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So I Have to Wonder...

With the Belgian company InBev having acquired Anheuser Busch, I have to wonder if the famous Clydesdales are going to be replaced with Belgian draft horses. They're, on the whole, bigger, but not as elegant.
Kinda' like modern business.

GHR

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judifilksign
Aug. 16th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Replaced, but only in Europe? Maybe having a European brewer will improve the recipe? Or no changes at all, except who gets the stock dividends.
carolf
Aug. 16th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
For the nonce, anyway, InBev says they will not touch any of the Anheuser Busch icons, inclding the Clydesdales.

Time will tell, of course, but that's what they're saying now.
robin_june
Aug. 17th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
My bandmate Chris is a brewmaster for the Budweiser plant here in Columbus. He has already been told that costcutting measures shall be enforced: of the several he rattled off, I remembered the one about how all workplace printing shall henceforth be doublesided. Also the one about No More Free product to take home for entertaining guests.

No longer a fun place to work.


I advised him to check the Ohio State University employment website, just in case someone is hiring in the area of fermentation research.
qtrhorserider
Aug. 17th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Very astute observation, comparing Belgian drafts to business. :)
mbcrui
Aug. 17th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Belgians are shorter and stockier than Clydes (having owned and harnessed and shown both, I have the standards down pretty well :). AFAIK, the AB Clydes are owned by the Anheuser Busch Foundation and by the family personally, not by the brewery. The Clydes were a gift to the family patriarch celebrating the end of prohibition, and while they've been interchangable with other beer symbols (remember Bud, the dog?), and while they have a GORGEOUS stable at the St. Louis brewery, I think the horses *themselves* belong to the family or the foundation and not the brewery. Of course I'm sure there were arrangements made to keep them as the symbol... they're pretty recognizable :) We were often asked at events if our Clydes were related. (Only 1. I've been to their stud barn, and would have only bought 1 or 2 at auction because I'm fussy about sock height. :)
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