Is the Seahawks beer watered down at stadium? It seems that way, according to an undercover investigation done by the KOMO news department.
It would seem as if fans are getting less than what they paid for at CenturyLink Field, according to the Examiner. Working in partnership with a local lab, six samples taken from concession stands during the NFL games in Seattle look ugly. The stadium executives have no comment of the undercover investigation.
The results of the tests administered on the beer are as follows:
5.0% advertised ABV
Redhook Brewery No Equal:
Bass Pale Ale:
The Seahawks beer watered report is interesting. Six beers — Stella Artois, Bud Light, Redhook Brewery No Equal, Shocktop, Bass Pale Ale and Budweiser — were sampled. Each came back showing less alcohol than what the label says, with the discrepancies ranging from 0.2 to 0.6 percent.
Some of the brews had alcohol by volume levels more than a half percent lower than the advertised number. This is actually a pretty serious thing, since federal law prohibits vendors from selling beer with ABV levels more than 0.3 percent below the number on the label.
Anheuser-Busch, owners of five of the six beers tested, responded to the Seahawks investigation. A representative took issue with both testing methods and the resulting data gleaned from the investigation.
In a statement, the rep indicated that the beer sold at the stadium is the same thing customers “purchase at bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other retail locations.”
“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.”
After the Seahawks beer watered reported has been published, Anheuser-Busch added that it “strictly” adheres to all federal rules and standards, indicating that a test it performed on its own “found no irregularities” in alcohol content in the beer sold at the stadium, according to the Washington Post.
“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.”
Despite the company’s insistence that nothing untoward is going on as it relates to the Seahawks beer being watered down, fans nevertheless were left unhappy with the report’s findings.
“It’s money, man. Greed. Same thing as everybody else. What makes the world go around? Money,” said James Walker, putting it all in perspective.
Other Seahawks fans indicated that they would do what it takes to bypass the so-called watering down of the beer.
“Now I guess we’ll pre-funk a little bit more,” said one fan, with “pre-funk” presumably a hipster term for tailgating.
The Padres were similarly accused in 2008, and CenturyLink Arena in Boise was accused earlier this year of selling large beers that were the same size as smalls.
While it seems the Seahawks beer is watered down, another fan said “Try as you may. We’ll get around it,” notes Uproxx. Fans say it’s bad for business.