I was introduced to Fosters 35 years ago when I was a thirsty student. Here was a beer that was strong compared with most UK canned beers and tasted better than most canned "lagers". It also came in bucket sized tins. All the essential requirements for student drinking in one handy can.
The cans were made from some damn good metal because I used a few of them to repair the exhaust pipe on my car. I don't know what Renault used for exhaust pipes but it didn't last in UK weather.
Now in the last 35 years, UK beer has undergone a revolution. There are now thousands of small craft breweries producing a fabulous range of beers that are available in supermarkets, small shops and pubs. Back then there was a much more limited choice of beers and they were not trivially easy to find. Against that, Fosters was easy to find and better than just about everything commonly found. (IMHO).
That was then.
I'm still using drinks cans to fix exhausts. The aluminium heat shield on my Hilux fell off the other day. There has been a catalytic reaction between the aluminium and steel washers aided by salty , wet UK roads. I'm about to cut up some aluminium Coke cans to make some over-size washers to go between the shield and the mounting points. But Andy why don’t you buy a new heat shield? Well it seems Toyota think a piece of 22guage bent aluminium about 15cms wide by 1m long is worth £400+vat. Ow!