If you’ve keeping up with the news, you know that Texas and Oklahoma are currently being ravaged by flooding and storms, and at least 24 people have died in the two states. Anheuser-Busch in Georgia stepped up to the plate this week, stopping beer production at its Cartersville, Georgia brewery to instead can emergency drinking water for flood victims.
According to NBC News, AB brewery halted production on Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of safe, clean water to be distributed by The American Red Cross. Brewery manager Rob Haas confirmed to NBC,
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The brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, partnering with the Red Cross to get them to people in need throughout the U.S. According to a press release from AB, the company has donated “more than 73 million cans of emergency drinking water following natural and other disasters” since 1988.
The Washington Post reports that Anheuser-Busch plans to provide a total of 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water—or 51,744 cans—to the flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma. The first shipment of about 50,000 cans of water should be delivered to the two states in the next couple of days. After Wednesday night, the brewery resumed production of beer in addition to the drinking water, so no need to worry about a shortage of Bud and Michelob, Dave Chang.
We know what you’re thinking: weren’t Anheuser-Busch beer cans already filled with water? Smartass.