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Fri., July 18, 2008

The glug heard ’round the world

It may not be the downfall of the American way of life that some people see it to be, but the recent purchase of Anheuser-Busch by Belgian-based brew company InBev definitely takes some of the bubbles out of the perceived American way of macrobrew.

Long-rumored to be in the works but not officially announced until last Monday, the $52 billion purchase won’t take Budweiser global headquarters out of St. Louis, Missouri, and won’t shutter any of Anheuser-Busch’s preexisting breweries, according a press release issued by InBev on Monday.

But it’s hard to see this as anything but further proof that the very idea of national companies – and, in the case of Budweiser, ideological symbols of nationalistic pride – has nearly finished its stroll down the path to obsolescence in a globalized economy.

But economics aside, is anybody really bummed that a Belgian company bought Budweiser? Last I heard, those monks know a little somethin’ about beer.

Latah Creek Variety Market returns

Latah Bistro’s monthly neighborhood (read: parking lot) festival returns on Sunday to the Latah Creek Plaza, 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Road.

The free festival features booths with art, crafts, foodstuffs and more, with live acoustic music by Todd Milne starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing with Kathleen Cavender at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call (509) 838-8338.

– Tom Bowers, staff writer


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