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Germans and the American Dream – Anheuser-Busch: The Germans behind the King of Beers

In der Reihe „Germans and the American Dream“ stellen wir jeden Monat eine:n deutsche:n Auswanderer:in vor, der oder die sich auf der anderen Seite des Atlantiks einen Namen gemacht und den Amerikanischen Traum gelebt hat oder lebt. Die aktuelle Ausgabe der Read On stellt sogar gleich zwei Deutsche vor, die ausgerechnet durch ein Bier bekannt geworden sind. Hinter einer der beliebtesten Biersorten der USA und der größten Brauerei des Landes stehen Eberhard Anheuser und Adolphus Busch. Lesen Sie hier einen Auszug aus dem Artikel.

Anheuser-Busch: The Germans behind the King of Beers

Anheuser-Busch became one of the world’s biggest breweries thanks to Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch.

American English

By Jessica Stuart

               Budweiser, known as the King of Beers, is one of the most popular beers in the U.S. Made by the brewery company Anheuser-Busch, it owes its crown to two German immigrants: Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch.

2                 Eberhard Anheuser, the older of the two, was born on September 27, 1806, in Kreuznach, a part of Germany that was then occupied by the French. Not a lot is known about his time in Germany. His family were winemakers, and it’s possible that he worked at their vineyard until 1843, the year he left the country and moved to America. His wife and six children joined him there later.

3                 Anheuser and his family settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where a lot of German immigrants already lived. He found work at a soap and candle factory, staying there until 1852. He and another German immigrant, Nicholas Schaeffer, then opened up their own soap and candle company. Called Schaeffer, Anheuser & Co., it became one of the biggest companies in the city.

4                 The success of this business gave Anheuser the money to offer a loan to another St. Louis business, the struggling Bavarian Brewery. When the brewery wasn’t able to pay the loan back, Anheuser and a partner were able to take control of it in 1860. He then changed its name to E. Anheuser & Co.

5                 Although beer had become very popular in the U.S. – probably because it was thought to be a “healthy” alternative to stronger alcohol – the Bavarian Brewery’s beer just wasn’t very good.

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Vocabulary

0–2             brewery Brauerei — to owe s.th. to s.o. jdm. etw. zu verdanken haben — crown Krone; h.: (fig) Titel — to occupy s.th. etw. besetzen — winemaker Winzer(in) — vineyard Weingut

3–5             to settle sich niederlassen — loan Darlehen — struggling angeschlagen — Bavarian bayerisch — to take control of s.th. etw. übernehmen — to be thought to be … als … gelten

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