Budweiser Sued for Watering Down Beer

By Ben Feuerherd 02/27/13

Disgruntled drinkers demand over $15 million from the world's biggest brewery.

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Just weeks after news of diluted bourbon left drinkers reeling, yet another trusted beverage has been hit with an H20 calamity. Beer company Anhueser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewery, is being sued in excess of $15 million in compensation and damages for allegedly "watering down" their product. The company, which currently controls 39% of the US beer market, is facing multiple lawsuits from three different states. “AB’s customers are overcharged for watered-down beer and AB is unjustly enriched by the additional volume it can sell," reads part of a complaint filed by Thomas and Gerald Greenberg in Pennsylvania federal court. The Greenberg brothers claim to drink more than a case of Budweiser per week between them for the past four years, and they believe the listed 5% alcohol content is an overstatement. California lawyer Josh Boxer, who is leading the claims, says: "our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that, as a matter of corporate practice, all of their products mentioned [in the lawsuit] are watered down." Anhueser-Busch defends the purity of their product, claiming in a statement that they use technology which measures "alcohol content in malt beverages to within hundredths of one percent." They add: "we proudly adhere to the highest standards in brewing our beer."

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Benjamin Feuerherd is a city reporter at the New York Post. He has previously worked for The Daily Beast and NBC. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter

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