April 17, 2006
I read a post today that mentioned Jax beer. I vaguely recall buying Jax beer for $3.99 a case in Florida back in my younger days. It's not brewed anymore, and that fact started me to thinking about beers that have vanished like the dinosaurs during my lifetime.
Here are a few:
2) Iron City
3) Billy beer
Just damn! I was certain that I could remember some more, but I'm stuck after those five. Can YOU name a defunct brand of beer that I don't have listed?
(I'm assuming that Blatz beer is still being brewed somewhere...)
Someone in Memphis asked me recently if I knew where to find LA Beer. Remember that one?
7-11 Beer, sold at the Savannah Chinese 7-11's. Jax beer was in Florida and sold for 99 cents a six pack. Black Label? Schiltz bull malt liquor? Ballentines beer? And Ballentines ale?
What about Pearl beer? Is it still around?
Pearl is still around, but it's made by Pabst now. Same for Schlitz.
Hensler - Newark
Krueger - Newark
Horlacher - Stuff was something like $3.00 per case back when. It'd kill ya.
Linienkugals beer? Made from Big Eddy springs. Big Eddy was a race horse. Had a picture of Big Eddy on the label. Big Eddy was taking a piss. Wisconsin beer, I believe. Anyway t'was some nasty shit!
Rheingold! And old New York fave.
My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer
You should try it whenever you buy beer...
Oh yeah. I can still buy Blatz at my local liquor store. I love beers who's name sounds like the next day.
A-1 beer out in Phoenix. Of course with all the microbreweries around it doesn't really matter. While I don't drink much anymore, I find that I like one out of Oregon called MacTarnahan's Blackwatch on occasion.
They still sell Ballantine Ale here, matter of fact I just bought some Saturday at the grocery store....
Rainier, Lucky Lager, Carling Black Label.
Can't forget Champagne Velvet, possibly the lousiest beer ever brewed. In the 60's it cost $1.99 a case. Three or four bottles of that grossly overpriced cat piss would give a concrete block the running shits. one summer in the early 60's I used to buy that crap to give to a couple of bums who camped in a blackberry jungle behind my house near the N. end of Lake Union in Seattle. I did them no favors.
How about "Queer Beer"?
Hmmm... I know I've seen Pearl not too long ago. Lone Star's even making a comeback of sorts.
Defunct Beers around here:
Texas Pride (good riddance)
Stroh's (used to be brewed in Longview)
Pecan St. Lager
How about Champale? Hamms? Olde Frothingslosh?
Rheingold sprang to mind immediately. And didn't they have some kind of beauty contest every year where they set up cardboard contestants in the package stores and you could vote for Miss Reingold?
Grain Belt isn't being brewed by the original brewery, but its recipe was bought by another Minnesota brewery (Schells) and it is being brewed there. Not sure if they changed the recipe at all, though.
Hamm's and Leinenkugels are now owned by Miller, but Leinie's is still brewed in Chippewa Falls, WI (as well as in Milwaukee). There's no accounting for taste, but I still like their Original and their Red lagers.
No idea if or where Hamm's is still brewed.
Pabst Brewing -- although now based in Texas -- seems to own most of the brands that people are mentioning here that went out of business but are still available regionally like Ballantine, Ranier, Schlitz, Blatz, Old Style, etc.
Oh a beer that should be defunct if it's not is Red, White and Blue. That one cost about two bucks a six pack but man would you be seeing stars the next day if you drank a whole six.
Growing up in Colorado we could get Keystone beer for 89 cents a six-pack. Tasted like deer piss but got a buzz from it anyway.
Cheap and nasty- just like my women.
Jax was a skunky beer made form the water of the Mississippi river I reckon way down in new Orleans. The ony worse beer on the planter was Progress that was brewed in OklahomaI used to drink Hams beer but I think it sold out to a Washington company. Then there was a left coast beer, Lucky Lager that I have not seen in many years.
Grain Belt was a pretty good beer as well as a heavy beer called Smitzthat came out of the northern tier states. And of course Greasy Dick and Rolling Rock
Falls City - Louisville, KY
Sterling - Evansville, IN
Oertle's 92 - Cincinnati, OH
Weidemanns - Cincinnati, OH
Oh yeah, Weidebad! They're still making "Little Kings" in Cincy but not Burger anymore.
BTW, Carling Black Label is still being "brewed" but God knows why.
Crystal Beer from Shitwater, PA.
About 20 years ago, it was $4.50 a case of 24.
It spawned the saying amongst my friends, "For half a skin less than a fin, with Crystal beer you're bound to win!"
