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July 16, 2008

People Overreact Over The Selling of Budweiser

So Budweiser has been sold to a company in Belgium and a bunch of people are outraged. I understand that this is an end of an era but really, at the end of the day, it is just beer. Beer, my friends, not some kind of American identity marker. I assume that Budweiser will taste the same, not that it has some extremely distinct taste to it, in my opinion.

Why does it matter who owns the beer company? I don’t think that whether or not a beer is made in the country you hail from should really matter. I personally enjoy a wide variety of micro-brews and beers made in a number of different countries. Besides, there are plenty of micro brews out there are not only made by American companies, but many of them are local. So while he big American beer giant is no longer American, there are plenty of beers out there to be enjoyed.

Come on folks, is there any reason to stop drinking Budweiser just because the address of the people that own the beer has changed? Is there really any reason to make up silly songs called “Kiss Our Glass”? This beer is a part of history but come on, it’s not that serious. At the end of the day, Budweiser is a beer and the reason why it is being sold is money.

The truth of the matter is that Budweiser is a pioneer beer that has been around for a very long time. It will still exist long after the few people that are so incredibly disturbed by this development forget all about it and go back to drinking it. Really, at the end of the day, most Americans are not going to be that upset about this. After all, the country is in shambles, we’ve got more important things to worry about than who owns the stupid beers we drink.

InBev, the company that purchased Anheuser-Busch does not plan on making any changes to the beer. The same breweries will be used. The same people will make the beer. Anyone that works for a corporation knows that the owners are never really in the picture anyhow. They are figure heads that you never see and have very little to do with the actual production of anything.

Apparently, the people that live around the St. Louis brewery are going to miss Anheuser-Busch’s mascots. First of all, they have mascots?? Wow. I never knew that. Second of all, that doesn’t make much sense. I guess I just don’t get this big upheaval over this beer stuff.

At the end of the day, people are going to drink Bud Light, Budweiser and all of the other products they make. They will continue to ignore the tastelessness of this American lager and it will still be made on American soil so I think that is enough about that. Yes, a legacy has ended but it was a legacy of beer. And remember, boycotting Bud Light and all the others only gets American workers laid off.

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