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What was dear old dad's beer of choice?
My dad was a Schlitz lover for most of his life,
some Miller high life, and I remember a Black Label

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  1. My dad HATED the taste of beer, BUT he had chronic kidney stones, so his doctor told him to drink cranberry juice during the day and one or two beers at night. He eventually settled on Labatts as the most tolerable.

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    1. re: KazamaSmokers

      Shaeffer and Reingold were the beers I used to sneak out of the house as a teen!

      1. re: billmayo

        Wow, Shaeffer...really? Amazing how our tastes change over the years. I drank one of those in my early 20's and that had to be one of the worst beers I have ever put in my mouth.

        My Dad was a Seagram's VO guy, but when him and my uncle sat down to polish off a 6'r it was usually Schlitz or Budweiser. The Schlitz came in a can made of hardened steel with the pop off that actually removed from the can (think bumper on a 57 Chevy) and the Bud came in the little short necked brown bottles that looked like the red stripe bottles. Dating myself? You bet. :)

        1. re: Liveitloud

          Surprised to hear of your bad experience with Schaeffer.
          While it's true that the stuff sold as Schaeffer these days is singularly unremarkable, the original Schaeffer of old was an American lager with a bit more flavor 'oomph' than most other beers of it's type.

          I still have to wonder why companies like Pabst are bothering to keep some of these old classic old labels alive when they show total disregard for the original formulas and make everything essentially as a generic..

          1. re: The Professor

            Recognizable brand names from the past have marketing and franchise value because they touch sentimental chords. How little does a new Mustang or Corvette resemble the original? Totally different products also.

            1. re: Veggo

              You're absolutely right, of course.
              It's still a bit of a shame though that these old brand names are just "labels" now.
              Some of the old timey brands were actually pretty good beers, and products of some character.

    2. My Dad was mostly a scotch or Gin drinker, still is. He would have some beer in fridge for his beer drinking friends. My parents had some friends that worked at the local Falstaff brewery, so there was a lot of Falstaff, occasionally Bud or Schlitz. We lived in Texas, though and i remember taking a family vacation to Colorado in the early seventies. At that time Coors wasn't available where we lived, and this was a BIG deal, because we could bring back Coors. I recall bringing back a few cases for some in the neighborhood.
      A few years later our city got a Coors distributorship (as did everywhere else in the free world), and the novelty wore off. I digress.

      1. Bud and Dewar's "White Label". He becomes my hero more each day. Miss you dad.

        1. Back in the '70s, he kept Rolling Rock in the fridge.

          1. My Dad was not much of a drinker, no beer in the fridge, but I sure am happy that HE was my Dad.

            1. My recollection is that my dad liked Horlacher , Krueger Pilsener and Ballantine Ale.
              During the summer months , our house was the meeting place for all the relatives since we had an in-ground pool. These three brands were the ones I remember my dad stocking all the time (and allowing me to have a taste of too, with meals).

              I'd still trade ANYTHING made today for the old, ultra hoppy Ballantine XXX Ale (as opposed to what's being sold under that label these days). Dad would likely agree.

              1. Piels genuine draft in the stubby bottles....Reingold...when brewed in the city ....Shaeffer........in the basement in Bayonne with grandpa's pint of something stashed in the rafters..........

                1. My Dad's favorite was Bass. Some George Killians (when it actually had flavor), and an occassional Guinness would make the rotation once in while. But he always kept some black label or narraganset around to quench his thirst and give to the neighbors when they came around.

                  Forever grateful to him for teaching me that beer is more than some cold, bland, fizzy, yellow lager. And that beer is a beverage that can be drank daily as a beverage and not just as an alcohol delivery device.

                  When Newman's (first microbrewery on the east coast) opened in Albany NY sometime around 1980?, my father was at their release party and was quoted in the local paper when asked what he thought of the beer. He said it would probably taste pretty good, but they served it way too cold to tell. Typical Englishman.

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                  1. re: LStaff

                    Bass has changed quite a bit since the 70's as well though the version we got over here was always sweeter than and never much like the hoppy, fragrant Bass served on draught in the UK (maybe brewed differently to compensate for the American habit of practically freezing the beer...JessK...any opinion on that?)).

                    Glad someone remembers that George Killian's actually did have some flavor when it was originally introduced and marketed as an Ale. Coors really lamed out big time on that one...I was very disappointed when it was re-formulated (twice, from what I'm told) where it is now basically little more than red Coors, at least taste wise. Too bad.

                    I remember Newman's too...I didn't live very close to the brewery but I had a cousin who did and was kind enough to bring back polypins of it for me when she came to NJ to visit her family. Newman made very good beer...he was perhaps a bit ahead of his time and also swimming against the tide by making beer that was very lightly carbonated (as a good ale should be). Good stuff, that was...

                  2. My dad drank ANYTHING that was cheap

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                    1. re: DapperDave

                      My dad was sort of the same way when I was growing up (the 1970's). In a sense it's thanks to him that I got to try most of the beers that were available at the time (Schaeffer, Piels, Rheingold, etc...) , but he was also into whatever was local (we did a lot of visiting in Pennsylvania and Kentucky during those years) and held German imports to be the gold standard, reserved for special occasions. Those last two characteristics are ones that I took to heart as I came of age, and are still part of the way I approach the topic of beer.

