Tuesday, July 28, 2009

al pönx

not punk


Miller Brewing Co. has been owned by Altria Group (Philip Morris) since June 12th, 1969. They were bought in 2002 by SAB (South African Breweries // post-purchase known as SABMiller), but Altria group still "Retains a 28.7% ownership interest" in Miller Brewing Co. SABMiller also owns 58% of MolsonCoors Brewing. On top of their beer record, they're also one of the world's largest coca-cola bottlers.

Avoid These:
Miller Genuine Draft
Miller Genuine Draft Light
Miller High Life
Miller High Life Light
Miller Light, Milwaukee's Best
Milwaukee's Best Light
Milwaukee's Best Ice
Miller Chill
Sparks Light
Steel Reserve.
Hamm's Beer
Hamm's Golden Draft
Hamm's Special Light
Red Dog
Southpaw Light

MolsonCoors Breweries:
Coors, "The Banquet Beer"
Coors Light
Blue Moon
Killian's Irish Red
Keystone (limited markets)
Keystone Premium (limited markets)
Keystone Light
Keystone Ice
Carling C2
Carling Premier
Sol (UK)
Grolsch (UK)
Grolsch Weizen (UK)
Grolsch Blond (UK)
Magners Draught
Kasteel Cru
Worthington's White Shield
Dos Equis (UK)
Molson Canadian
Molson Export
Molson Golden
Molson Ice
Molson Dry
Creemore Springs

What does this really mean? I know most of us already won't buy coca-cola for human-rights violations (including, of course, the hired murder of labor leaders in Colombia). I know a lot of my friends are vegan too. We "vote with our dollar," even if our dollar isn't that much. It seems like a lot of us are slowing down and buying in lately. I've heard the word faggot used casually as much as I did in high school. About a year and a half ago almost all of my friends started smoking. At first it was American Spirits and rolleys - purportedly the "conscious" choice. - and now it's camels, etc. This whole trend is a slippery slope - I've seen many quit being vegan too.

Of course this choice rests on everyone. I'm just bummed that my friends are "norming out" - some of which inspired me to become vegan, or told me about how fucked up coke or mcdonalds or ________ was. If any of these things ever really meant anything to you - please think about who you are giving your money to - and for what.

For those of us who drink alcohol (myself included) there are things to be considered.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Corporation has a shorter list of problems. On the surface, they do own and operate the Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove parks, that make money with their "entertainment zoos," exploiting captive animals. I'm not able to find too much else aside from the usual big corporation stuff - as a sidenote, all AB Beers are vegan. So if this is acceptable to you, A/B beers may be for you when you're getting some beers at the bodega. PBR may also be acceptable, as their own brand, but they are partially outsource-brewed by SABMiller.

Microbreweries are also a good choice, but make sure to check which are vegan - barnivore.com is a good way to look them up. As is googling "(beer name) vegan". As a quick reference - all german beers are vegan by default following the German Purity Law of 1516 that essentially limited what a German-Produced beer could be made from (water, barley, hops, yeast). Also, strangely enough, Guiness Extra-Stout is vegan. Other vegan beers I like:

Weyerbacher Brewing Company: Merry Monks (9.3% abv , Trippel), Blithering Idiot (11.1% abv, English Barleywine)
North Coast Brewing Company: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (9% abv - Russian Imperial Stout and my favorite beer), Scrimshaw Pilsener (4.4% abv, German-style Pilsener)
Dogfish Head Brewery: 90-Minute IPA (9% abv, Imperial IPA), Chicory Stout (5.2% abv, American Stout)
Rogue Ales: Mocha Porter (5.2% abv, American Porter), Dead Guy Ale (6.5% abv, Helles Bock)
Orlando Brewing: Blackwater Dry Porter (?% abv, American Porter), Eagle Stout (5.8% abv, American Stout), Miami Weiss (?% abv, Hefeweizen), Pale Ale (?% abv, American Pale Ale)

Obviously there are a ton more out there, and obviously these are more expensive than your usual 18-rack of High Life, but you've got to consider what that cost means. It's more expensive to eat at Ethos than it is to eat at McDonald's, and maybe you'll eat out less or drink less as a result, but there's a reason behind it.

