Budweiser Maker Stops Beer Production to Can Water for Hurricane Harvey Survivors

Anheuser-Busch is one of the biggest beer makers in the world. And its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia is responsible for 24 different types of beer. This week, though, the brewery is shutting down production to can something else: water.

Apparently, the brewery makes massive, progressive changes to its production during national disasters that plague major areas in the United States. For example, this week, the company has stopped making beer in order to help the recent hurricane victims. The brewery has a plan to send 50,000 cans of water to Baton Rouge, an area hit particularly hard by Hurrican Harvey.

Cartersville Anheuser-Busch Brewmaster Sarah Schilling comments, “Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis.”

In a press release, she goes on to say, “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations.”

The same press release also lists that at least 90 people spent the night in one of seven Red Cross shelters in Baton Rouge, on Thursday, alone. And authorities are setting up at least another four dozen additional shelters to offer aid to what could potentially be thousands of injured, sick, or otherwise affected by the natural disaster.

Indeed, this appears to be quite a common practice for Anheuser-Busch. They have consistently shut down the Cartersville brewery to bottle (or can, in this case) clean drinking water for free distribution during times of natural disasters. In the past, the Cartersville brewery has sent water to flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma as well as to victims of Hurricane Matthew along the Georgia and Florida coastlines; also those displaced by Hurricane Sandy or even to firefighters battling major blazes in Washington State.

As a matter of fact, Anheuser-Busch delivered more than one million cans to those dealing with the aftermath. Perhaps one of the most important—and recent—things the brewer has done was to send cans of water to citizens of Flint, Michigan, who continue to deal with a stressful—and potentially dangerous—municipal water situation.

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