From WAMU-FM's website:
Thinking Globally, Drinking LocallyAt 88.5 FM in the Washington, DC. Streamed at www.WAMU.org.
Wednesday 16 July 2008, 1:06PM
In the world of beer, Anheuser-Busch has long been an American icon and a dominant global player. So when the St. Louis-based corporation accepted a $52 billion takeover by Belgium-based brewer InBev, the move raised eyebrows in boardrooms and bars across the country. We explore how the increasingly global beverage industry is affecting local consumers.
The Kojo Nnamdi Show airs on WAMU weekdays, noon to 2 pm. The live two-hour magazine program highlights news, political issues and social trends of the day.
- Hugh Sisson, General Partner, Clipper City Brewing Company (Baltimore, MD)
- Tom Standage, Business Editor, The Economist; author, "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" (Pub: Walker & Company)
Nnamdi, a native of Guyana, lends a global perspective to front page headlines and explores emerging stories before they are news.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses is a concise look at the influence of six beverages on world history, industry, and commerce: beer, wine, distilled spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.
[UPDATE: Some interesting comments.]
- TS: Beer is a a genuinely global drink. Beer arose spontaneously all over the world thousands of years ago.
- HS: [Will In Bev 'improve' the recipe of Budweiser?] We might argue with what A-B has produced from a personal stylistic preference standpoint, but clearly the numbers sustain it. No, the downside could be catastrophic.
- TS: Drink and food serve as a lightning rod for discontent. It's a way of expressing oneself.
- HS: [Will the Inbev purchase affect the craft brewers?] Inbev will control nearly 30% of the world's market of beer. It's a whole different league.