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What kind of beer did/does your grandpa drink

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DarkDragon999, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. fx20736

    fx20736 Advocate (510) New York Mar 7, 2009

    mainly Bud but some Hamm's. I also remember seeing this in his fridge:

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  2. Budweiser outa the 40s.. first drink of beer i ever got was from grandpas bottle... i promptly ran for the sink to spit it out...
  3. superspak

    superspak Champion (900) Michigan May 5, 2010

    He doesn't drink very often but every time I go to his house GL Dortmunder is in the fridge. A fantastic choice.

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  4. Goat piss. Cause back in the old country if you could drink that, you could drink anything.
  5. He has too drink n/a beer for health reasons but drinks one then pours a bud into the can. Now don't go telling grandma.
  6. kingofhop

    kingofhop Savant (430) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    I am "Paw-Paw". My grandkids adore me, but not half as much as I adore them. They know I like High Life, as well as the "weird" stuff like stouts, IPAs and farmhouse ales. I'm sure they'll drink everything, in my memory, at my wake.
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  7. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (315) Illinois Feb 14, 2013

    Yeah, I wish I was able to get to know him and take a trip back to where he was from. Sadly, almost none of my family remains in Slovakia due to the results of WWII. Being that we are Jewish, once the war ended, those who survived had to get out of dodge. Most moved here to the states and the rest are scattered about between Israel, Canada, and Australia. I would have loved nothing more than to have had an authentic Czech Pilsener with my grandpa while listening to him tell stories of what it was like when he was a Colonel in the Czech Army. Unfortunately, all I have to remember him by are a collection of black and white pictures that my father saved. I appreciate the kind words, your grandchildren are very lucky!
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  8. kingofhop

    kingofhop Savant (430) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    I would gladly share a Budvar, or Urquell with you. Them Czechs know what good beer, and food is all about.
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    I still drink a Genny Cream in his memory now and then. RIP big guy
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  10. Miller High Life with a shot of brandy. He lived to be 92. Ummmm, maybe he had something there.
  11. madtowndmb1

    madtowndmb1 Savant (360) Wisconsin Oct 17, 2007

    A while ago going through my Mom's stuff I ran across a bottle of Westmalle that was completely unlabeled. Only the glass casting in the bottle, she says he had that bottle in the basement for a long time. No clue on the year.
  12. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) New York Jan 11, 2013

    Ballantine or Budweiser
  13. pitweasel

    pitweasel Advocate (540) New York Jun 11, 2007

    Maternal: Labatt Blue. I think it's the only beer I ever saw him drink, and it's still a staple at family gatherings even though he left us last year.

    Paternal: I don't know if I ever saw him drink, but my dad says he was a Genny Lager man. I've got a photo of him posing with a fully stocked store display decades ago, and he left some mint condition memorabilia from the same era, but I don't recall actually seeing him drink.
  14. Lord Chesterfield
  15. DinoFight

    DinoFight Aficionado (235) Arizona Jan 23, 2013

    Only really saw one of them drink and it was PBR mostly.
  16. leftoverburrito

    leftoverburrito Savant (395) Oregon Sep 29, 2011

    Heidelberg tall boys.
  17. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,125) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    Bring.that.back!
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  18. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,125) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    My grandparents lived in Austria and though my grandma didn't enjoy beer much, grandpa loved Gosser and Gold Fassl:

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    Drank some of that myself in 1968-69.
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  19. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (505) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    Rolling Rock and Schlitz, while smoking Phillies Blunt cigars
  20. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (370) New York Jul 16, 2011

    grandpa (who died in 1981) drank some sort of cocktail based on southern comfort and apricot brandy.

    my dad (who would be 80 now if he were still around- died almost 30 years ago) drank schmidts every single night.
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  21. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (370) New York Jul 16, 2011

    ya know, I vaguley recall dad also having a schaefer once in a blue moon.... remember that wheat logo.....
  22. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,125) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002

    :(

    On another note....Schmidt's of Philadelphia, I presume? The flagship Lager was a very nice brew.
  23. RyanCave

    RyanCave Savant (475) Oregon Apr 13, 2011

    Never saw my Grandpa drink beer, it was always manhattans.. My wife's Grandpa drank something called a "weewilly" which is a glass of vodka cut with scotch.

