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Bass now a domestic? Sat, 03/17/12 4:34 PM (permalink)
Today I picked up a 6-pack of Bass Pale Ale and was surprised to read on the label that it's brewed in Baldwinsville, New York.  Does anyone know when this happened?  Is it still brewed in England as well?
If I'd read the label before I bought it and brought it home I would've just bought something local.
<message edited by ScreamingChicken on Sat, 03/17/12 4:38 PM>

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    Re:Bass now a domestic? Sat, 03/17/12 5:09 PM (permalink)
    Brad, where the heck to you store all this beer you are buying up?

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      Re:Bass now a domestic? Sat, 03/17/12 6:03 PM (permalink)
      Well, I store some of it around my waist...

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        Re:Bass now a domestic? Sat, 03/17/12 7:04 PM (permalink)

        Well, I store some of it around my waist...

        As seen here.

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          Re:Bass now a domestic? Mon, 03/19/12 11:08 AM (permalink)
          If it says Baldwinsville it is a Bud product. AB took over the old Schlitz brevery there years ago.

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            Re:Bass now a domestic? Mon, 03/19/12 2:15 PM (permalink)
            Lots of European beers have contracted with regional breweries in North America over the past 20 years or so. It saves money and saves the beer from damage during shipping, and the beer you get is much fresher.
            The North American brewery may be owned by one of the big brewing companies, or it might be a smaller, mid-sized brewery operation owned by someone else. It doesn't really matter, since the water used will be adjusted to match the qualities found in the water at the original European brewery's location, and the yeasts used will come from the same colony as the original brewery used, etc. When my customers say that "it just doesn't taste the same," they are right--because everything tastes better when you are on vacation or at a nostalgic location. But, if you can't get to the area where your favorite beer was first brewed, these contract brews are a close 2nd.
            And as you alluded to in your original post, when it comes to beer, buying local (regardless of the size of the brewery) is the name of the game. It's fresher, it keeps local folks in jobs, it involves less fossil fuel, etc.

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              Re:Bass now a domestic? Fri, 03/23/12 1:47 PM (permalink)
              A Bud product is  sBud product

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                Re:Bass now a domestic? Sat, 03/31/12 7:50 AM (permalink)
                InBev (then known as Interbrew) bought the Bass labels back in 2000.  The original Bass brewery itself in Burton-on-Trent is now a MolsonCoors facility and the Bass brewed and marketed in the UK is done at other breweries (Marston does the cask ale, the bottles/cans there come from an  A-B-InBev-owned brewery in the UK).
                Besides Bass Ale, A-B-InBev is now also brewing Beck's Beer (another InBev-owned brand) at it's Baldwinsville, NY brewery.  The new Beck's labels (some German-brewed packages are still on shelves in many markets) say "ORIGINATED IN BREMEN, GERMANY" and in smaller print "PRODUCT OF THE USA - BRAUERIE BECK & CO - ST. LOUIS, MO"
                AB-InBev also brews some Alexander Keith brands in the US at Baldwinsville for the US market.  Keith's is a Labatt-owned brand, and Labatt is yet another AB-InBev-owned brewing company.
                Those with longer memories than the suits at AB-InBev will recall that Anheuser-Busch filed complaints with regulators back in the 1970's when the Miller Brewing Company began brewing Lowenbrau under license in the US.
                <message edited by jesskidden on Sat, 03/31/12 7:59 AM>

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                  Re:Bass now a domestic? Thu, 05/24/12 5:26 PM (permalink)
                  I was skeptical, but I didn't taste a difference in the change over.. 

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                    Re:Bass now a domestic? Sun, 05/27/12 11:28 AM (permalink)
                    You'd think the suits would have learned their lesson after Miller tried to sell a bastardized US version of Lowenbrau.  But I guess not.
                    There's no way it can taste the same.  Water (which is what beer mostly is) is different.  Yeast can't be stopped from being different.
                    Even for domestic beers: Columbus Bud doesn't take like original St. Louis Bud.  And LA Bud tastes like used Bud.
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