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Boycott InBev or Anheuser-Busch InBev, or whoever waters down their beer!!!

2008 was quite a year for the hideous entity known as InBev. By forcing a hostile takeover of Anheuser-Busch, all of a sudden we had the creation of the
world's biggest brewery. This original article dealt with my disgust of InBev - further down, we'll look at the new
Anheuser-Bush InBev. So, from the

We all have principles, ethics and morals that guide our beliefs and behavior, and a principle that we at Roberts Manor very strongly believe in is a complete
boycott of beers brewed and owned by the corporate bastard InBev.

You know who they are: currently, they are the world's biggest brewer, and it's well documented that they have a ruthless track record of buying breweries
and then closing them down.  Just look at what they tried to do with the Hoegaarden Brewery (qv)!

The bastards even came to
my local town (when they were known as Interbrew), Cheltenham, in glorious Gloucestershire and closed down the Whitbread
brewery.  Not that Whitbread were angels in the brewing industry by any means, but I remember as a lad going to watch Cheltenham Town FC and if the wind
was blowing the right way, you could smell the malted barley in the air as the brewery did its work.  It was a beautiful thing!

But, those days are gone -- however, we at the Manor have made a stand (cue
The Stand, by The Alarm), thus we hold a boycott of all InBev bullshit.  None
of the income from our estate is going to be used to prop up the InBev global empire.  By the way, check out their website -- all they do is talk about
"branding" and sales.  Very sad.  Where's the 'effing passion, as my mate Gordon Ramsay would say?

Here's a list of some of the more common InBev beers that will not be gracing the forecourt at The Manor:
Hoegaarden (replace it with Celis White, or
Allagash White);
Labatt's; Leffe; Boddington's (a proud ale completely ruined by InBev); Bass Ale (not so much a Pale Ale, but a pale shadow of its former
Stella Artois (their attempt to enforce lager upon the world); Beck's (read Stella Artois); Tennent's (pride of Scotland?  more like pride of Belgium!).

Let it be clear that guests to The Manor can drink what they like; ourselves and our staff will not enforce our values upon our dear guests -- but for our part,
we stand by our principles.  And if you don't have principles, then what do you have?   I'll tell you, you have

Here's to the small and independent brewer -- long may you reign, free from corporate lowlife. Cheers!

Boycott Anheuser-Busch InBev !!!

Yes, even the biggest brewery in the United States couldn't stand up to the corporate monster known as InBev, as on July 14th 2008 it was announced that in
a $52-million deal, InBev had bought Anheuser-Busch.  It wasn't the most pleasant of takeovers as Anheuser-Busch had fought hard to fight off the
Brazilian/Belgian giant.  But faced with crippling debt plus a request from mega-investor Warren Buffett, Anheuser-Busch finally gave up the battle.

We at The Manor urge you check out the new Anheuser-Busch InBev website.  It is an appalling example of corporate bullshit at its very worst.  They claim
they want to be the
"Best beer company in a better world". What world might that be then?  While we have a world full of passionate micro & small brewers,  
who put their bodies and souls into making a real product, there will never be a place for the kind of corporate branding and skyscraper culture that are at the
core of companies spearheaded by Anhauser-Busch InBev.

As a final note, they also claim they want to be
"...a beacon of a bright, vibrant future for employees".   I wonder if they've told that to the over 2,000
employees they let go in the first two years of the new, dismal venture?

Anheuser-Busch InBev accused of watering down their already tasteless beers!

Oh dear, it just doesn't get any better does it?  In February 2013, the world's largest brewer of tasteless shite found itself on the front pages again, when it
found itself in a series of class-action lawsuits that were seeking millions of dollars in damages.  The lawsuits, which were filed in several states claim
consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on labels.  According to lead lawyer Josh Boxer of San Rafael, California, the lawsuits are
based on information from former employees at the company's 13 US breweries, some in high-level plant positions.

The suit involves 10 Anheuser-Busch products: Budweiser, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King Cobra,
Busch Ice, Natural Ice and Bud Light Lime, all of which are bloody awful under normal circumstances.

"Following the merger, AB vigorously accelerated the deceptive practices described below, sacrificing the quality products once produced by Anheuser-Busch
in order to reduce costs,"
said the lead lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of consumers.  Companion suits are being filed in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and elsewhere.  Each seeks at least $5m in damages.

One of the California plaintiffs, Nina Giampaoli of Sonoma County, said she had bought a six-pack of Budweiser every week for the past four years
 "I think it's wrong for huge corporations to lie to their loyal customers. I really feel cheated.  No matter what the product is, people should be
able to rely on the information companies put on their labels"
 Giampaoli said in a news release issued by Boxer's law firm.

"AB [Anheuser-Busch] never intends for the malt beverage to possess the amount of alcohol that is stated on the label.  As a result, AB's customers are
overcharged for watered-down beer and AB is unjustly enriched by the additional volume it can sell"
 the lawsuit said.

So there you have it.  We suspect the Royal manure is about to hit the Royal fan as a corporate bastard gets its arse kicked.  Stay tuned!


Anheuser-Busch InBev bullies tiny London brewery!

Oh dear, it just doesn't get any better does it?  In June 2013, the world's largest brewer of tasteless shite found itself on the front pages again, this time for
bullying a tiny London brewery.  This article is taken straight from
The Mail On Sunday...

