Do they still make Bud Light Party Balls?

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  1. TheWiZarD4

    TheWiZarD4 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2008 New Jersey

    It's been a long time I know but I was wondering if I can get one somewhere....kind of having a flashback weekend and would be an EPIC surprise.
     
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  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Supposedly they were discontinued last year, according to this post.
     
  3. TheWiZarD4

    TheWiZarD4 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Oh wow....I haven't heard of a sighting in a few year but that's so sad that they are officially discontinued.
     
  4. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,062) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Didnt Coors light have one of those also?
     
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  5. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (331) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    You will have to get yourself a $50 draftmark dispenser if you want to drink InBev from a plastic two-liter bottle.
     
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  6. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,784) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    I thought Coors were first with the party ball. I remember drinking some Coors varient in those in the early 90s.
     
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Spoetzl, Hudepohl and F. X. Matt all had beer balls on the market in the early '80's- can't recall now which brewer first used them but I think it was one of the latter two.
     
  8. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    What's the difference in the party ball and the home draft thing they sold recently for Coors/Miller?
     
  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    The Beer Ball was true draught beer (i.e., unpasteurized), was 1/6 of a barrel and required its own reusable "picnic" style tap which was purchased separately.

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. hmmmmmm

    hmmmmmm Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2009 North Carolina
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    so the question is, what is the difference between a party ball and the plastic, recyclable kegs some imports are send over in?
     
  11. dennho

    dennho Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2006 New York

    I volunteered at The Festival in Worcester and I noticed a lot of the brewers brought their beer in things that looked like beer balls.
     
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  12. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Don't the new disposable kegs some European brewers are using have an inner bladder, so that when air is pumped into them the bladder inflates, forcing the beer out the tap but the beer itself is not exposed to oxygen? That'd be a major difference, given the inferiority of the "picnic" tap.

    The other difference, I'd guess, is that they don't cost $15-20 the way a beer ball of Matt's Premium did in 1985. ;)
     
  13. Richard33

    Richard33 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    My rep in MA told me they had a bunch sitting around their warehouse but were no longer making them. Your local bottle shop may be able to order one.
     
  14. revbdub5446

    revbdub5446 Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2009 Illinois

    The last time I drank a party ball was after seeing dazed&confused on the big screen....Christ I'm old
     
  15. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan
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    We use to wheel a buddy into the movie theater in a wheelchair and a party ball on his lap under a blanket. Kept me awake while watching a boring ass Star Wars movie!

    Yep...I said it
     
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  16. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    Oh no, you di-unt!
     
  17. paulys55

    paulys55 Zealot (581) Aug 2, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Did you tell the theater staff he was pregnant with sextuplets?
     
  18. Rzzzzz

    Rzzzzz Devotee (423) Nov 10, 2007 California

    Not to hijack your thread, but I need one too. Looking for an '06 to complete a 10-year vertical (I missed that one while I was in rehab).
     
  19. gengle

    gengle Initiate (129) Oct 10, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Gotta look, or maybe I don't, I've got at least two "pumps" for those things around somewhere.
     
  20. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,371) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I had a Coors party ball when my daughter had a B Day party. Retro, but liked it then.
     
  21. avenuepub

    avenuepub Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2009 Louisiana

    Yep, they are called key kegs. Not sure if the technology is the same...but they are round..with a bladder ...and disposable.
     
  22. drperry11

    drperry11 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    drink straight from the ball
     
  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,191) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    An A-B house would really sell a nearly 8 month old* draught beer to a retailer? Isn't A-B's recommended shelf life for unpasteurized kegs (which their beer balls were) still in the 50 day range? (Even their bottled domestic beers have pull dates of 4-6 months.) Selling or even just having old beer in stock used to be grounds to lose an A-B distributorship.

    * If that post I linked to above is correct that A-B​
    dropped beer balls in the 4th quarter of 2011.​
     
  24. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    Cashing a Coors Party Ball then using it like a beach ball... ahhh the memories.
     
  25. Longstaff

    Longstaff Initiate (0) May 23, 2002 Massachusetts

    Tap?, we didn't need no stinkin' tap... Me and my fellow underaged friends drank plenty of Matt's beer balls in high school and we just cut the top out with a sharp knife and dipped our cups in. Best part was spraying the first timers with beer who excitedly stood near the beer ball when you first jabbed it with the knife.
     
  26. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I remember using an empty one as a volleyball while camping then taking the hard plastic bottom part right off my wrist bone about 10 years ago.
     
  27. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,246) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    I have never heard nor seen this you speak of before? Is this a regional specific thing?
     
  28. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    The tap goes in the holes on top.
    [​IMG]
     
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  29. Aaron58

    Aaron58 Initiate (194) Dec 16, 2007 Massachusetts

    In high school, we regularly drank beer balls. They were still listed in the beverage book of MA until a few months ago. The best part was at the end of the night, cutting it open and drinking out of the ball. I feel like this was mostly a northeast thing, every time i bring it up, people not from around here look at me like im a weirdo
     
  30. Richard33

    Richard33 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2012 Massachusetts

    I've got one sitting in a dark corner of the basement in my store. Don't know how long it's been there, don't care. I may have to open it amongst friends and see what happens. I don't think Bud is going to take it back.
     
  31. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Meyvn (1,246) Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    This is obviously a East coast thing (judging also from who's posting). I am 31 and have never seen or heard of anything like that before in IL.
     
  32. Auror

    Auror Defender (633) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Coming from (I think) the largest beer ball account in MA, they were indeed discontinued. However, retailers were upset because we were stuck with old taps and paraphernalia, so I was told they made another batch to allow us to sell out of that stuff. So yeah, they're still around in MA if you look. But they'll be gone soon.
     
  33. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,568) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    It might also be a matter of individual markets: Until very recently, 'Party Balls' were also available in Minneapolis.
     
  34. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    They had party balls in Chicago... 90's era. I heard that they discontinued them because of people playing soccer and such with them and getting hurt... (see JNorton's post above). That could be a myth though...
     
  35. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I recall talk of them being banned in Massachusetts for a while due to it being easy for minors to transport a decent amount of alcohol easily. Not sure if there's any truth to that though.
     
  36. AJDePaul

    AJDePaul Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2012 Illinois
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    "Party Ball Urban Legends" - New thread?
     
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  37. TheWiZarD4

    TheWiZarD4 Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2008 New Jersey

    crazy thread I started. I'm from NJ and we drank party balls in highschool but haven't really seen them past 2002. My sister bought one a few years back in MA like people are stating though.
     
  38. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    I've been jonesing for a Coors Party Ball all day now. Thanks for nothing OP.
     
  39. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    You're too young. I am from Illinois and I am 38. These things used to be at parties all the time when I was in high school. So late 80's/early 90's. I didn't see them much after that.
     
  40. slatetupelo

    slatetupelo Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2007 Mississippi

    I'm 31 and I had a few party balls in my hey-day, I may of been slightly underage at the time. The last time I remember enjoying a party ball was for one of the Mike Tyson fights that lasted less than a minute. I split a party ball and a large bucket of chicken with a couple of friends, the good ol' days...
     
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