It's estimated that if the deal went through, Anheuser-Busch would control 46% -- almost half -- of the country's beer sales. To put it in perspective, MillerCoors, the second-largest beer company, controls 29% of nationwide sales. It kind of gives new, foreboding meaning to the phrase "king of beers."
The Justice Department said that, particularly in 26 metro areas, the merger would make for very little market competition. Think about it: how many gas stations basically only sell Budweiser and Corona? That's the breakdown of choices in many supermarkets in less beer-savvy markets.