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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 22:42:06 (permalink)
....but I think Miller Lite IS terrible!!!!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 23:04:52 (permalink)
I think even the idea of a "lite" beer is terrible.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 23:40:02 (permalink)
<<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.
 
Your post was fascinating, so I looked into it and found this:
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/how_the_giant_genesee_beer_sig.html
 
Ironically, there is an ongoing hubbub in Brooklyn about a very similar-looking sign:
http://gothamist.com/2014/06/13/kentile_floors_saved.php#.
 
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 23:57:29 (permalink)
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....but I think Miller Lite IS terrible!!!!!


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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/22 23:58:04 (permalink)
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I think even the idea of a "lite" beer is terrible.



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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 00:58:06 (permalink)
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How about Billy Beer, named for President Carter's brother!!!!!

Did you ever try drinking that stuff?

Would drink a 6'er with Billy and then go pee out beside the gas station!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64wS1A4F1ro
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 07:32:31 (permalink)
How quickly the memories fade sometimes !

Which brand had ads featuring the "The 1000 Year Old Brewmaster"? For the life of me I can't remember.

I later found out that the voice-over in the promos was done by Tonight Show writer-and sometime talk-show host-Dick Cavett.

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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 09:04:11 (permalink)
<<Which brand had ads featuring the "The 1000 Year Old Brewmaster"? For the life of me I can't remember.
 
That would be Ballantine, and just to be exact, it was 2500 year old. The other voice (that of the Brewmaster) was Mel Brooks. The ads were based on a hit comedy LP that Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner had out at the time called the 2000 year old man.
 
Here's a sample of the ads:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4PswLLN8-4
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 09:26:45 (permalink)
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I read (somewhere) that Billy Beer was a Miller product.
It was actually brewed by 4 different companies, none of them Miller: Cold Spring (MN, the only steel can), Falls City (KY, this was the version sold in northern IL), Pearl (TX), and West End (NY).  My collection has been in storage for years but IIRC if I'm missing one Billy can it's the West End version.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2014/06/23 09:27:51
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 09:34:53 (permalink)
Billy Beer was brewed for the novelty collector can. I doubt any brewer cared what went in it and I suspect the cheapest recipe was the choice. And I suspect, by most, it was purchased only once.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/23 11:26:21 (permalink)
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I read (somewhere) that Billy Beer was a Miller product.
It was actually brewed by 4 different companies, none of them Miller: Cold Spring (MN, the only steel can), Falls City (KY, this was the version sold in northern IL), Pearl (TX), and West End (NY).  My collection has been in storage for years but IIRC if I'm missing one Billy can it's the West End version.


Guess I'll have to go back up to the attic and see if the brewer is listed on the cans. I was in school at Va. Tech at the time and bought the Billy Beer in Blacksburg.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/24 03:53:19 (permalink)
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Billy Beer was brewed for the novelty collector can. I doubt any brewer cared what went in it and I suspect the cheapest recipe was the choice. And I suspect, by most, it was purchased only once.

Except in the South.
Rednecks would buy them as a substitute for Champagne and used the empties for target practice! 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/07/05 11:55:00 (permalink)
Strohl's beer for us in the 80's Which did not taste bad at the time maybe i have no taste buds!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/07/05 12:20:59 (permalink)
Speaking of Stroh's, remember Goebel?  Stroh bought the label and it became a bargain beer ala Red White & Blue, Old Mil, etc.; when I moved into my first apartment the first beer I bought was a case of Goebel in 16-ounce returnable bottles (and IIRC Stroh's might've been available the same way) at Mario's Deli in Bolingbrook, IL.  Gave me a nasty headache the next day.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/07/05 15:56:27 (permalink)
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Strohl's beer for us in the 80's Which did not taste bad at the time maybe i have no taste buds!


I imagine our taste buds do change over time and that is a factor. Our memory changes over time as well. However, I used to think Schlitz had a very distinctive taste back in the 60s. Schlitz in the can today to me tastes hardly any different than any other low cost non-craft big brewery American lager. I wondered what I liked about it at the time. Then a few years ago they introduced a retro recipe Schlitz only in 12 oz. bottles. I tried it and it was indeed what I remembered. Can't say now why I liked it so much but it clearly showed how American lagers over the years refined themselves into a pretty much non-offensive brew, and I imagine why the craft brewing industry is growing.
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Re: Yesteryear's beers 2014/07/05 21:11:16 (permalink)
I drank Stroh's Bock in the late '60's and late '70's. I remember it being pretty decent.
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Re: Yesteryear's beers 2014/07/06 07:17:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby beerluvr2 2014/08/06 15:02:19
As I see it, a lot of beers have been homogenized into a bland sameness, at least those which survive. It doesn't speak all for our national taste, and does explain the craft beer movement.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/06 13:37:53 (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.



