Here’s some uplifting news in a time of tragedy: Anheuser-Busch stopped producing Budweiser and Beck’s to help others in a time of need. The beer giant said that it stopped production at its Georgia brewery headquarters on Wednesday night and instead produced 50,000 cans of water to donate to the Texas and Oklahoma flood victims. Much of Texas and Oklahoma have been ravaged by multiple storms and extreme flooding over the past week, resulting in at least 23 deaths and many more injuries. The rainfall has almost completely reversed the severe drought that has gripped Texas for the past several years.
"Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News. “It's something we're uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period.”
The 2,000 cases of water were in transit by early Thursday morning via the Red Cross. The water will reach the communities that need it most over the next few days. This is not unusual for the company: As a major partner of The Red Cross, they switch to emergency water production a few times a year to help during times of crisis.