What Were The Beers Of Your Youth?

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  1. AmeriCanadian

    AmeriCanadian Meyvn (1,065) Jul 5, 2014 Tennessee

    Growing up in Vancouver, our primary high school beers were Labatt Genuine Draft ("LGD") and, when we were feeling fancy, John Labatt Classic. Mix in some O'Keefe Extra Old Stock, Kokanee, and good (really bad) old Molson Canadian, and you probably account for 99% of our beer consumption as "kids" in the late 80s, early 90s.
  2. Tmwright7

    Tmwright7 Initiate (117) Feb 3, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Keystone Light. Grandma loved that stuff. Grandma also liked sharing that stuff.
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  3. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (7,354) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    For me: Schlitz, Narragansett, Rheingold, Balintines, Black Label, Bud......

  4. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Keystone Light
    Coors Light
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  5. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,778) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    more exciting... that's 'Granny'
  6. beerluvr

    beerluvr Meyvn (1,232) Jan 2, 2001 Canada (ON)

    I'm 53 here. When I started drinking beer on a regular basis (pre-Micro/Craft) it was the usual suspects: BMC, Rolling Rock & the like. But whenever I'd go to buy beer I would see what else was 'out there' and soon graduated to Hansa, Tolly Ale, Monchshof, Hacker-Pchorr, Pilsner Urquell & similar brands. As soon as micros were becoming available (early-mid 80's) my friends and I jumped right on that bandwagon and never looked back.
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  7. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Back in the late 60's and early 70's my beer of choice was Rheingold. This was not because it tasted better than other beers It was because. because it was sold in a short fat large mouthed bottle call a Chug-A-Mug.
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  8. stingley

    stingley Initiate (112) Sep 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Not quite 50... Few years to go. I was stealing sips as early as the late 70s. Back then it was the usual suspects... Bud, Miller, Stroh's. One particularly fond memory is my cousin and I when we were probably about 15ish asked if we could split a can of Bud at Grandma's Christmas dinner. That one can turned into at least a six pack. Good times! The first beer I bought at a store was actually on my 21st birthday (1990)... Six pack of Bud Light.

    Today 80% of my consumption is Southern Tier IPA. I do still like and drink Miller High Life. MHL was my go to before the craft beer explosion.

    Fun thread.... Cheers and Hoppy Friday!!
  9. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,200) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I just turned 30 in December....of course I started off drinking the usual mass market swill (and I still do on occasion) but here is a depressing list of "microbrews" I enjoyed in the late 2000s. I say it's a depressing list only because the majority of these beers are no longer producedand I miss them dearly)

    Buzzards Bay Brewing (back when they were focused on lagers....they were way ahead of the times IMO. Wish they would go back to brewing great lagers):
    -Olde Buzzard Lager
    -Black Lager

    Long Trail:
    -Hit the Trail Ale
    -Blackberry Wheat (yes I know it is still made locally but it doesn't see the distribution it used to)

    Magic Hat:
    -Roxy Rolles
    -Hocus Pocus

    Sam Adams:
    -Double Bock (the old version)
    -Alpine Spring
    -Spring Ale

    -Haffenreffer Private Stock
    -Middle Ages Grail Ale
    -Newport Storm Kim (Cyclone series)
    -Rogue Brutal Bitter (the ESB version....I have no idea why they merged these reviews with the IPA)

    This makes me sad for some reason.

    Aaaaaand now I understand why they don't make it anymore:slight_frown::grinning:
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  10. KCUnited

    KCUnited Aspirant (210) Nov 11, 2014 Illinois

    I'm 40. I listened to a lot of rap in the 90's, so Old E, King Cobra, Colt 45, St Ides. I really had no idea what I was doing.
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  11. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,258) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Very early 1990s - I'm closing in on my mid-40s...

    Going to college in upstate NY, at parties it was mostly:
    - Molson Ice
    - Molson Export Ale
    - Labatt Ice
    - Labatt Blue
    - Molson XXX (whenever we went over the border to Quebec)

    Once I started working in the campus pub, it was:
    - Guinness (Nitro Cans or Nitro Draft)
    - Bass Pale Ale
    - Newcastle Brown Ale
    - Sam Adams Boston Lager
    - Catamount Pale Ale
    - Catamount Porter
    - Occasional German brews (Pinkus, Dinkel, Schneider)
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  12. bret717

    bret717 Champion (829) Dec 8, 2013 Pennsylvania

    In high school (early 90s), it was mainly Goebel's, MGD, Mickey's and Colt 45 with some Bass or Newcastle when I was feeling "fancy." College was more malt liquor (Olde E and Crazy Horse), Pabst and Jacob's Best, with a smattering of Microbrews that the local bar had on tap. Can't even remember what most of them were now, except for Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. That was first beer that made me say "wow."
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  13. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Sacramento Brewing Company Red Horse Ale, IPA, Imperial Stout, Imperial Red, Sacsquatch, Independence DIPA