... my first thought was whether it might have been Blatz Dark ... there was also a Blatz Bock ... both of which we used to have on draught at our club long ago.
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/06 14:44:32 (permalink)
I fondly remember Hull's beer brewed in New Haven, and of course there was Carlsberg -- but when it still was being brewed in Denmark, only.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/06 16:48:41 (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." Here is proof it was favored in high school as I painted it on my own senior cords, a tradition my sister said I killed with my painting shenanigans. Painting senior cords all through high school was one of my main sources of income.





 
If you even tried to wear those today, they would kick you to the curb. They would find at least a doz things on that pair alone. 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/07 17:03:46 (permalink)
In my mispent 'yout'....
 
We used to get "Red, White, & Blue" beer for $ 4.90 a case...
 

 
It was bottled by Pabst, but not quite "good enough" to be called Pabst, if that's telling you anything...
 
We used to joke that when they rinsed out the vats, whatever came out would be bottled and called "RWB"...
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/07 18:55:59 (permalink)
One more time...LUM"S-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."
https://www.flickr.com/ph...900151/in/photostream/
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/08 09:08:45 (permalink)
Smitty in CTWe used to get "Red, White, & Blue" beer for $ 4.90 a case...
It was bottled by Pabst, but not quite "good enough" to be called Pabst, if that's telling you anything...
We used to joke that when they rinsed out the vats, whatever came out would be bottled and called "RWB"...
When I was growing up RWB was often referred to as "Retch, Wheeze, and Barf".
It was Pabst's bargain beer like Old Milwaukee was for Schlitz, Busch for A-B, and Meister Brau for Miller.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/08 09:14:06 (permalink)
WintahabaOne more time...LUM"S-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." https://www.flickr.com/ph...900151/in/photostream/
I wonder if Ballantine Dark was a draft-only product.  I know they packaged their bock beer but I don't ever recall seeing a Ballantine Dark bottle or can.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/08 10:02:45 (permalink)
In the summer of '71 I was in the Hamptons. I remember being so broke that we were drinking Bohack beer at $4 or $5 a case.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/08 16:07:54 (permalink)
From my seat at the bar in my great uncle's tavern in the late 60's/early 70's....Hamm's was the beer on tap there.  I was there with my grandpa; and he used to buy me returnable bottles of Squirt there.  I still remember the animated Hamm's sign over the bar....very cool.  The commercials; the drum beating; "from the land of sky blue waters...."
 
I also remember my grandpa drinking a lot of Stag, Schiltz, and Falstaff.  Greisedieck also was popular.  Grain Belt when visiting relatives in Iowa.

When I hit my teens in high school, mid 70's; and the country gravel roads were the tavern of choice; a cooler of Pabst was our choice first; then we moved to Busch pretty much exclusively, unless someone could get Coors.  What a novelty that was.  one of my high school friends' dad had the local Olympia beer distributorship; the price was right...

I remember a lot of the older generation drinking Lowenbrau; Miller High Life, Michelob.   Don't see any of them that much anymore.

In college at Mizzou; Busch was the choice.  Cheaper than Bud.  No light beer for us at the fraternity; that was for girls.

Spent a summer in Chicago doing an internship; got well acquainted with Old Style.   

Once married out of college; had 3 kids, including a set of twins, by the time I was 27.  Supporting the entire family made beer more of a luxury.  Spent more money on diapers and formula than food.  I would buy Blatz returnable long necks on sale for $4.99 per case.  Once you got the first one down, it wasn't too bad.

Nowadays, although I appreciate the occasional Guinness or a craft beer like Goose Island Honkers Ale; give me a bottle of Bud Light and I'm a happy boy.

This is a lot of beer history for a Southern Baptist.  Glad I was raised an old school Lutheran....
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/11 12:12:52 (permalink)
Saw an article in today's IndyStar that they are brewing Drewey's again. Good old Indiana beer!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/12 09:28:55 (permalink)
Said Drewry's article is here.
 
If it's being contract-brewed in Wisconsin my first thought is that Minhas (formerly Huber, Monroe) or Point (Stevens Point) is the likely brewer, as both do a fair amount of that kind of work.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/12 10:15:16 (permalink)
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Said Drewry's article is here.
 
If it's being contract-brewed in Wisconsin my first thought is that Minhas (formerly Huber, Monroe) or Point (Stevens Point) is the likely brewer, as both do a fair amount of that kind of work.




 
Article says South Bend. Although not the original brewery.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/08/12 13:21:29 (permalink)
The one beer to have when you are having more than one. Actually I couldn't stand the stuff. I always liked Knickerbocker.
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