Heard on the Hill

Chuck Grassley has no problem with corn syrup in beer (but he doesn’t drink it)

Senate Finance chairman responds to the Bud Light Super Bowl ads

Sen. Charles E. Grassley does not drink beer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee were a beer drinker, he would not be a fan of Bud Light.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley took a moment out of a call with reporters Tuesday morning to thank brewers who use corn syrup, in response to a Super Bowl advertising campaign by Anheuser-Busch InBev that trashed competitors for including the ingredient.

“While I only [watched] the first half of the Super Bowl, I’d like to say one thing: there’s nothing wrong with corn syrup, even in beer,” the Iowa Republican told reporters.

Grassley is well known on Capitol Hill for his early bedtime, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t see the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

The competitors targeted in the anti-corn syrup ads —Miller Lite and Coors Light — are part of the same company. MillerCoors hit back on Tuesday, complaining of an “unnecessary #corntroversy.” 

The 85-year-old Grassley made it clear on the call that despite having attended many Iowa sporting events over the years, he does not drink the beverage in question.

“I’ve never tasted beer, but I’m glad that they use the corn as part of their product,” said Grassley, whose home state is one of the nation’s top producers of the crop.

Grassley’s was among the mildest reactions to the controversial ads. One corn supporter filmed himself emptying cans of Bud Light into a bathroom sink.

Doug Sword contributed to this report.

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