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Yesterday wasn’t a good day for Anheuser-Busch InBev. The company announced its profits fell last quarter, by almost five percent, and it got saddled with three lawsuits alleging the company has misrepresented how much alcohol is in its beer.
Budweiser is what’s called an American lager. For many years, Anheuser-Busch was run by a family with exacting standards.
“They specified the barley, the hops,” says Peter Reid, the publisher of Modern Brewery Age, a magazine about the beer industry. “All the ingredients were top notch.”
He says that InBev, the company that bought Anheuser-Busch in 2008, has a reputation for cost-cutting, but still, he says he is skeptical of what the plaintiffs claim.
“I was surprised in the suit that they hadn’t done independent testing of the alcohol content.”
In a statement, Anheuser-Busch says the claims are “completely false,” and these lawsuits are “groundless.”
Many large-scale beer makers do brew high-alcohol beer, then water it down to a normal level, to sell to consumers.
“It’s much quicker, easier, and cheaper to water down a product later on,” says Matt Simpson, owner of “The Beer Sommelier.” He says that’s one thing, but if the company mislabeled what it was selling, that’s another.
A report says the biggest sequester burden will fall on the Washington, D.C., area, while the Pentagon is already shuffling deployments to save money.
A report says the biggest sequester burden will fall on the Washington, D.C. area, while the Pentagon is already shuffling deployments to save money.
During the nearly two-year-old battle that has cost tens of thousands of lives, the U.S. has not given direct assistance to those who oppose President Bashar Assad's regime. Now, news outlets say, the U.S. may send body armor, vehicles and other such goods.