St. Louis foaming over Belgian bid to take over Budweiser

ST. LOUIS _ It is not about the beer. Not for restaurateur Charlie Gitto Sr.

“I’ve only had maybe 15 beers my whole life,” said Gitto, 76.

Yet his love for the Budweiser brand once compelled him to make space on his land for an old Clydesdale named Jerry, retired from the Anheuser-Busch Cos.

No, it’s not just the beer that has St. Louis foaming over a possible takeover of Anheuser-Busch by a Belgian invader.

It’s about hometown pride, purpose, identity — in the face of a soulless global economy.

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