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Major beer brewery halts production to help Hurricane Harvey victims

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An Anheuser-Busch brewery halted production of beer and began canning and sending water to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Louisiana and Texas. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot.)

Not only has Hurricane Harvey been disastrous for hundreds of thousands of the regions' residents, but it's disrupting beer production too. That's because an Anheuser-Busch brewery is suspending beer production in order to can water to help the victims of the storm.

Anheuser-Busch produces Budweiser, Michelob, Beck’s, and Rolling Rock.

Vice president for community affairs for the Georgia Anheuser-Busch brewery, Bill Bradley, told NBC that this was not an unusual move on their part.

"Since 1988 we have donated an excess of 76 million cans of clean drinking water," he said. “The Cartersville location is our designated brewery for the emergency water program — it’s something we’re very proud of."

The brewery has already sent 155,000 cans of water to Texas and Louisiana, and it plans to send more.

The trucks that are usually delivering beer at this time are being used to sent water.

In 2015, the same Cartersville brewery stopped production to can water and send it to victims of devastating flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

MillersCoors is helping the cause by sending 50,000 cans of water to victims. Both efforts are being aided by partnerships with the Red Cross.

“We’ve also set up a microsite in partnership with Red Cross where employees can make a donation to support victims of the storms," said Marty Maloney, a spokesman for MillerCoors. "MillerCoors will match all donations made through the microsite for a minimum of $25,000.”

Former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren encouraged her followers on Twitter to send thanks to the brewery for their efforts. "Thank you @AnheuserBusch !! please RT your thanks to @AnheuserBusch," she tweeted.

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