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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 15:42:27 (permalink)
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If my Dad was still around, he could answer the question about what the dark draft was. My money is on Lowenbrau.  

That may actually be the answer! I do know that at that time Lowenbrau was distributed by Miller who supplied beer to Shakey's in the Tidewater, VA. area.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 15:49:48 (permalink)
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My choice of beer had to have been Carling Black Label. "Off the table Mable the quarter is for the Label." .




The first beer my Dad ever let me drink (legally, lol) was Black Label. Spent a good bit of my summers growing up at my Uncle Scotty's cabin on the Poquoson River in VA. The only beer I ever saw there was Black Label. I always wondered why. Turns out that Uncle Scotty owned stock in Carling which brewed Black Label in Baltimore. In those days if you owned stock in a company you purchased and used that company's products. So... my first (legal) beer was a Black label on the Poquoson River...
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 16:58:40 (permalink)
Carling.............Brewed on the Shores of Lake Cochituate.....New England.  Beautifully lit headquarters at Christmas as we'd drive to relatives in Marlboro Mass (pre Mass pike).  Now the Boston Scientific bldg.
 
The yacht club on Cape Cod had an annual outing complete with a keg  of Black label.  As a very young (10 or so) kid, I got my first taste...........YUCK!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 17:08:30 (permalink)
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Carling.............Brewed on the Shores of Lake Cochituate.....New England.  Beautifully lit headquarters at Christmas as we'd drive to relatives in Marlboro Mass (pre Mass pike).  Now the Boston Scientific bldg.

The yacht club on Cape Cod had an annual outing complete with a keg  of Black label.  As a very young (10 or so) kid, I got my first taste...........YUCK!

I like beer but only have it occasionally. Every time, it takes a little while to get past the bitter. Children don't go for bitter, to my experience. One Thanksgiving, when I was about 8, 9, years old, my mother had some sort of canned 'Bitter Lemon' with her meal. I wanted to try a sip so she let me. Lord, almighty..... " /> What a shock that was. She had it once in a while in later years but I was never tempted to try it again. Now at 54, I might like it given the chance but I don't know where to buy it. Liquor stores, maybe?
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 18:04:18 (permalink)
I thought I answered this....we had one in Annandale, VA
"The Dark beer on tap at Lum's was Ballentine. They served Dark and Regular in Frosty schooners, along w/ reg Lowenbrau and Bud."
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 18:50:39 (permalink)
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Based on the reports here, it appears that many Roadfooders began becoming Beer Connoisseurs at an early age!!!" />" />" />" />
When I started collecting cans I just happened to be curious about their contents as well.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 19:21:39 (permalink)
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Rheingold!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_51RANXHg0

I forgot about Rheingold. Per my above comment on page one, I forgot to mention it as well as the others I mentioned.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/19 08:10:10 (permalink)
"My beer is Rheingold ,the dry beer, Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer"...everyone sing along to their jingle!!!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/19 10:43:10 (permalink)
I remember the Rheingold jingle well. I was singing it in my head as I was reading your comment. Brings back memories of my youth.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/19 13:02:17 (permalink)
Wish I had a bottle
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 10:08:50 (permalink)
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Wish I had a bottle
Than a frontal?
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 11:13:26 (permalink)
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Was G. Heilleman's Special Export really better than their Old Style? I downed a lot of cheap Old Style in school (high & college) and occasionally upgraded to Special Ex. By today's beer standards, I don't think there was much difference.

JRPJeff, my friends who grew up in La Crosse referred to Special Ex as "Green Death".  I guess it was quite easy to get sick on it. The original recipes they were brewed on was that they were a rice based beer.  Whoever holds the right to brew the products now have changed it a bit.  City Brewery, which is now what the old Heileman's Brewery is called.  I guess they are one of the largest contract brewers in the world.  This article talks about current beer making.
http://lacrossetribune.co...ab24-0019bb2963f4.html
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 12:05:26 (permalink)
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This showed up in the Pizza forum and got me thinking.

Davebassman

In VA. in the early 70's 18 year olds could drink 3.2 beer which Shakey's had on tap. I'd always order a large pepperoni & mushroom and a pitcher of dark draft (can't remember what brand).
Interesting brain teaser!  I'm trying to think if any of the national brands offered a dark beer back then and nothing comes to mind, so I'm wondering if it was something regional.  There was a dark version of Old Chicago but I suspect it wouldn't've been available in VA, so it was probably something else.  Anybody have any ideas?

But in the bigger-picture view, what beers do you remember from days past?  For example, as a native of upstate New York Billyboy might've had family that enjoyed the occasional Utica Club.  I was an active beer can collector from 1974 until the late '80s so I was always pestering my mom to pick up different brands so that I could have the cans, which meant that my dad - not really a beer drinker by any means - had to suffer through some pretty awful brews.  And later on I was always the guy drinking something like Blatz Light Cream Ale when all my friends were happy with Bud or Miller...


Lots of wonderful memories of the old brands we all grew up with! To go back to the original Shakey's question, National Bohemian out of Baltimore was very popular in Virginia (as well as all along the mid-Atlantic seaboard) and they had a very good Bock beer which they brewed and sold tons of every Spring. When Bock season was done, they would often continue to sell it on tap as National Boh Dark. I don't know if any of that was on tap at Shakey's, but I know it was alway around in the DC/MD area and it was pretty darn good.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 12:54:28 (permalink)
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Phildelmar

Wish I had a bottle
Than a frontal?

