Busch Lager

4.7% alc./vol., 473 ml can
Labatt Brewing Company
London, Ontario, Canada

DSCF0570This “American” beer is brewed under licence here in Canada by the Canadian branch of a Belgian company, Anheuser-Busch InBev.  So what makes it an American beer?  The can says “Cold as a mountain stream, smooth as its name”.  That’s true…it’s watery and flavourless!  To be fair to our oddly speaking and lazily spelling neighbours to the south, not all American beers are watery and flavourless.  However, its most popular brands are, and they are giving all other brands a bad reputation.  If you’re wondering who gave Busch its name, it’s Adolphus Busch, son-in-law of Eberhard Anheuser.  Adolphus married into the St. Louis-based brewing company in 1861.  His great-great-grandson August Busch IV is still on the board of the company that was his family business until he sold it to InBev in 2008.

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