I don’t think that the Carling’s Black Label sold in Canada is the same as what used to be sold here in the states. The name’s the same, but what’s inside ain’t eh?
[:)] Looks like we are about to have the 1000th hit on this topic…Who’d have thought that Bad Beer would draw such a crowd.
I remember Beer Balls, They were Bright Blue weren’t they[;)]?
Oh heck, yeah! I remember beer balls well, because up in Potsdam, all we did was drink beer…and because Matts was cheap, that’s what we bought. Potsdam was basically college utopia. Lots of colleges nearby, drinking age hadn’t gone up to 21 yet, and phenominal ‘beer blasts’ every weekend. A sorority and fraternity (frats were usually from Clarkson, an engineering school) would get together and have a HUGE afternoon blow-out. It was not unusual to kick 150-200 kegs over a 4 hour period. We’d have it out in a field filled with hay, hire a local country-rock band, and just hang (usually peacefully) for hours on end! It was REALLY fun, and something you just don’t see in urban areas. I’m going back to Potsdam for my 20th reunion this summer and I can’t wait to be back up in the North Country of NY!!
Being from Utica, I can look back fondly on summer evenings spent with my Dad at Spilka’s bar–a couple dozen raw clams washed down with a pitcher of ice cold Matts. Mmmmmm.
Seems to me that part of what makes a brew "mega swill" is familiarity. The swill was always the stuff you got at keggers. At school in Binghamton that would have been Pabst Blue Ribbon, but at Hamilton College (near Utica) the keggers ran on the local brew, Matts. Ironic, because at that time, Matts was the flagship product of F.X. Matt Brewing!
Anyone remember Beer Balls? F.X. Matt filled theirs with Matts Premium. Were there any other brewers selling them?
The guy from Kansas who atteneded the meeting I described in the first post on this topic brought a 6pack of generic "Cost-Cutter" BEER.
Piggy, Your mention of the Beers of the GREAT WHITE NORTH triggered memories of that great film classic "STRANGE BREW" starring the McKenzie Brothers(SP?)
Worst that I ever had was in college when we went to the A&P (alas no longer with us) and bought generic beer. That’s right folks, a white can that said "BEER" in black letters. It was however, very cheap and deservedly so.
Carlings Black Label is Good Beer … [:)]
Especially Served in Canada [:)], Only place you can still get It
Where, I’ve yet to meet ad BAD beer eh,
Hey R W B was not that bad got it a place called the beverage barn on kingston pk in knoxville tn in the 70’s for $4.75 a CASE!
… Continuing our lesson in the poor taste of an earlier generation…What about, " Mabel, Black Label"!!! Carling’s Black Label was another of those that were over publized and and over rated !
On the West Coast BREW 102 was one of the economy specials and RED,WHITE,&BLUE was in every 7-11 I ever visited, Never had the nerve to try it.
I went to Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa in mid sixties. Our Best of the Worst was GRAIN BELT. Tasted like it had already been consumed once if you get my drift.
I don’t remember Heffenreffer, but I sure do remember Narraganset. And I remember "Have a ‘Ganset."
Ahh, Heffenreffer…affectionatly refered to in New England as the "green death"-the pride of Narraganset,RI-another beer, along with Narraganset Ale that went the way of the Falstaff/Pabst Blue Ribbon brand mergers
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen
the only beverage in the cooler was Little King’s Ale.
I used to LOVE Little Kings Cream Ale. I drank it back in the day, along with 12-packs of Bud Dry (ew, gross), the ubiquitous Milwaukee’s Best (known locally as "The Beast" – and it’s not even made in Milwaukee), Sun Country Wine Cooler (in 2-liter bottles) and half-pints of Bluesberry schnapps.
If I put on some of my mom’s clothes and makeup, I would go to the scarier parts of town and pick up 40s of Old English or Hoffenreffer. Now those were crappy beers. Or malt liquors, to be more exact. [xx(]
Pearl is still around, I saw it last summer in the refrig at several grocery/convenience stores on our trip west.
[xx(]I think my worst experience with any beer was a day that we decided to go to Kings Island, the theme park outside of Cincinnati. Breakfast at 7am was a stop at Mickie D’s for semi-runnie Egg McMuffins and the only beverage in the cooler was Little King’s Ale. Now at that time..several years back, my body could ‘Handle‘…yeah even CRAVE that combination…But then we jumped on every roller coaster we could find at the park. It was a dismal day for roadfooders , to be sure. [V]No Egg McMuffins, ever again… and Little Kings and I still don’t agree!![|)]
Has anyone tried Oly — Olympia beer from the Pacific Northwest? Now, there’s a bad beer. I remember a couple of beers I really liked. One was Hulls, which was brewed in New Haven, Connecticut. It’s long gone. Pearl is the other one. It was from Texas. I don’t know if they still brew Pearl.
Do they still have Piel’s (spelling?) in New York? I always enjoyed their commercials with Bob and Ray as the "Piel Brothers."
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