The Seattle Seahawks received some bad publicity this week as they reportedly sold watered down beer at CenturyLink Field.
According to a study by KOMO News in conjunction with a local laboratory, the beer at CenturyLink Field had lower levels of alcohol than advertised by the breweries.
Red Hook No Equal brand advertised 5.2 percent alcohol and the study tested only 4.8 percent. Shocktop advertised at 5.2 percent and came up 4.7 percent. Bass Pale Ale and Budweiser were also off by 0.6 percent. Bud Light was advertised at 4.2 percent and the alcohol content came up 3.9 percent.
David Craig, Regional Vice President, Anheuser-Busch released a statement saying:
“We sell only full-strength beer in the state of Washington. The Anheuser-Busch draft beers offered at CenturyLink Field, and throughout the state, are the same as the packaged beer consumers purchase at bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail locations including CenturyLink Field.
We use exacting processes to monitor and test alcohol content throughout the brewing and packaging process of all our beers to ensure quality, consistency and accuracy. Laws and regulations governing alcohol requirements vary by state and we abide by all such requirements. In addition, we strictly follow federal guidelines regulating our products to make sure every package of beer that leaves our breweries meets the correct specifications for alcohol content.
We analyzed the production for the beers sampled in this instance, including alcohol levels, and found no irregularities. Based on our findings, we believe the draft beers sampled at the stadium during those dates met the specifications.
When we learned of Jon Humbert’s and KOMO-TV’s inquiry, we proactively reached out to him and also organized a conversation between Jon and one of our brewing experts to share the findings of our analysis and the technical aspects of testing beer.
Beer has unique properties, and accurately measuring its alcohol content requires specific controls, equipment and expertise. A large number of variables could affect testing results including management of the sample, equipment used and how it’s calibrated, and the testing method. In this case, the collection and transport using a plastic container, the lab and testing method could all fail to protect the alcohol content, which would explain the same variance in all samples taken.”