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Old 09-29-2008, 10:53 PM   #1
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Beer Examiner: Does it matter who makes the beer you buy?

This is an interesting poll on if it really matters who makes the beer you buy.

Discussion continues about whether beer drinkers really care about where their beer comes from.
  • Does it really matter that Blue Moon is made by MillerCoors?
  • Does it matter that Pilsner Urquell is made by SABMiller?
  • Does it matter the beers like the following are owned by the Belgian/Brazilian global brewing corporation called Inbev:
    • German brewed Becks and Diebels Altbier,
    • Belgian brewed Hoegarden and Leffe,
    • English brewed Bass and Boddington,
    • Australian brewed Castlemaine XXXX,
    • Irish brewed Murphy's Stout
    • Canadian brewed Labatt,
    • and likely soon Budweiser?
As beer drinkers we all have our reasons for choosing the beer we love to enjoy. Whether we realize it or not, we all think about it in one way or another. At the very least we owe it to ourselves to be knowledgeable about the beer we spend good money to buy.

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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It does matter a little. However, looking at that list, this has no bearing on my life whatsoever.

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Old 09-29-2008, 11:01 PM   #3
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You know, at the risk of sounding like a snob, it really does matter to me. Now, I know what I like, and Pilsner Urquell is a nice beer. But it also matters to me about ALL the things I buy. I don't shop Wal-mart (let's NOT start that- I know how you all feel), I don't buy Kraft's package foods with "corn syrup anything" added, and I don't buy fruits and vegetables from big companies, either. I don't buy ultra-pasteurized milk, etc. I don't buy meat from corn-fed cows. Those are choices I make as a consumer who pays for the items I do buy.

For someone like me, it makes sense to buy local craft items, from maple syrup that my friend makes to goat milk from a friend's farm. The same goes for beer. I WILL buy a Sierra Nevada beer, or a Sam Adams, but if I have a choice, I will always buy the most local and/or environmentally friendly choice. Still, I enjoy imports once in a while, and many of the wines I enjoy are imported.

If I'm faced with only big name beers while out, though, I will usually (but not always) make the choice to have one.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:02 PM   #4
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It certainly matters to me, but it's been a long time (4-5 years) since I've had any of those beers.

I did have a Hamm's Light two years ago while I was helping a neighbor rustle some trees, but it was very hot and dusty.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:45 PM   #5
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Your list does not particularly impact me. My commercial beer dollars go to mostly to two companies which I believe are still family owned - Yuengling and Samuel Smiths. I guess I have a rock art in the fridge and I do buy Newcastle and long trail from time to time. But even if they have been swooped up, so long as the beer is still made correctly and tastes good, it's likely OK to buy. Contraiwise, if the company is bought and production methods change in ways that impact the quality of the beer, boycott city.

On the other hand, nothing in your list scares me much. Chinese beer on the other hand, well, you kinda have to expect that they'd find (or already have found) a way to incorporate melamine or other industrial waste into the stuff, given several years of recent history with food and China, with the latest round ongoing despite the "fixing" of things last time.

Food conglomerates are nothing new, nor are food conglomerates producing two products which give the appearance of competing - does anyone else remember when Beatrice uncloaked?
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #6
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Definitely. I'd rather support a company that treats it's employees well, and gives back to the local community.

A good example of this is New Belgian. After working for NB for a number of years (I can't remember the exact number), you get a free beer touring trip to Belgian with the company's founder for a week. They provide great health care and ownership in the company. They support social and environmental causes by providing grants. They power their brewery with solar panels and methane from spent grains.

I'd much rather support a company like that than one that only cares about the bottom line.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:18 AM   #7
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It doesn't matter to me who makes it. If I like it, I like it. If I don't, I don't.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:22 AM   #8
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I should add that I really didn't have anything to do with the linked page, it just seemed on topic.

Although it doesn't really matter to me who makes the beer, I tend to naturally gravitate towards craftbrews, mainly because that is where the flavor lies.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:25 AM   #9

I'm very much in the same line of thinking as Yooper- it does matter to me, and I will always support the small craft producers over the food/beverage conglomerates because that is my choice as a consumer. I want to know where my food comes from. I garden extensively during the summer months and shop farmer's markets and small groceries whenever I can. I don't support Walmart- never have.

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Old 09-30-2008, 12:31 AM   #10
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Not at all. If Budweiser made an ale worth drinking, I'd drink it. Unless they're evil like the blood diamond people, I'll support their quality product with my money. As consumers we vote with our dollars. If we want them to make a better product, we shouldn't be too proud to buy it when they do.
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