Bud Light Super Bowl commercial corn growers

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Big Beer and Big Corn are fighting each other on Twitter

And people are joining in the rumble.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Feb 4, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 7:59 pm CDT

It’s Big Beer vs. Big Corn, and it looks like somebody is in a dilly of a pickle.

In one of its big Super Bowl commercials, Bud Light—which has been hammering the Dilly Dilly king storyline for longer than a Bud Light-induced hangover—declared that it does not use corn syrup in the making of its product. In the commercial, a barrel of corn syrup was accidentally delivered to his kingdom, prompting an epic adventure where the king and his subjects attempt to redirect to the barrel to the Miller Lite and Coors Light castles.

It’s funny in a Super-Bowl-commercial-chuckle-while-I’m-jamming-a-chicken-wing-down-my-gullet kind of way. But don’t tell that to the National Corn Growers Association, because on Twitter, the NCGA popped with rage.

Here’s the commercial.


And here’s the response from the NCGA.

To be clear, Bud Light never mentioned whether the other two brewers use high-fructose corn syrup. Corn syrup, it should be noted, is largely not considered as much of a health risk as high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup, meanwhile, can lead to cholesterol and liver problems.

But Bud Light was happy to point out that its beer only has four ingredients: Barley, rice, water, and hops.

Franks Red Hot sauce was eager to join the fight.

But at least one apparent corn farmer, in a show of defiance and disappointment, decided to dump his Bud Light down the drain (though some speculated on Twitter that he really was pouring out water).

In fact, much of the Twitter reaction to Bud Light’s commercial was not kind. This came from a MillerCoors spokesman.

Either way, people were excited to witness the feud.




Anheuser-Busch, which makes Bud Light, said in a statement that it “fully supports corn growers and will continue to invest in the corn industry” and that “Bud Light’s Super Bowl commercials are only meant to point out a key difference in Bud Light from some other light beers.”

MillerCoors also went out of its way to point out the health benefits of drinking its suds.

“At MillerCoors, we’re proud of our high-quality, great-tasting beers,” the tweet said. “We’re also proud that none of our products include any high fructose corn syrup, while a number of Anheuser-Busch products do. And Miller Lite has fewer calories, fewer carbs and more taste than Bud Light.”

The best part of this feud? The fact that everybody is trying to portray themselves as the healthiest option. Yes, you might live longer by drinking Bud Light or Miller Lite, depending on which brand you believe, but in the end, that just means you’ll end up drinking more of their crappy beer for more years than you originally expected.

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*First Published: Feb 4, 2019, 11:48 am CST