Which Beers Are Not Made By Anheuser Busch: Updated 2024 List

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Anheuser-Busch and it’s parent company AB InBev own a large share of the beer brands on sale in the US including leading favorites such as Bud Light, Budweise and Natural Light and international brands Beck’s and Hoegaarden,

But they don’t control the whole market. There are a range of brands and individual beers that are not controlled by this brewing giant. In this article we list what beer is not owned by Anheuser-Busch.

Popular beers in this category include Miller Lite (and all other Miller beers), Coors Light (and all other Coors beers), Keystone Light,

In this article we give you a full list of beers not brewed by Anheuser-Busch. This kind of information has been in demand since the boycott of Bud Light and other Anheuser-Busch brands instituted by some beer drinkers following the Dylan Mulvaney controversy.

If you are after a non Anheuser Busch brand, for whatever reason, read on to reveal your options.

List of Beer Brands Not Made By Anheuser Busch

Molson Coors

Among breweries not owned by Anheuser Busch, Molson Coors is probably the best known to America. Molson Coors’ is the third largest brewing company in the world and its brands include:

Grupo Modelo

Grupo Modelo is the Mexican brewer of Corona and Modelo and a range of other popular beer brands sold in the US (imported by Constellation brands).

See the FAQs below for info on who owns Modelo beer (in short, it is owned by Anheuser Busch Inbev outside of the US. In the US, the Modelo beer brands are owned by Constellation Brands).

Grupo Modelo is one of the biggest brewing companies in the world. Modelo’s options for US drinkers include:


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Heineken is the second largest brewer in the world behind AB InBev and makes the Heinekin range of lagers sold in the US and all over the world.

It also makes Mexican beers Sol and Tecate, and international brands Amstel and Birra Moretti alongside South East Asian brand Tiger.

See also: How Many Calories are in Heineken Beers?


Yuengling styles itself as America’s oldest brewery and it makes a range of beers including the flagship Yuengling Traditional Lager.

Other options in the Yuengling range include:

See also: How Many Calories are There in Each Yuengling Beer?


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Asahi is a massive Japanese brewer who’s US range consists simply of the highly popular Asahi Super Dry in the trademark silver can. Buy Asahi Super Dry now on Drizly and get it delivered.

See also: Asahi vs Sapporo – taste test


Kirin is another major Japanese brewer that owns beer brands throughout the world including Bells Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery in the US and a range of international brands. The main Kirin beer in the States is Kirin Ichiban, which you can buy here via Drizly.

See also: Kirin vs Sapporo – Japanese beer taste test


Carlsberg is a European brewing giant whose beers in the US include the Carlsberg Pilsner (buy here) and Carlsberg Elephant Strong (buy here), Kronenbourg 1664 (buy here) and Tetley’s English Ale (buy here), along with Tuborg (buy here) and Okocim (buy here).

Anheuser Busch Bud Light: Brand Boycott

Anheuser Busch is the parent company of Bud Light, a popular American light beer.

Some beer drinkers began boycotting Anheuser Busch brands after Bud Light formed a marketing partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney. Bud was hoping to attract a younger audience to the brand to underpin sales growth and its status as the top selling beer in the US.

But the controversy became the latest chapter in America’s culture wars with conservatives taking aim at the beer for “selling” out its brand to identity politics amid cries from drinkers to boycott Anheuser Busch.

Bud tried to walk back the partnership after controversy and Bud Light Boycott exploded, which led to the company being criticised by trans activists for backing down! It’s sale suffered a slump after the issue and it was supplanted as the top selling beer in the US by Modelo Especial.

What are Some Other Beers Not Owned By Anheuser Busch?

Outside of using this list, another option is to try a craft beer. Independent craft brewers produce a wide range of local brands and great drinking beer brands. Use this site to verify if a brewery truly is an independent craft brewer as some have been bought up by the big multinational brewers including Anheuser Busch Inbev.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is a popular craft brewery in the United States and is not owned by Anheuser-Busch, the largest beer company in the world.

Is Michelob Owned by Anheuser Busch?

Yes, Michelob is a wholly owned subsidiary of AB Inbev.

Is Natural Ice Owned by Anheuser Busch?

Yes, Natural Ice is brewed by Anheuser Busch.

Is Budweiser Owned by Anheuser Busch?

Yes, all of the Budweiser brands including Bud Light are all owned by Anheuser Busch.

Is Miller Lite Owned by Anheuser Busch Inbev?

Given its popularity, it is not surprising that a lot of people ask is Miller Lite Anheuser Busch beer. No, Miller Lite and the other Miller beers are not owned by Anheuser Busch, they are brewed by Molson Coors.

Does Anheuser Busch Own Coors?

A lot of people ask is Coors owned by Anheuser Busch. That’s an easy one to answer. Anheuser-Busch InBev, commonly known as AB InBev, does not own Coors Brewing Company.

While both companies are prominent players in the brewing industry, they operate as separate entities. Anheuser-Busch InBev is a multinational beverage and brewing company based in Belgium, and it is the largest brewer in the world. On the other hand, Coors Brewing Company, also known as Molson Coors Beverage Company, is a multinational brewing company based in the United States and Canada. Although both companies have a significant presence in the beer market, they are competitors rather than being owned by one another.

Who Owns Modelo Beer?

Modelo beer is owned by Grupo Modelo, a Mexican brewery that was founded in 1925. Grupo Modelo is now a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, a multinational beverage and brewing company.

However, Anheuser Busch was prevented from acquiring the US rights to the Grupo Modelo brands in the US as a result of an anti-trust suit. So who makes Modelo beer that is sold in the US? These brands are owned by Constellation Brands in the United States.

What are Some Anheuser Busch Beers?

We have a whole article that lists all the beers owned by Anheuser Busch, which you can access through that link.

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Rick Wallace is the owner of The Beer Babe and a keen beer drinker. He leaves the bulk of the writing on the site to his expert team, but sometimes pens an article of two. He is a fan of trying new pale ales, IPAs and XPAs whenever he can.