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CNN decided this week to find out if the class action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev - charging that it has been systematically watering down various beer brands as a way of saving money - has any validity. So, it conducted what it calls "an independent lab test of Budweiser and related brands."

Here's the report:

"Budweiser contained 4.94% alcohol by volume, compared with 5% stated on the label.
Bud Light Lime possessed 4.13%, compared with 4.2% stated on the packaging.
And Bud Ice showed 5.35%, compared with the label's 5.5%."

Peter Kraemer, vice president of brewing and supply for Anheuser-Busch, tells CNN that the lab results confirm its contention that the accusations are groundless: "The sample test results you provided are well within the variability of the all-natural brewing process and all in full compliance with all alcohol labeling laws, as we noted."

However, the plaintiffs' attorneys continue to insist that when broader tests are run and A-B's internal numbers are examined, it will prove, for example, that "a bottle of Budweiser has 4.7% alcohol instead of the label's 5% figure," and that when taken over a year of brewing, the difference could add up to millions of dollars in savings.
KC's View:
It seems likely that this story is going to drive us all to drink...