Despite disgruntled feelings about big beer, there is no denying that contributing to a good cause is a commendable effort. In wake of the recent natural disaster Hurricane Harvey, Anheuser-Busch stopped beer production at their Cartersville, Georgia brewery to can drinking water for hurricane victims.
Anheuser-Busch plans to send over 500,000 cans of emergency drinking water to individuals effected by the hurricane. The emergency canned drinking water set for the Red Cross facility in Baton Rouge will provide clean drinking water to victims who may not have an alternative clean drinking source.
When disaster struck, Anheuser-Busch put their normal beer production on hold. Normally, the Cartersville facility brews 24 different varieties of beer. Yet, when the facility receives word of communities in crisis, they will periodically halt production to provide canned drinking water to those in need. According to KIRO 7 news, the company has provided over 76 million cans of emergency water since 1988.
Anheuser-Busch is not the only brewery to halt production during this time of crisis. Oskar Blues Brewery's facility in Longmont, Colorado is trading in 20 hours of canning beer for canning drinking water. The company will send 88,000 cans of fresh drinking water to Hurricane Harvey victims.
We just shipped 4,800 cans of #drinkingwater to @allhandsvolunteers in Lousiana to aid in flood relief. With #HurricaneHarvey about to hit, it's looking like this water will be needed more than ever. Stay safe our Texas and Lousiana friends. Shout out to @oskarblues for helping with canning and to @ballcorporation for donating the #aluminumcans.
This is not the first time Oskar Blues has halted beer production for water. During the 2013 flooding in Columbia, South Carolina, the Oskar Blues Brewery facility in Brevard, North Carolina switched from canning beer to drinking water. Dale Katechis founded CAN'd aid foundation and cans were supplied by Ball, production workers showed up early in the morning to provide fresh drinking water for those in need. The brewery has also stopped production to deliver cans to Flint, Michigan.
While people scramble to help, the wreckage of the hurricane continues. As of this past weekend, the category four hurricane that hit Texas has dumped up to 30 inches of rainfall, with more rain predicted up to 50 inches. Officials state that thousands of people will have to evacuate their homes, while several deaths have been reported. As the rain continues, those in Texas remain in need.
For those looking to contribute on their own end, donations to an organization or relief fund are highly encouraged.