Bud Light is America’s best-selling beer brand, accounting for 17.8 percent of total beer sales as of 2020.
Bud Light is a low-calorie, light beer produced by Anheuser Busch Inbev (AB Inbev), the World’s largest beer maker.
The beer is made at facilities across eight countries. Collectively, these facilities produced 595 Million Hectolitres of Bud Light in 2022, equivalent to over 10 Billion pints of beer.
Where is Bud Light brewed in the US?
While St Louis, Missouri, is best known as the home of Budweiser, the company has brewing facilities across 12 breweries in the United States. Not every location makes Bud Light; however, the facilities that do include:
- Columbus, Ohio
- Houston, Texas
- Merrimack, New Hampshire
- Fairfield, California
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Newark, New Jersey
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Los Angeles, California
- St. Louis, MO
- Williamsburg, Virginia
The only facilities that Bud Light is not brewed at are:
- Baldwinsville, New York
- Cartersville, GA
Where is Bud Light Made In Canada?
The US is one of many countries that make Bud Light in North America — Mexico and Canada also brew Bud Light, with the latter being produced throughout Canada at Labatt Breweries.
- London, Ontario
- St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
- Montreal, Quebec (in the LaSalle borough)
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Creston, British Columbia
- Edmonton, Alberta
Where is Bud Light Made In The UK?
Bud Light is brewed in the United Kingdom at AB InBev Magor Brewery in Monmouthshire, Wales.
Where is Bud Light Made In the Rest of the World?
Bud Light is produced at AB InBev brewing facilities across the world. In addition to facilities in the US, Canada, and the UK, Bud Light can be made at any of the following:
- Cork, Ireland
- Victoria, Australia (Carlton & United Breweries)
- Wuhan, China
- Mexico City, Mexico (Grupo Modelo Brewery)
- Johannesburg, South Africa (South African Breweries (SAB)
Where Was Bud Light Founded?
Of course, the home of Budweiser and Bud Light is the flagship brewery in St. Louis. First introduced in 1982, Bud Light was introduced as Budweiser Light, and by 1984, the company had advertising referring to it as Bud Light.
Where is Bud Light headquarters?
Today, Bud Light is a brand under the massive Anheuser Busch InBev company with headquarters not in the American Midwest but in Leuven, Belgium.
Who Owns Budweiser & Bud Light Now?
Today the Budweiser brand is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Previously it was owned by the Busch family. In 1861, Adolphus Busch purchased a bankrupt Bohemian brewery in St.Louis with his Father-in-Law, Eberhard Anheuser.
Busch built AB into the United States’ largest beer maker for the next century, leveraging innovations such as pasteurization and refrigeration to become an American beer giant.
In 2008, Belgian- Brazilian company InBev purchased AB for $52 Billion, making it the largest beer maker in the World. The company owns hundreds of brands, producing them throughout the World. Bud Light is Anheuser Busch InBev’s star beer with various spin-offs, including Bud Light Seltzer (Black Cherry, Mango, Strawberry, Lemon Lime).
Besides Bud Light, AB InBev also brews notable brands, including Stella Artois, Michelob Ultra, and Busch. In 2011, after several failed attempts to create craft beer brands, Anheuser Busch announced they had purchased Chicago craft brewery Goose Island for $38.8 Million. The move was just the first in a line of AB purchases of craft brewers.
Bud Light Brewing Process and Calories Info
Light beer has a similar brewing process as other beers, except that enzymes are added to the beer to consume the residual carbohydrates further to make it low-calorie.
Per the National Institute of Health, “glucoamylase to the wort before or during fermentation. This enzyme metabolizes residual carbohydrates (mainly dextrins), transforming them into fermentable sugars and reducing the caloric and alcohol content in this type of beer.”
Bud Light is brewed with barley, hops, rice, yeast, and water and packaged for distribution in Kegs, bottles, and cans. It remains a top-grossing beer brand and is attuned to popular consumer tastes.
Barley malt is first milled and added to a mash tun. The grist (crushed barley) will be mixed with hot water to activate enzymes from the barley, which will convert the long-chain starches into fermentable sugar.
Once the mash process is complete, the bud light wort will be separated from the grain husks in a process known as lautering, where the liquid will be boiled, and hops from America and Europe will be added.
At the end of the boil, the Bud Light will be cooled and pitched with lager yeast. As the yeast consumes the fermentable sugars, glucoamylase will be added to help consume more carbohydrates. Once fermentation is complete, the beer will be conditioned for quality and filtered before being packaged.