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Down with the “king of beers”!

July 19, 2011

Have you ever watched the documentary “Beer Wars“? Well, you should. I had a friend recommend it to me a couple days ago and I felt it was my good blogging duty to check it out. It was incredibly interesting, and in the end I have decided never to drink Budweiser ever again. Not that it’s my beer of choice, I really don’t like it anyway, but now it’s on principal.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BREWERIES, BUY LOCAL!

Beer Wars is all about the big three beer companies (Bud, Miller, Coors) and how that make it almost impossible for our favorite little beer brands to survive. It’s actually pretty shocking, although I’m sure it happens in other industries to some point as well; this is especially close to my heart and put a really bad taste in my mouth-no pun intended.

Here is the synopsis of the movie:

“In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world.

Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries.

Beer Wars begins as the corporate behemoths are being challenged by small, independent brewers who are shunning the status quo and creating innovative new beers. The story is told through 2 of these entrepreneurs – Sam and Rhonda – battling the might and tactics of Corporate America. We witness their struggle to achieve their American Dream in an industry dominated by powerful corporations unwilling to cede an inch.

This contemporary David and Goliath story is ultimately about keeping your integrity (and your family’s home) in the face of temptation. Beer Wars is a revealing and entertaining journey that provides unexpected and surprising turns and promises to change the world’s opinion on those infamous 99 bottles of beer on the wall.”

Here are a list of beers/brands that are owned by Anheuser-Busch, and that I will no longer be drinking (this isn’t even a complete list):

  • Bud Light
  • Bud
  • Budweiser Select
  • Budweiser Select 55
  • Bud Ice
  • Bud Ice Light
  • Budweiser Brew Masters’ Private Reserve
  • Bud Dry
  • Bud Silver
  • Bud Extra
  • Budweiser/Bud Light Chelada
  • Budweiser American Ale
  • Budweiser NA
  • Bud Light Lime
  • Bud Light Golden Wheat
  • Budweiser 66
  • Michelob Honey Lager
  • Michelob Pale Ale
  • Michelob Marzen
  • Michelob Pumpkin Spice Ale
  • Michelob Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale
  • Michelob Bavarian Wheat (summer)
  • Michelob Marzen (fall)
  • Michelob Porter (winter)
  • Michelob Pale Ale (spring)
  • Shock Top
  • Busch
  • Rolling Rock
  • Natural
  • Land Shark Lager
  • Tequiza
  • Green Valley Brewing Company (AKA Crooked Creek ‘craft beer’ appearance, Anheuser-Busch does not appear on label.)
  • Tilt
  • Ziegenbock
  • Natural Light
  • Rolling Rock
  • Bass
  • Boddingtons
  • 180 Energy
  • O’Doul’s
  • Beck’s
  • Stella Artois
  • Staropramen
  • Hoegaarden
  • Leffe
  • Labatt Blue
  • Kokanee

For more information, see the Anheuser-Busch InBev fact sheet:

If you have netflix, the movie is free and streaming! Check it out!

Thanks for listening,

whit

AND thank you Tyler for pointing out that movie!!!!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Brandon permalink
    July 19, 2011 10:14 am

    Hoegaarden…NOOOOOOOOOOO!

  2. Tyler O'Farrell permalink
    July 19, 2011 4:30 pm

    Great movie, very depressing also…

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