It’s done. It’s over. Longer than the battle between the greys and the blues, the battle between the alliterators and the consonators, even the fight of the mongoose versus the cobra, the war between Anheuser-Busch and Budejovicky Budvar is done. The General Court of the European Union didn’t even bother ruling in favor of Anheuser-Busch, simply dismissing the claim made by Budejovicky Budvar. It’s an easy victory for AB InBev, but even better, it’s a very cheap victory.
Once again, hey Anheuser, why don’tcha think about putting a few sheckles of what would’ve been the legal costs toward a better beer, huh?
Oh sure, Anheuser-Busch and Budejovicky Budvar may be fighting over the name of Budweiser, but wouldn’t it behoove Anheuser-Busch to put that focus into a better beer instead?
Anheuser-Busch and Stolichnaya vodka distributor, William Grant & Sons, have objected to their labels appearing in the new Denzel Washington flick, Flight. Washington plays a high functioning alcoholic — or one of The Guys — who drinks throughout the film, including behind the wheel and while flying as an airline pilot.
“We would never condone the misuse of our products, and have a long history of promoting responsible drinking and preventing drunk driving,” Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser, wrote in a statement to distance his company from the film.
Responsible uses of Budweiser, according to sanctioned uses of their label in commercials, include: building a house out of Bud Light cans, animal husbandry and horse cart driving, picking up chicks in darkened bars, sports superstition, and drinking it for the sake of it being (in their words) “drinkable.”
As for Stoli, nothing good ever comes from drinking that. Nothing you’d tell your parents about, anyway.
But, still: good looking out for your brands’ reputations, morons. After all, bad things only happen to drunk drivers.
We find ourselves here again, at the end of five consecutive work days in a row. For many, this is a cause for celebration. The Guys have no Friday plans in celebration of the end of the week. However, if you are playing in the British Open this week, odds are you missed it.
King of Beers regime change
Anheuser-Busch stockholders and executives approved a $52 billion offer from Belgian-owned brewer-giant InBev on Monday. This prompted concerns of damage to national pride and Americana across the U.S., meanwhile, Budweiser drinkers everywhere asked “What’s a Belgium?”
Insert Smashmouth song title here
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton put on a clinic in the first round of the MLB Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, hitting a record 28 long balls, some of which have not yet landed. However, he did not come up with the win in the final round–hey, did you hear he was hooked on drugs until he got cleaned up? The following night’s All-Star game lasted an estimated eternity before the American League won in the 15th when the Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau scored on a sac fly. By the way, Morneau won the home run derby.
Great time to buy a home
The federal government is going to bail out colossal mortgage lender FannieMae and Freddie Mac, after an announcement this week. See, this all started when the mortgage market, the housing market and so on starting slowing down and people started defaulting …. Sorry, we dosed off there for a second.
Can anyone stop this abomination?
Miley Cyrus said this week she wants to do a new show that would be along the lines of “Sex and the City,” but cleaner and aimed at children and teens. Right, because four female something-teens, each with their own huge Manhattan apartments, giggling over boys and what’s happening to their bodies while sipping flavored water really holds appeal.
Just announced this morning is some bad news: the Belgian-owned InBev has bought Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion. While I am not really shocked by the announcement, we mentioned the potential deal a month ago, I am quite dismayed.
I am not and never have been a fan of Budweiser products, not unless I wanted larger burps and a worse headache. The taste of Bud was never pleasing to me, either. But what is sad is that now one of America’s prides, not to mention the country’s largest brewer, is foreign owned. Over a century ago, European immigrants, many of them German, took their recipes to the U.S. in hopes of making new beer. Their names were Anheuser, Busch, Schlitz, Coors and Miller. Now, nearly all of them are owned by Europeans. Continue reading The McBournie Minute: The Bud is no longer for you
When the post category is Booze News, it’s not often the news is shocking enough for people to do anything but drink in protest. This is not the case for today’s shocking news: InBev is attempting a hostile takeover of the world’s largest producer of beer, Anheuser-Busch.
You may not know InBev, but you know their labels, among which are Beck’s and Stella Artois. Their bid to buy Anheuser has sparked a lot of anger in Americans, who see the over-carbonated, watery beer as an American staple, like baseball and apple pie.
There is only one thing we can do, fellow boozers, we must boycott these tasty foreign brews and march stagger on InBev’s headquarters in Europe. In America, no one makes bad beer but Americans!