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Foster's Isn't Australian For Anything Now

What the Foster's/SABMiller deal teaches us, besides the fact SABMiller suddenly likes its beer in big-boy cans, is that pegging national identity to a beer is about as effective as linking it to a car or any other mass-produced product. To provide some idea of just how much of a flag-waiving fool's errand assigning a beer to a country can be, TheStreet provides the following list of beers, their country of origin and the home country of the beer behemoths that actually benefit from their sales:

National identity: Australian
World headquarters: London, England (SABMiller)

National identity: Irish
World headquarters: London, England (Diageo)

National identity: Polish
World headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands (Heineken International)

National identity: Italian
World headquarters: London, England (SABMiller)

Red Stripe
National identity: Jamaican
World headquarters: London, England (Diageo)

National identity: German
World headquarters: Leuven, Belgium (A-B Inbev)

Bass Ale
National identity: English
World headquarters: Leuven, Belgium (A-B Inbev)

National identity: Scottish
World headquarters: Amsterdam, Belgium (Heineken International)

Pilsner Urquell
National identity: Czech
World headquarters: London, England (SABMiller)

National identity: Canadian
World headquarters: Leuven, Belgium (A-B Invev)

National identity: Brazilian
World headquarters: Leuven, Belgium (A-B Invev)

National identity: Kenyan
World headquarters: London, England (Diageo)

Mendicino Brewing Co.
National identity: American (Californian, to be more precise)
World headquarters: Bangalore, India (United Breweries Group)

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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