Beer drinkers are familiar with Foster’s, the Australian brew with the kangaroo on the side of its oversized can. But did you know it’s made in Fort Worth?
Faithful readers of this column may remember this nugget. We’ve mentioned it a few times over the years since U.S. production was launched at the MillerCoors brewery on South Freeway in 2007. But last week, readers of The Wall Street Journal found out in a front-page story about a class-action lawsuit over the source of production of Beck’s, including a graphic showing the Foster’s can with the words “made in Fort Worth, Texas.”
The Journal reported that Beck’s drinkers may be eligible for a $50 refund from a proposed settlement in the suit alleging that Anheuser-Busch Inbev deceived consumers into believing that the beer was from Germany when it’s actually brewed in St. Louis. The report quoted the lawsuit as citing phrases on Beck’s packaging such as “German Quality” and “Originated in Bremen, Germany.”
We decided to do a little research of our own, so we bought a Foster’s to check out what it says. On the side, it discloses that Foster’s is “brewed and packaged under the supervision of Foster’s Australia Ltd., Melbourne, Australia by Oil Can Breweries, Albany, Ga. and Fort Worth, Texas.”
Oil Can Breweries?
Martin Maloney, a MillerCoors spokesman in Chicago, said Oil Can Breweries is a trade name that plays off a long-time nickname for Foster’s because of the shape and size of the beer can.
“We are proud that we make and sell Foster’s, and it is displayed with all of our other brands on our company website,” he said in an email.
Foster’s, owned by SABMiller, is one of many brands produced at the Fort Worth brewery including numerous Miller and Coors labels as well as several brewed for Pabst, including Lone Star and Old Milwaukee.
Maloney said the plant currently employs more than 545 workers, “has established a record of key environmental advances,” including a 15 percent reduction in water usage in the past five years, and support various community initiatives including the Trinity River Nature Center, the JPS Trauma Center and the Cowtown Marathon.
And this month, MillerCoors is celebrating the seventh anniversary of the joint venture between Miller and Coors with a “We Stand for Beer” ad campaign that highlights the company’s involvement in cities where it has breweries.
Still, we don’t expect to see a longhorn joining the kangaroo on the Foster’s can any time soon.
Classic Chevrolet named top GM dealer
Classic Chevrolet recently joined the elite ranks as one of only four Chevy dealers nationwide to earn the coveted GM Dealer of the Year Award every year since it was started in 2000.
GM executives gave Tom Durant, Classic Chevrolet’s owner, the award for the 14th consecutive year.
Only 50 out of 3,000 Chevy dealers in the U.S. ever reach the standard of excellence to be honored as a dealer of the year. The award is based on sales performance, service and customer satisfaction.
“What we do here is not being done anywhere else in the country, and it’s all because of you,” Durant told his employees in receiving the award.
Local Harley dealer buys East Texas stores
Bedford-based Harley-Davidson dealer Adam Smith has acquired two East Texas dealerships.
His company, Adam Smith’s Calculated Risk Motorcycle Group, bought the Harley Shop in Longview and Texas Thunder Harley-Davidson in Nacogdoches. The stores are being renamed Roughneck Harley-Davidson and Lumberjack Harley-Davidson, respectively.
Smith owns Texas Harley-Davidson in Bedford, Texoma Harley-Davidson in Sherman and Harley-Davidson of Waco.
“The previous owners have done a great job. Now we’re going to take the baton and take it to the next level,” Smith said.
Press Cafe planned for Clearfork trailhead
Fort Worth chef Felipe Armenta, of Pacific Table and The Tavern Bar & Grill, will operate Press Cafe, the new restaurant at the trailhead along the Trinity River in Clearfork.
Cassco Development is opening The Trailhead Cycling + Fitness Center this fall. It will also have Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop.
“Press Cafe adds to our offering to create The Trailhead as a hub for fitness, health & wellness, outdoor leisure and community gathering,“ said Paxton Motheral of Cassco Development Co.
Press Cafe will be a “from-scratch” concept, with health-conscious food and beverage options unique to Fort Worth. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Clearfork is south of Vickery Boulevard, between Hulen Street and Bryant Irvin Road, on the Edwards Ranch land.
Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631
Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727
Steve Kaskovich, 817-390-7773