Narragansett and High Life Make MAXIM’s List of The 20 Greatest Cheap American Beers

Yes, you read that right: mass market beers. No, this isn’t branded content. We’re seriously here to celebrate American, mass-market beer. It’s been the beer snob’s whipping post for too long.

We’re not looking forward to the angry tweets for saying this, but the fact is that most craft beer is not refreshing, and the ones that are are too expensive for day drinking. With each passing year there are more exceptions, but we don’t pack IPAs for the beach and definitely don’t think 9 percent ABV when stocking a cooler. 

And if you’re going to be drinking all day, at the beach or wherever you spend your summer, you shouldn’t be paying a dollar a beer.

Cheap, American, mass-produced beer is not the peak of flavor and taste, but it occupies a particularly important space in the American experience—the need to get drunk while also staying hydrated. Most of what you drank in college kept your bloat quotient low and let you enjoy the mood without introducing bitterness units into the discussion.

Yes, enjoy every beer you can. Enjoy them all. But remember, global warming is real, so whether you’re packing a cooler for the beach, or a few cases for a circuit of national parks, or just prepping for a weekend of grilling, have the sense to supply your guest (and yourself) with some refreshing options.

11. Narragansett

Our most expensive beer on this list is likely the one you’ve not tried. The Rhode Island beer’s claim to fame is being the beer of choice for Quint in the 1975 movie “Jaws,” so we highly recommend a case of it alongside your tackle box. $.92 per can

15. Miller High Life

An ever-so tiny step up in flavor from Bud, the “Champagne of Beers” isn’t all bad, especially you’re having a backyard burger. It’s even good for hiding that deep char taste when your buddy flips the patties one too many times. $.63 per can

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