These 5 Companies Own Almost Every Beer in the World

The desire to buy local products and support local artisans is on the rise, especially when it comes to craft brews and spirits. However, when you pick up a bottle of craft beer, you might be buying into the same big brand that you're trying to avoid by not buying a Budweiser or Coors.

As part of Visual Capitalist's The Illusion of Choice campaign, they decided to document the owner of each beer brand owned by AB InBev SAB Miller, MolsonCoors, Heineken, Diageo, and Carlsberg. There were six companies until recently, but in October 2016, AB InBev and SAB Miller merged, creating an unstoppable beer repertoire.

Here are the beer brands owned by the five companies in the world.

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We've broken down the above infographic into an easy-to-read list format, provided below. Note that not all brands owned by the companies are listed, but the most internationally well-known.

1. AB InBev/SAB Miller

The recent merger between AB InBev and SAB Miller completely changed the game.

Domestic Brands

  • Budweiser
  • Bud Light
  • Kokanee
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Labatt Blue
  • Natural Light
  • Alexander Keith's
  • Rolling Rock
  • Miller Genuine Draft*
  • Miller High Life*
  • Miller Lite*
  • Milwaukee's Best*

Craft Brands

  • Elysian Brewing Company
  • Kona Brewing Co.
  • Red Hook
  • Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Shock Top Brewing Co.
  • Four Peaks Brewing Co.
  • Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Blue Point Brewing Company
  • Landshark
  • Blue Moon*
  • Leinenkugel's

Import Brands

  • Corona Extra
  • Corona Light
  • Pacifico Clara Cerveza
  • Stella Artois
  • Hoegaarden
  • Foster's
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Beck's
  • Boddingtons
  • Oranjeboom
  • Hansa Pilsener
  • Peroni
  • Jupiler
  • Spaten
  • Leffe
  • Tyskie
  • Löwenbräu
  • Estrella Jalisco
  • Victoria
  • Grolsch
  • Quilmes
  • Skol
  • Brahma
  • Antartica
  • Victoria Bitter
  • Negra Modelo
  • Modelo Especial
  • Bass

Any beers that are noted with an asterisk may have transferred to MolsonCoors in the merger.

2. MolsonCoors

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You'll notice a few classics in this line-up.

Domestic Brands

  • Molson Canadian
  • Coors Light
  • Coors
  • Keystone Ice
  • Old Style Pilsner
  • Molson Export Ale
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Miller High Life
  • Miller Lite
  • Milwaukee's Best Premium

Import Brands

  • Staropramen
  • Caffrey's
  • Carling
  • George Killian's Irish Red
  • Franciscan Well

Craft Brands

  • Blue Moon
  • Leinenkugel's
  • Third Shift
  • Creemore Springs Brewery Limited
  • Rickard's
  • Granville Island Brewing
  • Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Lager
  • Colorado Native Lager

3. Heineken

Beer speaks

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Heineken packs a smaller punch, but their big brands prove they have staying powder.

  • Heineken
  • Murphy's
  • Dos Equis
  • Birra Moretti
  • Tiger
  • Tecate
  • Red Stripe
  • Hacker Pschorr
  • Desperados
  • Kru?ovice
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • Amstel Bier

4. Diageo

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When you own Guinness, you're basically set for life.

  • Guinness
  • Kilkenny
  • Harp Lager
  • Smithwick's
  • Windhoek
  • Tusker Lager

5. Carlsberg Group

Most of these brands are European.

  • Carlsberg
  • Kronenbourg 1664
  • Tetley's
  • Super Bock
  • Holsten
  • Baltika
  • Tuborg Beer
  • Grimbergen

All information provided by Visual Capitalist.

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