Drink American was created by members of Brian’s Belly, a beer and food website that has been proudly serving the internet frosty beverages since 1999.
Founding Father David Lauterbach was reading an old-timey print newspaper when he learned of the news that Belgian brewer InBev was planning an unsolicited bid for American icon Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch, the Michelob line of beverages, and countless other brands of beer (we’ll forgive them for Tequiza, for now). The same article got him thinking about South African Brewery’s purchase of Milwaukee, Wisconsin based Miller Brewing (now SABMiller) and Molson Canada’s purchase of Golden, Colorado’s Coors Brewing Company (now the Molson Coors Brewing Company).
DrinkAmerican.US was purchased and created that weekend (coincidentally, on Memorial Day, 2008) primarily to help inform the American public of the possibility of the sale of a 150-year old brewing icon.
In spite of the efforts of groups like Drink American across the United States, shareholders of Anheuser-Busch approved the $52 billion sale of the business to Belgium-based InBev in November of 2008… a deal that set the stage to create the world’s largest brewer.
We posted follow up news of the results of the AB InBev merger such as how consumer satisfaction for AB products dropped, and how AB InBev doubled the board’s salaries and laid off 1,000 workers.
For some time, Drink American posted nothing as our buddy website Brian’s Belly was our beer voice.
After the news that Pabst Brewing was going to follow the paths of so many other great iconic American beers and sell their holding to a foreign company, we decided that it was time that Drink American got an overhaul in anticipation of being able to stay on top of this event.
Although the Pabst deal is not yet done, it seems the same fate is inevitable. Pabst Brewing will be owned shortly by Oasis Beverages, which runs breweries in Moscow, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Buy a Bud and Belgians get the money. Buy a Coors and Canadians get the money. Buy a Miller and South Africa gets the money. Buy a Pabst and Russia will get the money.
This site will begin to focus on the wholly American owned breweries. Yuengling and Boston Beer–the brewers of Samuel Adams–may immediately come to mind, but there are almost 3,000 craft breweries in the U.S. that are all making fine, local beers. And they taste great.
This is where your hard earned money should be going.
So a quick overhaul to the site, and we’ll be slowing getting back online full speed. Please stand by while we reinvent Drink American.