Originally posted by leethebard
So many of the old labels bought by new breweries don't remotely taste like what once was...it's almost a sin to give them an old distinguished brand!!
Since we are in the same general necks of the woods, were you referring to all those Northeast brands that all wound up being owned by Pabst, or others not sold around here?
In my early years, I saw the following breweries around here fold: Rheingold (Liebmann), Schaefer (Brooklyn, then Lehigh Valley), Pabst Newark, Schlitz Brooklyn, Rupert Yorkville, NYC (Knickerbocker), Ballantine Newark, Schmidt Philadelphia, Piels Brooklyn et. al. Consolidation brought a few new brands into town: Stroh (brewed at Schaefer Lehigh Valley), Mickey's, Haffenreffer, Colt 45, St. Ides, Falstaff, Old Milwaukee, Champale, Carling Black Label, Blatz (sporadically), Hamm's.
Presently, Pabst sells the following one-time massive sellers around here: Schlitz cans (not the resurrected good stuff), Piels, Schaefer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schmidt's. To my taste buds (and to Lee's, apparently,) none taste the same as when they were brewed in NY/NJ/PA.
Has anyone been able to document if and when the formulas of these beers were changed to reduce brewing costs?