OH my gosh. I remember Top Hat. It was sold here in Cincy, too. I had forgotten its connection to Burger. (Remember the jingle? "Burger Beer is brewed with artesian waters…" followed by the faint high soprano echoing "Artesian waters………".)
I remember Wiedemann ("Satisfies a sincere and monumental thirst") fondly. An old gentleman I used to know spent many afternoons with Wiedemann, having walked the block to the local Pony Keg to pick up the beer and half a chicken, which he boiled and fed to his Chihuahua by hand. Oh how I hated that ill-tempered little dog…….
In my Callow Youth, I belonged to a community theater group that had an old Coke machine retrofitted to take Wiedemann longnecks. 35 cents apiece.
We were Wiedemann shortie drinkers in college. When one of my buddies killed his Camaro on the old Central Bridge in Newport (bridge deck made slick by the fog,) the joke was that he got $100 for the car when he junked it, and $250 for the recycling value of the glass from all of the Wiedemann bottles in the trunk. Several years ago I won a 12 pack of empties on Ebay for $5. The lady who sold them was local, so I met her in a local McDonald’s parking lot and gave her the money there. I gave them out to my friends who had survived the Wiedemann days with me, and several weeks ago played poker at one of their houses. He has now gone upscale and has a tap in his basement, so I was heading down to refill a pitcher after "tapping" out in a hand. It did my heart good to see that the Wiedemann pony bottle that I had given him was displayed in a place of honor in his family room.[8D]