FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter Banned Over $2M Payment To Fellow Soccer Exec

FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter Banned Over $2M Payment To Fellow Soccer Exec

More than six months after he announced he would eventually be ending his nearly two-decade reign atop the world’s largest soccer organization, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been banned from the sport for eight years. [More]

Budweiser & Miller Inch Closer To Altar With Agreement On $104.2B Deal

Budweiser & Miller Inch Closer To Altar With Agreement On $104.2B Deal

Last week, leadership at beer giant SABMiller was not thrilled with Anheuser-Busch InBev’s official marriage proposal, saying it “substantially” undervalued the company. But today Miller announced that the boards of both companies had reached an agreement on principle for a merger valued at $104.2 billion. [More]

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Regulators Probing AB InBev Over Allegations Of Pushing Out Craft Brewers By Buying Distributors

Despite Anheuser-Busch InBev’s attempt in recent years to get drunk on craft beer by padding its portfolio with small brewers like Golden Road, Goose Island and Blue Point Brewery, among others, the beverage behemoth is in talks with federal regulators over allegations that its recent purchase of distributors is a calculated attempt to shut the door on increasingly popular craft brews.  [More]

By acquiring SABMiller, InBev would gain significant market share in Africa, where beer sales are expected to grow in the coming years. To do that, the merged companies would likely have to divest themselves of holdings in the U.S., where the control a combined 70% of the beer market.

Budweiser Maker Officially Offers $104 Billion To Buy Miller

After SABMiller rejected a $100 billion takeover offer from Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest beer company has come forward with a sweeter offer of $104 billion. [More]

Miller Reportedly Turns Down $100B Takeover Offer From Anheuser-Busch

Miller Reportedly Turns Down $100B Takeover Offer From Anheuser-Busch

With the deadline of Oct. 14 looming for Anheuser-Busch InBev to make a firm offer to acquire fellow beer biggie SABMiller, a new report says that the company’s early informal suggestion of “Hey, what do you guys think of $100 billion?” was turned away for being too low. [More]

Four Major Sponsors  Call For FIFA President To Resign Immediately, He Refuses

Four Major Sponsors Call For FIFA President To Resign Immediately, He Refuses

Sure, sure, the president of global soccer association FIFA is under criminal investigation in Switzerland, but that doesn’t mean that he should make any rash decisions, like resigning in advance of the emergency presidential election in February. Now some of FIFA’s deep-pocketed sponsors are calling for Blatter to resign immediately, and he… refuses. [More]

Anheuser-Busch Adds Golden Road Brewing To Its Overstuffed Roster Of Beers

Anheuser-Busch Adds Golden Road Brewing To Its Overstuffed Roster Of Beers

Just a week after Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed it was looking to enter a long-term relationship with rival SABMiller, the company continued to pad its portfolio with the purchase of California craft brewer Golden Road Brewing. [More]

A semi full of Natural Light beer overturned Tuesday spilling its contents across a Florida highway.

Bud Light Truck Overturns, Spilling Cans Of Natural Light Beer Everywhere

They say you shouldn’t cry over spilt milk, but can the same be said for thousands of cans of spilt Natural Light? Maybe not, but someone’s certainly going to miss the cases of brew left strewn across a Florida highway following a big rig crash this morning. [More]

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Eventually) Quitting Amid Corruption Probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (Eventually) Quitting Amid Corruption Probe

Last Friday, Sepp Blatter was reelected as president of FIFA, the world’s most powerful soccer organization, only days after several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested on charges of receiving illegal bribes and kickbacks. Today, after nearly two decades as head of the group behind the World Cup, Blatter announced he will be stepping down. [More]

Bud Light Deletes Tweet Suggesting You Randomly Pinch People For St. Patrick’s Day

Bud Light Deletes Tweet Suggesting You Randomly Pinch People For St. Patrick’s Day

Today is the day some people celebrate the legacy of St. Patrick by wearing green, wearing shamrock antennae, and — if you’re a drunken, mannerless troglodyte — randomly walk around pinching people who didn’t wear green. [More]

Budweiser Mocks Craft Beer Snobs, Sells Craft Beers

Budweiser Mocks Craft Beer Snobs, Sells Craft Beers

It’s fine if a company wants to mock the people who refuse to buy its products in an ad, including an ad aired during the Super Bowl. That was the point of a Budweiser commercial mocking the entire culture of beer snobbery…while Budweiser’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, owns brands that either are or imitate craft beer brands and trends, brewing some of them in the same facilities that make Budweiser. [More]

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Budweiser To Waste Money Trying To Convince 20-Somethings To Drink Bud

By its own admission, nearly half of American beer-drinkers between the ages of 21 and 27 not only don’t drink Budweiser, but have never even tried the self-crowned King of Beers. That’s why we will all have to endure months of young and edgy ads attempting to target this demographic (before the company goes inevitably back to its default flags/horses/baseball marketing). [More]

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Is Seattle Seahawks Stadium Watering Down Fans’ Beer?

Even though a lot of overpriced beer that football fans buy ends up on the stadium floor (or on other fans), you should get what you pay for, right? One news report out of Seattle claims that the beer at CenturyLink Field — home to the Seahawks — is serving beer that doesn’t live up to the advertised alcohol content. However, the beer makers deny they are watering down their product, and there are several unanswered questions about the accuracy of this study. [More]

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Budweiser Wants You To Buy Beer For Your Buds Without Leaving Your Couch

Did you see recent projects from Coke, Pepsi, and Starbucks that let users beam beverages at each other through various social media outlets and say, “that seems cool, but I would rather send my friends alcoholic beverages”? Great news for you…well, if you live in Denver or Chicago, and your friends like Budweiser. [More]

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Learning anything is much more fun when it comes with illustrations and animation, though when the lesson is about beer, you’re likely going to pay attention all on your own. Don’t know the difference between how a microbrew is made versus how the big companies like Anheuser-Busch do it? Me either, really, but these GIFs can explain. [via St. Louis Public Radio]

$44 PBR And Other Stuff Americans Sneer At And Chinese People Love

$44 PBR And Other Stuff Americans Sneer At And Chinese People Love

Shocking news: people in different countries enjoy different things! Still, it’s strange to see familiar middling brands that no one really cares for where you live that are inexplicably high-end elsewhere. Not just because they’re more scarce or exotic, but sometimes just because the brands are completely different once they’re exported. [More]

Budweiser & Miller Reveal Dull Ingredients Lists For Top-Selling Beers

Budweiser & Miller Reveal Dull Ingredients Lists For Top-Selling Beers

While the sugary, caffeinated soda I’m guzzling to get through this Friday morning has all manner of ingredients listed on the can, the beer in my fridge might just reads “beer,” and not because I’ve watched Repo Man too many times. Fact is, beer makers in the U.S. only need to tell you if there’s an allergen contained in the brew. But under pressure from a petition calling for more transparency on what’s in the beer we drink, the folks at Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have offered up some insights that — so far — don’t reveal anything shocking. [More]

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Runaway Budweiser Blimp Breaks Free, Goes Cruising Over Canada

Maybe you thought your dream had come true, that finally someone realized how important your annual spring barbecue is to everyone involved and sent a beer blimp to mark the occasion. Sorry, folks. It’s just that a Budweiser blimp broke free of its tethers and is on the lam, cruising the Canadian skies like the rebel it never knew it could be. [More]