Kid Rock’s aversion to Bud Light hasn’t translated into changes at his Nashville bar, as the popular beer is still available for customers, as reported in a recent CNN segment.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie Jr., emerged as a vocal critic of Anheuser-Busch following the company’s partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, which sparked a wave of transphobic backlash in April. The country-rap artist expressed his frustration in a viral video where he passionately exclaimed, “Fuck Bud Light. Fuck Anheuser-Busch,” and proceeded to destroy several cases of the beer with a semi-automatic weapon.
Surprisingly, his anger does not seem to have influenced the offerings at Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk & Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse in Nashville. During a recent visit by Ryan Young from “CNN This Morning,” it was discovered that Bud Light was still being served at the establishment. It remains unclear whether a ban on Bud Light had been lifted or if it ever existed in the first place.
Reports of Bud Light’s availability at Kid Rock’s multi-level, multi-stage venue started circulating last week when a photo of the bar’s menu was shared on Twitter, along with an image of someone enjoying a bottle of the beer. A June article from Newsweek also mentioned that Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, and Budweiser were all listed on the bar’s online menu, suggesting that the beer had never been removed from their offerings.
While Kid Rock may not have followed through with his boycott, the controversy surrounding the partnership has had significant repercussions for Anheuser-Busch. According to NielsenIQ sales data cited by Newsweek on Monday, Bud Light experienced a 28% decrease in sales revenue and volume over the four-week period ending on July 1.
It appears that despite Kid Rock’s vocal opposition to Bud Light, his Nashville bar continues to serve the beer to its patrons, indicating that the musician’s personal stance on the matter does not extend to his own establishment.