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Pop Open A Grolsch To Toast Dutch-American Heritage Day

11 November 2008

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 11, 2008) - You don't have to be Dutch or American to celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day.  This year,  adult beer drinkers are being called upon to pop open an ice-cold Grolsch and toast the date November 16, 1776 - the day a Dutch Island in the West Indies became the first to acknowledge and pay tribute to the flag of the newly independent United States. 

Royal Grolsch, the Holland-based beer company that has been brewing quality beers for almost 400 years and is famous for its iconic Swingtop bottle, is proud to hoist a cold one in honor of this courageous act.  On Nov. 16, 1776, the governor of the island of St. Eustatius ordered his fort's cannons to pay tribute to an arriving American warship, the Andrew Doria.  While it was a risky move, it solidified the two countries' friendship in history, which continues today as the United States and the Netherlands work together to foster peace and freedom to the world.

The Dutch salute was the first friendly act upon the new American nation from a foreign power. Only months before, the United States had declared independence from Great Britain.

Dutch-American Heritage Day
Nov. 11, 2008
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"We're proud of the more than 8 million Americans of Dutch descent and the contributions they have made to the United States," said Bas Besselink, Grolsch US brand manager.  "We believe there's no better way to salute the historical ties and valued friendship of our two countries than by popping open a Grolsch."

About Grolsch
Royal Grolsch is a brewery with a rich tradition that goes back to 1615. Grolsch brews beer concentrating on the premium segment of the market. The focal point of Grolsch's commercial activities lies in the Netherlands, Grolsch's historic home market. Grolsch is active internationally in around 70 countries. Important international markets for Grolsch include the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Australia and New Zealand.
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Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers.  MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales.  Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment.  Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light.  The company also imports Peroni, Pilsner Urquell, Grolsch and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages.  MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company.  MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel's 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth.  MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community involvement.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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