(incomplete list of brands, there are hundreds) Coca-Cola:
Minute Maid
Nestle (subsidiary - Zephyr Hills water)
Barq's Root Beer
Glaceau (Vitamin Water, Smart Water)

Here are the Philip Morris Brands, in case we've forgotten:
Chesterfield (Yes, they've got you by the balls, Jawbreaker fans)
Collector's Choice
English Ovals
Long Beach
Philip Morris
Sampoerna (a brand of Indonesian kreteks)
Virginia Slims

Chateau Ste Michelle
Columbia Crest
Stags Leap Wine Cellars
Conn Creek
Red Diamond
Spring Valley
Villa Mt Eden
Col Solare
Villa Antinori
Antica Napa Valley
Santa Cristina
Haras di Pirque
Hawk Crest
Fourteen Hands
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte
Palmes d'Or
Domaine Ste Michelle

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco (the other industry giant) doesn't have much better of a track record. From the National Farm Worker Ministry - "R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States, manufacturing about one of every three cigarettes sold in the country. In 2006 Reynolds American Inc. had sales in excess of $8.5 billion worldwide. While big tobacco makes billions, tobacco farmworkers live in poverty, face racism and harassment, nicotine poisoning, lethal pesticides, staggering deft, and have hardly any labor and human rights protections." - They've come into the attention of several human rights and labor organizations for slave-like conditions in the fields, among the usual laundry list of questionable-at-best lobbying practices and "combative attitudes" (according to internal memos) to the spread of the knowledge of the adverse health effects of second-hand-smoke.

Export A
Pall Mall
Lucky Strike
American Spirits

Out there still are Skydancers I guess (*until they're bought by someone) - American Spirits are owned by Santa Fe Tobacco, which is owned by Reynolds American - the parent company of R.J. Reynolds.


jon beard said...

thanks for the heads up. i knew about coors, and probably deep down knew about miller, but chose to not acknowledge it.sucks though it such a good deal. oh well. also how bout yuengling? i hear thats legit. anyway if your not vegan now you never were. and it sucks when people drop the f-bomb.

p.s. whos ampeg double stack is that?

ryanfromdeland said...

derek's got an ampeg b2 half stack - the other cab was probably my marshall

ryanfromdeland said...

yuengling is legit - it's its own company - good call!

mooj said...

thanks for posting this!

juls said...

Know any more (cheaper) safe brands? I think knowing what to look for is easier than knowing what not.

KelliJ said...

Thanks so much for this. I do not drink or smoke cigarettes, but the whole giving money to the biggest fucked up corporations always baffled me when it comes to "punk." You stole the words I use daily... "Not punk."

nathan said...

i'm super surprised that odwalla, what i thought was a cool and quirky juice company, has been bought out or maybe has always been a part of coca cola.

oh yeah and fromdeland should know that the orange belt pharmacy/drugstore/power chair store on rich ave ( i think) in downtown has been absorbed by walgreens.

jon beard said...

also a lil more info about shit people buy that is shitty and they may not know it

from corp watch:
What have organic brands Health Valley (cereals), Bearitos (corn chips), Bread Shop (granola) and Celestial Seasonings (tea) have in common? These apparently independent companies are all owned by the Hain Celestial Group

Even though Hain Celestial is an organic giant in its own right, it has even bigger owners. According to research by Paul Glover and Carole Resnick of the Greenstar Food Coop (Ithaca, New York) the company's investors include Philip Morris, Monsanto, Citigroup, Exxon-Mobil, Wal-Mart and aerospace military contractor Lockheed Martin. And in September 1999 the H. J. Heinz food conglomerate bought a 20% stake in Hain Celestial.

Hain Celestial is by no means a unique case:

* Cascadian Farms is a subsidiary of Small Planet Foods, which is a division of agribusiness colossus General Mills. And General Mill's main shareholders include Philip Morris, Exxon-Mobil, General Electric, Chevron, Nike, McDonald's, Monsanto, Dupont, Dow Chemical and PepsiCo.

* Silk Soy Drink is part of the White Wave corporation, itself a Dean Foods subsidiary. And according to Glover and Resnick, Dean Foods' main investors include Microsoft, General Electric, Citigroup, Pfizer, Philip Morris, Exxon-Mobil, Coca Cola, Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Home Depot.

* Odwalla, makers of organic orange juice, is owned by Minute Maid, which is in turn a division of Coca Cola.

* Boca Burger is owned by Kraft, which is part of Philip Morris.

* Arrowhead Water and Poland Spring Water, are Nestle subsidiaries.

jon beard said...

oh yah and all that linda mcartney food is now owned my hain celestial