The potential merger between two of the biggest brewing companies in the world – AB InBev and SABMiller – could create one beermaker to rule them all.
The news that Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV Inc. “intends to make a proposal to acquire” SABMiller has sent investors into a tizzy, with shares of SABMiller gaining 23% in a matter of minutes following the news. If the deal is made, it would create a market leader that would control half the industry’s profits, according to Bloomberg. It would also be the largest merger in the food and drink industry to date, with both companies having a total market capitalization of some $245 billion.
So what would a bar stocked with all the beers from both companies look like? Here’s a toast to the beers a combined AB InBev/SABMiller would brew. Grab a brewski—this could take a while:
Bud Light: The most popular beer in the U.S.
Budweiser: The self-professed “king of beers” that’s sold in over 80 countries.
Corona: Mexico’s best-selling beer with skyrocketing popularity in the U.S. (along with poor “taste ratings).
Stella Artois: A pilsner tied to a Belgian brewery dating back to 1366.
Beck’s: The world’s top-selling German beer.
Leffe: A family of Belgian beer, the brand also boasts a museum in the town of Dinant.
Hoegaarden: A wheat beer from Belgium known for its distinctive fruity taste
Michelob Ultra: A light beer known for its low calorie content and a short sponsorship deal with Lance Armstrong.
Skol: The beer with no country—it’s the leading beer brand in Brazil, is hot in Africa, and has roots in Belgium.
Brahma: The yin to Skol’s yang, a homegrown Brazilian beer popular with locals.
Antarctica: Another beer brewed in Brazil.
Quilmes: Owns almost three-quarters of the beer market in Argentina.
Jupiler: A pale lager that’s the biggest-selling beer in Belgium.
Victoria: Mexico’s oldest beer brand.
Modelo Especial: A Mexican sister to Corona that’s the second most imported beer to the U.S.
Klinskoye: Russian pale lager that’s one of the top-selling there.
Sibirskaya Korona: Another Russian beer that courted David Duchovny to star in a TV ad.
Chernigivske: A Ukrainian beer that is pronounced “Cher-nee-jivsk”
Harbin: Originating from China’s oldest brewery, it’s the top-selling beer in Northern China.
Sedrin: Another popular Chinese beer.
Cass: South Korea’s number one beer, known for its horrible smell.
Alexander Keith’s: Beer from Canada.
Bohemia: Hugely-popular Brazilian beer.
10 Barrel Brewing: Oregon-based craft beer bought by AB InBev last year.
Löwenbräu: The Munich-brewed beer that literally means “lion’s brew”.
Goose Island: The Chicago craft beer that was acquired in 2011.
Bass: The English ale imported to the U.S.
Boddington’s: The gold-colored ale from England that was once synonymous with Manchester.
Busch: American beer that became the first new brand introduced by Anheuser‑Busch after the Prohibition era.
Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider: Added to lineup in 2014 to bolster fast-growing hard cider segment.
Kirin: Japanese beer that AB InBev brews for sale in the U.S., an issue of consternation in court.
Landshark Lager: A Florida-based beer that can be consumed with lime.
Elysian: Seattle-craft beer.
Natural: Reduced calorie light beer also popular in the U.S.
Oculto: A Mexican-themed beer partly brewed in Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
ZiegenBock: Texan beer that won a bronze medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival.
Kokanee: Western Canadian beer.
Rolling Rock: Beer founded in Pennsylvania.
Shock Top: Belgian-style wheat beer that sponsors Tough Mudder.
Redbridge: A gluten-free beer.
Wild Blue: A fruit-infused lager supposedly popular with pork.
2M: Lager from Mozambique named after the brewery “Mac Mahon”.
Aguila/Aguila Light: Beer family from Columbia.
Alpha Pale Ale: Australian ale.
Arany Ászok: One of the most popular beer brands in Hungary.
Arequipeña: Peruvian beer brewed by the largest brewery in Peru.
Atlas: A light beer from Panama that is similar to a Bud Light.
Balboa: Another darker beer from Panama named after Spanish conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa.
Balimi: Tanzanian beer that is a key part of SABMiller’s African expansion.
Barena: Brewed in El Salvador, also has a cousin from Honduras.
Beez Neez: A honey-infused beer from Australia.
Blue Moon: Belgian-style beer that is a competitor (or peer) to Shock Top.
Bohemian Pilsner: Australian beer brewed at Matilda Bay.
Cascade: A family of popular beers from Australia.
Dębowe Mocne: Beer from Poland.
Dirty Granny: Australian beer that, for our money, has one of the best beer names around…
Dogbolter: Or not, if this dark lager from Australia has anything to say.
Dorada: Family of beers brewed in the Canary Islands.
Dreher 24: Line of Hungarian beers that was SABMiller’s entry point into the European market. Also sells a ginger-flavored variant.
Eagle Lager: Beer from Uganda that became the first to be made with local sorghum grain.
Fat Yak: Another Australian beer.
Flying Fish: South African beer that comes in Pressed Lemon and Crushed Orange flavors.
Foster’s: International Australian brand that is the runner-up beer in the U.K.
Frisco: A fruity beer launched in the Czech Republic.
Gambrinus: Family of beers brewed in the Czech Republic, named after a king in Flanders.
Gingers: Polish beer that tastes like, well, ginger.
Golden Light: El Salvador pale lager that is the unofficial beer for females there.
Great Northern Brewing Co.: Australian brewed in Queensland’s first brewing operation.
Green Mill Cider: Polish cider.
Grolsch: Golden Dutch beer given a royal title in the Netherlands.
Kobányai Sör: Hungarian beer that has won awards for its quality and value.
Książęce: A bittersweet Polish beer with equally hard-to-pronounce Ciemne Łagodne and Złote Pszeniczne variants.
Laurentina: Mozambique’s oldest beer brand.
Lech: Polish lager that courted controversy for ads with the slogan “cold Lech”, accidentally referencing the former president Lech Kaczyński.
Leinenkugel: A beer brewed in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and usually referred to by the short-hand “Leinie”.
Lion Lager: Originated in Zimbabwe, now brewed in South Africa.
Maluti: Lesotho-based beer that subtly references a range of mountains there.
Mercury Special Dry: Australian cider.
Mickey’s: American beer that recently sponsored the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Miller: The line of beers in the U.S., with Miller Lite being the first light beer in the world.
Milwaukee’s Best: Line of beers brewed in Milwaukee renowned for its “can-crush” series of advertisements.
Mosi: Zambian beer named after the Mosi oa Tunya Falls.
Ndovu: Tanzania’s only premium lager.
Nile: Ugandan beer nationalised by Idi Amin in 1972.
NT Draught: Australian beer popular in the Northern Territory.
Olde English 800: Beer in the U.S. known for its forty ounce bottle.
Peroni: Italian beer with its brewery based in Rome.
Pilsen: Columbian line of beer.
Redd’s: Polish beer with green apples and lemon.
Royal Challenge: Beer brewed in India that is the second biggest mild beer brand there.
Saris: Slovakian beer brewed in the largest brewery in Slovakia.
Snow: Beer from China that is touted as the best-selling beer brand in the world.
Strongbow: The world’s leading cider. SABMiller owns the Australian rights.
St. Louis: Beer from Botswana.
Tyskie: Poland’s top-selling beer brand.
Victoria Bitter: Known as VB, this is traditionally Australia’s top-selling beer.
Velkopopovický: Family of beers from the Czech Republic that has been exported to more than 30 countries, and whose symbol is a goat.