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Drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch for 'watering down' beer

Allegedly they've been watering down Bud.
I'm surprised anyone could tell.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21...

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  1. Exactly, how could they tell?

    1. If they didn't want watered down beer they shouldn't be drinking budweiser

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      1. re: chuckl

        LOL. True that.

        It's pretty well known (I thought) that AB brews at High gravity and then 'cuts' the brew as needed to standard strength (and to lower strengths for the states that still require that).

        I'm not an AB fan or apologist (though they do definitely make a few very worthy spcialty products) , but this whole brew-ha-ha is non-story.
        Unless false labeling or deceptive advertising can be proven, this dumb lawsuit doesn't stand a chance.

        1. This real story is better than most April Fools jokes I can remember.

          1. LOL!!! Makers Mark attempted to water down their bourbon, until the word got out and the public made a huge stink about it and they stopped that plan. I wouldn't be surprised if most breweries/distilleries have been watering down their products for quite some time by now. Everyone is cutting corners to the point it's pathetic and not worth purchasing anymore.

            1. Silly stuff. Who said Spud was a stout or even a pale ale? It's not even a real lager. Aged,what 3 days?

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              1. re: MOREKASHA

                If it's cold-aged, (and it is aged longer than three days), then it is a real lager.

                1. re: MOREKASHA

                  Its aged under strict controls in the truck on the way to the store.

                2. Jim, by definition yes. By taste and body (to my taste) not really

                  1. Do we think the Brewers Association is behind this or more likely some direct macro beer competitor to ABInBev?

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                    1. re: Insidious Rex

                      More likely disgruntled A-B workers and ex-workers, self-styled "patriots" annoyed with A-B's purchase by InBev and/or people who don't understand the concept of the "high gravity brewing" process or how widespread it is (even among some craft breweries, reputedly).

                      AB's been on the other side of a similar controversy, which resulted in a lawsuit over the process, altho' it was where the water came from not the amount of it that was the important factor in that one http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/14/bus...

                      1. re: Insidious Rex

                        There is no way the Brewers Association is involved with this. They wouldn't make such an attack, and even if they did, they would stand up and do it themselves.

                        1. re: Jim Dorsch

                          Agreed. But I wouldn't think they would be involved in an attack - via a "blacklist"- of brands that don't meet their self serving definition of craftbeer either.

                          1. re: LStaff

                            Well, the business of the definition has been going on for a long time. I believe they've painted themselves into a corner with that. I don't think small brewers have a beef against the large brewers, outside of issues regarding access to market.

                            1. re: Jim Dorsch

                              I agree. If they do have a beef against the bigs for other than marketplace access issues, then it's just more snobbery. The BA has provided great support and generated some great PR hype for the small brewers, but unfortunately, they do seem to lean towards and encourage snobbery to some degree with their attitudes and "rules" about what's "craft" and what isn't. In the end, it's really irrelevant. Brewing itself _is_ a "craft".

                              Anyway, I'm sure that the BA did not instigate this particular BUD controversy...but it's probably very safe to say that they are certainly reveling in it. LOL.

                              1. re: The Professor

                                This story gives some perspective from craft brewers. Please note Mitch Steele's comments at the end.

                                http://www.brewbound.com/news/waterga...

                      2. Bud is what it is. A modern product. No matter what you say about the fellas running it (or their product) , they're no dummies. They ain't puling a Schlitz.