Tap runs dry for Molson retirees


Retirees from Molson Brewing Company in Canada are learning that their retirement benefits are being cut and the worst news is that they can't even cry in their beers about the change.

Molson will begin phasing out the $1 million a year free beer program for retirees over the next five years as well as cutting back its free beer program for current employees, lowering their take from 72 dozen bottles a year to 52 dozen a year.

The move was met with anger by retirees who feel shortchanged. One, quoted by the Toronto Star, feels that Molson is simply using the economy to cut benefits without any actual need to do so. Unions representing the retirees have already filed grievances over the sobering change in pension benefits.

The allegations may have some merit as Molson-Coors, the parent company of Molson, has had a blockbuster year, with quarterly earnings up 51% compared to a year ago.