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This Giant Beer Company Is Sending 155,000 Cans (of Water) to Hurricane Harvey Victims

The emergency drinking water is fresh off its own beer production lines.

By Sara Gauchat

Lending support during a natural disaster has a way of bringing out the best in people—and even one giant beer company is getting into the spirit. As parts of Texas and Louisiana struggle to cope with the devastating flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Anheuser-Busch was ready to step in with emergency drinking water canned right at its Cartersville, Georgia brewery. The beer giant is sending a total of 155,000 cans to thirsty evacuees and rescuers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Texas, this week.

While a beer company producing cans of drinking water instead of booze may sound strange, this particular brewery in Cartersville swaps beer for water on their production line periodically throughout the year to ensure that they always have a big stock of clean drinking water to get into the hands of people right when it's needed most. In fact, Anheuser-Busch has shipped out more than 76 million cans since 1988 for emergencies around the country, including Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Sandy, and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

"Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations," said Vice President for Community Affairs Bill Bradley.

If your own beer/water production line is out of commission right now but you still want to help the hurricane rescue efforts (in a less canning-centric way), consider donating to the American Red Cross or a Texas-based aid organization.


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