Anheuser-Busch InBev is expanding its U.S. production of Belgian lager Stella Artois in the U.S. at four breweries, including its North American headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Anheuser-Busch officials said the move is part of a plan to invest $1 billion over the next two years at its U.S. facilities to help drive the country’s economic recovery.
“Stella Artois is an industry leading premium lager with unmatched quality, history and heritage. It is a critical element of our industry leading portfolio and we are excited to invest even further behind the growth of this beloved brand,” said Michel Doukeris, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “As part of our $1 billion U.S. investment, we will combine our brewing expertise with over 600 years of Belgian heritage to ensure that beer drinkers continue to enjoy Stella’s uncompromising quality and refreshing premium lager taste.”
Home to 90+ breweries, in addition to 130+ wineries and 20+ distilleries, Missouri’s alcohol industry has entered a new golden age. Most people know about Missouri-based Anheuser-Busch, but Missouri is also becoming known for its craft beer production. Companies like Boulevard Brewing Co., Urban Chestnut, and Mother’s Brewing Company are producing hundreds of thousands of barrels of craft beer each year.
“I am proud to partner with Anheuser-Busch to bring Stella Artois production to the U.S. starting in St. Louis,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “This significant investment will strengthen our state and aid in the entire country’s economic recovery. For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has played an important role in strengthening the American economy and making a positive impact across the country in the communities in which they call home, especially in our state of Missouri.”