Urp! Beer Giant InBev Scouts for City Space

The world’s largest beer brewer is stalking the market for a prime piece of New York real estate, and sources tell us they’re tapping a neo-Classical stunner in midtown.

An industry source uninvolved in the negotiations said Anheuser-Busch InBev is mulling a 30,000-square-foot lease at 250 Park Avenue. Word has it that the firm would even build out a bar in the space, presumably to be stocked with Budweiser, Beck’s and Stella Artois. (For the teetotalers among you: Last year, the Belgian InBev bought American icon Anheuser-Busch for a stunning $52 billion.)

Anheuser-Busch InBev spokeswoman Marianne Amssoms declined to elucidate where, precisely, InBev will be opening what she called “a functional management office in New York,” though she did say that this so-called “functional office” should be operational by the end of year and will house more than 100 employees.

Nor, for that matter, would the kindly, reticent (and well-named) Dana Pike, the George Comfort & Sons broker representing the brewer, comment for this story.

But Ms. Amssoms did make sure to quash any suggestion that the brewer would be making its U.S. headquarters in New York City: “As you know, our U.S. as well as North American Zone headquarters are located in St. Louis. That will not change.”

drubinstein@observer.com Urp! Beer Giant InBev Scouts for City Space