Bye Bye, American Brew

Well, it’s happened. Looks like the days of the gigantic American brewery turning out case after case of watery swill are officially over. No, Miller, Coors and Budweiser haven’t gone out of business, but as of Sunday, they’re now all subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Anheuser Busch, the last American-owned national brewery, finally sold to InBev, a Belgian company that makes Stella Artois, among others, for $52 billion. InBev’s been gunning for AB for months now, and it would appear the pressure got too great and the pot too sweet to resist.

The end result is that if you want to drink American beers you’ll have to start going small and local. Your high-falutin’ microbrews, once the subject of derision by red-blooded Budweiser fanatics, now represent the last bastion of truly American brewing. Several medium-sized brands like Yuengling and Sierra Nevada, are still fully American-owned, but you’d be surprised at how many “domestic” brands actually fall under the umbrella holdings of foreign companies.

Meanwhile, you can see a list of truly American beers here. It was published a few weeks ago, though, so ignore the inclusion of Budweiser.

Anheuser-Busch being sold to InBev for $52B [AP/International Herald Tribune]
Who Owns What Beers? [Drink American]
Two Six-Packs of Truly American Beers for the 4th of July [Drink American]

[Photo: Mike Licht, Notionscapital.com/flickr]

Bye Bye, American Brew