The Big Money Mumbo-Jumbo
Now that your fears of Big Beer coming for your beer have been (hopefully) placated, take a step back and revel in the sheer magnitude of this deal.
The business benchmarks of this sale are set to break records. The merger would clock in as the world's third-largest on record, reports Market Watch, ahead of AOL's Time Warner takeover and the ExxonMobil marriage.
It would also consolidate around 29% of all global beer sales, and nine of the world's top 20 bestselling beers by volume, under the same corporate umbrella, according to Money.
News of the deal shot up SABMiller's stock prices by almost 10%, and it's climbed nearly 35% since the rumors started to swirl.
If the deal doesn't go through before October 28th (if an agreement can't be reached with the DOJ, or if the buyer's shareholders reject the sale, for example), then under UK law, it will be dead on the table, and ABI would owe SABMiller a $3 billion penalty.
In other words, while the creation of a super-brewer won't necessarily have an effect on your lager-guzzling habit, it's still an enormous business move. And now you know all about it.