Is This Really A Newsworthy Story?

Or an early April Fool’s joke on the news-junkie public?

Supplies of Belgium’s top brands [of beer] – Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe – are rapidly running low in bars and supermarkets as unions have set up blockades outside the country’s largest breweries to protest proposed job cuts. For nearly two weeks, picketers have stacked crates and set fires to block the entrances to the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in the city of Leuven, as well as other plants. The protesters have not only prevented any beer from leaving the breweries, they’ve also stopped the raw ingredients and packaging materials from getting in.

What a (non)tragedy…  Maybe the Belgians can drink milk now.  In fact, maybe the nation’s dairy cows are behind the whole thing.  Maybe it’s the perfect way to cut down on drunk driving.  Perhaps it’s Divine Providence!

6 thoughts on “Is This Really A Newsworthy Story?

  1. irishanglican 21 Jan 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t drink Belgium beer or I might be concerned. The Irish will get their brew! lol


    • Jim 21 Jan 2010 at 3:28 pm

      the irish would make beer of shoe leather and cat urine if they had to.


  2. irishanglican 21 Jan 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Are you a tea-totallier? Just wondered.


    • Jim 21 Jan 2010 at 3:27 pm

      heavens no. i like coffee and soda too.


  3. irishanglican 21 Jan 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Coffee yes, rich and just black. Only soda once in a while..Pepsi.

    And the alcohol will kill off the cat piss!


  4. Rev Tony Buglass 22 Jan 2010 at 5:11 am

    Well, there’s still Westmalle, and Duvel, and lots of lovely brews still waiting to be enjoyed. I’m sure the Belgians will still enjoy their tea and coffee, but there are plenty of beers still available. They won’t need to drink that Irish black-peat brew (the Irish make much better whiskey than beer), much less the pathetic US attempt at a beer. If they did need to look outside their own borders, they have good neighbours to help – German beers, good English ales – no problem!


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