Deadspin ranks Grain Belt top 'cheap American beer'

JAY BOLLER | Updated 7/3/2013

Minnesota-made beer edged out New England's Narragansett, 34 others.

The sign at the old Grain Belt Brewery at 1220 Marshall St. N.E.
Photo by Joey McLeister

Deadspin - once known as the go-to website for athlete dong-shots - has gradually upped its food/drink coverage. In anticipation of Fourth of July, today it ranked 36 cheap American beers, from "worst to least-worst." The suds that topped the frou frou-shunning tally? Minnesota's own Grain Belt Premium. Here's writer Will Gordon on the New Ulm, Minn.,-brewed favorite: 

"I always think of Minnesota as a secretly sexy place, and not just because of Kent Hrbek and Al Franken. Maybe it's all the trout and music and Lutherans. Toss in a smooth, creamy, and dreamy local budget brew like Grain Belt and it's a wonder Minnesota hasn't seceded to form its own naked blond utopia. Grain Belt Premium is America's finest cheap beer."

Here's to being secretly sexy, Minnesotans!

New England's Narragansett took the two-spot, edging out Coors, which finished surprisingly high at No. 3. Wisconsin-associated brews ran the gamut, from Pabst Blue Ribbon's strong showing at No. 5, to Milwaukee's Best at No. 20 (plus loads of Miller selections scattered throughout). 

Predictably, Gordon wasn't kind to the beers on the opposite end of the list, calling last-ranked Keystone "worse than Heineken and murder." Bud Light Lime, No. 35, "tastes like green Froot Loops soaked in thigh sweat," and 33rd-ranked Rolling Rock, "smells like three fat guys in a two-man tent."