Beer is so much more than the mug emoji. You know the one: 🍺.
Drinking a stout? 🍺. A hoppy red? 🍺. A sour beer brewed with local grains, fermented with wild strains of brettanomyces yeast, and aged on kaffir limes? 🍺. (Not all beers are frothy lagers in frosted mugs, Emoji! 😫)
Here’s the thing: There are many ways to describe beers that don’t use the beer emoji. In fact, like beers’ flavors and ingredients, the possibilities for describing and defining them are nearly infinite.
Here are 10 of the most popular beer brands people drink 🍺 and clink 🍻on the reg — from Budweiser to Belgium’s Cantillon — translated into emoji.
Coors Light is made with water, malted barley, corn, and hops. When it’s all brewed together, it somehow still tastes like water. (We’re not complaining; sometimes, you just need some water to get you buzzed.)
Budweiser is America. America is Budweiser. Bring together American pastimes like tractor driving and football, and the King of Beers is probably present.
Corona, the crown of Mexican lager, encourages you to find your beach.
Blue Moon is brewed with wheat, served with an orange slice, and backed by moneybags monolith MillerCoors.
PBR made a comeback among the millennial set thanks to its legacy brand, simple design, and modest price. It’s now a favorite among bearded, tight-jeans-wearing, fixie-riding hipsters the country over.
Narragansett is a lager made for those who enjoy the simple-but-privilaged life. Feel the salty air on your cheeks as you drink this Rhode Islander. Later, pair it with some New England crab, lobster, or anything sprinkled with Old Bay.
Dogfish Head discovered the continual hopping method with its 90 Minute IPA in 1999. At the time, it blew peoples’ minds (and involved an old vibrating football game, according to its founder, Sam Calagione).
Founders also changed the IPA game with its All Day IPA, a sessionable ale with enough hop aroma to please the hop heads, and a refreshing enough body to make it an all-day drinker, from sunrise to sunset (and sunrise again).
Cantillon Kriek is a lambic, a beer style that exists outside the boundaries of what most people know as beer. Brewed at a century-old, wooden-interiored facility in Brussels, Belgium, Cantillon’s lambics and gueuzes in particular have an almost mythical quality. Its Kriek (Flemish for “cherry”) is aged in wooden casks for a year and a half before cherries are introduced for four to five more months of fermentation before the blending stage. (Those who have visited the brewery in Brussels will know: The the casks are covered in sticky residue, bugs, and spiderwebs, intentionally undisturbed.)