Sales of the leading imported beer brands of the United States in 2012 (in million U.S. dollars)

  Sales in million U.S. dollars
Corona Extra 555.4
Heineken 347
Modelo Especial 174.5
Corona Light 163
Stella Artois Lager 126.9
Dos Equis XX Lager Especial 103.7
Tecate 94.9
Guinness Draught 57.5
Newcastle Brown Ale 57.3
Heineken Premium Light Lager 53.4
Becks 46.8
Pacifico 46.6
Labatt Blue 43
Labatt Blue Light 38.2
Foster's Lager 30.5
Negra Modelo 28.9
Guinness Extra Stout 26.2
Amstel light 26
Dos Equis XX Ambar Lager 25.7
Red Stripe 24.4
Molson Canadian 16.6
Beers of Mexico Variety Pack 16.5
Tecate Light 14.8
Victoria 12.5
Peroni Nastro Azzurro 11.5
Bass Ale 11.5
Guinness Black Lager 11.5
Foster's Premium Ale 11.4
St Pauli Girl 11.1
Hoegaarden White Ale 10.6
Newcastle Seasonal 9.7
Sapporo Premium Draft 9.5
Pilsner Urquel 8.5
Smithwick's Irish Ale 7.3
Presidente Pilsener 7.2
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This graph shows the sales of the leading imported beer brands of the United States in 2012. Modelo Especial was the third ranked imported beer brand of the United States with about 174.5 million U.S. dollars worth of sales in 2012.

U.S. beer market

Based on per capita consumption, beer is the most preferred alcoholic beverage in the United States. Beer is obtained through a beer manufacturing process called brewing. The final beer varieties range from less than 3 percent alcohol by volume to about 14 percent alcohol by volume. Most beer types contain alcohol between 4 and 6 percent by volume.

The beer market in the United States is characterized by large breweries, mid-sized breweries and microbreweries, all of which brew a vast variety of craft beer. Many kinds of beer go through a so-called three-tier system which is comprised of suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers. The alcoholic drinks must be sold by their supplier, which can be a national brewery or an importer, to the wholesaler or distributor, who in turn sells the beer further to a retailer.

Comparing the exports and imports of U.S. malt beverages, the United States is categorized as a net importer. The imported beer brands stem from all over the world. The leading ten best-selling imported beer brands of the United States predominantly include Mexican beer brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial and Dos Equis. Modelo Especial is owned by the Mexican beer manufacturer and distributor Grupo Modelo, which was founded in 1925. As of late, the company brews and distributes 14 brands and is present in more than 180 countries.

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