A New American King Of Beers?? 6

Early morning on July 14, 2008 will forever go down in [beer] history as the day the greatest corporate world beer “independence” battle ended.

The self-proclaimed [American] “King Of Beers” has been dethroned. As of this past Monday, Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch is now under the dictatorship of Belgium based beer company, InBev.

“The King of Beers will have to pledge allegiance to a new European-Latin American master,” said British trade publication Just-Drinks.

The $52-billion merger will create the world’s largest brewer to be called Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch shares rose 26% after reports of InBev’s planned bid in May. They gained $5.29, or 8.6%, on Friday and closed up 37 cents at $66.87 on Monday.

This merger marks the end of Anheuser-Busch’s 150-year reign as the largest American owned brewery. As a result, the hypothetical “beer crown” has been seized by long-time Anhueser-Busch rival, Pabst Brewing Company.

Pabst Brewing Company, which owns dozens of beer brands and contracts with MillerCoors LLC to create most of its brews, has now staked its claim as the largest remaining American-owned beer maker.

No longer will Americans raise bottles of Bud to celebrate the nation’s independence. Instead, they will be raising cans of red, white and Blue Ribbon???

Oh, I hope not. Someone gag me now. All I can hope is that the sale of A-B to an international company will result in a [dramatic!] increase in sales for the U.S. craft beer industry. After all, in the crumbling economy of the present, us consumers need to support the small guys more than ever!!!

Many people have asked for my opinion on the merger of InBev and Anhueser-Busch. My response? Well, as for the beer … I could care less. I would rather drink transmission fluid laced with arsonic before so much as touching an Anhueser-Busch product.

Yes, I understand that this makes me sound pretentious and snotty. Frankly, I am not. I do not support gloablization across every spectrum of my life, regardless of the industry.

Quality is a huge factor in my purchasing behavior. Many large corporations make the choice to sacrifice quality for quantity and profit. That is not how I roll.

I would rather pay the premium price for a high-quality beer such as Dogfish Head, than subject my vessel of life to the corn mashed pee-water that is known as Budweisser. Dogfish Head beer is brewed with the freshest, the highest  quality, often locally produced ingredients possible. Every single beer is hand-crafted with love. The beer is brewed in the name of love for the art of beer making.

The only issue I have with the afforementioned merger is that an America has lost a MAJOR domestically owned company. Anhueser-Busch was already cutting American jobs left and right prior to the merger, with intentions to continue. I can only fear what will happen to American jobs and the American economy with one of its major corporations now in the hands of a foreign company.

Please have mercy on us, Belgium. Not all Americans are ignorant, selfish and arrogant!!!

Please allow me to step off my soapbox … Check out what other beer bloggers are saying about this:

About The Beer Wench

Ashley is a self-proclaimed craft beer evangelist & social media maven on a mission to advance the craft beer industry through education, inspiration and advocacy. She is currently the “Director of Awesomeness” at Bison Brewing in Berkeley, CA — where her responsibilities include everything from marketing, sales, PR, social media & events. Ashley is also a freelance consultant and professional speaker on the subjects of social media, beer mixology, food & beverage pairings. She is the founder of DrinkWithTheWench.com & BeerMixology.com as well as a regular contributor to CraftBeer.com.

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6 thoughts on “A New American King Of Beers??

  • Ben Walters

    I love this latest one. But you’ll probably already know this through twitter before you read this. Globalization=Bad.

  • Matt Dopkiss

    Call me pedestrian, but I think there’s a time and a place for both the “arsenic laced piss” lagers and the craft beers of the world.

    Either way, it’s a significant loss to the American business landscape.

  • dalogan

    Got to say I agree with you about many items. Hate to see a great American company change drastically. Hate the product.
    I am all about the handcraft beer myself. I home brew and when I buy beer it is only a small brewery. If you get a chance try the Texas handcrafted; Shiner. Maybe you have already heard of it.

  • Blakesell

    I was under the impression that Sam Adams was now the biggest US brewery followed by Yuengling as PBR is owned by Miller which is owned by Inbev as well. I could be wrong, but if Miller isn’t peddled by Inbev, then wouldn’t that then make Miller Lite the American beer of the moment?

    Personally, I have no problems with Sam Adams and I will be happy to drink that or a Yuengling instead.

    But given the choice to go out and support American breweries, then I would have to go with someone who is a bit smaller. I’d bet Eric Bean from Columbus Brewing could probably use my couple bucks a bit more than those other guys.

  • GrainBeltOverlord

    One wonders – InBev sold Rolling Rock to A-B, who removed it from Latrobe and brews it in New jersey (?).

    What are the odds that InBev closes A-B and ends up having CoorsMiller brew it all under contract?

    Nah. They’ve have Boston Brewing make it …