Brewers at Anheuser-Busch are taking a break from beer right now, opting instead to produce and ship cans of water to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Cartersville, Ga., brewery will send more than 50,000 cans of emergency drinking water to Baton Rouge this week, where Red Cross shelters will receive and distribute it. Clean drinking water could be in short supply in the areas affected as the storm rages on and rescue efforts continue.
“Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Ga., brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis. Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations,” Sarah Schilling, the brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery, said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time the brewer has come to the aid of those in need. In 2016, Anheuser-Busch produced and shipped more than 2 million cans of emergency drinking water to communities hit by natural disasters, including the California wildfires, the Louisiana floods and Hurricane Matthew.