Top 5 Beers You Should Try After You Throw That Bud Light Out

Jeannie Nuss

Anyone who’s ever watched the show “Firefly” may remember a scene where the ship’s doctor, Simon Tam, is staring at a statue that was made to resemble his crewmate, Jayne Cobb. Jayne was a selfish, unsophisticated meathead who usually plays the role of bruiser for crew, yet this small backwater town celebrated him as a hero worthy of immortalizing.

“This must be what going mad feels like,” Tam says to himself as he stares at the statue.

I kind of feel the same as Tam did at that moment as I watch transgender influencer and activist Dylan Mulvaney get brand deals with damn near every corporation under the sun, including ones that don’t make any sense.

As Bonchie reported earlier today, Mulvaney now has a brand deal with Bud Light, a beer typically enjoyed by people who aren’t remotely transgender. It’s a beer you typically find at race tracks, football games, and college parties. For ages, Bud Light commercials were geared more toward appealing to men than any other group, because it was primarily men looking to supply their get-togethers with cheap beer you could drink in large quantities.

That Bud Light Suddenly decided a dude who had plastic surgery to make himself look like a woman should be the latest face of the beer is a decision I’m honestly having trouble wrapping my head around. Bud Light knows who its demo is, and this move either signals they’re too cowardly to resist the activists who make up its marketing team or they figure it can score some points with activist groups and weather the boycott storm that would inevitably come it’s way.

Sadly, they’re right. Bud Light is so pervasive that it’s not going anywhere. Years from now, it’ll still be available as the basic option at any given establishment that serves beer.

But that doesn’t mean (former) customers can’t send a message, and send one in perpetuity. While Bud Light will still be purchased by the boatloads by various food service companies, the home market can diminish greatly. That means you. All you have to do is start buying beer that isn’t Bud Light.

Which shouldn’t be that hard. It’s a horrible beer, and I think it hardly qualifies as one. If I carbonated what was in my dog’s water bowl I’m not sure I’d taste a difference.

In any case, I’ve got my picks for what I tend to drink besides Bud Light. You can either try these yourself for personal reasons or, at your next house party, buy these beers instead of stocking your coolers with that sorry excuse for “beer.”

To be clear, these aren’t my favorite beers, just ones I tend to get instead since I won’t purchase Bud Light willingly.

Modelo Especial

The official beer of the UFC. As you’re going to see, I’m a huge fan of Mexican beers and Modelo is both easy to find and not too expensive. You’ve probably seen them on your grocery store shelf and walked right past them. Modelo’s basic structure is just as light on the tongue but far more flavorful than Bud Light. The company also makes cheladas for people who aren’t too into beer and want something more flavorful like salt and lime and mangos and chiles. This is pretty much the basic light beer I run to when I need a lot of something. It’s inoffensive in every way but still manages to be satisfying.


Whenever an establishment provides it, I tend to drink it. Sol is light and easy to consume and is best compared to Corona, but it’s got a touch more flavor. Put a lime in that bottle or can and you’re off to the races. Like Modelo, they also provide chelada options, and also just like Modelo, it’s super easy to find. It’s a beer that’s great for the upcoming summer months.

Shiner Light Blonde

As a Texan, Shiner is my go-to beer, to begin with. If you’re looking for an easy-to-drink light beer, Shiner has a few options, but it’s the Light Blonde that will more than likely please all two of the Bud Light drinkers you know while still providing a pretty clean but busy flavor that doesn’t feel too heavy. While it’s pretty plentiful in the south, I’m not sure of its availability up north. That said, Shiner is generally on the cheaper end of the price spectrum as well, and its other flavors like “Ruby Red Bird” and its recent addition “¡Órale!” are pretty pleasing, so it’s got a flavor for almost every palate.


Back to the Mexican side of things, Pacifico is a brewery that’s been doing things the same way for a long time. It’s another Corona-like beer that comes with a bit more flavor without becoming too heavy. If it’s hot outside (and in Texas “hot” is an understatement) a cold Pacifico is a pretty welcome sight. It’s only got a hint of bitterness at the tale end of a very easy, crisp body, giving the beer an odd kick at the end. It’s likely at your local liquor store, just look for the bright yellow box of cans.

Yuengling Light 

I used to drink Yuengling quite a bit until I moved out of Georgia in the mid-2000s, and for some reason had a hard time finding it in restaurants after. That’s not been a problem recently as the beer seems to have caught like wildfire and now Yuengling is everywhere. That’s good news for you because it also gives you access to Yuengling’s light beer option, aptly named “Yuengling Light.” It takes the caramel hints of the original beer and somehow makes it a much less filling drink while still managing to give you a good amount of the original’s flavor.

Again, these aren’t necessarily my favorite beers but they do in place of a brand that seems to think it’s fun to mock women and force radical political nonsense on their customers. They’re inexpensive, easy to find, and taste a whole lot better.

Let me know what your options are down below in the comments.


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