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Lager drinkers will be shocked to discover where their favourite continental lager is actually from

Joe Harker

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Lager drinkers will be shocked to discover where their favourite continental lager is actually from

Whether you're supping your Stella or forcing down another gulp of Fosters, plenty of the lagers on offer in pubs around the UK sell themselves as foreign produce.

It's indisputable that Britain loves beer, and it really loves beer from all over the world, but many of the pints people down haven't come from as far away as the advertising slogans might have led you to believe.

While people might want to drink the really authentic thing brewed in the brand's country of origin, it is actually for the best that the continent lagers you drink are brewed in the UK.

It's much more eco-friendly to brew beer near where your customers are rather than trying to do it all in one place and ship oceans of the stuff all over the world.

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Budweiser Budvar still stays brewed in their country of origin. Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Budweiser Budvar still stays brewed in their country of origin. Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

Plus it helps keep costs down so the price of a pint doesn't get astronomically high, while on top of that you're still getting the recipe it promises even if it's been brewed far away from the point of origin.

However, there are still some beers which insist on staying where they are, Czech brand Budweiser Budvar, not to be confused with US beer brand Budweiser.

Owned by the Czech government, they only brew their beers in the Czech Republic, telling the BBC it's the only way they can keep their beer 'authentically Czech'.

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As for the top 10 lagers drunk in the UK and where they're actually from, here's a list:

Carling - Canadian lager brewed in the UK

Yes, that's right. Carling is one of those brands you might have thought was British but it actually originated from Canada, though the lager Brits drink hasn't crossed the Atlantic Ocean to get here.

The most popular lager sold in the UK, shifting almost double the volume (2,121,157 hectolitres to be precise) of the next closest competitor, Carling sold in Britain is brewed in Burton-On-Trent.

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Surely Carling is British? It's got a lion on it. Nope, Canadian. Credit: PSL Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Surely Carling is British? It's got a lion on it. Nope, Canadian. Credit: PSL Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Foster's - Australian lager brewed in the UK

You definitely knew Foster's wasn't British, pretty much every advert Foster's have ever made has underlined how Australian they are.

Then again, ask an Australian what they think of Foster's and you'll probably get a negative response, so maybe it's just as well that the stuff Brits drink is made at the Royal Brewery in Manchester.

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If you're drinking Foster's in the UK it's likely from Manchester, and you're probably not Australian. Credit: Home Bird / Alamy Stock Photo
If you're drinking Foster's in the UK it's likely from Manchester, and you're probably not Australian. Credit: Home Bird / Alamy Stock Photo

Birra Moretti - Italian lager brewed in the UK

While the original Birra Moretti dates back to 19th century Italy, they got bought out by Heineken in 1996 and the stuff sold in the UK is brewed up in Edinburgh.

It's the third most popular lager sold in the UK, and that dapper looking chap on the label was a real guy who was spotted in a restaurant by the founder's nephew and agreed to become the face of the brand in return for a bottle of beer.

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Birra Moretti is brewed over in the UK. Credit: Thomas Eversley / Alamy Stock Photo
Birra Moretti is brewed over in the UK. Credit: Thomas Eversley / Alamy Stock Photo

Peroni - Italian lager brewed in Italy

Finally a lager that bucks the trend, the fourth most popular lager in the UK is the first one on this list where Brits are drinking something actually made in the country of origin.

The beer once got named the greatest lager of all time, and you can safely bet that somebody had a lot of fun judging that competition.

Peroni, sounds Italian and actually is. Credit: Helen Sessions / Alamy Stock Photo
Peroni, sounds Italian and actually is. Credit: Helen Sessions / Alamy Stock Photo

Coors - American lager brewed in the UK

The fifth most popular lager in the UK brings us back on form and it shares something with transatlantic beer buddy Carling, as it's also brewed in Burton-On-Trent.

In terms of popularity, Coors leapfrogged Stella Artois to jump up into fifth place, and speaking of Stella...

The Coors brewery in Burton-On-Trent. Credit: Matthew Clarke / Alamy Stock Photo
The Coors brewery in Burton-On-Trent. Credit: Matthew Clarke / Alamy Stock Photo

Stella Artois - Belgian lager brewed in the UK

The lager that used to try and sell itself under the slogan of 'looks ugly, tastes great' slipped down into sixth place in popularity among Brits.

Ignore those adverts which make it clear how Belgian they are (unless you thought they were French), if you're drinking Stella this side of the Channel it will have been brewed in the Magor Brewery just outside Newport in Wales. Iechyd da!

Credit: Finnbarr Webster / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Finnbarr Webster / Alamy Stock Photo

Carlsberg - Danish lager brewed in the UK

You might have thought this would have been higher than seventh spot on the list of Britain's favourite lagers and Carlsberg is yet another brew which originated from elsewhere in the world but gets brewed in the UK.

Carlsberg own several breweries in Britain, with their main one being in Northampton, making the stuff we drink over here about as Danish as Dick Van Dyke.

Carlsberg, Copenhagen 1847. Also Northampton in 2022. Credit: UrbanImages / Alamy Stock Photo
Carlsberg, Copenhagen 1847. Also Northampton in 2022. Credit: UrbanImages / Alamy Stock Photo

San Miguel - Philippine lager brewed in the UK

Made in the first brewery in South East Asia by Spanish sailors who settled in the Philippines, or so they claim.

However, San Miguel is now owned by Carlsberg and as such if you're drinking it over here it probably came from one of their British breweries.

San Miguel is owned by Carlsberg, so they use the same breweries. Credit: Home Bird / Alamy Stock Photo
San Miguel is owned by Carlsberg, so they use the same breweries. Credit: Home Bird / Alamy Stock Photo

Amstel - Dutch lager brewed in the UK

Another continental brand of beer bought out by Heineken, so number nine on the list of most loved lagers gets made up in Edinburgh just like Birra Moretti.

Maybe it'd be worth doing a taste test to see if you can spot the difference between the two.

Amstel Beer is from the Netherlands originally, but the stuff sold in the UK is brewed in Edinburgh. Credit: Kay Roxby / Alamy Stock Photo
Amstel Beer is from the Netherlands originally, but the stuff sold in the UK is brewed in Edinburgh. Credit: Kay Roxby / Alamy Stock Photo

Tennent's Lager - British lager brewed in the UK

At last, one of ours makes the list and Tennent's say their beer is only ever brewed on Duke Street in Glasgow.

Considering the fierce competition they've done well to make it onto this list, claiming they make about 400,000 pints worth of lager every day.

Tennent's say they never brew a pint outside of Glasgow. Credit: Douglas Carr / Alamy Stock Photo
Tennent's say they never brew a pint outside of Glasgow. Credit: Douglas Carr / Alamy Stock Photo

Meanwhile, there are new beers rising up to challenge the dominance of the more established brands all the time.

Take Spanish beer Madri Excepcional, which has carved itself out a pretty popular niche and brews pints in the UK like so many others on this list.

While the beer may be Spanish in origin, Madri is part of a team up with Coors and some of it gets made at one of their breweries in Tadcaster, Yorkshire so you know it's going to be good.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Madriexcepcional Instagram/BirraMorettiUk

Topics: UK News, Food And Drink

Joe Harker
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