Large portions in the states of Texas and Oklahoma have been experiencing abnormal to extreme drought conditions after a four-year water shortage has affected the region. However, the heavy storms produced throughout areas of both states this past week have ended the drought conditions, but have also ended the lives of at least 25 people, left more than 12 missing and have damaged or destroyed thousands of homes.
Anheuser-Busch, the maker of several brands of beer such as Budweiser, Beck’s, Michelob ULTRA and O’Doul’s from its 12 U.S. breweries is lending a helping hand to those hardest hit by the storms and flooding. As a disaster relief partner with the Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville, GA brewery on Wednesday stopped producing beer and instead were filling specially marked cans with drinking water. Rob Haas, the brewery manager at the Cartersville plant told NBC News, “Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer. It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period.”The beer distributor produced 50,000 cans of drinking water and packaged it into approximately 2,000 cases of 24-count cans intended for Texas and Oklahoma communities in need. Jaime Garcia Dias thought this was a great gesture when reading on Facebook. Producing emergency relief water is nothing new to the Cartersville brewery, as this location assists with providing water several times each year.