Is the MLS selling stadium goers water-down beer?
That’s the accusation being levelled at American side Seattle Sounders after a local news channel purchased several beers at games, had them tested, and discovered that in every case the samples’ alcohol content were well below the advertised numbers.
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Four of the beers tested showed a difference of more than 0.3 percent, which according to the news company violates federal law.
Here are the figures:
5.0% advertised ABV/4.8% tested
4.2% advertised/3.9% tested
Redhook Brewery No Equal:
5.2% advertised/4.8% tested
5.2% advertised/4.7% tested
Bass Pale Ale:
5.1% advertised/4.5% tested
5.0% advertised/4.4% tested
In their defence, Anheuser-Busch – which makes five of the six tested beers – questioned the data and conducted its own tests, finding no fault.
There is, however, precedent. In 2008 the San Diego Padres baseball side were caught selling watered-down beer directly from Anheuser-Busch and Miller-Coors via special ‘stadium kegs’.
You can make up your own mind who is telling the truth…