Garth Brooks reveals where he stands amid Bud Light boycott as his Nashville honky-tonk is set to open soon

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Country music legend Garth Brooks has revealed where he stands amid the Bud Light battle as his Nashville honky-tonk is set to open soon.

What are the details?

In a recent conversation with Billboard magazine, Brooks chatted about his soon-to-open Nashville bar and entertainment venue — Friends In Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk — and made a reference to the Bud Light controversy without uttering the words “Bud Light.”

“I know this sounds corny,” Brooks told the magazine. “I want it to be the Chick-fil-A of honky-tonks … I want it to be a place you feel safe in, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners, and people like one another. And yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are. It’s not our decision to make. Our thing is this, if you [are let] into this house, love one another. If you’re an a–hole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway.”

What’s the background?

A number of other country music entertainers have weighed in on Bud Light since news of its notorious partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney came out in April.

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Country singers John Rich, Riley Green, Brantley Gilbert, and Travis Tritt have pushed back against Bud Light in various ways.

Rich is the owner of another Nashville bar — Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ — and got overwhelming anti-Bud Light responses after polling folks about the fate of the beer at his watering hole.

Tritt announced early in the Bud Light controversy that he was dropping all Anheuser-Busch products from his tour. He added that other country music artists were doing likewise — but not in a public way “for fear of being ridiculed and cancelled.” Tritt, however, declared that “I have no such fear.”

Countless numbers of folks have joined the informal Bud Light boycott and appear to have stopped buying it; Anheuser-Busch has lost billions as a result.

In fact, Bud Light is no longer the best-selling beer in America due to the ongoing boycott. CBS News reported that Anheuser-Busch sold $297 million of Bud Light for the four-week period ending on May 28 — a decline of 23% from the same duration from the previous year.

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