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Old 09-09-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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Another thread about beer got me started thinking about older beer brands either no longer available or hard to find. My earliest remembrance of a beer brand was Miller High Life and my favorite first taste of beer as a kid (in my teens)...Falstaff on draft. I also have fond memories of Lowenbrau which is supposedly still manufactured but haven't seen in years. Anyone else see it around?
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I haven't seen the following for quite awhile:

North Star
Grain Belt
Drewrey's
Hamms
Burgermeister
Pearl
Texas Pride

I tasted over half of those on the list, and can't say I mourn their demise. The old Hamms commercials with the bear from "the land of sky blue waters" were kinda fun, though.

The old days...

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Old 09-09-2018, 10:38 AM
 
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We actually have Hamm's here in Florida now, both regular and light. I don't know if it was maybe recently resurrected or if new ownership is trying to expand the brand, but good to see!
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Old 09-10-2018, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Responding to a couple of different comments above...

Lowenbrau -- it is still brewed, but hard to find in the U.S. (in the 1970's it was contract brewed in U.S. by Miller and thus widely distributed).

Hamm's -- is now owned by Miller-Coors. They have ramped it up nationwide the past couple of years as their 'economy' beer offering. It is quite good for a cheap beer. In my area it is $4.00 for 6 pint cans or $13 for 24 -12 oz cans.

Falstaff -- the brand is owned by Pabst Brewing, but is not currently produced. I am hoping they re-introduce it in the future as I have never tried it.

A couple of older brands I never see anymore, although they are still produced: Black Label and Stroh's.
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Old 09-10-2018, 04:40 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Genesee.

A lot of the brands mentioned, like the one I did, were/are very local.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Coastal North Carolina
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Genesee.

A lot of the brands mentioned, like the one I did, were/are very local.
Genny Cream Ale is excellent, especially for the rock bottom price. Hard to find it in North Carolina these days though.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:27 AM
 
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Responding to a couple of different comments above...

Lowenbrau -- it is still brewed, but hard to find in the U.S. (in the 1970's it was contract brewed in U.S. by Miller and thus widely distributed).

Hamm's -- is now owned by Miller-Coors. They have ramped it up nationwide the past couple of years as their 'economy' beer offering. It is quite good for a cheap beer. In my area it is $4.00 for 6 pint cans or $13 for 24 -12 oz cans.

Falstaff -- the brand is owned by Pabst Brewing, but is not currently produced. I am hoping they re-introduce it in the future as I have never tried it.

A couple of older brands I never see anymore, although they are still produced: Black Label and Stroh's.
I would love to find Lowenbrau! That explains Hamms with the Miller-Coors connection, perhaps looking for a Pabst Blue Ribbon-like sales result? I haven't seen Stroh's in ages but have run across Carling Black Label. I was just at Total Wine and Liquor yesterday (one of the larger retailers) and found Narragansett Lager which I must say might be my new favorite "hot weather/watching the game" brand! Narragansett Beer | The Classic American Lager Since 1890 - Narragansett Beer

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Old 09-10-2018, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I have really started liking the old beer brands. Narragansett is by far my favorite. It is just a very drinkable beer. It definitely goes great on a hot summer day or with any seafood. I tried Schlitz for the first time in years and found I liked that too. My husband came home with Gennesee a couple months ago. My first impression was I'm not too sure of this one. It grew on me though.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:22 PM
 
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Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve.

They got bought out by one of the big brewers and now are only a regional brand, except for their hard sodas.

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Old 09-10-2018, 04:25 PM
 
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I've been enjoying Pabst Blue Ribbon lately.

My 88 yr old neighbor turned me on to it. I cook for him sometimes, and that's what he serves me for happy hour. On tap!
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