It was Boones Farm. It was 30 some years ago. Sorry.
Paul E. Smith
Are you sure that was ripple?? It sounds more like Boone’s Farm. It came in fruity flavors & was the wine of choice in my crowd during the late 60’s early 70’s.
Al, now that you mention it, I do remember Thunderbird. I think one of its attributes was erasing all memory of drinking it…until the next time.
Was Thunderbird considered fortified?
I did Ripple in the early 70’s. Somehow I thought it was good then.
Seems like I did the apple version and strawberry also.
Paul E. Smith
When it comes to the old-time cheap wines…"What’s The Word?…THUNDERBIRD !! What’s the Price? 30 Twice!!"
$.59 a fifth or a Quart, I don’t remember which, but it was right up there with the Lucky Lager and Burgermeister and Brew 102 !! (on the Left Coast)[xx(]
Cheap beers of my youth were Schlitz, Schmidts and Rolling Rock. The main reason we bought the Schmidts was because back in the days before pop-tops, they usually had a giveaway can opener if you bought 2 or more cases. My dad was a Piel’s Man and when I first saw the banter between Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street, the Piel’s Brothers immediately came to mind.
I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Ripple, a venerable ancestor of today’s wine coolers.
Schmidts!! Brewery at the foot of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Big sign in Connie Mack Stadium. Horrible headaches.
Bert and Harry Piels!! As they say, too bad the adverts weren’t as good as the beer.
San Miguel!! Having lived a bunch of years in the Philippines, I can testify that without it, many a foreign resident would have been taken by tropical malaise, or worse. But then again, it probably got many a foreign resident into worse trouble.
(Singing) "Yoo, hoo, Mabel. Black Label. Carling Black Label beer." I drank that back in college until I could afford better.
(Singing) "Oly, oly, oh. Oly, oly, oh. Oly, oly, oh. It’s the water, and a lot more." The Olympia song. Drank some of that, too, and liked it. A Washington state beer. The Coors fans always said that panthers had something to do with the water.
Why can I remember these jingles so easily?
When I was growing up in Los Angeles, (mumble-mumble) years ago, there was a local beer called "Brew 102". I remember that when you drove through the industrial area south of downtown LA, you’d see a huge storage tank (identical to those used for storing petroleum products … steel braces placed in a circular pattern, maybe 100 ft. in diameter, with some kind of netting surrounding a flexible tank cover) with the words, "Brew 102" on its side. Even as a child, I thought that looked particularly unappetizing.
Does anyone remember Schmidts from Philadelphia? In the 50’s in Philly, beer drinkers either loved it or hated it, and it was the butt of a lot of jokes about the effects of drinking it. It was the in-thing to make fun of it, but they sold a lot of beer back then. I liked the taste and the price was right
I am assuming that the effects of schmidts were similar to the after-effects of Genny Cream Ale..which we used to call [the effects AND the beer]’Genny Screamers’….[:D]
Iron City. Now there was a bad beer, but when I was a teenager and it sold for 3 quarts for a buck, who cared?
Does anyone remember Schmidts from Philadelphia? In the 50’s in Philly, beer drinkers either loved it or hated it, and it was the butt of a lot of jokes about the effects of drinking it. It was the in-thing to make fun of it, but they sold a lot of beer back then. I liked the taste and the price was right.
Anyway, back when Coors had limited distribution in the mid-Atlantic states and had a great reputation, a local magazine conducted a blind taste testing of Coors, Schmidts and several others. Schmidts won! Go figure!
Eventually, one of the big brewers bought Schmidts, moved it out of Philly, changed the formula and it dropped from sight.
All the ‘beverage centers’ that sold beer balls also sold the ‘special tap’ needed to pump it out.The TRUE hero of those parties was the one who had one of those taps already! Apparently Matts wasn’t the ONLY one producing beer balls [the actual name of the sacred plastic orb was ‘Beer Sphere’ btw..];I remember seeing [in SE NYS]balls by Bud….
Beverages- Best of the Worst.
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