Anheuser-Busch Criticized for a Drink Critics Say Appeals to Teens

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Friday, April 06 2007 Apr 6, 2007 Friday, April 06, 2007 1:18:16 PM CDT April 06, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Anheuser-Busch's smallest product is raising big concerns among some who believe it entices minors. "Spykes" is a two-ounce bottle of flavored malt beverage meant to be mixed with beer or other drinks, or consumed as a shot. Packaged in colorful bottles, Spykes holds 12 percent alcohol by volume. It is now available in 30 states. Spykes comes in four flavors -- lime, mango, melon and hot chocolate. Critics say the flavors make the drink attractive to underage drinkers. But brewery officials call the criticism perplexing and note that the company and its wholesalers have spent more than $500 million since 1982 to prevent alcohol abuse, including underage drinking.

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