Is Your Favorite Import Beer Actually Imported?
In a recent class-action lawsuit beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed to a settlement which included the removal of the word "Imported" on their Kirin brand beer, along with monetary refunds to customers who had purchased their product thinking it was brewed in Japan.
As it turns out, there are other so called "imported" beers that are actually made in the good old U.S of A. However, they may not be subject to the same legal punishment as their marketing and labeling are more carefully worded.
Other "Imported" Beers:
"Australia's" Foster's Lager is actually brewed in Texas and has been for many years.
"Germany's" Beck's is brewed in Missouri along with Kirin by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
"Jamaica's" Red Stripe started being brewed in Wisconsin in 2012.
"Ireland's" Killian's Irish Red has actually been brewed by Coors in Colorado since the 80's
"England's" Bass Ale is currently brewed in Balwinsville NY.
You could argue that if the beer is made with the same ingredients and to the same exacting standards of the original brewers, then what's wrong with brewing it closer to where it will be enjoyed. It would theoretically make for fresher, better tasting beer. However, the price should probably reflect that, especially when it only traveled a couple miles from the brewery to the bar.
So does this affect which beer goes in the cooler for this 4th of July? Maybe these are actually the perfect beers to serve when we celebrate our great country. If nothing else, at least you can surprise a few of your friends when you tell them where it was actually brewed.