Matador’s ‘best Worst Beer’ Experiment

Hal Amen
Jun 9, 2010
Pompous ass

Photo: Author

In which Matador Trips co-editor and confessed beer snob Hal Amen decides to drop the hops in a quest for the shittiest beer in America.

PEOPLE LOVE TO BITCH about American beer. Not excluding Americans. We proudly rag on the mild urine undertones of Keystone Light, the corned beef hash infusion of the Beast, and the dead-on approximation of formaldehyde that is Steel Reserve.

I’ve downed a lot of swill, but I have yet to determine the answer to what seems like a very important question: Which one is most deserving of our abuse? What is the SHITTIEST beer in America?

You probably have your opinion, but I want to get scientific. So over the next couple weeks, I and a handful of judges will be blind taste tasting 16 of the worst offenders. In the end, only the foulest will remain standing (or, warm and flat in a half-full plastic cup ditched behind the couch the night before because it was just too vile).

And to do this, we need your help. We want to hear your nominations for the “best worst beer” our nation has to offer.

I don’t want to get into the finer points of who owns what and where which is bottled. For eligibility, we’re talking classic American panther piss, mainstream enough that you can find it anywhere in the country (and especially in Austin, so I can buy it).

Bud Light, MGD, Natty, yes. Heineken, Tecate, Spaten, no.

Got it? So let’s hear it! Leave your nomination (or five) in the comments section below.

What did you think of this story?

More on


The 13 Dreamiest Airbnbs in the South of France

Get To Know the Real Banff, From Hot Springs and Waterfalls To Historic Town Sites

On the Shores of Lake Como, This Villa Is the Epitome of Italian Lake Luxury

Get Epic Views of Niagara Falls From Your Bedroom Window at This Luxurious Hotel

Your 2023 Azores Vacation: a Guide To São Miguel and Beyond

15 Beautiful Airbnbs in Mexico City’s Trendiest Neighborhoods

This Tuscan Spa Surrounded by Vineyards and Rolling Hills Takes Relaxation To the Next Level

8 Chic Beach Resorts in Italy for a Glam Summer Getaway

This Luxurious Thailand Beach Resort Is Only $40 Per Night

11 Key West Airbnbs To Experience the Best of the Island

Save Bookmark

We use cookies for analytics tracking and advertising from our partners. For more information read our privacy policy.