Gut Rumbles

April 17, 2006

defunct beers

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:

1) Falstaff
2) Iron City
3) Billy beer
4) Encore
5) Dixie

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...)



Posted by: Kelly on April 17, 2006 02:02 PM

Someone in Memphis asked me recently if I knew where to find LA Beer. Remember that one?

Posted by: Tessa on April 17, 2006 02:04 PM

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?

Posted by: Catfish on April 17, 2006 02:07 PM

What about Pearl beer? Is it still around?

Posted by: Ruth H on April 17, 2006 02:20 PM

Grand Prize--Houston
Southern Select
Lucky Larger??

Posted by: Joe Owen on April 17, 2006 02:26 PM

Pearl is still around, but it's made by Pabst now. Same for Schlitz.

Posted by: Aubrey Turner on April 17, 2006 02:34 PM

Hensler - Newark
Krueger - Newark
Horlacher - Stuff was something like $3.00 per case back when. It'd kill ya.

Posted by: Jim -PRS on April 17, 2006 02:36 PM

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!

Posted by: imp on April 17, 2006 03:10 PM

Rheingold! And old New York fave.

My beer is Rheingold, the dry beer
You should try it whenever you buy beer...

Posted by: Elisson on April 17, 2006 03:11 PM

Oh yeah. I can still buy Blatz at my local liquor store. I love beers who's name sounds like the next day.

Posted by: Ted on April 17, 2006 03:14 PM

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.

Posted by: RayH on April 17, 2006 03:18 PM

They still sell Ballantine Ale here, matter of fact I just bought some Saturday at the grocery store....

Posted by: Ruth on April 17, 2006 03:20 PM

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.

Posted by: Gerry N. on April 17, 2006 03:28 PM

How about "Queer Beer"?

Posted by: Dave S. on April 17, 2006 03:30 PM

Olympia Beer.

Posted by: Langus on April 17, 2006 04:10 PM

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?

Posted by: El Capitan on April 17, 2006 04:16 PM

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?

Posted by: Libby on April 17, 2006 04:17 PM

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.

Posted by: Steve G. on April 17, 2006 04:18 PM

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.

Posted by: Libby on April 17, 2006 04:19 PM

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.

Posted by: Paul on April 17, 2006 05:01 PM

Cheap and nasty- just like my women.

Posted by: sefton on April 17, 2006 05:16 PM

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

Posted by: GUYK on April 17, 2006 05:44 PM

Falls City - Louisville, KY
Sterling - Evansville, IN
Oertle's 92 - Cincinnati, OH
Weidemanns - Cincinnati, OH

Posted by: Roy on April 17, 2006 05:52 PM

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.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on April 17, 2006 07:43 PM

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!"

Posted by: rightisright on April 17, 2006 08:34 PM

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!

Posted by: Keith on April 17, 2006 08:49 PM

Hamms. Hamms is being made, I think, by PBR, but it's not the "original" hamms. From the land of sky blue waters!

Posted by: og on April 17, 2006 08:58 PM

And Griesedieck. Pronounced "greasy-dick"

Posted by: og on April 17, 2006 09:00 PM

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.

Posted by: KP on April 17, 2006 09:25 PM

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.

Posted by: Dawn on April 17, 2006 09:56 PM

"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?

Posted by: TC on April 18, 2006 02:59 AM

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.

Posted by: Virgil on April 18, 2006 03:22 AM

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.

Posted by: Gordon the Magnificent on April 18, 2006 04:26 AM

Gibbons and Steigmeier from the Wilkes-Barre PA area.

Posted by: Amy on April 18, 2006 05:48 AM

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

Mark --

Posted by: Mark -- on April 18, 2006 09:12 AM

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.

Posted by: JPC on April 18, 2006 10:05 AM

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.

Posted by: Gramps on April 18, 2006 11:17 AM

old frothingslosh it was christmas beer made by yengling brewery pennsylvania

Posted by: Arathorn on April 18, 2006 01:31 PM

Old Potosi brewed by the Potosi Brewing Company of Potosi WI. 29 cents/quart. Don't know if it is still brewed.

Posted by: Rick on April 18, 2006 02:05 PM

P.O.C, from Cleveland, Ohio. Formally known as Pilsner on Call, in reality Piss Of Cleveland.

Posted by: Cappy on April 18, 2006 04:12 PM

Black Horse Ale from Trenton, NJ, was a good one.

Posted by: t. ferrell on April 18, 2006 05:51 PM

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.

Posted by: Rivrdog on April 19, 2006 05:48 AM

I remember Narragansett from R.I.
How about Hulls Export brewed in New Haven Ct.?
(about 40 years ago!

Posted by: Dave Chapman on April 19, 2006 05:13 PM

Old Frothingslosh is a seasonal beer made still by Pittsburgh Brewing company...not yuengling..
Let me add:

Fort Pitt- jones brewing
Esquire- ditto
tube city - mckeesport, pa
Esslinger - philly

regional beer (not micros) still brewed:

Iron City
National Bohemian

Posted by: mort sanus on January 6, 2008 04:32 PM

how about
Burger Beer

Posted by: Lee on July 18, 2008 07:58 AM

Red Top and Hudepohl both from Cincinnati

Posted by: Dick Henry on July 2, 2009 05:41 PM

old dutch ,genesse,colt 45,

Posted by: archie on August 28, 2009 10:57 PM

Iron City is still made. I saw it yesterday at a specialty beer store in Florida.

Posted by: kit gerhart on November 4, 2009 03:19 PM

Huber Beer bought buy the quarts when I was young
People"s from an all black brewery $3 a case

Posted by: dickie fickle on December 19, 2009 05:33 PM

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.

Posted by: Chris V. on December 21, 2009 04:41 PM

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!

Posted by: TK on January 7, 2010 09:32 PM
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