AB InBev Accused Of Watering Down Beer

Posted on: 3:31 pm, February 26, 2013, by , updated on: 03:25pm, February 26, 2013

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(BLOOMBERG)- Beer drinkers in three states are suing Anheuser-Busch InBev for allegedly overstating the alcohol content in its Budweiser beer. According to the lawsuit, AB InBev’s St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. adds extra water to its finished products to produce beers with significantly less alcohol content than displayed on its labels, violating state statutes on consumer protection.

According to Bloomberg News, one complaint was filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia. Similar lawsuits have been filed in federal courts in New Jersey and San Francisco.

Peter Kraemer, the Vice President of Brewing and Supply for Anheuser-Busch has released this statement, “The claims against Anheuser-Busch are completely false, and these lawsuits are groundless.  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.”

The complaints accuse the brewing giant of mislabeling the amount of alcohol in Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Michelob, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Black Crown, Bud Light Lime, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, Natural Ice and Michelob Ultra.

For more details, read Bloomberg’s story here.