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2014/06/17 14:35:05 (permalink)

Yesteryear's beers

This showed up in the Pizza forum and got me thinking.
 
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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...
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 15:18:41 (permalink)
Lowenbrau Dark and Beck's Dark were the two national beers that come to mind. Every brewery in Milwaukee had a bock beer that was dark. Long gone examples were Fox Head, Weber, People's, West Bend Lithia, 905, Old Heidelberg, Gettelman, and ABD off the top of my head.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 15:34:29 (permalink)
Fond memories
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 16:01:25 (permalink)
In the 60's, my father used to drink Tavern Pale Dry beer sold in quart bottles in the Chicago area.  My brother used to drink Falstaff beer, which was brewed in St. Louis.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 16:11:25 (permalink)
I remember growing up around Country Club Malt Liquor (tasty with a salted rim) and Pearl. Both of those had big audiences on the Gulf Coast. 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 17:15:25 (permalink)
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 2014/06/17 17:15:28 (permalink)
Genesee & Carling's Black Label were the Beers of choice during my Teenage Years!" />" />
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 17:45:34 (permalink)
In the NYC area, Schaefer was on tap in almost every bar in the 60-70's.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 17:45:45 (permalink)
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.
 

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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 18:07:45 (permalink)
For a long time, Los Angeles had their own brewery. It was right in the downtown area off the 101 Freeway.

 
They went out of business in the early '70's. I remember my father having a six-pack in the fridge when I was young.
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 18:26:48 (permalink)
EdSails

For a long time, Los Angeles had their own brewery. It was right in the downtown area off the Golden State Freeway (I-5).


They went out of business in the early '70's. I remember my father having a six-pack in the fridge when I was young.


6 half quarts of beer for a buck & a quarter????????!!!!!!" />
No wonder they went out of business!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 19:14:56 (permalink)
Although to young to imbibe, I do remember advertising for Blatz, Schlitz, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Hamm's, and, Ballantine.
 
I'm sure there were others.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/17 21:31:35 (permalink)
"I'm from Milwaukee and I ought to know, its fire-brewed Blatz beer wherever you go."
"Hey Mabel, Black Label."
"Hamm's from the land of sky-blue waters."
The three middle fingers up means Wiedemanns.
Schlitz and PBR before it became retro hip.
What was the one in the about three foot tall bottle,  Meister Bräu?
 
In Indiana you had to be 21 to drink beer.  But across the state line in notorious Fort Recovery Ohio there were many large dives where you could get 3.2 beer at 18. 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 00:32:11 (permalink)
Great thread. I lived near the Tysons Corner Shakeys as a little kid and loved the old movies, pepperoni pizza and root beer. If my Dad was still around, he could answer the question about what the dark draft was. My money is on Lowenbrau. I was a curious youngster, especially in matters of food and drink and don't remember seeing Becks Dark around much in the DC market back then. My Dad was an equal opportunity imbiber; martini's after work, wine with dinner, Busch beer in cans on weekends after grass cutting or touch football. When the craft brew thing started to happen, he jumped aboard with abandon. There were a few brews before the Sam Adams/Sierra Nevada era and they were Erlanger and Prior Double Dark. He enjoyed both of those. He also told me, when he was growing up in the Lehigh Valley in the '50's, you knew a place was nice if they had Michelob on tap (!).

My beer drinking began at college in the mid 80's. The afternoon my parents dropped me off, I found a hall mate with a car headed to the IGA in Red Hook. I came back to my dorm with Cookie Crisp, milk, and a 12 pack of Gennesee. No longer a boy, not yet a man. Bard was Genessee land, most keg parties featured the beer or cream ale. We used to look forward to spring and the release of their bock. Being in New York, I was able to sample some brands I'd seen advertised in back issues of National Geographic. Blatz and Utica Club were pretty awful and Carling Black Label, while not unique to that market, was new to me. Pretty forgettable stuff.
I remember my grandfather bragging to my Dad in the 70's that he had scored a case of Coors...before they shipped east of the Mississippi. Amazing what was considered special back then.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 07:35:55 (permalink)
In college circa 1984 when funds were low we turned to "Quitin' Time".  99 cents a 6 pack.  Unfortunately, it kinda tasted that price too.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 07:54:18 (permalink)
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 09:40:14 (permalink)
While a lot younger than most of the posters here, I have found memories of one cheap beer from MI: Frankenmuth Dark.
 
