Anheuser-Busch halts beer production amid Hurricane Harvey, sends over 155,000 cans of emergency water to victims

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The initial shipment was 50,000 cans, according to Anheuser-Busch, but the company has now sent more than 155,000 cans to support communities devastated by the floods.

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The king of beers has gone water, at least at one Anheuser-Busch brewery, which is producing cans of emergency drinking water to send to the Hurricane Harvey disaster area.

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, has been working to meet the demand of hurricane victims, just as it has in previous natural disasters, according to WXIA. Drinking water could be scarce in Houston and other affected areas as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey, which dumped feet of water in the region since making landfall last week, begin to withdraw.

The initial shipment was 50,000 cans, according to Anheuser-Busch, but the company has now sent more than 155,000 cans to support flood-damaged communities.

“Throughout the year, we periodically suspend beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help communities across the country. in times of crisis,” said master brewer Sarah Schilling of the Cartersville Brewery. WXIA. “Putting our production and logistics forces to work by providing safe and clean drinking water is the best way to help in these situations. »

The huge Cartersville brewery is unique among other facilities because of its ability to switch gears and pack water rather than beer, according to WXIA, which comes in handy when safe drinking water and clean is necessary in the event of a disaster.

The Baton Rouge Red Cross is receiving the water today and will then distribute it to those in need in the area, according to WXIA.

The brewery typically makes 24 different types of beer, according to the Palm Beach Post.

After the initial packaging of 50,000 cans on Sunday, the beer traveled 500 miles from Georgia to Baton Rouge for distribution.

Previous Cartersville Brewery disasters have gone from beer to water to include Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Sandy, according to WGN. The facility also sent emergency water to firefighters battling wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

This story was originally published August 28, 2017 12:11 p.m.

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