Fake China brews? | Dodgy ‘Budweiser’ videos reminder to be cautious

china budweiser beer video screen capture

By Jim Boyce | It’s not going out on a limb to say China has fake booze issues, whether for beer (see herehere, here, here and here), major spirit brands, like Johnnie Worker, or this perfect storm of wine fake-ness. So a pair of ten-second videos that popped up on social media and apparently show the production of fake Budweiser are not that surprising.

Workers are seen dipping empty cans into a tub of beer and sending them down a line. You have to wonder why they would allow this to be filmed: maybe the owner or a worker took a few clips, shared with friends, and they are now spreading much further than intended?

Whatever the case, the videos are a a reminder of the potential for getting fakes and to source from people and places you trust: if you seek ice-cold Budweiser in Beijing, you might want to try your local 7-ELEVEN.

Suffice to say, the average can of Budweiser is not made using the kind of assembly line featured here:

And the amount of beer in each can deviates far outside the normal of error range of your typical mass-produced brewery operation. That’s some slosh factor:

Again, beware of fakes and source your Budweiser and other fun juice from people and places you trust.


Check out sibling blogs World Baijiu Day and Grape Wall of China.

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