A number of recent requests for Asian beers got me wondering...is your favorite imported beer really imported? Is it really from where you think it's from? So I did some label research on the beers at the store.
Brewed and bottled by Sapporo Brewing Company, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
(Sleeman Brewing & Malting is owned by Sapporo.)
Brewed under the strict supervision of Kirin's brewmaster by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
(Yes, Kirin's brewmaster undoubtedly spends every waking moment in Los Angeles rather than in Kirin's breweries in Japan.)
Brewed & bottled by Kingfisher Brewing Co., Saratoga Springs NY under the technical supervision of United Breweries Limited, Bangalore, India
(Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. is owned by Mendocino Brewing Co. / Kingfisher Brewing Co.)
Brewed by Guinness & Co., Dublin, Ireland
Brewed in Ireland by Guinness & Co., St James's Gate, Dublin, Ireland
(No surprises there, but compare them to the next two.)
Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Guinness Extra Stout
Brewed and bottled by Guinness Brewing Company, Toronto, Canada
(Labatt? Molson Coors?)
You get the idea. Is it right or wrong? I've never been a fan of breweries hiding behind fake names: Unibev, AC Golden, Plank Road, etc. If you're proud of your product, you'll put your own name on it. Then again, if a brewery has their beer brewed closer to where it will be consumed, the drinker gets fresher beer.
But in the USA, Sapporo and Kirin are as Japanese as I am.