This isn't good: consumption of imported beer declined in 2008:
Imported beer and wine took the largest hits. Beer imports' growth dropped from 12% in 2006 to 2.8% in 2007 to a 1.2% decline last year. Among the domestic categories, lights remained a bright spot, growing 2.2% to represent 51.8% of the total beer market.
I'm wondering how much this is related to the economy, though. If you look at the handy chart I made, the trendline--based on data from the story--was already headed south. More to the point, we don't know if people were drinking less good imports, or just less Stella. This could be a case of numbers lying. Still, worth noting for future reference.
Update. Via John Foyston, I see some glimmer of good news: Budvar's US exports rose 7% in '08.