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Corn Farmers Are Mad at Budweiser

The only drama from last night’s Super Bowl came in the form of an ad for Bud Light, which took aim at Miller Lite and Coors Lite for containing corn syrup. The idea, as you might guess, is that beer brewed with corn syrup is worse than beer that’s brewed without it. While other brewers might have been bothered by the shade that Bud threw, the real action came from the trade group that represents America’s corn farmers, who — surprise! — didn’t love the ad’s subtext:

The other beers’ marketing departments also didn’t miss a chance to get their name out there and tout their own “high-quality, great-tasting beers.”

As you can see, MillerCoors fired a serious shot by pointing out that its products don’t contain high-fructose corn syrup, while some of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s do. (Grub would like to point out that it’s a real race to the bottom when you’re essentially arguing over whose beer is the least bad.)

MillerCoors, of course, is correct. In fact, anyone can check this official website to see all of the ingredients in any of AB InBev’s beers, a massive roster that includes Natural Light, Natty Daddy, Busch Light, something called Stella Spritzer, Red Bridge, and Bud Ice — all of which contain corn syrup. Best of all, flavors of the company’s Four Loko rip-off, called, “Natty Rush” contains both corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup for a one-two punch of corn sugar. Then again, if you’re really drinking an 8-percent beer-soda mash-up called Natty Rush Watermelon Smash, corn syrup is probably the least of your worries.

Corn Farmers Are Mad at Budweiser