The 1st beer you ever had. Do they still make it?

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  1. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,176) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    How so? Beer was distributed though a 3 tier system - brewery > wholesaler/distributor/bottler > retailer even in the pre-Pro era (along side the larger brewers who in addition often used company-owned local "branches" to distribute their beers). It was only in the post-Repeal era that some states, but not all, enacted a mandatory Three Tier System that by law required separate ownership for each tier.

    Contrary to popular belief there is no Federal requirement for the Three Tier System (many states allow self-distribution, and all allow brewpubs) and it was not part of the 21st Amendment (Repeal) or the FAA Act, although the latter did define and prohibit the "Tied House". As late as the 1940s, according to Morris Weeks' Beer and Brewing in America (1949- US Brewers Association) only just about half of US beer went through a Three Tier system:

     
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  2. walterk

    walterk Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2014 Mississippi

    I had sips of Budweiser, Schlitz & Falstaff when I was very young but my first full beer was Old Milwaukee. It was way too warm and it took me a couple of years to try another beer. I assume they still make Old Milwaukee but I honestly don't know for sure.
     
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  3. Hopportunist

    Hopportunist Initiate (0) May 13, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Yuengling Lager
     
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  4. Lobina

    Lobina Zealot (509) Sep 9, 2009 Arizona

    Coors at the ripe old age of 10
     
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  5. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (7,279) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    yup, Moosehead. [​IMG]
     
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  6. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Devotee (487) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Yuengling Traditional Lager. Yes, they still make it, and in large quantities. I'd be kind of ashamed if that wasn't my first beer.
     
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  7. pianoguy

    pianoguy Devotee (415) Feb 14, 2015 Washington

    Schlitz malt liquor tall boy cans ! Sometime in the 70's. I was about 14. I asked a friend's older brother to "score us some beer". And that's what he got us. We drank 'em warm... and tried not to make a face or let on to each other how awful they were. (I think someone still brews it)
     
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  8. pianoguy

    pianoguy Devotee (415) Feb 14, 2015 Washington

    Wow they still make that stuff? I remember the crazy metal peel off tops of those things (an accident waiting waiting to happen!)
     
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  9. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,176) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    It's a MillerCoors product these days - with OSHA-approvable screw-off caps now - which, IIRC, predate Miller buying the brand when Stroh went out of business in 1999 (Stroh had acquired the Heileman brands a few years earlier).

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    The "peel-off" caps were on a few other brands with the wide/big mouth bottle - Northeasterners remember the Rheingold Chug-a-Mugs best. Not sure why we had such a hard time with them, look how easy she's doing it...
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  10. Tom_in_RI

    Tom_in_RI Initiate (0) May 5, 2015 Rhode Island

    Carling Black Label brewed on the shores of Lake Cochituate.
     
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  11. Dandrewjohn

    Dandrewjohn Initiate (122) Apr 13, 2013 Texas

    Schlitz dark, used to get it at Pizza Inn. Long gone, I think.
     
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  12. HoppyToday

    HoppyToday Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2013 Oregon

    Rainier. Good ole Vitimin R. Brewery sold to Stroh's and closed in 1999, but I believe Pabts, who bough Stroh's still brews under the Rainier name using the same R logo.
     
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  13. charlzm

    charlzm Poo-Bah (2,180) Sep 3, 2007 California
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    The first beer I can recall trying was Busch in 1972 when I was 7. I promptly spat it out on the sidewalk.
     
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  14. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Initiate (156) Jan 8, 2015 California

    This discussion triggered a high school memory from the 1980s, Old Peculier used similar caps. Oddly, I can't find an image to link to.

     
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  15. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,176) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Looked something like this :wink::
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  16. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,832) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    My first beer was a Rainier. My dirtbag cousin-in-law handed me a glass on a really hot day when I was 4 and told me it was water. Technically, Rainier is still made (by the folks that put out PBR and all those other beer corpses), but they were bought out years ago, with their Seattle brewery closed down and turned into the HQ of Tully's Coffee.
     
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  17. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (3,832) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Yep. It's one of many old regional brands that are still cranked out by the people who own PBR, like Rainier.
     
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  18. jwc215

    jwc215 Poo-Bah (5,792) Dec 6, 2005 Arizona
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    Bud - weis - er... And, yes, they still make it.
     
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  19. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (305) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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  20. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    The first ever beer I drank was a Coors Light. I drank it before going to an exam in Anthropology class in college.
     
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  21. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Fantastic looking can regardless.
     
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  22. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (305) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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    Funny years ago Michelob was considered a "premium" beer. Had a fancy bottle too.
     
