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Anheuser-Busch Pulls "Spykes"

Anheuser-Busch Pulls "Spykes"
By: Crystal Britt

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- After months of controversy, Anheuser-Busch's popular alcoholic drink, "Spykes" has been spiked. The company announces it won't make any more of the two ounce shots after critics complained the beverage targets underage drinkers.

"They were okay, they made my beer fruity, and I don't like fruity beer", said Andrew English of Cape Girardeau. English says he's tried Spykes, and isn't a big fan, but could see why others would be.  "Some people don't like the bitter taste of alcohol. It just makes it sweeter tasting", said English.

Anheuser-Busch came out with eight flavors including banana, grape, and blue raspberry. The product sold well at the liquor counter at Schnucks. "They were very successful", said Liqour Department Manager Doug Hileman. They've sold it there for about eight months. "It's kind of sad that's there's groups pressuring a company like that to stop selling something that's their livelihood, they are designed for people 21 years of age", said Hileman. Critics say, look at the bottle it doesn't even look like liquor. Many argue the sweet flavor inside masks the strong taste of alcohol, making it attractive to a young crowd.  "What isn't targeted toward younger people, are they going to start pulling all the beer off the shelves, and the wine and the cigarettes? Anything that's not allowed for young people to do is going to be appealing to them", said English.


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