Always
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 13:32:40 (permalink)
Don't forget Shultz and Dooley, the talking mugs.  They promoted Utica Club.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/20 14:51:32 (permalink)
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Lots of wonderful memories of the old brands we all grew up with! To go back to the original Shakey's question, National Bohemian out of Baltimore was very popular in Virginia (as well as all along the mid-Atlantic seaboard) and they had a very good Bock beer which they brewed and sold tons of every Spring. When Bock season was done, they would often continue to sell it on tap as National Boh Dark. I don't know if any of that was on tap at Shakey's, but I know it was alway around in the DC/MD area and it was pretty darn good.
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I remember the National Boh Bock. Grocery stores would only carry it for a couple of weeks in the spring. Pabst also produced a Bock. Both were pretty tasty. I remember the National Boh commercials from the 60's. They had a pair of cartoon mascots, a crab and a pelican and the jingle went: "National Beer, National Beer...Brewed on the shores...of the Chesapeake Bay".
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 11:39:37 (permalink)
Wonderful thread with lots of memories from all eras. Thanks for starting it.
 
For me, coming of age (which was only 18 back then) in Brooklyn NY in the mid/late 60's, as others have said, Schaefer and Rheingold were on tap everywhere. Usually at 15 cents for a 7 oz. glass, or if I was feeling wealthy, 35 cents for a large glass (probably a 20 oz pint but we never used those terms back then, it was just a "large"). I preferred Shaefer, which is still around but I find it undrinkable now. For a cheap "local" beer these days I'll go for Yuengling Premium.
 
And there was always Bob Murphy, Voice of the Mets, doing the promos for the sponsor and pronouncing the word "Rheingold" in his own unique way. Word was he was quite a fan of the stuff too.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 13:14:58 (permalink)
Mel Allen, the voice of the Yankees, was hawking Ballantine Beer & Ale.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 15:12:11 (permalink)
I used to Make The Three Ring Sign. I even spent a summer delivering Ballantine beer and ale. I'd take along an extra case when I went out in the morning and trade warm bottles for cold ones along the route. The drivers' lounge at the plant in Hamden, Connecticut had both beer and ale in separate refrigerators, as well as beer and ale on tap for those of us who preferred drafts. I never remember a driver wanting to head for home right away after work.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 15:17:57 (permalink)
Does anyone remember Bert and Harry Piels?
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 16:00:28 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman

Does anyone remember Bert and Harry Piels?

I used to love their commercials   Was it Bob & Ray that did the voices?

post edited by ChrisOC - 2014/06/22 16:05:10
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 16:08:19 (permalink)
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Does anyone remember Bert and Harry Piels?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_URPYVhYg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HtmV0DmRU
Bob & Ray used to do their commercials.
Remember Bob & Ray?
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 16:12:59 (permalink)
How about Billy Beer, named for President Carter's brother!!!!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 17:21:14 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

Does anyone remember Bert and Harry Piels?

I used to love their commercials   Was it Bob & Ray that did the voices?

Yep.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 17:22:10 (permalink)
leethebard

How about Billy Beer, named for President Carter's brother!!!!!

Did you ever try drinking that stuff?
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 18:42:40 (permalink)
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ChrisOC

Michael Hoffman

Does anyone remember Bert and Harry Piels?

I used to love their commercials   Was it Bob & Ray that did the voices?

Yep.

First grade through sixth grade I went home for lunch.  My mother would have Bob & Ray on the radio, along with two 15 minute soap operas, "Helen Trent" and "Our Gal Sunday"
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 19:24:16 (permalink)
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leethebard

How about Billy Beer, named for President Carter's brother!!!!!

Did you ever try drinking that stuff?

Only once.....terrible!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 19:42:42 (permalink)
pineyhill

My father would occasionally drink Edelweiss beer, on the outside of the case it said "A Case of Good Judgement" I understand it was brewed in Chicago.


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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 22:02:49 (permalink)
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Genesee, from Rochester, NY Our one brewery makes it great! Can still get Cream Ale and Genny beer, and Bock in season. I tell everyone I was weened on Genesee! There was also Schmidt's, and Schlitz. 

I still drink Genesee. I grew up in Auburn, NY, and there has been a Genesee Beer sign on top of a building for almost 60 years that was recently restored. It's magnificent. I know the family that owns the building, they run the music store on the street level. Genesee leases the space for the sign, and gives them one free case of Cream Ale a month as part of the deal.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 22:03:41 (permalink)
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leethebard

How about Billy Beer, named for President Carter's brother!!!!!

Did you ever try drinking that stuff?

Only once.....terrible!!

I bought a 6-pack of Billy Beer when it came out. I was in college at the time. Drank the 6 and kept the cans as mementos. Came across them a while back in a box in my attic.
I read (somewhere) that Billy Beer was a Miller product. I thought the beer did resemble Miller Lite a bit. It was OK cold, nothing remarkable about it, but I don't think I would have called it terrible.
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