[:D]Now, I have to ask something. You obviously know quite a bit about beer and have drunk some damn good ones over the years, but Hop N Gator? Why did you not just like, but love Hop n Gator? Is this the same Hop N Gator that was a mixture of beer and gatorade[xx(]? One partially consumed six pack of that stuff has stuck in my memory for 30+ years as one of the nastiest alcoholic concoctions I ever drank.
In Minnesota in college in the late 80’s we drank a hideous beer called Hauenstein which came in returnable bottles that had roller marks on them from the 1950’s. The scary thing that we always noticed was that the actual smell of the beer was worse than your beer farts the next morning.
Googling around, I found this, a law office with your interests in mind (almost on-topic):
How about this link: http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/articles/dawe0600.htm
Looks like Dawes Black Horse Ale was out of the Toronto area.
I remember taking family vacations in 1975 (Florida) and 1980 (Texas) and begging my dad to buy and drink (or dump, in some instances) regional beers not found in northern IL just because I wanted the cans.
I can’t help you with Hauck’s (other than to say that I recognize the name), but Top Hat was widely sold by Burger in the South in the 1940’s. Seemingly it was aimed at the Afro-American market. Burger also made a couple of other brands which slip my mind at the moment.
Burger’s sales plummetted after they switched from city water to well water. It altered the taste of the beer to the point that even the hardest-core Burger drinkers were repulsed.
Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia, where Top Hat was once sold.
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.
"Hamm’s the beer refreshing….." I remember it well….
Ironically, Olympia bought Hamm’s back around ’75 or so and then both labels eventually wound up with Pabst (which also owned the Ballantine label some 7-8 years ago). Remember Buckhorn, the Hamm’s "budget" beer? That was the beer of choice for the adults during a holiday weekend family gathering in ’74 and it wound up being the first can in my collection…
Some 22-23 years ago someone gave my dad a 12-pack of Hamm’s and I appropriated it for my personal use when I went back to college after being home on break. I remember having to have it really cold in order to choke it down; I think at this time the local Dahl’s (Des Moines) Supermarket was also selling Storz Triumph and Edelweiss for 99 cents a 12-pack…2 beers that also needed to be tastebud-numbingly cold. [xx(]
I was in Balto this weekend, and was "this" close to getting a Natty Boh, but the bar (Max’s, in Fells Point) only served it in 40oz bottles.
No WAY I was drinking from a 40 at a bar, not to mention, I had to drive back to DC later that evening.
Anybody remember this swill?
I miss National Bohemian, aka, Natty Boh. It is no longer brewed in it’s birthplace- Baltimore. You can still find it in cans- but the one I recently held in my hand revealed that it was brewed in San Antonio. The taste is not even close to the original. The ritual of steamed crabs and Natty Boh is, alas, history.
You can still find Mr. Boh’s face around town on signs, t-shirts, etc. Most conspicuously, a huge, illuminated Mr. Boh adorns the brick facade of a new condo complex in east Baltimore- in the very building that once housed the National Bohemian brewery.
I’m a Cubs fan (as long as they’re not playing the Padres or Angels) and I remember well Hamms, the ads, and the bear. I even drank a few sixers back in the day. It wasn’t as good as Oly though.
garryd451…what were Cub fans doing drinking a Minnesota beer??? I believe Hamm’s is a Mini beer right?? Funny thing there little ditty "land of sky blue water" In the 60’s all the water in and around the Great Lakes was GREEN
Since no one reply to my above post, it means one of two things, No other Cub’s Fan reads this Topic or all the Cub’s Fans that read this topic are too young to remember Hamm’s!! Ha Ha
Drewry’s Beer, South Bend, Indiana
I grew up when everybody in the Michiana Area sold Drewry’s. I didn’t realize until the middle 1960’s that it wasn’t a national brand! Below is a link to Drewry’s information.
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