College and Parties and Beer: Oh My!!


I went to college before I ever enrolled in school by hanging out with older people that liked to party. When the group got together, we would play drinking games all night long consuming different types of beer. Eventually there came a point when we couldn’t really afford higher-grade beers, and had to start looking for alternatives to keep up our late night habits.

That is when I was first introduced to the three beers most barely-legal partiers buy today: Natural LighNatural Light 30 packt, Milwaukee’s Best and Busch. Natural light is the favorite among college students. The other two, in my opinion, could be a close second. There are other beers of course, but nothing brings up the memories like theses three beers do for me, plus they’re pretty cheap.

The biggest case you can buy is a 30 pack. Generally the rule of thumb is the bigger the case: the cheaper the price. Busch is starting to become popular again among the older generation, so for a 30 pack it will cost you about $15.99. If you divide it down you’re paying about 53 cents a can. Natural Light and Milwaukee’s Best are still the champs for being the best “bang for your buck” costing you about $13.99 for a 30 pack. If you divide it down you’re paying about 47 cents a can.

Busch is made with hBush Light 30 Packops, malt and corn. Natural Light is made with water, barley malt, cereal grains, yeast and hops. Milwaukee’s Best is made with water, hops, barley and yeast. The brewing process varies with each beer being brewed: That’s how you get the light and ice variations.

Below is a chart of all the different variations of my top three college party beers. The Ice variations have a higher concentration of alcohol, but are also higher in calories and carbohydrates. The original brands have a middle-of-the-road concentration of alcohol, calories and carbs. Interestingly enough though, the light variations have about the same amount of alcohol in them, but are way less in calories and carbohydrates.

Brand

Brewery

Alcohol

(ABV)

Calories

120z

Carbohydrates

(Grams)

Busch

Anheuser-Busch

4.6%

133

10.2g

Busch Ice

Anheuser-Busch

5.9%

169

12.5g

Busch Light

Anheuser-Busch

4.1%

95

3.2g

Milwaukee’s Best*

MillerCoors

4.3%

128

11.4g

Milwaukee’s Best Premium*

MillerCoors

4.3%

128

11.4g

Milwaukee’s Best Light

MillerCoors

4.2%

98

3.5g

Milwaukee’s Best Ice

MillerCoors

5.9%

144

7.3g

Natural Light**

Anheuser-Busch

4.2%

95

3.2g

*These two seem the same, but the website lists them separately Beer100.com.

**These figures were taken from Wikipedia.

All these beers can be purchased at your local grocery store or convenient store. The state of Ohio mandates these prices that I have mentioned in my article. If you live in another state, prices may vary.

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!

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