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Bye Bye Budweiser! American King of Beers Now Belgian

Belgium's government collapsed today, but at least they can drink away their sorrows. An American treasure — Budweiser beer — is now Belgian. Perhaps baseball or apple pie will leave us next. For $52 billion Belgian company InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch, pledging to keep the North American headquarters in St. Louis, while cutting $1.5 billion in costs.

The King's defection hits no place harder than its birthplace St. Louis, MO. Anheuser-Busch's reign in the Midwest city dates back to a brewery founded in 1852. If you're keeping track, InBev's first brewery was founded in 1366.

For more on Anheiser-Busch's American legacy, and what my grandparents in St. Louis have to say about this "rotten deal"

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Anheuser-Busch may not have survived this millennium, but it did survive US prohibition by introducing ice cream, root beer, and chocolate-flavor drinks, as well as dealcholized Bud in the 1920s. When prohibition ended, the now infamous A-B Clydesdale horses delivered a case of beer to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the White House.

My Nana and Papa, born and raised in St. Louis, are mourning the end of their hometown icon. Nana remembers the days before air conditioning when you could smell the hops in your home on hot summer days. And Papa will miss checking the newspaper daily to see how the A-B stock is doing.

Are you sad to see the King of beers be bought by a European company, or do you prefer imported beer anyway? So Belgium, this Bud's for you.

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Lucky-Luke Lucky-Luke 8 years
Sorry guys, our mistake. What we really wanted to buy was the original Czech Budweiser, probably the best lager in the world (mind you I'm Belgian, not Czech!). I'm sorry to say that American Bud tastes like Czech Budweiser that has been drunken before...
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Seriously. Can we tax the heck out of Miller and Bud, since they're exports, and make good, local beer cheaper? (Though, isn't Coors still based in the U.S.?)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's a good point Torg. Now the only breweries in America are the microbrewerys. There beer tastes better anyway.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I think this is hilarious since Budweiser made such a big deal about being a U.S. company after Miller was bought by South African Breweries.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
this makes me sad :(
chancleta chancleta 8 years
this makes me sad :(
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
The last time I actually chose to drink Bud (ie. when it wasn't the only thing at the party - hello kegger) was, oddly enough, in Belgium. I had been drinking Leffe (an InBev label) and needed a palate cleanser, and Budweiser was only €1.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Yeah...I traveled to Belguim once, tasted there beer. It was pretty good. I also hope there is no job loss in this.
rickimc rickimc 8 years
I really hope they continue to support STL through charitable contributions. Now I definitely need to get to Grant's Farm before they start charging admission (my bf and I toured the brewery last weekend because he is positive the free tours (and free samples) will end).
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I hope they don't start cutting jobs either. That's the last thing more American's need.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I hope they don't start cutting jobs either. That's the last thing more American's need.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
What's crazy is Busch owns like half of St. Louis...so this actually WILL make a big difference.
briglass briglass 8 years
Dear fellow St. Louisans, dust off your old intro to psychology textbooks and look up the chapter on cognitive dissonance, because you're about to go through one of the most epic self-rationalizations since Brett Hull moved to Dallas.The quips and jabs against the impending deal that you muttered in the past month will slowly be replaced by the following.* Coors and Miller are already owned by a South African group (SAB Miller), and neither of those beers have gone through any sort of terrible Anti-American metamorphosis.* InBev will give A-B product distribution channels that it could only dream of, and before we know it Buddhist monks in the Himalayas will be heading for a different kind of mountain.* A large portion (if not a majority) of InBev is located in Brazil, and so we can still be proud to lift up and toast what remains a Great 'American' LagerI'm not sure if any of these notions have feet, but let's hope they can get us through the next century or so until the dollar is strong enough to warrant a buy-back.Until then, here's to Gus's pretzels.
briglass briglass 8 years
Dear fellow St. Louisans, dust off your old intro to psychology textbooks and look up the chapter on cognitive dissonance, because you're about to go through one of the most epic self-rationalizations since Brett Hull moved to Dallas. The quips and jabs against the impending deal that you muttered in the past month will slowly be replaced by the following. * Coors and Miller are already owned by a South African group (SAB Miller), and neither of those beers have gone through any sort of terrible Anti-American metamorphosis. * InBev will give A-B product distribution channels that it could only dream of, and before we know it Buddhist monks in the Himalayas will be heading for a different kind of mountain. * A large portion (if not a majority) of InBev is located in Brazil, and so we can still be proud to lift up and toast what remains a Great 'American' Lager I'm not sure if any of these notions have feet, but let's hope they can get us through the next century or so until the dollar is strong enough to warrant a buy-back. Until then, here's to Gus's pretzels.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
First the Chrysler building and now Budweiser? This makes me so sad. I don't understand why anyone would want to sell these American icons.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Vodka on the rocks for me.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Vodka on the rocks for me.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
I gotta tell ya .. not a fan of Bud.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
hmm... maybe there is a connection between beer and government after all:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/07/14/international/i162219D28.DTL
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
hmm... maybe there is a connection between beer and government after all: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/07/14/international/i162219D28.DTL
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I don't drink beer at all, but I agre with Hypno and others, this is just sad. It really does seem that all of America is for sale these days....
Jillness Jillness 8 years
This is very sad! I prefer Red Stripe myself (good taste Hypno), but Bud is an American institution! I think the dollar being of such little value has a lot to do with this.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
This is very sad! I prefer Red Stripe myself (good taste Hypno), but Bud is an American institution! I think the dollar being of such little value has a lot to do with this.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
How did they talk anyone into buying a product like Budweiser???Gimme a nice cold martini anyday... :cocktail:
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