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  23. kgammell1

    kgammell1 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2013 Maryland

    I was lucky, my first beer was Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. My dad was always one of those guys on the edge of craft beer until I turned 21 and then we both started discovering some of the awesome stuff that was out there. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is still one of my favorite beers.
     
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  24. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (850) Jan 19, 2013 Canada (NB)

    My dad would always give me sips of his beers throughout my childhood but the first full beer I ever drank was around age 14 at my uncles cottage. I'm pretty sure it was a Budweiser.
     
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  25. frozen-1984

    frozen-1984 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2014 Tennessee

    Had my first sip of beer when I was 2 (my mom has the pic to prove it) first beer I stole from my dad in the garage was a budweiser at the age 12. :rolling_eyes:
     
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  26. beernooph

    beernooph Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2008 Connecticut

    My dad gave me sips of Piels. Bought it a few years ago. Horrible! He loved that stuff
     
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  27. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (305) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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    Beer black list?
    http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/447/1325/
     
  28. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,176) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Michelob was the quintessential "super-premium" beer, dominating that US beer market segment for decades. But, as noted frequently, "premium" and "super-premium" were (still are, really) retail price segments in the US. In 1964 the Official NJ Price Guide, for example, listed Budweiser (a traditional "premium-priced" beer, along with Schlitz, Miller High Life, etc) at $1.25 a sixpack (t/a bottles) while AB's Michelob sold for $2.25 (just about a quarter under Heineken, at a time when imports were very expensive in US compared to domestic brands). So-called "Popular priced" beers (usually the large local regional brands, along with some nationals like Pabst Blue Ribbon) were $1.10-1.15 - so about ½ the price of Mich.

    How "super"? Well, the BLS Inflation Calculator claims that that Michelob price is the equivalent of $17.26 in today's dollars.
     
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  29. dank203

    dank203 Zealot (508) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    Prob keystone light.

    Craft was probably saranac pale

    Cant remember either, as bring the definite first of the first but I remember several firsts
     
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  30. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,324) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I know I am dating myself here, even back then I thought it was crap.
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    I actually saw it on a ferry to St. John's two years ago and freaked. These particular cans were brewed in Puerto Rico. They have a web site, say's they are now owned by Stroh's. Probably brewed in multiple places, but try and buy it.
     
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  31. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (578) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    As far as I know, I would assume Budweiser, as it's all my old man would drink (when he did drink). And yes...as far as I know... still being made. Probably with a few percentage less beechwood to maximize InBev profit.
     
  32. Kramer41609

    Kramer41609 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2014 New Hampshire

    Red Stripe!
     
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  33. TitoTostito

    TitoTostito Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2015 West Virginia

    Not the first sip..that probably was Augustiner, Old Export, Black Label or Iron City. Not sure, couldn't read yet.
    The first go-to beer prior to legal age choices was the quintessential Strohs. An ice-cold quart in a brown paper bag for 55 cents (circa 1967). My pals and I would haul our quarts to the after-dark Ohio River bank and try to polish them off. Sit on the paper bag during the beer drinking bonding then use it for TP when the Strohs eventually did it's evil work.
    I'm sure it's still being made but it's not popular at all. It was #1 in these parts back then. Probably changed ownership more than once since then. God it was harsh..
     
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  34. JArt

    JArt Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2013 Pennsylvania

    My first "beer" was a can of Busch compliments of my uncle Joe. Obviously, this continues to be a popular macro brew still in production. However, my first craft beer was a Victory Hop Wallop. Unfortunately, this beer has since been retired to make room for an even more hoppy lineup.
    [​IMG]
     
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  35. indurTheB

    indurTheB Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 Florida

    I'm sure it was a Budweiser of some sort
     
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  36. mmmbeerNY

    mmmbeerNY Devotee (451) Mar 5, 2014 New York

    Red Dog, believe they still make it, although not sure why they do :wink:
     
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  37. toolpatient

    toolpatient Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2015 Illinois

    Red Dog. I think it's still in production...
     
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  38. toolpatient

    toolpatient Initiate (0) Mar 8, 2015 Illinois

    Ha!!! MmmbeerNy! Ditto...didn't even see your post til now
     
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  39. classixIII

    classixIII Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    1972 - Carling Black Label at UGA - you could legally drink at 18 in Georgia back then
     
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  40. FriedSlug

    FriedSlug Poo-Bah (2,570) Feb 20, 2012 North Carolina
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    Another for Genny red eye or Genny cream. Yup both still bring brewed.
     
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