What's Really in Budweiser? Company Spills the Beans

Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post ingredients in response to blogger

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2014 10:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have both posted ingredients to some of their beers online, in a lightning-fast response to a petition from blogger Vani "Food Babe" Hari. In a post Wednesday, Hari noted that brewers aren't required to list their ingredients, and that the government has approved everything from stabilizers linked to intestinal inflammation to fish swim bladders for inclusion. The petition has so far garnered more than 50,000 signatures. "It’s pretty amazing that making your voice heard can change the policies of a multi-billion dollar company overnight," Hari writes.

Anheuser-Busch has so far only posted ingredients for its top two beers, Budweiser and Bud Light, both of which contain water, barley malt, rice, yeast, and hops. The company tells the AP it'll list ingredients for its other brands, like Michelob, Beck's, and Busch, "in the coming days," and that it's invited Hari to its St. Louis brewery. MillerCoors has listed the contents of its top eight beers, including Coors Light and Miller Lite. All are listed as having water, barley malt, corn, yeast, and hops, except for Blue Moon, which swaps in wheat and oats for corn, and also has orange peel and coriander. (Hari is the blogger who helped convince Subway to remove an ingredient also used in yoga mats from its bread.)

This Jan. 27, 2009 file photo shows bottles of Budweiser beer are at the Stag Brewery in London.
This Jan. 27, 2009 file photo shows bottles of Budweiser beer are at the Stag Brewery in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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