I don’t care what brentk has to say on this subject. I thibk that RR is a very tasty drinkable American beer. I also think that AB will never make it taste like the original and will just ruin it. I bought 2 cases yesterday and will enjoy them while they last.
I first drank RR back in the spring of ’85 when I spent my first time East of the Mississippi, in Harrisburg, Pa. The locals thought of it has cheap "piss" beer but I drank it because I enjoyed the taste. When I returned to Calif. at the end of June I looked for it and it wasn’t available. A few years later it was but at a steep price I seldom drank it. I waited until I traveled east again.
BUMMER IN THE SUMMER
I believe that the same fine brew can be produced without glass lined tanks, I’ll give A-B the benfit of the doubt.
If you want a good Mexican beer that can stand up to competition from virtually any other brew, then you should drink Dos Equis. Of course, if you are used to sweet, "kiddy" beers like Budweiser (The Wal-Mart of beers? The poster who came up with that one knows of what he speaks!), or virtually tasteless brews like Rolling Rock, then you would not like Dos Equis, as it has a pronounced BEER taste!
The only reason Rolling Rock has lasted this long is because the Yuppies liked beer in the green bottles. It made them feel special and the NYC bars knew this and they would charge more for the inferior brew. The Yuppies are getting older and smarter now and need to start saving there money so they will no longer spend the extra money for a green bottle. Next thing you know, they will give up on Corona. If it was any good you wouldn t have to put a lime in it. I spend lots of time in Mexico and the Mexicans wont drink that stuff.
Budweiser is the Wal-Mart of Beers.
And about as good.
I disagree that the demise of Rolling Rock is another step towards the "blanding" of the country.
In the beer world, those smaller breweries that are brewing the American Macro Lager style (such as Latrobe Brewing) are suffering because they can neither compete with the marketing budgets of Bud/Miller/Coors nor can they differentiate themselves on the basis of taste.
The craft beers are staking out a small but increasing market share based on brewing beers that have a different flavor profile for the audience that prefers that type of brew.
The emergence of these craft brewers over the last ten years is making the beer scene in America much more interesting.
I, too, will miss Rolling Rock. It was the featured brew at many an Eagles tailgate party. Went great with cheesesteaks.
I am shocked by this awful news. Rolling Rock, while not a "craft brew" or a "micro brew" is a good, reliable, light American lager, which goes down great on a hot summer day, and can be paired with simple, zesty food. Budweiser, the true "piss" of beers, will undoubtedly ruin the product, and then end it’s production, citing lowered sales. Time to order one last half keg and celebrate the passing of yet another independent brewer. NOBODY should be happy about this, if for no other reason that it is just another step towards the "blanding" of the country.
Used to love RR, but I’ve since moved on to trying some heavier, more complex brews (i.e., IPA’s, porters & stouts, lambics, etc), but Mrs QFan loves drinking RR straight & cold from those tall green bottles. What a sad occasion; another brewery’s traditions sucked up by the ocean of computerized-beer! [:(][:(]
Bonita Springs, FL
I love that Rolling Rock beer, especially in the summer, cold and in the green bottles. It will be missed. What I really hate is that I can’t get my hands on Kalik, beer of the Bahamas.
Rolling Rock was, at the very least, for those of strapped for cash, a reliably inexpensive beer. Sure, it’s not a Belgian brew, but there’s a place for everything, and it tasted better than Milwaukee’s Best (another cheapie).
Also, I remember reluctantly trying again a Genny Cream Ale on tap…you know what? Not too bad at all! Not at all like I remembered from a can way before!
One’s taste in beer can be infuenced by many things. My dad used to drink Schaefer beer in NYC…so I started to drink it too until I "grew up." My exposure to RR was limited. I do remember having it on occasion and thinking, hmmm, this has no taste. I recently tried it again and reached the same conclusion. I guess that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla (or Anchor Steam and Bud).
To each his own.
I’m sorry if this offends some, but other than the fact that Rolling Rock comes in those cute pony bottles, there is really nothing to miss tastewise about that beer. The real loss to beerdom is Heavyweight, which brewed some truly unique tasting beers.
This reminds me of the day Jim Croce and Gram Parsons died. The vast majority of people I know mourned Jim Croce but, in my opinion, Gram Parsons was the greater loss to music.
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