Mookie has been an online writer for over seven years. He also likes good beer.
While browsing the web, I found an article that was titled "Five Beers No Man Should Drink After 25." Being an avid beer drinker myself, I followed the link, fully expecting to probably be guilty of drinking at least one of the listed beers. Yep, I am.
MadeMan provides "helpful" information for what I gathered to be the 21- to 35-year-old male crowd. Some of it, I suppose, could be construed as helpful. The rest was just some uppity jerk's idea of what someone my age should or shouldn't be doing. Like, you know . . . drinking a beer I shamelessly like.
Let's get to their list of five beers you shouldn't drink after age 25 and see if you are as guilty as I am. If you are, I wouldn't feel too bad. These beers would not exist if hardly anyone drank them.
Beer #5: Milwaukee's Best
Ah yes, “The Beast.” Milwaukee’s Best is available in three varieties (Regular, Light, and Ice), and is brewed by the Miller Brewing Company. While I can say I have not consumed Milwaukee’s Best in many years, I openly acknowledge that when I was in college Milwaukee’s Best was usually the "beer of choice" for our party needs. The main reason: It was cheap.
Even today, the Beast is still one of the cheaper beers out there. I will be the first to admit that Milwaukee’s Best is not the smoothest or tastiest item in the grocery store beer cooler. As we stood around drinking it from kegs at house parties, we often joked that Milwaukee’s Best was essentially the leftovers in the bottom of the brew vats at the Miller brewery. I doubt if this is totally true, but it doesn’t take a sensitive soft pallet to notice that it is not as refined as the company’s flagship Miller Lite brand.
So, if you are feeling nostalgic for the college days, or if you are just REALLY hard up for beer, The Beast can be consumed in a pinch. No, it is not "distinguished" or "high class," but odds are good you aren't either.
Beer #4: Keystone Light
Keystone Light is the most popular brand under the Keystone flag, but can also be found in Premium, and Ice varieties as well. The brand is brewed and marketed by the Coors Brewing Company, and, like its cheap beer brethren Milwaukee’s Best, it is jokingly known as the swill at the bottom of the Coors Light brew vats. The brand is famously sold in 30-pack cases, and is referred to as “30 Stones.” One of their more recent marketing promotions features a character named “Keith Stone,” and he represents the typical “every-man” in humorous commercials.
While it could be argued that Keystone is better than the other beers at the cheap end of the beer cooler, it is not an argument worth having. I admittedly have had a few Keystone Lights at various social gatherings, but only because it was the only beer readily available. If you like Coors Light but need to save a few bucks, Keystone might just be the way for you to go. You will definitely be sacrificing taste, but after 3 or 4 beers you won’t know the difference anyway.
Beer #3: Budweiser
This one bothered me because Budweiser is a premium beer. The article never gives a real reason for dismissing it, so I don’t know how they justify putting “The King of Beers” on the list.
Brewed by Anheuser-Busch, the name is one of the flagship brands for the label. The Budweiser name has numerous varieties including Bud Light, Bud Light Platinum, Bud Ice, Bud Ice Light, Select, and Select 55.
I am an avid Bud Light consumer, and it is usually my beverage of choice. If calories are not of concern, I definitely recommend regular Budweiser though. It’s good stuff. Budweiser does not belong on this list. If anything, it's a beer you SHOULD be drinking. That's my opinion anyway.
Beer #2: Busch
I'm sure the Anheuser-Busch folks would certainly disagree with this list as it carries two of their biggest sellers. I also believe this beer brand should not be on this list., The Busch brand consists of mainly of the following varieties: regular, Light, Ice, and a non-alcoholic version of the regular name brand. While it is not as good as its corporate brothers in the Budweiser camp, Busch and its varieties are NOT bad at all. In fact, Busch Light was given the Silver Medal for American Style Lager at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. I don’t think that is too shabby.
While Busch does hover at the low end of the price spectrum, this should not be an indicator that it is a low-quality product. Busch and its very popular “Light” version are of quality taste and smoothness. Due to its less-expensive pricing, Busch is popular on the college circuit, and definitely a step up from Milwaukee's Best or Keystone Light.
I am not ashamed to say I enjoy Busch beer on a regular basis. I know there are many people out there that also say the same.
Beer #1: Schlitz
And now, a drumroll, please! The number one beer no man should drink after the age of 25 is . . . Schlitz Malt Liquor! Schlitz Malt Liquor at one time in its history was one of the top-two beers in America (the other was Budweiser). After the company tinkered with their formula in the late 1970s in search of cheaper production, they inadvertently changed the beer’s taste and it fell out of public favor in a hurry. Since then Schlitz has been considered a bargain-basement beer selection. While it has had some resurgence in certain circles over the years, it has been nowhere close to its heyday stature.
The term “malt liquor” over the years has also gained a negative connotation and is often associated with the poor and homeless populations. While the beer has what some call an “acquired taste,” the people that do consume Schlitz drink it for one reason: to get drunk.
The standard malt liquor version currently has an ABV of 6.2%, and the “Ice” version weighs in at 8.2% ABV. I for one agree with this beer’s placement on the list, because it is not good. If your goal is to get good and drunk with no regard for taste and smoothness, well then this is your beer. If you are looking for a beer with good taste and high alcohol content, you will need to look elsewhere. It works every time.
There you have it. The alleged list of beers that no one over twenty-five should be drinking. You know what I think? You should drink what you like, no matter what your age is (legal age of course). If someone doesn't like what you are drinking, that is their problem. Some people drink certain beers because they believe it conveys a certain "life status," or an appreciation for the so-called "finer things" in life.
However, what makes everything great is that everyone is different. We all have our own opinions on what is good, and what is not. How does that one saying go? Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. In this case, though, it's the beer holder. Cheers.