I kid you not…
“I was proud to drink Budweiser, not any more,” said P.J. Champion, a student at the University of Mississippi who said the brew is “a great piece of American history.”
That’s straight from the lead to CNN’s story on the sale of Anheuser-Busch to the Belgian company InBev.
Philip McClary was grilling out at his home in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday night when he heard hometown brewer Anheuser-Busch would be bought by the Belgian company InBev.
“I was actually drinking a Bud Light when I heard, and I couldn’t even finish it. That’s the honest-to-God truth,” he said Monday…
McClary put Champion’s thoughts to music, posting his song “Kiss Our Glass” on YouTube and on a Web site that tried to stop the sale, SaveBudweiser.com.
“America is not for sale, and neither is her beer,” McClary sings.
“All you hard-working Americans stand up and show some class,” the song continues, “Have a drink with Mother Freedom, and tell InBev to kiss your glass.”
Such outrage is to be expected, says Matt Simpson, who bills himself as The Beer Sommelier and teaches Beer Education 101 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. But he said the protests will soon fade.
“Unless it affects [Americans] in the product or the pocketbook, they’re likely to forget about it,” Simpson says. And he doesn’t think InBev will change its iconic product.
“You don’t mess with a good thing,” he says. “It really isn’t about nationalism, it’s about money.”
At this point I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. We’ve got a kid at Ole Miss that thinks a cold one is “a piece of American history” but for a few zillion dollars more in tuition, he could attend Emory and actually take beer as a class – and then I thought about FEMA cutting out ice, the Packers without Brett, and figured out I’d better get this post up so you’d know, folks, we’ve been SLABBED.