Posted Friday, June 27, 2008 10:56 AM | Contributed by figment
InBev, the world’s largest brewer, said on Thursday it would launch a hostile bid for Anheuser-Busch as its US rival rejected its $46bn bid as “financially inadequate”. In court documents filed in the Court of Chancery in Delaware, InBev said it was preparing to launch a proxy battle seeking the removal of Anheuser’s entire board, citing “delays and apparent plans to attempt to block the acquisition”. A-B owns a number of theme parks in the US.
I honestly hope AB can hold on, because I wouldnt want to see another foriegn owned company buy an american one, and I defiantly love what AB does with all of the parks they run.*** This post was edited by Audioslaved 6/27/2008 12:25:50 PM ***
"Budweiser" is a type of beer, just like lager, ale, heffeweisen, etc. AB managed to convice the courts that it was their tradmark in this country. I remember how they decimated DuBois Brewing Co. of DuBois , PA. They had been making DuBois Budweiser Beer about as long as AB had been. They swept down and sued them for trademark infringement and won. Needless to say DuBois Brewing wasn't around for much longer than that, the expenses associated with the suit bankrupted the company. The real shame of it all was that it was a pretty decent regional beer.
The funny thing is, my dad who owns a beer distributing company (which does NOT distribute Bud since they're separate), told me InBev's beers Spaten and Paulener are two of the best beers in the world!?!
InBev has a most of the good European Beer labels yes, but that is not to say they are best. Just like everythign it's a matter of Tatse.
I abhor Bud Light but don't mind Budweiser all that much and love Michelob Amber Bock. In the InBev Camp I love Spaten Otimator and think it's the best Doppelbock there is and I also love Stella Artois. However I match my beer with what I drink so...blah whatever I am such a beer Snob.
The original Budweiser (Budvar) is awesome and can´t be compared to Bud. Interestingly Bud is still not available in some parts of Europe, because AB didn´t buy the rights to the name there and the "original" has secured the market since the 18th century or something.
I always thought that I was not a beer snob, but since I spend six month a year in the US and Canada, I think I became one. I have to admit that I have a hard time finding an American of Canadian beer that I REALLY like. At the moment I prefer Sleeman Original Draft (or Silver Creek) but I am still open to new, strong but not creamy beers.
I guess this is really OT now, so sorry in advance (but I am thirsty!)
American beer's great. Just not the mass produced stuff. German beer's good, but I'd still take a Penn Pilsner, Sam Adams Double Bock, or pretty much anything by New Belgium or Anchor Steam over Beck's or Bitburger any day.
I don't consider myself a beer snob, I'll enjoy an Iron City from time to time, but I just don't like anything made by AB or Miller.
I live a mile from Yuengling's brewery, so of course I'm biased. But I also like Stoudt's. Many times when I travel with friends, we like to find a pub/restaurant that has its own micro-brewery. We've found some good brews that way too.