You might want to put those pinkies down the next time you’re on Rainey Street. According to two studies, most Texans might not be drinking craft beers or artisanal cocktails when they’re out at the bars.
According to Business Insider, one study calls Jack Daniel’s the most popular hard liquor in Texas, citing not-quite-airtight figures from a social app called “BARTRENDr.” The article says that the app company “analyzed data from its 700,000 users to determine the most popular liquor brand in every state based on posts and photos of the liquors its users like to drink,” so the results would definitely (not) pass peer review.
On the hoppier side of the booze spectrum, data crawlers Priceonomics published a study on their blog last month claiming Bud Light is the most commonly available beer at bars in Texas (not Lone Star or Shiner like one might assume/earnestly hope). This study, also to be swallowed cautiously, used state-by-state bar menu data from a website called BeerMenus to arrive at its conclusion. Priceonomics also drills a little further than the liquor study with information for select cities. Apparently, the most commonly available beer on Austin menus is Real Ale Fireman’s #4, according to the study’s data set. As far as other local beer stereotypes go: Only 14 percent of the Austin bars considered offer the hipster-favorite brew Pabst Blue Ribbon, and our fair burg didn’t even place on the “Beer Snob Cities” list. Blame that abundant availability of macrobrews statewide, maybe?
Now if you will excuse us, we Austinites have a few flights of mezcal and some homebrewed IPAs to enjoy.