Sorry, Gerry, I had some Rainier a couple of weeks ago. It's certainly not made in the plant in Seattle, but it is being brewed somewhere!
Hamms. Hamms is being made, I think, by PBR, but it's not the "original" hamms. From the land of sky blue waters!
And Griesedieck. Pronounced "greasy-dick"
Dixie Brewing Company is still in business. They are just on hiatus due to Katrina. They hope to resume brewing at least in time for their 100 year anniversary next year.
My dad still buys the "Iron City" every time he makes a trip to Kentucky so I know you can still get it there. I think it's a northeast thing.
He also always buys "Big Red" sodas when he goes there and I;ve never seen them here in the south.
"Hamms. Hamms is being made, I think, by PBR, but it's not the "original" hamms. From the land of sky blue waters!"
Oh gawd, remember the cute little keg cans that stuff came in? In college we had an entire wall decorated with such, from floor to celling!
Is Old Millwalki, (sp), still brewed?
We drank a cheep beer called Drewery's in Atlanta back in the late 70's that sold for about $8.00 a case in unlabled returnable bottles.
We made furnature (coffee and end tables) with the cases of empty bottles in our dorm rooms at Georgia Tech.
In later years I bottled my own home brew in Drewerys bottles.
They stopped making it sometime in the late 1980's.
Narragansett was the beer of choice way back when. They brewed the horsepiss in Rhode Island if I recall. Not sure if it's even around anymore. At any rate, it was cheap as hell and my dad and his buddies always drank it so we'd sneak off with a few bottles everytime my friends and I went fishing and hunting with our Dad.
Gibbons and Steigmeier from the Wilkes-Barre PA area.
I grew-up in the Detroit area -- Altas was a local beer - It may still be made -- I just googled it - could find - must be dead as well... Tasted like Carlings Black Label which is long for Cat Piss
Did anyone mention National Beer? "Brewed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay". Back in 1970 you could buy a large glass for 15 cents at the Officer's Club at Ft. Holabird. If you got it ice cold you could actually drink it.
I was gonna say Griesedieck Brothers, but OG beat me to it. If I recall correctly, they were the orignial brewers of Falstaff.
And Lone Star, "The national beer of Texas."
When I was in high school you could buy beer at 3 quarts for a dollar. They had a different brand on sale each week, but it was always the same price; three for a buck.
old frothingslosh it was christmas beer made by yengling brewery pennsylvania
Old Potosi brewed by the Potosi Brewing Company of Potosi WI. 29 cents/quart. Don't know if it is still brewed.
P.O.C, from Cleveland, Ohio. Formally known as Pilsner on Call, in reality Piss Of Cleveland.
Black Horse Ale from Trenton, NJ, was a good one.
How about Valley Forge from PA. I grew up on those suds?
We lived in DeeCee and that seemed to be a no-man's land for beer. None of the better beers from the south, and the New England beers didn't reach down to the Capital.
I remember Narragansett from R.I.
How about Hulls Export brewed in New Haven Ct.?
(about 40 years ago!
Old Frothingslosh is a seasonal beer made still by Pittsburgh Brewing company...not yuengling..
Let me add:
Fort Pitt- jones brewing
tube city - mckeesport, pa
Esslinger - philly
regional beer (not micros) still brewed:
Red Top and Hudepohl both from Cincinnati
old dutch ,genesse,colt 45,
Iron City is still made. I saw it yesterday at a specialty beer store in Florida.
Huber Beer bought buy the quarts when I was young
People"s from an all black brewery $3 a case
Brew 102. Used to be brewed inbetween the north bound and south bound lanes of the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles. I very distinctly remember the brewery and one of my uncles drinking the stuff. I wasn't old enough to drink it, but remember hearing comments on how terrible the stuff was.
Some of the old beers have nostalgic value for things other than the beer themselves.
Duke (technically "Duquesne") had a terrific jingle with lyrics that rivaled the Marlboro Man mystique:
"If anybody asks you, I'm a natural man.
And I take my pleasure natural as I can.
And there ain't no pleasure like a natural beer.
Tall and cold!
Duke is the natural beer for the natural man.
"If anybody asks you, I'm a natural man.
And I take my pleasure natural as I can.
And there ain't no pleasure like a natural brew.
Oh my, yes!
Duke is the natural beer for the natural man."
Also, there is a defunct St. Louis beer that was the punchline for an old joke that doesn't make sense to anyone who has never heard of the Griezedek Brothers brewery.
The joke goes: "Did you hear about the girl who was hit by a beer truck? When she came to, she had a BLUE RIBBON in her hair, SCHLITZ in her pants, and a GRIEZEDEK in her hands."
Hahaha. Those were the days!