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Is Anheuser-Busch Watering Down Their Beer?

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Anheuser-Busch is the subject of a multi-million dollar class action suit filed by dissatisfied beer drinkers and hellraisers all across America; the brewing giant stands accused of watering down many of its popular bands, including Budweiser and Michelob. Wait, is that why those beers taste so terrible?

The lawsuits claim that loyal customers are being ripped off because the alcohol content represented on their beer labels is not consistent with what is actually in the bottle, says attorney for the plaintiffs, Josh Boxer.

“Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that as a matter of corporate practice, all of their products mentioned (in the lawsuit) are watered down,” said Boxer. “It’s a simple cost-saving measure, and it’s very significant.”

However, Anheuser-Busch InBev argues that the suits are “groundless” and that all of their products adhere to the labeling laws. “Our beers are in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws. We proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beers, which have made them the best-selling in the U.S. and the world,” said Peter Kraemer, VP of brewing and supply.

The lawsuit claims that at one time the brewer utilized advanced equipment to monitor the alcohol content of their products throughout the brewing process. However, since the merger the company has incorporated practices of watering down their more popular brands, according to the lead complaint.

Just short of admitting that the legal defense team has had the beers individually tested, Boxer says they have evidence which proves that beer lovers all across the country are being bamboozled by the world’s largest mega-brewery. Incidentally, we are not surprised by the accusations – booze water seems to become an American sub-standard. That’s why we stick to whisky; at least Makers Mark owned up.

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