our local bar or pub with a pint or a half pint of our favourite cold one, there’s no question that avid beer drinkers are proud of their drink and will always stay loyal to their brand and this sometimes comes across as a debate on those chilled Friday nights out with your friends. Which really is the best beer available in the UK? Well, it all depends on preference firstly, do you prefer the robust nature that comes with an ale or are you more for a crisp lager? It’s no doubt that the younger age market tends to go for the lagers due to it’s clean, smooth finish and the elder generation hold out for the ales. Otherwise sometimes known as a ‘traditional beer.’ But, nowadays it seems to be the huge lager brands that dominate the world market for beer and there’s no real surprise why with their incredible marketing campaigns and even better taste!

We have put together Viral Worlds top 5 beer brands based on what we think in terms of their popularity and how they have impacted the alcohol market in general:

5. Fosters

Gooday mate, Fosters is in at number 5. The internationally distributed lager is owned by brewing giants, AB InBev and was produced by two Irish-American brothers who go by the names of William M. and Ralph R. Foster in 1888. The brand has a licence to brew all over Europe as well as here in the UK which is the lagers biggest market, Heineken International hold the rights to Fosters being distributed in and around the Europe market. Fosters have impressive annual sales figures of approximately 500 megalitres worldwide, the majority share coming from the UK. Though Fosters is well known as an Australian beer all over the world, the Aussies tend to underrate the lager in comparison to some of the other beers that are marketed in their country, Fosters face stiff competition from the likes of Carlton Draught, Victoria Bitter.

4. Carlsberg

“If Carlsberg did…” The Danish brewed lager was founded back in 1847 by J. C. Jacobsen, the company’s headquarters are still located in Denmark. Since Jacobsen’s passing in 1887, the Carlsberg Foundation became the majority owner of the company, the name comes from Jacobsen’s son who goes by the name of ‘Carl’ hence the ‘Carlsberg.’ The Carlsberg Group also brews Somersby cider, Tuborg, Kroonenberg and Russia’s top-selling beer, Baltika. Grimbergen is also brewed by Heineken along with over 500 more local beers in Belgium. Carlsberg employs over 41,000 workers, they are primarily deployed in the west and east of Europe as well as Asia.

3. Carling

It doesn’t get much more British than this, Carling was founded in 1840 by Thomas Carling in London, Ontario, Canada in 1840. Thomas was a farmer originally from York, he and his family then moved to Canada where he began to brew beers as a hobby which soon turned to a full-time job, he would sell his Carling beers on the streets from a wheelbarrow. By 1952 Carling began distributing in the UK and 30 years later it became the UK’s best-selling beer and is still one of the most popular in the UK today. Over that time the ownership of Carling changed over many of times, changing hands to Canadian Breweries Limited before it was renamed to Carling O’Keefe. They then merged with Molson which went on to acquire Coors, forming Molson Coors Brewing Company. Over in South Africa, SABMiller is responsible for the distribution of Carling.

2. Budweiser

WASSUP, Budweiser takes the runner-up spot here, the Czech-made lager was introduced in 1876 by Carl Conrad & Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. Budweiser has become one of the biggest beer brands in the United States, with a huge selling volume, the lager is solder in over 80 markets all over the world. There has been a lot of public dispute regarding the naming rights of Budweiser, due to this it is made up to 30% rice in addition to barley malt and hops. Anheuser-Busch is the one involved in the dispute over trademarks with other beer companies in Europe, the most noticeable being the Budweiser Budvar Brewery, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. The beer is produced in hundreds of places around the world in filtered or draft form.

1. Stella Artois 

Number 1 of course, is Stella Artois. A finely crafted larger it must be said, Stella was produced in 1926 in Belgium. The lager rages between 4.8 and 5.2%, more recently being decreased for the Stella sold in the UK market. It was first brewed at the Brouwerij Artois (the Artois Brewery) in Leuven. From 2008 to present a 4% ABV version of the beer has been sold in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada. The brand is now owned by Interbrew International B.V, they are a subsidiary of the world largest known brewer in Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. Back in 1708 Sebastien Artois was named the new head brewer at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, the brewery was established in 1366, Artois went on to purchase the brewery and in 1717 it was renamed to Brouwerij Artois, this is where the lager was first made and was released as a Christmas beer, ‘Christmas Star’.

Do you agree or disagree with our top 5 selected beers? Let us know in the comments what you think!