“Just Stop It – Bud Select 55 vs. MGD 64” Post – 5 Years In Review

August 15th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Five years ago tomorrow, I put up a post titled “Just Stop It – Bud Select 55 vs. MGD 64“. It was just a short rant about how ridiculous the concept of these two beers are to me. It probably took me 5 minutes to put together and very little thought. The beers are still around, but MGD 64 is called “Miller 64” these days.

Let’s play a little game. Go to Google and type in “MGD 64”. What comes up for you? I see that the 4th result overall is my post. If you try searching for “Bud Select 55”, my post is just the 8th ranked result. Who cares? Well, it has made this post my single most visited page on Seattle Beer News (this one is a close 2nd) and it has resulted in ongoing entertainment over the past 5 years. I’m sure the marketing teams at these breweries love that this post comes up when people are looking for info on these beers.

Its ranking on Google continues to draw people to the post, and the result is what is a seemingly never-ending stream of great comments. There are 90 comments total (easily the top post in terms of engagement for the site), and I’ve received several emails. The latest email was from a woman in Tarpon Springs, FL asking me if “you are discontinuing miller 64?”. She left me her phone number and email, but I still haven’t gotten back to her.

You are welcome to skim the comments section and soak it all in, but this note from “gary” is by far my favorite of the bunch:

i drink both select 55 and mgd 64. i dont mind the wateryness cuz i hate to much carbonation when im thirsty. not to mention im a weight lifter/mma enthusiast and carbs and cals matter when im on a week race trip and gonna drink two 30 packs regardless if its light or regular. drinkn is one of the biggest reasons for overweightness and diabetes. its a sacrifice that u just make if u care how u look. when i party its all night and i still like being coherent at the end. where i live bars are open till 4am. plus even though the alc is lower its enuff for that lil edge u need to deal or be around drunks. if i wanna get shit faced i drink grey goose and water. to be social and hang for the duration im pickin mich ult/mgd64/bud 55. personally i think the micros and flavored shit is all garbage.

For all the entertaining comments, though, there are several people who chime in and say that they drink these beers because they have diabetes. I guess I can understand that. From Woodrow:

It isn’t just about the calories, really it’s that diabetics need low carbohydrate beer. Select 55 is the lowest at 1.2 grams of carbs, while many full flavored beers you like are 20 grams ( 100 % of recommended daily allowance) per bottle. If you develop diabetes you’ll love this crap too! It doesn’t taste that bad compared to having your feet amputated

In reality, I certainly have no issue with people choosing to drink these beers. Drink what you will. At the same time, though, I’ll continue to think that the marketing campaigns and taste of these beers is ridiculous. Yes, I did try them at one point on the night of an ill-fated fantasy baseball draft…I believe there was even a pic of me drinking the Bud Select 55 floating around the onlines somewhere.

On one last random note, whenever I think of these beers and how they named them and came up with the exact calorie count, I can’t help but think of the “7 Minute Abs” scene from Something About Mary.




One Comment so far ↓

  • Jonathan

    I was a heavy Busch/Budweiser drinker.. been since I was 18… im 34 now and spent my 34th birthday in the hospital cause I had a seizure. I was on other drugs so I cant blame it on beer but the hospital said to stop drinking. I was getting heavy on the beer before this happened so who knows I would drink 2 30 packs every weekend and one during the week. well now I dont want to have another as I bit my tounge to death and had it front of my mom, she called 911 well I now turned to a couple Bud Select 55s on the weekends cause I have to drink but the low alcohol content is perfect for me. I still get to drink a beer but its not going to hurt me. i just cant drink anything else cause im afraid. Bud Select 55 is quite refreshing out of bottles. I bought a case of cans and I have to say just buy 2 12ers of bottles it does taste better out of the bottles. But im not picky. I wll drink Select 55 from now on and thats it. I use to drink crafts and all kinds of beeer but always liked Budweiser and Busch. now I drink Select 55 and I like it… I dont love it I would love to have my Busch but im afraid. to each there own we all have are reasons… its this or Busch NA wich is only .50 alcohol content. Bud Select is 2.4% so a 12er is like 6 budweisers. also its a good beer for people who have to drive but wanna have some beers with friends. you can have 5 of these and not worrie about a DUI.

Leave a Comment