News Anheuser-Busch canning water for Sandy relief

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  1. mikeburd1128

    mikeburd1128 Zealot (505) Oct 28, 2011 New Jersey

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  2. korguy123

    korguy123 Initiate (0) May 17, 2008 Ontario (Canada)

    So it's Bud Light's new packaging?
  3. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,415) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Way to beat everyone to the obvious joke. :(

    Seriously though, props on AB-Inbev for doing this.
  4. ezperkins2

    ezperkins2 Aspirant (298) Jan 3, 2011 California
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    ISO: Bud Water
    Squidly, draheim, MrHolland10 and 5 others like this.
  5. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    The jokes are easy. But good for them. My compliments to InbevBA.
    draheim, Mavajo, Levitation and 2 others like this.
  6. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Apparently, they wanted to ship out some stuff with more taste than what they regularly can/bottle. Good on ém for that!
  7. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    shelters all need it for people who lost their homes or are temporarily displaced. there are areas in staten island and long island that lost water. there's also been issues with water advisories in certain NJ counties so most people were keeping tons of clean, bottled water on hand.

    glad to see they're doing this, that packaging is pretty cool actually.
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  8. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    Plus, anyone with a well does not have water without power.
  9. IceAce

    IceAce Champion (856) Jan 8, 2004 California

    The Industry as a whole has always taken pride in doing whatever is necessary during a disaster.

    As you enjoy your creature comforts, know that there are folks less fortunate...and kudos go out to everyone who has tried to assist the unfortunate.

    Oh...and enjoy your new 'well-earned' avatar

    (The folks in this industry are closer than you will ever imagine)
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  10. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,114) Mar 18, 2010 California

    After the 1994 Northridge earthquake here in SoCal, the Bud plant in Van Nuys bottled water in Bud bottles (sans label but with cap) and sent them to local elementary schools. We had to bring a sports bottle from home and the teachers would open the bottles behind their desk and fill our bottles up if we were thirsty.

    On a side note, I got to drink water from a can at a Warped Tour once (canned by Monster for the bands) and it was weird as fuck drinking water from a can.
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  11. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Disciple (336) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota
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  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,222) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    That's true. But there's room temp beer in the darkened dedicated beer fridge and a bottle of Firestone-Walker Union Jack tastes pretty good at that serving temperature after a little chainsawing and chopping firewood.

    Making drip coffee manually in the morning however... well, I guess I'd used the canned Bud stuff as shown above.
  13. tewaris

    tewaris Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Minnesota

    Yeah, I read somewhere that they had already canned a bunch of water in anticipation of flooding in the Summer of 2011.
  14. davey101

    davey101 Meyvn (1,080) Apr 14, 2009 Connecticut
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    Jokes aside, this is one of the great things that BMC does for disaster relief. Older labels:
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  15. pjs234

    pjs234 Zealot (544) Jun 29, 2008 Connecticut

    Is that a pic right out of you cellar? What vintage is it? Hopefully not 2005, heard that year was infected.

    But to your point, yes, it is very cool that they do this in disaster situations
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  16. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (404) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Well done, AB! I'll go buy some BCBS to support you :relaxed:

    Side note, I think this is actually a great idea in general,. I would much rather buy water in cans vs bottles because I could just crush them and recycle them without taking up a bunch of space with empty bottles.
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  17. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    I'm curious what PR team keeps putting these 'news' articles out on almost every craft beer blog.
  18. chcfan

    chcfan Devotee (466) Oct 29, 2008 California

    Fixed that for ya.
  19. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,387) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    With anothe storm moving in, I can't believe it could be worse, but if it hits it will be a mess added to a disaster. Over 100 dead already.
  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'm sorry, I think it is against policy to have a positive thread about AB on here.
  21. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    First of all - good for them. But it still won't make me buy their products.

