Anheuser-Busch sues Kentucky over beer distribution

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license.

Anheuser-Busch is asking a Franklin County court to make the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control administration approve the company's distributor license application in Owensboro.

The company claims ABC has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days.

Anheuser-Busch Regional Vice President Bob Kelley told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer the company wants to buy Budweiser of Owensboro's assets in the Mid-America Airpark from a Clarskville, Tennessee group that owns the distributing company. The beer maker needs the distributor's license for the sale to go forward.

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown says Anheuser-Busch's application for state licensure remains under consideration.

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