Hopslam: How Big Beer Is Trying to Stop a Craft Beer Revolution

Courtesy US News and AP
Courtesy US News and AP

Written by Elizabeth Flock for USNews

For the last six generations, beer has defined Jim Koch’s family.

And for much of that time, his family’s story has criss-crossed that of another brewing company, Anheuser-Busch. Koch’s great-great grandfather founded their family’s brewery the same year Anheuser opened its doors. Both were housed in St. Louis. Koch’s grandfather even worked as a brewmaster at the Anheuser brewery post-Prohibition.

But in the years since, the Anheuser and Koch breweries have taken very different paths, ones that have led them to become more foes than friends.

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