    Racer 5
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  14. BeerBobber

    BeerBobber Crusader (700) Nov 23, 2015 Nevada

    I used to take a few of my dad's Coors here and there. When I had a good stash built up, say like a 12 pack, my friend used to stay over and we would build models and drink beer all night. With a few shots of Wild Turkey from a classic decanter my dad had left to go to dust in the basement.
    My fondest beer memory though is when my best friend, and later best man at my wedding, were re building an AMC 360 for his 1972 Javelin that had a puny 304. We rebuilt that 360 and pulled the 304 putting the 360 in it's place. This was of course during numerous runs to the store over the frigid Colorado days for cases of those stubby Mickeys big mouth bottles. Man that beer was cheap and it was cold as hell while we worked on that car.
    My friend committed suicide just a few years back but I will always have many memories. Cheers!
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  15. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Meyvn (1,114) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    I was 10-11. My Dad always always had a beer before dinner and one with dinner. It was Meister Brau, always poured into his pilsner glass. If I ate my vegetables he would let me have a sip.

    High school years it was Schlitz, Strohs or Old Style.

    I joined the Air National Guard in 68, my way of avoiding the Southeast Asia War Games. I went to tech school in in Texas and on weekends several of us would head head to the "Airmans Club" and we'd drink Lone Star 3-2. Talk about nasty assed stuff.

    When I became "legal" it was Leines Red, Heineken or Grolsch.

    At some point Petes Wicked Ale popped up, the Sam Adams and away we went.

    Still trying new beers, but my go to is Old Rasputin.

    Oh yeah, coming up on 67.
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  16. YamBag

    YamBag Initiate (191) Feb 2, 2007 Pennsylvania

    No Golden Monkey
  17. SMH_NWI

    SMH_NWI Zealot (501) Jan 8, 2015 Texas

    Graduated high school in Delaware, lived in Pennsylvania, but the premium beer for us was a Lager (Yuengling). This was 2000-2002 (my junior and senior years of HS). If we could somehow get some Lager, it was great. Fast forward 15 years, I live in Indiana, and Yuengling just started distro to Indiana like a week ago. Still haven't had one in 10 or so years.
  18. akolb

    akolb Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado

    I'm still young (23), but my dad is a craft beer drinker. So for me it was stealing bottles of Redhook ESB and Long Hammer IPA, Boston Lager, as well as imports like Heineken, Beck's, Dos Equis, and the like. Of course when I was a teen I thought that Redhook ESB was horribly bitter and Long Hammer nearly undrinkable! Haven't had a beer from Redhook in 5 or 6 years, but I fondly remember them.
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  19. jbarletto

    jbarletto Disciple (348) May 18, 2013 Massachusetts

    High School (late 90s) whatever we could get our hands on of course - but I remember a lot of Bud Light/Heavy/Ice, MGD, Miller High Life, Rolling Rock. If we had some $ it was Sam Adams Boston Lager

    College (early 2000s) - Natty Light, Keystone, PBR, High Life. If we had some $ my go-to were Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Pilsner Urquell
  20. notnice_75

    notnice_75 Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2017 Iowa

    When I was a lad...1980s in Thatcher's Britain...school lunchtimes down the Rose & Crown or The Farmer's Boy, fish fingers, beans and chips, and half pints of Timothy Taylor's Landlord, little bottles of Lowenbrau, John Smith's, Theakston's and plenty of local cask bitter. Not bad, really.
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,994) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Funny how they never put the Lowenbrau Dark in those little bottles; it seemed like it would've been a natural for that format.
  22. OKbrew89

    OKbrew89 Crusader (785) May 13, 2013 Oklahoma

    I'm 27 and didn't drink till 19, so I started drinking in the craft beer boom. I had Coor's Light in college since I started college in Colorado, and kept Fat Tire and Stella Artois in my fridge before I had a good beer budget.
  23. woodchipper

    woodchipper Poo-Bah (1,539) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut

