Beermaker Anheuser-Busch has suspended alcohol production at its Cartersville, Ga., brewery in order to produce canned water for the millions in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey.
"Since 1988 we have donated an excess of 76 million cans of clean drinking water," Anheuser-Busch's Vice President of Community Affairs Bill Bradley told NBC's "Today" on Monday. "The Cartersville location is our designated brewery for the emergency water program — it's something we're very proud of."
The Georgia facility ceased beer production Monday morning and has already sent three truckloads, 155,000 cans of drinking water, to Baton Rouge, La., and Arlington, Texas, through a partnership with the American Red Cross.
"We have an excess of 400 independent distributors throughout the U.S. [that] allow us to do this," Bradley added. "It would be so much more difficult to do it without them at the local level."
The Cartersville brewery produces canned water periodically throughout the year to have a stash on hand in case of emergencies.
Anheuser-Busch credited its wholesale partners, including Mockler Beverage, which is assisting the delivery to Baton Rouge, with making this effort possible.