A lawsuit that alleges the maker of Budweiser beer has secretly watered down its brew may have merit, if there's proof.
Legal observers say, while the law allows some flexibility in alcohol content, purposely lowering it beyond advertised levels may expose Anheuser Busch to liability.
But, in Houston, where craft brewer Karbach Brewing Company produces just a fraction of what Budweiser puts on the market, there is recognition that large brewers often use a process called 'high-gravity brewing' to maximize their production capacity.
Karbach brewmaster Eric Warner describes the process, saying, "They will actually brew and ferment a stronger beer and, then, right before the point of packaging, they will dilute it to the exact alcohol content they're looking for."
Budweiser parent company, Anheuser Busch InBev says the suit's accusations are baseless and denies any wrongdoing.