Became the world's second largest brewery company (after Anheuser-Busch
) before bothering with a public flotation
. Although it spent its early years growing by taking over and emasculating or closing down small Belgian brewers, and although it produces almost all of Belgium
's worst beer
, it has adopted a policy of becoming "the world's local brewer" and maintaining the distinctions between different beers rather than producing a standardised industrial
product, making it one of the least bad
people to have your favourite brewery taken over by.
In its home market, it produces these brands:
The many foreign brands owned include Labatts
, and it has at the time of posting a bid under way for Bass
which would make it the UK
's largest brewer, meaning that the French would own Britain's water and the Belgians its beer; they should just be thankful it is that way round.
Update: In 2004 Interbrew merged with the Brazilian company AmBev to form InBev, the world's biggest brewer by volume; the company now offer four globally distributed beer brands - Becks, Stella Artois, Leffe and Brahma and a couple of hundred others with local distribution in various parts of the world.