Strictly speaking, there’s no A or B in the word “hypocrisy,” but a rich vein of disingenuousness characterizes just about everything else the bloated megabrewer does.
HI: Beer money is OK for paying to combat excessive drinking
Anheuser-Busch claims that the brewery and its 600 wholesalers have spent more than $500 million since 1982 on national and community-based programs to combat alcohol abuse, including underage drinking. The company sends that message in much of its promotional material.
Beermaker urged to pull Spykes
Alcohol abuse prevention groups nationwide are asking beer company Anheuser-Busch to pull its new flavored alcohol drink, Spykes, off the market.
Spykes, introduced in January, are 24-proof alcohol shots in such flavors as watermelon and mango. They are sold in 2-ounce plastic bottles usually for less than $2. In addition to 12% alcohol, Spykes contain guarana, ginseng and caffeine — ingredients associated with popular energy drinks.
Thanks to the Brewers Association for the headlines.