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Customers file suit against Anheuser-Busch for allegedly watering down its beer

posted at 3:20 pm on February 27, 2013 by

How could they possibly tell? And why would they object? If you’re picking up a six of Bud, it’s because you want watery beer, no?

Coming soon: Customers file class-action suit charging that Bud is “too bland.”

The claims are apparently based on statements from former brewery workers around the country, who say that the breweries routinely added extra water just before bottling to 11 beers, including Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Bud Light Lime, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, regular old Budweiser, and even the new brew, Black Crown. What’s especially noteworthy is that Black Crown and Bud Light Platinum are new products that have been marketed specifically as richer, higher-alcohol beers—6% by volume, compared to 4.2% for Bud Light…

The suit alleges that Anheuser-Busch increasingly watered down its beers after the company merged with InBev in 2008, creating the world’s largest beer company. “Following the merger, AB vigorously accelerated the deceptive practices,” the suit states, “sacrificing the quality products once produced by Anheuser-Busch in order to reduce costs.”

Free advice from the big A: Even in its allegedly watered-down form, Bud Light Platinum gets the job done. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do.

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