David Palumbo 
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Re: “In Defense of Six Beers We're Not Supposed to Drink

I grew up when these were the real thing. But the nostalgia angle doesn't work for me on these now. Unfortunately most of these are now owned by conglomerates and some of the original breweries have been closed for years. The original Pabst brewery in Milwaukee had an awesome tour which I took in the early eighties. Pabst was bought out in a hostile takeover in 1985. Miller was bought by the cigarette kings, Phillip Morris, in 1969. Miller High-Life was ruined soon after with a new process called "lightning aging", i.e. chemicals - which made more money for the corporation. Budweiser was taken over by the worlds largest brewing co., InBev, in 2008. You'll notice that "Lager Beer" no longer appears on Budweiser labels because it's more efficient (costs less) to make the beer in a shorter period of time. Lagering legally requires a minimum of 28 days. Good old Bud is no longer Good old Bud, it's only vaguely familiar to the original. The Narragansett brewery in Cranston, RI was closed in 1981 and has never reopened. Now, you're just buying an old familiar label and somebodies marketing campaign. BTW 'Gansett was sold by being the lowest price and a cute add campaign. Just really cheap beer and lousy quality. I went to school in Providence back in the day of the 18 yr old legal drinking age and Gansett was 15 cents a draft at my neighborhood bar and yet we all pretty much stayed away from it. It was so awful (Nastygansett) that if you had more than a few it would induce sever flu like symptoms (you had it coming coming out of both ends of your body). The best of the above were good light colored lager beers in their day. But most are not good honest beers any longer. For a nice lighter styled beer I like Trapps, an authentic Austrian style Lager. With their new brewery opening this year we'll be able to buy 6 packs at local stores. I think more local breweries will be offering more lighter styles of beer in addition to the robust and hoppy styles that dominate today.

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Posted by David Palumbo on 04/26/2014 at 2:15 PM

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