What is Kentucky’s Top Beer Brand?

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When it’s time to toss back a few beers, Kentucky goes south of the border for its most popular cerveza before anything else.

With National Beer Day fast approaching on April 7, BetKentucky.com wanted to know what beers have the highest brand awareness in the Bluegrass State. Utilizing Google Trends, BetKentucky.com took break from Kentucky sports betting and ranked the search volume interest scores in Kentucky from the top 10 American beer brands according to a recent survey from Statista. The top 5 from those results are the following:

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Top Beer Brands in Kentucky

BrandGoogle Trends Interest Score
Modelo24
Michelob12
Busch Light11
Bud Light8
Coors Light6

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Modelo Tops Kentucky’s Interest

In the middle of 2023, Modelo Especial surpassed Bud Light as the top-selling beer in America, according to retail beer sales data. Modelo, which is brewed near Mexico City by Constellation Brands, grabbed 8.3% of the sales market compared to 7.3% for Bud Light.

The Google Trends data for Kentucky also shows a growing interest in Modelo with a score of 24, which is twice as much as the next beer on the list in Michelob. The data from Statista, which was developed in September 2023, shows Bud Light and Corona tied for No. 1 in brand awareness at 87%, just ahead of Budweiser and Heineken at 85% and Miller at 80%.

When it comes to beer brand popularity and consumption, Corona jumps on top. The Mexican beer leads Bud Light 35% to 33% in popularity and 31% to 30% in consumption. Bud Light took a sales and public relations hit in 2023 over some advertising that featured a transgender influencer. A recent report says Anheuser-Busch took a $1.4 billion drop in U.S. sales after that happened.

That trend continued leading up to the Super Bowl, despite a big new commercial with NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and musician Post Malone. According to Nielsen Data in a Wall Street Journal report, Bud Light came in second with 7.3% of all beer sold in U.S. retail stores, while Modelo was No. 1 at 8.7%. The Wall Street Journal report said Bud Light is still the top-selling U.S. beer by volume.

While Anheuser-Busch may have lost the top spot in the country and in Kentucky in terms of interest, the company still carries the next three spots in the Bluegrass State. After Michelob at No. 2, Busch Light is at No. 3 followed by Bud Light. Coors Light, which started in Colorado and is now part of Molson Coors based in Chicago, caps the list at No. 5.

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Author

Douglas Pils

Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He currently runs the Student Media Department at Baylor University.

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