We can land on the moon and did invent the transistor, but our beers SUCK.
To each his own I suppose.
Bud isn't bad after 1 or 2 or 10... I agree it isn't my first choice, in fact it is probably the bottom of my personal beer chain, but I am not a snob about it either. It IS widely available and often present at the family cookout/fishing trip/hunting camp/random watering hole... You develop a tolerance for it- but I agree, if you don't have to, then why?
How can you know what is best, if you don't at know what is worst?
You know there is some sorry sap out there who's job it is to discriminate taste changes for Anheuser-Bush... Imagine, if your taste buds had to determine if crappy beer was made to taste more or less crappy by changes in the brewing process... He exists, and his opinion lost my Dad's company a deal a few years back.
My experience with the beer we get here that comes from elsewhere is that it generally tastes skunky... (I stress generally- I haven't sampled them alli yet
I also have it on good authority that the Import beers I don't like taste totally different if you drink them in their country of origin.
I always guessed that something about temp changes, and elapsed time during shipping might foul the flavor- but I have no idea if there is truth to the theory.
Generally I prefer boutique (small brewery) domestics
Unless we are talking about Guiness...
But then, Guiness isn't beer- it is a meal- and when I got to the bar for a meal I prefer to have Guiness. Nuff said.
Get me a real Irish bar with a nitrogen tap system (all stouts are better on nitrogen) and a tender that knows how to pour a black and tan over a spoon-and I will remain perfectly content until the buttonhole rips out of my jeans.