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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What is the #1 Beer Company in America?

~ Tom Hanks (sober) with 'friend'

More specifically, what is currently the #1 Beer Company that is 100% American owned and run?

Is it Anheuser-Busch, the self-proclaimed "King of Beers" and makers of Budweiser. Bud Light, etc..?

It has to be with the $50 million annual advertising budget during NFL games and those touching commercials every winter of Clydesdales clip-clopping through the snow
~ Keifer Sutherland.. '24's Jack Bauer ready to save the world

Nope..

AB sold itself to the Belgian brewer InBev for $52 billion  in July, 2008, so now AB is foreign owned..

OK, well Miller Brewing Co. has to be #1 then..

They spend nearly as much on advertising as Anheuser-Busch and are heavily involved in NASCAR, and what could be more American than race car driving?
~ Jay-Z (sober) and Beyonce (um, not)

Nope.. Not them either..

South African Breweries (SAB) bought Miller Brewery, Inc in 2002 for $5.6 billion from Altria Group (previously named Philip Morris), and renamed their company SABMiller

Hmm.. this is getting kinda worrisome now..
~ Mel Gibson dancing the cha-cha or hava nagila

Well.. alright, certainly Coors is American, right?  

Fresh as a mountain stream.. Frost Brewed Goodness, crisp cold from the Rockies.. right?

Right??

Canadian beer company Molson bought them in 2005, renaming themselves Molson Coors, then later merged its US operations with SABMiller.
~ Nick Nolte

So that means SABMiller makes Miller lite and Coors lite..  Not really the competing brands we were all led to believe..

Um.. thinking who's left..

Oh yes.. Pabst Blue Ribbon!

They are American made and owned aren't they?    Been making frothy goodness since 1844 when founded in Milwaukee..
~ Heather Locklear opening wide..

Oh wait.. what's this?

As of last week, Oasis Beverages, the largest independent brewer in Russia, bought Pabst, which also produces Colt .45, Old Milwaukee and Lone Star beers

Jesus!!  Rrrr...

OK.. what about Latrobe Brewing?   They make Rolling Rock, the famous beer in green bottles and originate from the small town of Latrobe, PA since 1893
~ Brad Pitt

Purchased by Labatt Brewing Company (Canada) in 1987, which in turn was purchased in 1995 by the Belgian brewing conglomerate corporation Interbrew, which merged later into InBev in 2004.

The same InBev that owns Anheuser-Busch..

Well Mother Fu....  um... Trucker!
~ Matthew McConaughey ready to sell us a Lincoln Continential

There has got to be a domestic American beer actually OWNED by Americans!

You'd think, right?

Oh thank goodness.. we found two companies who are near equal in annual sales that are fully American owned and operated..

Yuengling and Samuel Adams
~ Kevin Spacey; "Hello.. Mom.. Can you pick me up?"

D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, established in 1829 and located in Pottstown, PA, about 30miles west of Philly.

Samuel Adams was founded in Boston in 1984.

But to give perspective, annually each company produces 2.5 million barrels of beer.

Anheuser Busch produces 200 million barrels every year.
~ David Beckham on a 'bend'-er..  get it.. 'Bend It Like..'  pun-pun...

So America's #1 ranked native-owned beer companies today would be ranked as tied for #5 a mere fifteen years ago before all the fire sales abroad.

Very little is what it seems anymore..

Whether its the hippie ice cream Ben & Jerry's (owned by British-Dutch Unilever) , 7-11 convenience stores (owned by Japanese Seven & I Holdings) or AMC movie theaters (owned by and subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group)...
~ Pamela Anderson.. not 'quite' so sexy when drunk..

You may think you are supporting your own when in fact your money is ultimately travelling thousands of miles out of the country

If you care about such things, take the time to research who owns the businesses and products/services you use..

Then adjust your habits as needed to fit your conscience.
~ Puff Daddy with a Severe case of 'beer goggles'