                    2. Hulls, "Connecticut's only brewery" ...until it tanked in 1977. Narragansett from RI, and the inimitable Schmidts in the 16 oz. abmer bottles, from the crystalline waters of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

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                      1. re: Veggo

                        I live in New Jersey fairly close to the Anheuser Busch brewery in Newark. My father was not much of a beer drinker but enjoyed one occasionally. My interest in beer was piqued in 1969 when, as a nine year old I was exposed to the beer commercials on Mets and Yankees games. Beer looked so appetizing. Rheingold and Schafer had such good commercials. I asked my dad what was the best beer, figuring he was the authority on everything. He told me that it wasn't Schaefer, Rheingold, Piels, ballantine or any of the New York brews. It was Michelob. I asked why, and was told it was a premium beer. I asked what that meant and was told that AB brewed beer and they skimmed Michelob off the top of the tank. It is totally untrue, but I believed it. I still drink Michelob, but for nostalgia and the fact that it's pretty good for an American style lager.

                        1. re: hotdoglover

                          My father has been a Michelob Lite drinker as long as I can remember.

                      2. Good to see other dads shared my dads devotion to Shaeffer (first I can remember) and Black Label (later). I remember sitting on his bed while he downed a can of Shaeffer and we watched the Redskins play the Cowboys and he would yell at the TV every time something happened. Late on, the Shaeffer link was reinforced in college when my regular bar became a dump that served bottles of the stuff for $1. Spent many a day/night/afternoon there playing darts and listening to the same tunes over and over on the juke box... Ah double nostalgia... But now when I visit his grave I have to hunt down a couple Black Labels since that was his last beer of choice. I pour one on his grave and chug the other on in his honor... Its very meaningful but Im sure glad I dont need to drink more than one a year now. ;)

                        1. My father drank Black Label and Miller as well. However, he considers Anchor Steam the best beer he ever tasted. (Well, it is better than those two.)

                          1. Trommer's White Label, brewed in Brooklyn, anyone ever heard of it, tasted it?

                            1. Heilemanns Special Export. This is all i remember my Grandpa and my Dad ever having in the fridge up until the time that I was of age (or close to it). It is also, most definitely, the first beer i ever tried.

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                              1. re: wagoneer79

                                Special Ex was a bit more substantial than the usual beer IIRC, with some hop flavor. In the context of the time, of course.

                                1. re: Jim Dorsch

                                  Special Ex was a decent beer...I remember it well from my college days in Iowa.
                                  A cut above the rest, especially brought in from Minnesota (Iowa was a 3.2 state back then).

                                  Anyone remember "STITE"....in the 7 oz cans labeled with the infamously American bogus term "malt liquor"? It was actually a very nice and pretty tasty (and strong) full bodied lager.

                                  (can it really be 40 years ago???)

                                  1. re: The Professor

                                    Stite. Indeed. Hadn't thought of it in years and years.

                                    My father was a Special Ex guy ... until I hit drinking age, then the fridge magically and tragically changed to hold Old Milwaukee.

                              2. Well my dad and I shared a bottle of Ola Dubh 40 on Father's Day this year after a round of golf. That was followed by Flower Power IPA and I think we had Hennepin after dinner.

                                My dad used to work for Carling's back when he was in school though... so he has come a long way! Though sometimes I'll go to their place and see crap in the fridge and I yell at him.

                                1. My dad was always more of a bourbon or martini drinker, but he did go through some beer phases. I always remember him drinking Lone Star when we lived in Texas and letting me try a sip. Maybe that's where I developed my taste for beer......and my desire to find some better beer!! LOL

                                  1. While in the US, Genesee Cream Ale, and while in Canada, Labatt's 50.

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                                    1. re: maple99

                                      I am most of your fathers' age, and I still drink Genesee Cream Ale after 30 years. Back before there were beer stores I had to bring back a case whenever I visited Rochester.

                                      1. re: GraydonCarter

                                        Genny Cream is a pretty good beer of it's type. Genny 12 Horse Ale was even better...sure do wish they'd revive that one!

                                    2. my father's a bit of a serial monogamist and the last few years have been MGD but growing up he was a Falstaff fan:


                                      1. Miller High Life seems to be my Dad's brew of choice. My parents visited me recently, and after dinner I opened up a 750ml bottle of Dogfish Head My Antonia for us to share, and after he tasted it he commented that 'it's not bad, but I still prefer the miller'. Oh well, what can you do?

                                          1. St Pauli Girl... always has, and still does.

                                            1. When I was growing up my dad drank Dixie, but then they had a bad batch. One day I came home from school and in a marketing ploy, Dixie left one 6 pack on everyone's porch (not sure if it was all over the city or just certain areas), my dad sent me around the neighborhood to "steal" the beer from the people he knew did not drink. lol

                                              My grandfather was a PBR man, my dad was Dixie, Jax, Falstaff and then Bud or Bud Light. He does enjoy a good micro brew, but does not buy it for himself unless out someplace.

