A few months ago, a food blogger going by the name of “The Food Babe” posted this article, called “The Shocking Ingredients in Beer.” It detailed the potentially dangerous and/or gross ingredients that could be in your beer – and highlighted the fact that the big brewing companies would not reveal their ingredients. Though most of the writer’s claims were misleading and were debunked (see this for my favorite response) her efforts to get the brewers to reveal the “truth” has not waned. Less than two days after a recent petition lead by the food blogger, got over 44,000 signatures, both companies have released their beer’s ingredients – and they’re decidedly not shocking.
- Budweiser: Water, barley malt, rice, yeast and hops
- Bud Lite: Water, barley malt, rice yeast and hops
- Coors Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Miller Lite: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Miller High Life: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Keystone Light: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Blue Moon Belgian White: Water, barley malt, wheat, oats, yeast, hops, orange peel and coriander
- Coors Banquet: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Miller Genuine Draft: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
- Miller Fortune: Water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops
Yep. A-B uses rice as an adjunct, Miller/Coors uses corn (and it’s a liquid-based corn additive, but it’s not high fructose corn syrup, so there’s that). There’s nothing frightening, unknown or new about this, other than that a fear-mongering article forced these companies to disclose their ingredients and that it puts to rest the speculation about most things.
Here’s the big bottom line here. As much as we like to demonize big brewers and big food industries, here’s the simple truth – it’s still beer. While it is good to be an informed consumer, being an educated one is better than being one spreading misinformation. I am sure that this will probably not be end of the line for people applying this type of pressure, but I have to give the big guys credit for simply complying and saying, “Yep, here you go.”