Montco bros say ripoff Bud waters its beer

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Montgomery County (suburban Philly) brothers Thomas and Gerald Greenberg have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that multinational brewer InBev's Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. brewer of Budweiser, Michelob and their industrial-beer cousins, has systematically exaggerated how much alcohol is actually in its brews, Bloomberg court reporter Sophia Pearson writes here.

The brothers, who say they've been pounding away more than a case of Bud derivative a week (between the two of them) for the past four years, say they've figured out that Bud doesn't really contain 5 % alcohol, as advertised. They convinced Philly lawyer David Senoff to file the suit.

"We know because Anheuser-Busch takes several readings in each line in each brewery 24 hours a day" and uses the data to water the beer down to, or below, the promised alcohol content, Josh Boxer, a lawyer for the Mills Law Firm, San Rafael, Calif., which is coordinating multiple weak-beer suits, told me. (No relation to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., he affirms.)

"We've spoken with former employees who have confirmed" that beer often leaves the plants with a little less than 5% alcohol, saving "tens of millions of dollars a year by substituting high-quality ingredients with the cheapest ingredients, which is water," Boxer added.

The court documents can be viewed in PDF format at http://media.philly.com/documents/022613_beer_lawsuit.pdf

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