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                                              1. re: roro1831

                                                I can thank dad for my first case of beer. My uncle brought over a case of Balantine XXX ale for a 4th of July Party he had one hated it. Next day I fished the 23 pack out ot the garbage big news for a 15 years old. He liked the domestic brewed (by miller I think) lowenbraw (s.p.) I thought that stuff was tasteless....

                                              2. My father passed away this January, and for most of his life, he knew close to nothing about beer... he was born in Uruguay, where he drank Pilsen and Patricia...
                                                At one point, he went on a business trip to Toronto and told us of the amazing house ale he tried at a bar and from then on, he always drank Moosehead (even though it probably was nothing like the beer he described), and sometimes some Grolsch...

                                                As I grew and became interested in beer, I got him to try a lot of different styles...

                                                He really liked belgian strong ales and beer with honey.

                                                P.S. Oh, I should probably mention I live in Chile.

                                                1. My father was a "lifetime" Budweiser drinker. Used to say that if it wasn't for Bud he wouldn't drink beer. I remember that Bud in the 16 oz returnable bottles tended to taste better than the 12 oz disposables and it was not bad. I wouldn't touch Bud these days. Anyway, one day my brother brought home a case of Yuengling, my father loved it and it became his beer of choice!

                                                  1. i remember bud being in the fridge (70's/80's) most of the time. but there was a period in the late 80's that rolling rock was the beer of choice.

                                                    in the 70's my grandparents would go to las vegas a couple of times a year and it was always a big deal when they brought home some coors beer - i guess that made them bootleggers - in the tall skinny cans with the two punch outs on the top - one for drinking and one to let the air flow.

                                                    being from detroit, my other grandfater always drank goebel (budget strohs) and altes, another local brewery, and he drank them at cellar temperature.

                                                    1. I grew up in Cleveland and my father drank Stroh's and P.O.C.

                                                      1. Medalla, because it was cheap in Puerto Rico. :)

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                                                        1. re: annapurna7

                                                          when i went there this summer that was the only beer you could get, actually Medalla light. I looked but could not find Medalla regular, only the light. Do they even make a non-light beer?

                                                          1. re: TroyTempest

                                                            I think they just make Medalla Light now. I actually think its the same beer, but they tagged the word "light" to the end of the name.

                                                        2. He drank Rolling Rock when I was growing up, but he got into actual good stuff later on and started drinking Yuengling and Dock Street. I forget what his favorites are now, but St. Pauli Girl and Peroni are up there.

                                                          1. my dad did the whole coors thing in the 70's when it was cool. then he fell prey to the dreaded BMC. i finally rescued him a couple years ago and got him back into craft.

                                                            1. Nattlie Lite. And he smoked GPC cigarettes too. If he wanted a treat he'd drink Sam Adams, if only because his name is Sam.

                                                              1. Killian's! I don't really like it but he always has some in the fridge.

                                                                1. Cans of cheap ale (Narragansett, PBR etc), of which I always requested a sip. Bottles of stuff like Michelob Lite, for parties.

                                                                  I'm not much of a beer drinker anymore, but to this day, sipping really cold, lite beer out of a can totally reminds me of my childhood.

                                                                  1. Dad was a Miller Genuine Draft or Budweiser man, usually out of the can, or in these frosted mugs that he had in the bar. He would let me take a sip of the beer and I remember thinking it smelled skunky. I think of a can of Budweiser nearby while polishing the chrome inside the garage on a hot summer day, with Vin Scully calling the Dodgers game, circa 1975.

                                                                    1. my dad was never much of a drinker but he always kept some coors light in the fridge - i remember being about 12-13 and my friends and i wanted to sneak some beer and behind the coors there was a six-pack of honey brown - i always wondered how long it had been there...the coors is the only thing i ever remembered my dad buying. one day i took a honey brown...it was very thick at the bottom and thin up top - that must be how beer "goes bad"? i have never had that problem to ever see it again at this age. :)

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                                                                      1. re: pie22

                                                                        My dad has never been a beer drinker. When I went to Florida for a visit, I bought a six pack of Heineken and left a few bottles in the back of the 'fridge. Two years later when I came back for another visit, the beer was still in there. My sister in law asked "is it still good, or does it spoil?" It was fine, nice and cold.

                                                                        1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                          Remarkable how well beer keeps in the refrigerator. I did the same once with a six-pack of Liberty Ale. I drank two bottles, and left four in my step-mother's fridge. Two years later they were fine, and I drank two more. However, a year later, the three-year point, they hop flavors had started to fade. For the most part, in a dark and very cold place, time stands still for many beers. I am surprised that Heineken made it two years without decline.

                                                                      2. Pops downed cans of Bud while doing the chores, and drank shots of "Waald Turkeh/Kickin chickin" with the cans of Budweiser along with my grandfather and uncles during the family functions.

                                                                        1. My father was a district manager for Narragansett during the 40s and for Knickerbocker in the 50s so that's what was in the house. Can't say I particularly liked either but they were my introductions to beer and the Boston Rd Sox... game and players. We certainly had lots of memorabilia in the house, much to my mother's chagrin... she liked scotch.