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From: des@pandora.swindon.ingr.com (Desmond Mottram)
Subject: HANDS OFF Chezch Budvar!!
Date: 1992-03-09 18:29:07 GMT

> >From: synchro!chuck@uunet.UU.NET
> Subject: Budvar
>
[Reprint of Camra article about AB buying shares in Czech Budvar deleted]
>
> Elsewhere in What's Brewing, they editorialize that the tone of the offer
> sounds more like A-B wants 100% of Budvar, not just 30% as they claim.
> Certainly some of the promises that A-B is making require more than 30%
> control to guarantee. As you might expect, CAMRA is not in favor of a small
> traditional brewery like Budvar being absorbed by a giant like A-B.
>
> While I agree on principle, I must admit that the idea of getting Budvar over
> here is attractive.

Take great care!! The whole point is that, time and time again, bitter
experience shows that when a small traditional brewery gets absorbed by a
giant, within a very short time there is no small brewery, and you can kiss
goodbye to getting Czech Budvar anywhere - ever. If the small brewery made
bad beer, perhaps no-one would mind too much, but in this case the beer they
make is one of the finest in the world - it's a real aristocrat.

Promises mean nothing to these people, they will make them to keep others
quiet and then break them, weeping crocodile tears of remorse, wringing
their hands and pleading "economic necessity", "brewery surplus to
requirements" or whatever cynical euphamism is the trend at the time.

Many of us [in Camra] believe their real aim is to kill off a competitor.
One who brews far better beer and who, rubbing salt into the wound, has in
many countries the right to the Budwieser name (for the simple reason that
the Czech brewery is older than the US one). If you think the AB has an
altruistic wish to bring better beer to a wider audience, then you have had
no experience of the ruthless practices of big breweries in this country
and elsewhere. Your naaivity would be touching if it were not tragic. Far
from supporting it, you should be backing a vociferous campaign to stop it.

Think about it, if AB really cared for quality beer they would make it
themselves, wouldn't they?

>
> =====
> Chuck Cox
> Hopped/Up Racing Team
> chuck@synchro.com

Desmond Mottram
d_mottram@swindon.ingr.com

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