    Yay beer :)
  24. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (370) New York Jul 16, 2011

    when my grandpa passed away, our family found a lifetime supply of southern comfort and apricot brandy... along with cases of cashmere bouquet soap and lots of home-jarred peaches... as if he was prepared for nuclear fallout and only cared about cleanliness, staying regular, and his cocktails!
  25. RyanCave

    RyanCave Savant (475) Oregon Apr 13, 2011

    Priorities
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  26. commis

    commis Savant (330) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    Great thread.
    Heini Dark was the only beer he ever stocked. Mainly he liked his Whiskey though.
    Got him to try a can of Dales once... Hated it. However, he sucked down several glasses of Edward at my wedding a couple years ago and said he loved it and "wished they had beer like that when I was younger".
  27. Rohkey

    Rohkey Savant (350) Michigan Jan 13, 2013

    Iron City, apparently. Found an old can in my, now deceased, grandpa's basement when I was in the process of converting the fruit cellar into a beer cellar.
  28. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (370) New York Jul 16, 2011

    Yeah, it's kinda a bummer I lost him so long ago....
    I'm not sure about the city? whatever they sold in pathmark in the 70's and early 80's.

    wait! I looked up the label that's forever seared into my memory. this was it! you're right... philly, right on the label....
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  29. Norica

    Norica Savant (315) Massachusetts Feb 2, 2006

    Lots of Guinness, Bushmills, and Schlitz and Budweiser in places that didn't have Guinness.
  30. zsk

    zsk Aficionado (190) Ohio Jan 13, 2006

    Black Label, Falls City and Weidemans. One of those was my first beer. Not sure which one.
  31. Reinbeck11

    Reinbeck11 Savant (270) Iowa Aug 15, 2012

    Gramma used to take Great Grandpa the 7 or 8oz bottles of Miller High Life into the nursing home. Grandpa was a 7/7 man so I always wondered why there was beer in the basement fridge.
  32. kingofhop

    kingofhop Savant (430) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    As much as I would love that Bill, I'm afraid it would be sumpin' akin to what you old Ballantine IPA guys or Schlitz folks think of these retro "comebacks". A shadow of their former selves. Now, if sumbody could re-create the old St Louis recipe for Falstaff, I could fade away into the sunset a happy man!
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  33. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (310) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Michelob...the old school torpedo-shaped bottle with the gold foil around the neck. That also happened to be my very first taste of beer ever.
  34. cyclonece09

    cyclonece09 Savant (355) Maryland Aug 5, 2008

    Grandpa lived the High Life. Also seemed to like Old Style. He was buried with a Miller High Life Light.
  35. kingofhop

    kingofhop Savant (430) Oklahoma May 9, 2010

    Possibly my favorite BA thread. Ever.
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  36. VeganUndead

    VeganUndead Advocate (645) Virginia Apr 25, 2012

    Visited my grandparents at their winter home when I flew down to Tampa for Hunahpu day, grandfather had a fridge full of natty light and white zinfandel. I gave him an FBS to try because he's a big coffee drinker, he took one sip, but the glass down and said "that, is terrible."
  37. Schlitz and old style
  38. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Savant (440) Illinois May 30, 2005

    Schlitz and Old Milwaukee. Lots of both. Great thread BTW.
  39. jmgrub

    jmgrub Savant (435) California Nov 20, 2010

    This thread honestly brings a tear to my eye. My maternal grandmother passed a couple years ago, leaving my parents to kind of take care of my grandfather (more in the way of entertaining him than anything else as he was able bodied and in good health). We spent tons of time with him, trying to expose him to things he wouldn't have experienced without our encouragement (or prodding). I had the idea to take him beer tasting, as I had gotten into craft beer in the previous few years. My parents and I took him down to Bruery Provisions and we tasted flights with some cheese. I can still remember the look on his face when he tasted the Cuir---he said something like "this doesn't taste like beer at all." I don't know that he enjoyed it, but he was willing to try it, and that was enough for me.

    On the drive back up to LA, I asked him what he thought of the beers. His response was something to the effect of "I think I'm more of a Stella guy."

    He passed away unexpectedly just a few months ago and it's been an extremely tough time for all of us, but I will always treasure the memory of our day down in Orange.

    I know this doesn't directly answer the OP, but thanks for bearing with me and allowing me to share my story.
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