Food & Beverage

Anheuser-Busch sends 51K cans of water to firefighters in West

Elisha Fieldstadt
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Firefighters battling a spate of wildfires in the West will get a delivery from beer maker Anheuser-Busch this week, but the 12 ounce cans won't be filled with brew, they'll be filled with water.

The maker of Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck's and more is sending 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — 51,744 cans — to Washington state in the coming days, Anheuser-Busch said in a statement Monday. The American Red Cross and Chelan County Public Works will distribute the cans to "communities most in need" in the Pacific Northwest, the statement said.

About 1,250 people are working to extinguish 16 wildfires in Washington alone, while California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Colorado officials struggle to allocate limited resources as blazes ravage parts of those states.

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"Firefighters and relief workers are in need of safe, clean drinking water, and Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship emergency drinking water," said Peter Kraemer, vice president of Supply for Anheuser-Busch.

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In May, Anheuser-Busch completely halted beer production at its Georgia brewery in order to produce drinking water for those displaced by heavy storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.