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On the heels of the company’s announcement that the Budweiser logo will have a patriotic replacement this summer, fans are pointing out one glaring problem.
Budweiser cans and bottles will sport “America” in place of the brand’s name in a new marketing campaign announced Tuesday.
But, despite the patriotic changes, one aspect of the Missouri-born beer company cannot be ignored. Anheuser-Busch, based in St. Louis, merged in 2008 with another brewer and became Belgian-Brazilian company Anheuser-Busch InBev, based in… Belgium.
This fact was not lost on social media users, who reacted in posts ranging from humor to confusion.
An Anheuser-Busch spokesman told CNNMoney that Budweiser beer is still American. “All Budweiser served in the U.S. is brewed in the U.S.,” said the spokesman. “This includes the beer inside all of the ‘America’ cans and bottles. This ‘America’ packaging will not be available outside the U.S.”
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— Tyler Benson (@TylerSoCA) May 10, 2016
— The Sports Snob (@thesportssnob) May 10, 2016
Shouldn’t Budweiser be changing its name to Belgium instead of America?
— Sku (@SkusRecentEats) May 10, 2016
Hey @Budweiser, shouldn’t you rebrand as “Belgium” rather than “America”?
— Tom Kopacz (@TomKopacz) May 10, 2016
— Connor Kavulak (@Eazyy_C) May 10, 2016
Budweiser is renaming it’s beer “Belgium-Brazil” for the summer. pic.twitter.com/EKHZ1MPkH7
— Paul Cherry (@paulcherry69) May 10, 2016
Is there a weak US beer we could call Belgium as payback? Oh yeah… Budweiser. https://t.co/b9sYXLE2Ls
— Rami Grunbaum (@rgrunbaum) May 10, 2016
Holy shit! A patriotic label indeed… by a corporation based out of Belgium & Brazil. Props for the PR though ABI.https://t.co/ftxMJ9iYwN
— Red Horn Brew (@RedHornBrew) May 10, 2016
Is Budweiser owned by a Belgium company? yes. Is changing a beer name to America a marketing stunt? yes. Will I buy it? you’re goddam right
— Matt Cocco (@MattCocco) May 10, 2016
Budweiser is switching its name to “America” but the parent company is still based in Belgium? ?????
— pauly casillas (@PaulyPeligroso) May 10, 2016
#Budweiser, a beer produced by a Belgium company, changed its name to ‘America’ cos there is always money in the myth of US exceptionalism.
— Ioan Marc Jones (@ioanmarcjones) May 10, 2016