Man Says He was Fired for Drinking Wrong Beer

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A man who says he lost his job at Budweiser distributor for drinking Coors says the saga all began with a mistake.

Forty-one-year-old Ross Hopkins says he was fired as a supervisor at American Eagle Distributing Company after he was seen by the son-in-law of the company president with a Coors at a Greeley bar. Hopkins says he ordered a Budweiser but a waitress brought Coors instead. He says he decided to drink it because he didn't want to wait.

The son-in-law of the distributor's majority shareholder also was at the bar, and offered twice to buy him a Budweiser, but Hopkins turned it down both times.

His apparent disloyalty led to his dismissal two days later. Hopkins is suing the Budweiser distributor for unspecified damages, saying he has a right to drink anything he wants in his time off.

In its court filings, the company doesn't challenge Hopkins' assertion that he was fired because of the beer he was drinking. But it does say it didn't engage in a "discriminatory or unfair employment practice."