Let there be no doubt that I consider myself a beer snob who would scoff at Bud under all but the most dire circumstance.
That having been said, it was a dire circumstance that taught me to appreciate Budweiser as the great American beer that it is, despite present ownership.
It was September 2005, and I had just that particular day rolled into Biloxi/Ocean Springs MS after 'the big one' to pitch in my share. It was K+5. I learned my way around eastern Biloxi with a guide from the shelter, came back late at night to the Lutheran church that was hosting us, and the guys who had gotten back slightly earlier all had found the one liquor store in Ocean Springs that was open. From it, they had obtained all the Budweiser product they could drink, freshly delivered by AB that day, at a cost of $5 a 12-er.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the beauty of American beer is not the beer itself. It is the sheer and unbridled decadence revealed by a demand-driven economy that produced a distribution system capable of delivering all the beer you can drink, at $10 a case, to a hurricane zone, 5 days after landfall.
I drank luke-warm bud every night, and never felt more bonded to any beer earned, savored, or otherwise.
Budweiser is good. EJ is good. Let them enjoy one another's company and both prosper.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label