Archive for December, 2011

Think Global. Drink Local.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery looms over south-city St. Louis, MO

I touched on the subject in my last post, but I thought I would follow up… in case you were wondering where all the good old “American” beer comes from, and what mega-brewery owns which beer labels, here ya go. Search through the list… you might be surprised.

http://beerwarsmovie.com/2009/12/01/who-owns-what/

ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV (Leuven, Belgium)
BUD LIGHT
BUDWEISER
NATURALLIGHT
BUSCH LIGHT
BUSCH
NATURALICE
MICHELOB ULTRALIGHT
BUD ICE
BUD LIGHT LIME
BUDWEISER SELECT
BUD LIGHT GOLDEN WHEAT
MICHELOB LIGHT
KING COBRA
HURRICANE HIGH GRAVITY
BUD LIGHT CHELADA
ROLLING ROCK
BECKS
STELLA ARTOIS LAGER
ODOULS NA
HURRICANE MALT LIQUOR
BUSCH ICE
MICHELOB AMBER BOCK
BUDWEISER CHELADA
BUDWEISER SELECT 55
BUD DRY
LANDSHARK LAGER
MICHELOB
MICHELOB GOLDEN DRAFT LIGHT
TILT 8% LEMON LIME
BUSCH NA
SHOCK TOPBELGIAN WHITE ALE
MICHELOB ULTRALIME CACTUS
MICHELOB ULTRAAMBER
BUDWEISER AMERICAN ALE
BASS ALE
KOKANEE GLACIER PILSENER
BACARDI SILVER MOJITO
ODOULS AMBER NA
ANHEUSER-BUSCH SEASONAL
BECKS PREMIER LIGHT
BACARDI SILVER RAZ
MICHELOB ULTR POMEGRANAT RSPBRRY
BUD ICE LIGHT
TILT
HAAKE BECK NA
HOEGAARDEN WHITE ALE
ZIEGENBOCK AMBER
BACARDI SILVER STRAWBERRY
BODDINGTONS PUB CREAM ALE
BECKS DARK
BECKS OKTOBERFEST
BACARDI SILVER LEMONADE
KIRIN ICHIBAN
MICHELOB SEASONAL
WILD BLUE
ROCK LIGHT
BACARDI SILVER SIGNATURE SANGRIA
MICHELOB ULTR TUSCN ORNG GRAPFRT
BACARDI SILVER WATERMELON
REDBRIDGE
BACARDI SILVER MOJITO POMEGRANATE
KOKANEE GOLD
TAKE 6 HOME VARIETYPACK
BUSCH ASSORTED
BACARDI SILVER MOJITO MANGO
BUD EXTRA
MICHELOB HONEYLAGER
LOWENBRAU

MILLERCOORS BREWING (London, England)
COORS LIGHT
MILLER LITE
KEYSTONE LIGHT
MILLER HIGH LIFE
ICEHOUSE
MILWAUKEES BEST LIGHT
STEELRSRV HI GRAV LAGER
MILLER GENUINE DRAFT
MILWAUKEES BEST ICE
COORS
MILWAUKEES BEST
MGD LIGHT 64
OLDE ENGLISH 800 MALT LIQ
MILLER HIGH LIFE LIGHT
BLUE MOON BELGIUM WHITE
KEYSTONE ICE
MICKEYS MALT LIQUOR
FOSTERS LAGER
GEORGE KILLIANS IRISH RED
SPARKS
SPARKS PLUS
MOLSON CANADIAN
BLUE MOON SEASONAL
STEELRSRV TRIPLE EXPORT
MILLER CHILL
HAMMS
MAGNUM
RED DOG
KEYSTONE
MOLSON ICE
LEINENKUGELSEASONAL
HEN WNHRDS PVT RSRV
OLDE ENGLISH HG800
FOSTERS PREMIUM ALE
SOUTHPAW LIGHT
HEN WNHRDS BLUE BOAR PALE
LEINENKUGELSUNSET WHT
MILLER LITE ICE
PILSNER URQUELL
PERONI NASTRO AZZURRO
LEINENKUGEL
BGROLSCH LAGER
LEINENKUGELCLASSIC AMBER
MOLSON GOLDEN
SHARPS NA
MICKEYS ICE ALE
COORS NA
MOLSON XXX
HEN WNHRDS HONEYHEFE
LEINENKUGELBERRYWEISS
MOLSON CANADIAN LIGHT
HEN WNHRDS BLOND LAGER
LEINENKUGELRED
LEINENKUGELVARIETYPACK
OLD VIENNA
HEN WNHRD CLSSC DARK
COORS EXTRAGOLD
HEN WNHRDS BELGIAN WHT
SPARKS LIGHT
LEINENKUGELLIGHT
HEN WEINHARDS SEASONAL
LEINENKUGLCREAMYDARK
HAMMS SPECIALLIGHT
TYSKIE GRONIE

Even the largest craft brewery, the Boston Beer Company (of Sam Adam Boston Lager fame) only comprises less than 1% of the U.S. beer market… less than 1%. Imagine, a brewery that uses real ingredients to make a quality tasting, award-winning beer, making up less than 1% of the market. Craziness. I might be preaching to the choir, but try expanding your boundaries and try something a little different… if you like Blue Moon, try a Widemer Bros. American Hefeweizen. If you like Killian’s, try a Fuller’s english bitter, or a Yuengling traditional lager… if you drink Icehouse, then there’s no hope for you and you should just cauterize your taste buds because you have no understanding of flavor. Because, remember… as “American” as Budweiser or Miller Lite is… they’re not even owned by American companies.

They can put it in all the American flag cans they want... but these "American" mega-breweries aren't even owned by American companies.

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Repeal Day!

HAPPY REPEAL DAY!

 78 years ago, on December 5th, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was repealed and Prohibition was ended. Suck it, Temperance Movement!

Just too bad the only places to survive Prohibition were breweries like Anheuser Bush and the Coors Brewing Company… while all the “little guys” couldn’t make ends meet when their product was declared illegal and had to close shop, thus beginning the dominance of the mega-breweries in the U.S. beer market. Meh well… in some ways that was a good thing, as the mega breweries rise to dominance is the force driving the modern craft beer movement.

In the spirit (get it!) of today, enjoy this clip from the Ken Burns documentary “Prohibition” while you savor a delicious craft brew.

Lots of other good clips from “Prohibition” on the PBS website, too…

 

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