Anheuser-Busch Stops Making Beer To Ship Water To Harvey Victims

Anheuser-Busch, the makers of some of America’s favorite beers and drinks including Bud Light, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Lime-A-Rita, and Michelob are stopping production in order to give back to those in need.

An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

The St. Louis-based beer giant says a truckload of water from its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Monday. More truckloads are scheduled to arrive in Texas later this week.

The first shipment arrived at the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday, and two more shipments were sent to Arlington, Texas.

The cans of water — more than 155,000 of them in total — were sent courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch emergency drinking water program. “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations,” Bill Bradley, Anheuser-Busch’s Vice President for Community Affairs, said in a statement.

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Anheuser-Busch says it periodically stops beer production at times throughout the year in order to can drinking water at the Georgia facility so it can be ready to go in times of need. The company says it has provided more than 76 million cans of drinking water for disaster relief since 1988.

In 2016 alone, the company sent water to Flint, Michigan, California communities plagued by wildfires, and victims of Hurricane Matthew.