    But....I do have a few questions:
    1. Has anybody tasted it yet? If so, how does it compare to their other products?
    2. When are they going to come out with Water Light?
    3. When are they going to come out with Water Platinum?
    4. Is the canned water beechwood aged?
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  22. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I bet if smaller craft breweries could afford to the same thing, they would. AB obviously can afford to donate that much water, cans, and time, so that is really cool of them. I dont hate them AS MUCH now.
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  23. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Just to play devil's advocate here....if you want to impress me, take your logo that is plastered on the front of the can off. As it stands this is a great way to advertise.
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  24. industrialswill

    industrialswill Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 Washington

    At least with a well you could always [in a real long term scenario with no fuel to run a generator] convert it back to antique methods to draw out the water.
    What I couldn't live with are the septic systems that require an electric pump to push the do-do up hill.
  25. industrialswill

    industrialswill Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2010 Washington

    I wonder how many folks who are receiving water wish that the cans weren't labeled...?
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  26. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Huh? What does that have to do with anything. Why would a can that said drinking water (leaving the donated by AB on there) be any different to them? All I am saying is if they are truely just doing this out of the kindness of their heart take the large AB logo off.
  27. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    It is cut with bud* light to save on cost and improve drinkability.
  28. phanlon

    phanlon Initiate (0) May 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    There are plenty of reasons to criticize A-B's product, but this is not one of them. I don't see it as unreasonable that if are incurring costs to shut down their standard lines, convert to producing water, and then distributing it for free, then maybe they could get some recognition/benefit out of that. Particularly since, as another poster pointed out, its irrelevant to those who really need the water what is on the can.

    I liken it to tax deductions for charitable contributions. If we're doing it out of the goodness of our heart, shouldn't we donate the money without claiming a deduction (and getting a small side benefit)?
  29. Aleforme

    Aleforme Disciple (300) Nov 26, 2008 Washington
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    Companies have been doing this for years. I don't have a problem with it. Do some good and get some good PR as well.

    Tide Laundry Detergent brings in huge 18 wheelers/trailers loaded with washing machines and dryers. They do peoples laundry for free so why shouldn't they get some credit? Also, pretty much every imaginable charitable event held throught out year for various causes are sponsored by huge corporations. Marathons, fun runs, etc.

    I just don't have a problem with it. They're doing a good thing and truly helping so why not cut them some slack?
  30. whatsleftofyou

    whatsleftofyou Aspirant (228) Mar 12, 2006 Michigan

    I'm betting that the people who really need this couldn't care less about the label or who it came from, as long as it is safe drinking water.
  31. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Of course it is. It even has a formal term - "cause marketing".

    Is it the most noble of endeavors? No, certainly not. But they're still doing something good for the world with a portion of their marketing budget instead of spending another 2 minutes on Super Bowl ads...
  32. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I certainly agree with all that, as I said, I was just playing devil's advocate. They are doing a very nice thing, but I was just making sure no one forgot it isn't a bad position for them to have thousands of cans out in people's hands with their logo plastered on it.

    I think it would be better if they just left the little "donated by AB" part at the top, and took off the other logo, but that's just my opinion.
  33. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Geez people. Here's my take:

    Solid work ABInbev.
  34. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,215) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    When Hurricane Ivan struck the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2004, my mother lived in an area particularly hard-hit. All power was out, gas shut off, no sewer, roads blocked by flooding and downed trees. I flew out to help her with the clean-up. The Red Cross came around the neighborhood every day in a mobile food wagon, delivering hot meals. They also had six packs of this Bud drinking water.

    Best thing they ever did that I knew about.
  35. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Oh, so you think they're going to go altruistic without some benefit? Dream on bro.
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  36. Goosey

    Goosey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    Is that Kate Upton? ISO her, wedding ring in hand!
  37. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (724) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    This doesn't impress me. Put it in a cork and caged 750ml bottle though, and now you're talking.
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  38. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,248) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Has anyone rated it yet on BA? No, but this is seriously really cool! Props AB-InBev
  39. dauss

    dauss Defender (653) Aug 9, 2003 Colorado
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    They've definitely done this in the past. I remember seeing pictures of the cans during Katrina. I'm not sure if the ISO requests are serious, but I wouldn't take one even if I had the chance, because it is supposed to be given to people who need it more than I would. Props to ABI.

    The story did say that ABI said that they had to "turn off the taps" to fill the cans. A big exaggeration. They used to produce 106+ million barrels in 2008 and only 98 million barrels in 2011. 1.05 million cans is less than 3,200 barrels, which is .038% of 8,500,000 bbls in lost production.
  40. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    When you have multiple taps, which I'm sure they have at any of their facilities, you only have to turn off 2 to say you've "turned off the taps". They didn't shut down the entire brewery to can the water. In fact, their biggest cost has to be the cans themselves.
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