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, I decided that it was time that Drink American got an overhaul in anticipation of being able to stay on top of this event.
In 2008, when the original site was set up by the members of Brian’s Belly, the sale of “The King of Beers” was a possibility that we hoped to avoid with enough public outcry and support. When Anheuser-Busch decided to sell to InBev, a Belgian-owned company, the battle for a great American icon to stand it’s ground on our soil was lost.
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.