Opinion: Your beloved 'local' beer might be made in another state — or country – MarketWatch

Does it matter where your beer comes from?

The U.K. certainly thinks so. Matthew Curtis, editor of London-based beer industry site Total Ales, took to Twitter to point out that Anheuser-Busch InBev’s BUD, +0.22%  Goose Island craft brand was making a beer for the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. Goose Island’s Midway Session IPA isn’t currently sold in the U.S., and the version that makes it to the U.K. will be brewed by Italy’s Birra Del Borgo, which Anheuser-Busch purchased last year.

Curtis notes that ABI still leans heavily on Goose Island’s Chicago roots and images of its Fulton Street brewery in that city. The fact that Midway Session IPA isn’t setting foot in Chicago left Curtis with a question:

And is this the beginning of the potential eroding of Goose’s Chicago heritage?

— Matthew Curtis (@totalcurtis) June 13, 2017

It’s a little late for that discussion. Almost immediately after Goose Island sold itself to Anheuser-Busch InBev for $38.8 million in 2011, ABI began using plants in Fort Collins, Colo., and Baldwinsville, N.Y., to brew Goose beers, like 312 Urban Wheat and Honkers Ale, largely because long road trips throughout the country don’t do wonders for those beers. Goose Island still brews beers in Chicago, but you have to check the labels to see exactly where they are made.

$20 million lawsuit

As Anheuser-Busch knows all too well, sometimes those little label footnotes don’t qualify as adequate disclosure. Back in 2015, ABI was ordered by a federal court to pay $20 million (or $12 to $50 apiece) to drinkers who felt duped by “German quality” labels on bottles of Beck’s beer, which ABI had brewed in St. Louis since 2012. Though the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau requires only modest labeling for a

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