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10. Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Anheuser-Busch InBev
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Founded: 2008

Anheuser-Busch InBev went from a 14th century Belgian brewery to a massive multinational faceless corporate superbrewery in just a scant six and a half centuries. Over the past decade, Belgian brewery InBev devoured beer markets like candy, taking over large breweries like Fujian Sedrin in China to Lakeport in Canada. Their appetite culminated in 2008 when the company successfully purchased Anheuser-Busch in one of the biggest mergers of the decade. The combination created one of the top five producers of consumer products in the world, worth about $52 billion.

The figurehead of the corporate beer market, Anheuser-Busch InBev has admittedly been behind some sketchy actions and creates some of the worst beers on shelves, but their impact on the American beer scene is beyond denial. Their range of products is vast, and some of it actually isn’t bad. The company produces Stella Artois, Leffe, Hoegarden and Spaten, the kind of beers that would be difficult to come across ten years ago. Sure, they flood the market with mediocrity and can outspend practically any brewer on the planet, but the handful of good beers they have serve as fairly effective gateways to more adventurous beer.

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