RANKING The 16 Best Garage Beers

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I love a good, cheap beer. The marathon beers. The beer that slowly gets you drunk, but keeps you going. The beer that won’t break the bank, is perfect for summer or winter, the great outdoors, bonfires, long convos about life, and the garage.

Yes, the garage. The best beer is without a doubt THE GARAGE BEER.

So, here we go. I’ve ranked the best garage beers. The “Old Man” beers, if you will…

First, a moment of silence for Kirkwood Signature Light.

Costco discontinued the cheap 48-pack. FORTY EIGHT PACK. And it cost only $22. RIP.

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Here’s the list…

16. Tie between Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coors Light.

I know, some people only stick to one religiously, but I drink them all depending on the direction of the wind.

15. Milwaukee’s Best

It’s not the “best,” but good.

14. Old Milwaukee

I mean, Will Ferrell did a commercial for them…

13. Natural Light

The King of College beers is one of the best-selling beers in all of America, behind your obvious Buds, Miller, Coors. Nothing better than a game of pong, flip cup, and some Natty Light. Good ol’ days…BUT, still good as a grown adult. Try it.

12. Hamm’s

Dads drink this while teaching you what “hard work” means – cutting 100 acres of grass, shingling a roof, or painting an entire house – all while you were 8-years-old.

11. Rolling Rock

Really solid, often overlooked. Flying under the radar…

10. Heineken

This one might throw you for a loop, but trust me (and I guess it’s not really that cheap, but whatever). These mainstream European beers are the perfect mix of slightly stronger ABV, skunk, and believe it or not, much less of a hangover than the American counterparts (we’ve tested this multiple times on the podcast). Plus, James Bond…

9. Miller High Life

Would rather drink than actual champagne.

8. Schlitz

Makes you grow chest hair. Has the perfect amount of skunkiness.

7. Old Style

A Chicago staple and damn good ice cold. RIP to the Cubs and the rebuild.

6. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Usually based on mood and surroundings, but a big crowd pleaser. Sometimes tastes like melted paper clips. Hipsters claim this beer as their own, but we all know that’s bullshit and old people been drinking this for decades.

5. Bud Diesel (Budweiser)

Way better than a Bud Light.

4. Montucky Cold Snacks

These have quickly become my new favorite beer for days I know I want to drink a lot of beer. Light, but not light in a shitty way. Between the name, the sexy can, and the fact 8% goes back to local causes, you have yourself a winner. These things are like crack cocaine in a good way.

3. Coors Banquet/Coors/Yellow Belly/Colorado Kool-Aid

This could easily be #1, and is probably the most underrated beer known to man. Sam Elliott, take it away…

2. Busch Light

Busch Light is super low carb (aka healthy), tastes like nothing (in a good way), will get you drunk if you drink enough but let’s you keep on keepin’ on all day, goes great with a tailgate, country show, or as you sit by yourself at home watching YouTube videos.

A legend. A friend. A means for survival.

1. Busch Heavy

Those camo cans push this to the top spot. A Busch Heavy feels like home.

Cheers to garage beers. Get the shirt here.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock