Friday, June 13, 2008
interesting developments in the world of beer economics. i'm sure joe couchpotato wouldn't like a bunch of belgians owning his beloved bud...hell, joe couchpotato couldn't find belgium on a map, so maybe it's not that bad. but, when joe couchpotato finds out that french is spoken in belgium, they just may have to switch their allegiances to miller. i've been drinking a lot of stella artois out here...it's the same price as bud heavy, so there's no incentive to patronize the king. if inbev's purchase of anheuser-busch helps distribution of stella and beck's, thus lowering their prices in the states, i may have to give up on the king altogether. i'm sure there will still be some price differentiation. most bars and restaurants call american brewed beers such as killian's an import, just because it has an irish sounding name. now, if budweiser is belgian-owned, could it be treated the same way? seems to me that it will have more of a stake to the "import" claim, as it is a foreign-owned beer brewed in the states. it does concern me that rising grain prices will affect beer prices.