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Happy Friday again, beer fans!

Beer was in the international news this week as Drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch for 'watering down' beer.

Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m (£3.3m) lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer.

The lawsuits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on beer labels.

The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at breweries owned by the multinational... the practice began after the American Anheuser-Busch merged with the Belgian-Brazilian InBev in 2008...
"Following the merger, [Anheuser-Busch] vigorously accelerated the deceptive practices, sacrificing the quality products once produced by Anheuser-Busch in order to reduce costs," the lawsuit said.
This isn't the first story about AB InBev cutting corners.  The St Louis Business Journal reported last November AB was making changes to hops and grain, and that was a reply to a Business Week article discussing complaints from Beck's Beer fans who think the quality has declined since Beck's sold out to InBev (it's now brewed in St Louis not Bremen).

Beer snobs among us will assert that wateriness is a feature in Bud not a bug, and always has been. We might tell jokes involving a canoe. But those InBev beancounters might benefit from looking up what happened to Schlitz when their beancounters went too far.

I'm on my way out to the homebrew club and will check in here later. I'll be drinking whatever my associates bring to share (or one of the club kegs, which I think still includes Hop Stoopid). What are you drinking?

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

    by esquimaux on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:45:08 PM PST

  •  Hi all (2+ / 0-)
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    reddog1, cooper888

    Had a Sculpin with dinner, now I'm going to watch the original Pirates of the Caribbean with my son.

    Cheers & Beers everyone.

  •  Wow, I Was Reading Reports of This Behavior (4+ / 0-)
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    viral, reddog1, Grainpaw, greengemini

    in the late 60's when in many locations there was 3.2% beer sold for late teens and "6" % . It was felt that some just sold all 3.2 with some labeled as 6, but that none of the mainstream 6% was that high.

    But I think the labels said "not MORE than 6%" if I recall from my tragically-terminated beer drinking days.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:56:48 PM PST

    •  One state would be Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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      Buy beer in a bar or a grocery store and it was 3.2% alcohol, maximum, by weight.  The minimum age for bars and grocery store beer was 18.  Beer bought at the package store (known as "liquor stores") was above 3.2% and was known as "6% beer".  It was all garbage and what I now know to be real beer simply was not available, and I put away many gallons of 3.2 during my college years.  The only thing mass produced beers are good for is mixing with tomato juice for red beers.  That would be a waste of real beer but junk beers ain't bad that way.  I'm not a beer snob, either, I just don't like Bud, Coors, etc.

  •  Who cares how much water is in the footwash? (1+ / 0-)
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    ....I tried the Bud Black recently....icth....

    Currently enjoying some "Hop Project" from Yazoo Brewery. after spending a mumpth in the Nashville area...

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:01:20 PM PST

  •  Harpoon IPA (1+ / 0-)
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    Fat weasel whenever I can get my hands on it .

  •  I vaguely recall a news item (2+ / 0-)
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    cooper888, greengemini

    from 10 or 15 years ago about either the WV ABCC or the Dept. of Weights and Measures having some megabrew fined or pulled from the shelves because some of the bottles or cans had slightly less than the stated volume in them. Never mind that the contents were  not worth drinking, but the consumer deserves his full measure. Every industry has some packing problems now and then. Probably the last time Bud made a really good beer was just before Prohibition.
    Continuing to drink assorted bottles Mrs. Grainpaw made 2 and 3 years ago, until my production gets back in gear.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:09:26 PM PST

  •  And still, most BudMiller drinkers (2+ / 0-)
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    are probably unaware that their patriotic swill is made by companies owned by furriners. The same drinkers who spend most of their paycheck on Chinese stuff from Wal-Mart and would insist that immigrants should speak better English than they do themselves. What would you expect from people who believe that taste is a fault in beer? I live among them, pardon the rant.

    The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in learning to love the dandelions. Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1910

    by Grainpaw on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 08:29:19 PM PST

  •  Pyramid Discord Dark IPA (2+ / 0-)
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    Lately, I've developed a taste for these black IPA's.  This is one of my favorites, somewhat schizophrenic in that there is a distinct malt flavor with a hint of sugar and very hoppy, which is not surprising, since it is a dry hopped brew.  And a thick head!  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), it isn't always available around here.

  •  Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze (1+ / 0-)
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    Good, but nothing seems to measure up to Duchesse de Bourgogne, at least to my taste buds.  Can't get my wife to drink it, though.  Not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing.

  •  Interestingly, light beer (1+ / 0-)
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    starts life with a higher alcohol content: it's malt liquor that is processed a step further.

    Confessions: (1) I am not a fan of dark beer (or coffee), (2) Heineken sold in the U.S. is (for some reason) still actually brewed in the Netherlands. And if you can get it in a can, it's pretty good.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:14:50 PM PST

  •  We had a party last night (0+ / 0-)

    Three home brewers were here, and the offerings included mead, my usual IPA, and a lemonade wine called Skeeter Pee.  I actually got a couple of compliments on my pee...

    How many wrongs does it take to make a right?

    by pdknz on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:08:46 AM PST

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