07/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Anheuser-Busch: The Incredible Secret Story Of The Fish That Got Away

This week, anxious Anheuser-Busch employees have been doing a little Monday morning quarterbacking over what the St. Louis brewer could have done differently over the years that could have prevented Sunday's decision to sell itself to Belgium's InBev.

Perhaps, some close to A-B have speculated, the company could have avoided this fate if it had months ago persuaded its Mexican partner, Grupo Modelo, to sell a controlling stake to America's King of Beers. (A-B bought an 18% stake in Modelo in 1993 and raised that to a 50.2% noncontrolling stake in the late '90s).

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