While a lot of college towns I've visited had all sorts of drinking establishments built around massively cheap pitchers of beer, a good chunk of the places around Michigan State would feature thursday night $1 pitchers of.... Frankenmuth Dark.   While definitely not a high-end beer, it was still light years above the Bud/Miller/Coors/Natty Light/Whatnot that usually featured in cheap beer promotions.  And it was everywhere
 
Alas, the original Frankenmuth Brewery was destroyed by a tornado in 1996.  The brewery has reopened twice (2003, closing in 2006, and 2009, still going), but the beer is different now (generally, better).  But I miss the ubiquitous Frankenmuth Dark that was the cornerstone of MSU drinking for most of my college years (note that East Lansing at the time had notoriously lax enforcement of the drinking age...)
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 09:49:07 (permalink)
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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.
Later on Pickett of Dubuque (Pickett's, Dubuque Star among others) got ahold of the label.  It was either late 1981 or early 1982 when Dahl's supermarket in Des Moines briefly sold both Edelweiss and Storz Triumph (originally brewed in Nebraska IIRC) for 99 cents a 12-pack; both were just awful and had to be drank as cold as possible in order to numb the taste buds.
 
Once I turned 19 and could legally buy when I was in school in Iowa, I would often go to the pharmacy just down the street from my dorm and buy 3 individual bottles of beer, often Augsburger (light and dark), for Thursday night TV: one for Magnum P.I., one for Simon & Simon, and one for Hill Street Blues.
 
Back then Wisconsin's legal age was 18 so when I was home in northern Illinois I'd cross the border to Beloit and get 3 cases of beer to take to Iowa: Hi Brau (Huber in Monroe), Leinenkugel's, and Point.  Buy it legally, transport it into a state where it was illegal for me to possess, and then hope to get it into Iowa without any trouble.  Quite the Thunder Road life I led, I tell you.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:08:13 (permalink)
In Pittsburgh, it was always Iron City, which is still around. But there was also Duquesne, with a peppy jingle that ended, "Have a Duke, Have a Duke, Have a Duke!" Duquesne went out of business right around the time I would have started trying it illegally, probably the early '70s. The name has been revived by another company. They had a great neon sign on Mount Washington, across the river from The Boulevard of the Allies, with a beer pouring in a glass.
 
In the mid and late '80s Iron City started brewing IC Golden Lager. Golden Lager never really caught on, and was eventually discontinued. But it was actually an excellent German style lager, with a recipe from the Sam Adams guys (Iron City was the contract brewer for Sam Adams at the time). Golden Lager was recently revived by Iron City.
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:09:15 (permalink)
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.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:12:24 (permalink)
I think it was 1976 when Newsweek had a story about different American beers and included reviews and rankings.  IIRC Special Ex might've been the winner; I know I still have the article somewhere...
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:18:38 (permalink)
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Genesee & Carling's Black Label were the Beers of choice during my Teenage Years!" />" />

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. 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:26:12 (permalink)
I'm in my eighties and originally from Connecticut.
Some of my favorites were Narriganset, Hamden,Pabst,Ballantine and some of the eastern beers already mentioned
What I really miss is the springtime Bock beers that were put out
While in college the cheapest was Tudor(SP)sold by A&P,
You often found white crystals in it
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:38:01 (permalink)
Schaefer is the one beer to have when you are having more than one!

Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous.

Hey Mabel, Black Label !

Ballantine, have an ice cold Ballentine Beer.

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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:45:01 (permalink)
Piel's had the animated Burt and Harry Piels in commercials to sell their beer!!!
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 10:46:12 (permalink)
Huber Bock was $2.99/case (plus bottle deposit) each March. I wonder what it goes for now.

The best bar promotion was Little Wally's Night - Five 7-ounce bottles of Walter's beer for a buck. We'd rush to get through them before that last bottle got too warm.
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 14:45:40 (permalink)
When I was in high school, I could buy 3 quarts of Rupert's Knickerbocker beer for 99 cents.  At the Armory Tavern, draft beer was 15 cents.
 
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Re:Yesteryear's beers 2014/06/18 15:08:57 (permalink)
Based on the reports here, it appears that many Roadfooders began becoming Beer Connoisseurs at an early age!!!" />" />" />" /> 
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