When I was a struggling college student a six-pack of cheap beer could be had for as little as two dollars. I think we bought Hamm's Special Light at a liquor store that was just "off campus" and we certainly got what we paid for. The beer was hardly "full" and when others joined us for a drink they usually brought their own. Most thought the cheap stuff we bought was "weak and watery". I didn't care. At the time I figured that bad beer was better than no beer.
This week, beer drinkers in three states filed lawsuits accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down and mislabeling Budweiser, Michelob and other beer brands to cut costs. The lawsuits, filed in California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, allege that the brewery cheats consumers by listing a higher alcohol content than the beers actually contain.
Ten beers were named in the lawsuits: Budweiser, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice and Bud Light Lime.
"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. It's a simple cost-saving measure, and it's very significant." – Josh Boxer, lead Attorney
Water is allegedly added just before bottling and cuts the stated alcohol content by 3% to 8%.
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