I had a college roomate that lived in the suburbs of Cleveland and his Dad loved a bottle only beer brewed by Erie Brewing called "Yacht Club". Better than the Wiedeman’s that we budget concious college kids could find the cheapest in Michigan. I had another roommate from Manitowoc Wi and he would bring cases of Stevens Point and Leinenkugel (before they became associated with Miller).
During the days when the drinking age was 18, the rock bottom in Fairfax VA was Rolling Rock and yes we tried Hop N’ Gator as it was on the market then, YECH! As I remember it was not beer mixed with Gatorade, but a citrus (Lemon/Lime) flavored malt beverage. Sort of pre lime and Corona or the recent Zima.
Back when I was a beer can collector, Heilemans was eating up the Regional brand names in the 70’s-80’s. Here are some of the regional names that were gobbled up.
Black Label, the name stayed with Pabst.
Blatz, ended up with Pabst.
Blitz-Weinhard, ended up with Miller.
Grain Belt, Heileman purchased Grain Belt Breweries in 1976, but has since sold the name to the Minnesota Brewing Company.
Lone Star, ended up with Pabst.
Mickey’s, the name went to Miller.
National Bohemian, ended up with Pabst.
Old Style, Heileman’s house beer since 1902. Now with Pabst.
Rainier Beer, ended up with Pabst.
Rheingold, the brand ended up with Pabst, now licensed to the Rheingold Brewing Company.
Special Export, Heileman’s premium beer, now a Pabst product.
Stag, ended up with Pabst.
For an interesting walk down memory lane, go to http://www.breweriana.com and check out the Can & Bottles.