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Belgiums are withholding their beer

Anheuser-Busch InBev protests, including hostage-taking, has led to a shortage of good brews


 

Let’s be honest: Belgium doesn’t have a lot going for it. After Tintin, Jacques Brel and Audrey Hepburn, the list of its famous sons and daughters is a little thin. But now comes word that the country’s one unimpeachable gift to the world—good beer—is under siege. Shops and bars are on the verge of running out of Stella Artois, Leffe and Jupiler due to a labour-led blockade of three breweries owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Workers are upset at the brewing giants plans to lay off about 10 per cent of its staff, after years of falling beer consumption. Initially, they took executives hostage. Now they’re just holding the rest of the country for ransom.

The Telegraph


 
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Belgiums are withholding their beer

  1. Who cares – European macrobrews are only good in comparison to crappy American and Canadian ones. Buy Belgian microbrews (or Canadian/US microbrews made Belgian-style).

  2. Belgian Waffles.. Belgian Chocolates.. Levi Straus… the country has a few things going for it

  3. I think you need to check just what "Canadian "brands the Belgians control. Good point on the quality of micro-brews though.

  4. For the love of Pete, it's "Belgians are withholding their beer" not "Belgiums"!

    • lol good find

    • YEAH! Sheesh. And that's in the headline!!

  5. "Let's be honest: Belgium doesn't have a lot going for it. After Tintin, Jacques Brel and Audrey Hepburn, the list of its famous sons and daughters is a little thin."

    What about the Muscles From Brussels? Jean-Claude Van Damme? Lol

  6. easy on the belgians.
    How about we invented the saxophone, the asphalt and the Big Bang Theory for the creation of the universe. How about the delicious belgain chocolate, the smurfs and the first President of Europe ?

    • Smurfs, totally!

  7. First of all it's "Belgians", not BELGIUMS. Saying "Belgiums are withholding their beers" is like saying "Canadas are withholding their hockey teams". That would be Canadians, or possibly Canada, but not "Canadas" (duh). Second, here's a list of famous Belgians, and there are quite a few of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Belgians#Sci… The person who wrote this article should try to remember that Belgians speak Flemish and French, so Belgian performers who are famous in Europe may not be known in countries where those languages are not widely spoken. Third, Belgian chocolate is known as some of the best in the world, so in terms of desirable exports Belgium has more to offer than beer. Fourth, here in Belgium Stella and Jupiler are like Michelob and Pabst, so it seems the person who wrote this article knows zilch about beer. And most critically, Belgium has top-ranked public education, low crime, it is the headquarters of the European Union (which has a larger GDP as an entity than the U.S.), has one of the highest quality PUBLIC health-care systems in the world, possesses numerous very attractive and vibrant major cities…. — and sigh, I could go on and on, but it's sufficient to say that someone who thinks Belgium doesn't have "much going for it" is suffering from a sad lack of international savvy.

  8. "Anheuser-Busch InBev protests, including hostage-taking, has led to a shortage of good brews"

    HAVE led! HAVE led! Is anyone editing this???

  9. January 14, 2010: "Belgian doctors give injured woman a new windpipe"

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100114/ap_on_he_me/e

    I think inventing a new medical procedure that can improve thousands of people's lives is a good definition of "having something going for" oneself / the country where one works and went to med school (for free).

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