Plaidshoes over at Everyday Unitarianhas a post about the board of Anheuser-Busch approving the selling of the company to InBev, the Belgian brewer. She expresses the sentiments of many here in St. Louis.
As a native St. Louisian and as someone who has had (and continues to have) family members who work for the brewery, I just thought I would present a different side.
The sky is NOT falling because the corporate structure is changing. The Busches have been and will continue to be a major presence in this town. Their charitable giving will probably not change. Grant’s Farm will still be Grant’s Farm. The Clydesdales will continue to be.
I repeat…..the sky is NOT falling. Because this was not about the beer. There are two major reasons the brewery got bought: 1. The Dollar is down, which made A-B affordable to InBev. 2. (the biggest reason) InBev needed A-B’s U.S. distribution system, which is magnificent.
So for all you A-B drinkers out there, don’t fret. InBev is not going to mess with the recipes of A-B products or the process that A-B has perfected over these 150-odd years. They do not want a New Coke situation. And please, don’t go Chicken Little on me and believe that the sky is falling. It is not. If the sky were falling, the name of the new company would not be Anheuser-Busch InBev.