"With just £1,000 in the bank and one part-time employee, the Belleville Brewing Company is hardly in a position to threaten the global dominance of the
world’s biggest drinks producer.  But Anheuser-Busch InBev, the powerful US corporation which numbers Budweiser among its brands, apparently thinks

Lawyers acting on its behalf have written to the group of parents who run Belleville demanding that they drop the name or else face court action which could
bankrupt them with legal fees.  The US giant claims that customers could confuse Belleville’s ales and its own fruit-flavoured Belle-Vue beer.

The heavy-handed intervention has shocked the fledgling British business, which is named after the popular state school attended by the children of  
Belleville’s two directors – real ale fans Adrian Thomas and Mark McGuinness-Smith.  Potential investors are also required to have a child at Belleville Primary
in Wandsworth, South London, to ensure the small-scale enterprise retains its community links.  Mr Thomas, 50, said:
‘The legal threat is ludicrous because
the products are completely different.  ‘Belle-Vue is a Belgian fruit-flavoured beer with a tart taste. Our beer is made with American yeast and hops and is
more like a pale ale. None of the shops and pubs we supply are more than a few miles away.’

However, Anheuser-Busch – which last year generated revenue of  nearly $40billion (£26 billion) – has  made the extraordinary claim that consumers could
confuse the two.

A warning letter, drafted by British lawyers hired by the Missouri-based company to protect its UK commercial interests, says:
‘Visually and aurally, Belle-Vue
and Belleville share the first six letters in common and end with the same letter “e”.  ‘Conceptually, both Belle-Vue and Belleville would be understood by the
English-speaking consumer as signifying something beautiful'.

‘As a result of this considerable degree of similarity .  .  . your use [of the name] is bound to lead to deception and confusion among the public and our clients’
consumers and potential customers.  ‘Such use also enables you to take unfair advantage of, or free ride on, our clients’ reputation in the EU.’   

The letter, from Bristol law firm Humphreys & Co, demands the destruction of all packaging and promotional material bearing the microbrewery’s name and
the removal of any references to Belleville on the company’s website within 28 days.

Mr Thomas, a musician who played guitar and keyboards with Tubular Bells creator Mike Oldfield in the 1990s – said his first instinct was to defy the threat of
a High Court injunction.  But after consulting colleagues, he decided a more prudent course would be to choose another name.  One option under
consideration is Northcote, the name of a road in Wandsworth.

Mr Thomas started home-brewing in his kitchen and offered his ale for the first time at a beer festival organised by the parent-teacher association at
Belleville. His nine-year-old son, Callum, attends the school and elder son Jake, now 11, is a former pupil.  Mr Thomas added:
‘There is only one member of
Belleville staff – me – and I don’t draw a salary.  ‘The legal action must have been triggered when we registered the name. We feel coerced and bullied. It’s as
if they’re saying, “We have more money than you, so you’ve got to do as we say.” 

A UK spokesman for Anheuser-Busch, whose Chief Executive Carlos Brito last year received a £2.7 million bonus, said: ‘We are unable to comment on
ongoing legal matters"

But wait, there's more...following the publication of this article, a follow-up appeared on  "Anheuser-Busch InBev says it is negotiating with a
London microbrewer after a trademark dispute sparked controversy.  The Budweiser brewer is concerned that Wandsworth-based Belleville Brewing Co's
brands will be confused with its Belgian fruit-flavoured beer Belle-Vue.  Lawyers hired by A-B InBev sent a cease-and-desist letter to Belleville last month.

After the move attracted controversy, A-B InBev said in a statement to just-drinks yesterday (12 June):
"We are in discussion with the Belleville Brewing
Company about our existing trademark registration for Belle-Vue."

It added: "We believe in a vibrant and healthy beer industry and are talking to Belleville about how they can continue to sell and market their beer without
diluting our trademark rights."

But Adrian Thomas, joint-owner of Belleville, which only began brewing in February, told just-drinks today: "I want to keep the name and carry on. The ball is
very much in their (A-B InBev's) court. It's up to them to come up with some kind of solution.  I'd also like them to say sorry for being so heavy-handed."

However, Thomas admitted he may be forced to change the name to Northcote, a famous market and shopping area near to the brewery.  He added: "World
domination is not on my agenda. I don't want to be more than a ten-barrel operation, brewing more than twice a week."

As a postscript, there is also a Belleville Brewing Co in Belleville, Illinois.  Have they been threatened???  What is going on?  Watch this space and check on
the links below for the UK and US versions of Belleville Brewing Co!

Belleville Brewing Co (Wandsworth, England)

Belleville Brewing Co (Belleville, Illinois)
Oh, how the mighty have fallen!
The new logo - there are some who
have said the logo would look better
splashed on the hood of a Trans-Am!
Map denoting InBev HQ in Belgium. A
shame a country with so much history
would have such shite on its doorstep.
AB-InBev headquarters in Belgium
After three..."What a load of SHITE!!!"
Simple idea: Two directors of the Brewery suggested the name Belleville after the popular school their children attended in Wandsworth.
Five of the founding members of the Belleville Brewing Company, pictured from left to right are Adrian Thomas, Mark
McGuinness-Smith, Guy Martin, Olivier Chatriot and Stephane Rognan, were stunned by the heavy-handed intervention.
The King of SHITE!