    I'm very close to the poster in age, turned 59 last month. I remember by father and 12-year-older brother drinking Schaefer in the mid-60's. Boy I thought that beer was cool then.
    1. When I was 16 I pretty much drank Bud, but my friends and I experimented with "exotic" beers, Hafen-Wiesen (graphic puzzles on the cap), Heineken (not proud of that). Vaguely remember some trials of Reingold, Black Label, bla bla bla.
    2. College was pretty much Bud and Bud light, with splurges into Michelob (boy it hurts to write that).
    3. Early 20's (still my youth as far as I'm concerned) there were brief periods of Amstel, Labatt's, Narragansett culminating in Sam's which pretty much was the true gateway drug to where I am now (but I almost never drink it anymore, sorry Jim, too many options, thank's for the pioneering though).
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    IDABEERGUY Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2013 Idaho

    Born and raised in Pittsburgh it was without question Iron City Beer!! Remember getting 16 oz. cases of returnable bottles with glass about 1/4 an inch thick on the bottles, the case it self was made from some kind of super cardboard, almost like wood. Damn things weighed about 60 lbs. when full! Also drank some IC Light, Genny Cream Ale, Strohs, Rolling Rock amount others. But the vast majority was Iron City, they started making 30 packs in the mid to late 80' s which was nice.....
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  25. 67couple

    67couple Aspirant (248) Jan 31, 2006 South Carolina

    High school whatever quart(old enough to predate the 40) we could get

    College: Schmidt long neck bottles $5 a case in the Hawkeye state
  26. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,045) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina

    only 24 but remember doing yard work as a kid and getting Red Dog, Amstel Light and Coors Light out of the fridge for my dad. i was probably 12ish when i first tasted beer and it was so bitter i hated it.

    wasn't until i was 17 when i first got drunk on prom weekend in Wildwood (i didn't even go to prom, my friend and his gf+her friends all went but i went to the house we rented for the weekend)

    ahh college
    -Natty Light
    -Red Stripe
    -Genny Cream
    -GLBC Dortmunder Gold
  27. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Poo-Bah (1,784) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Shit, you retired Dave? You seemed to love your job so much I thought you may do it forever. Cheers to your retirement.

    On the topic at hand, I usually drank anything I could come by, but for my bang and taste I was always a 30 rack of Stones.
  28. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (3,102) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Thanks for the kind words. Cheers to you as well!

    If it wasn't for my love of the job, and all my customers, and trying to hit a personal goal of pulling 1,000,000 lbs. of recycling from the MSW stream (Municipal Solid Waste) during my career I would have retired last year. It was a hard decision but that time comes to all of us when we realize we aren't physically capable to do things properly, and I hit it.
  29. h4ger

    h4ger Zealot (509) Feb 5, 2011 Connecticut

    Pops was a Rolling Rock fan and always had a few cases around and sometimes a case would just roll out the basement window (Hence the name) Two 17 year old kids walking down a suburban street with a case of Rolling rock @ 6:30 PM on a summer evening....yeah that's not obvious LOL
    Bud of course...
    Whatever Grand Union sold (Beck's St. Pauli's, etc...)
    Michelob was a decent beer to pair with food
    Meister Brau was the cheap option from Cumberland Farms if we didn't get carded,
    Molson Golden and Labatt's Blue were standards
    Some Grolsch (Free Bone Stones!) or the little Dinkel Aker kegs thrown in ...those were cool ...
    The occasional Green Death (Haffenreffer)
    Standard early to mid 80's fare
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  30. IPA1978

    IPA1978 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2009 Missouri

    Bud ice, we hid a 24 pack in behind a friend's house in the summer for a week or so and it went skunky but no one seemed to mind.
  31. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (2,017) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    drank golden monkey in my youth but didn't love it like the two I mentioned. I appreciate it a lot more nowadays when I do have it.
  32. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (112) Oct 12, 2014 California

    King Cobra
    Ole English 800
  33. GregA135

    GregA135 Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Back to the good days at IUP

    Miller Lite
    Bud Light
    Natty Ice
    Moosehead (on a good day at the fraternity)
    Keystone Light
    IC Light (still drink it)
    High Life

    22 y/o - 24 y/o

    Sam Adams
    21st Amendment
  34. darktain

    darktain Initiate (136) Dec 1, 2015 Illinois

    Cinci Cream(in a bottle)....who didn't love the handsome waiter:stuck_out_tongue:
    Molson Canadian
  35. jonb5

    jonb5 Meyvn (1,240) May 11, 2010 England

    Late 90's early 2000's, partly in England, partly Germany.

    Becks, Stella, 1664, Fosters. An occasional Bud Ice if someone had done a PX run.
  36. hoagzzz

    hoagzzz Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I'm 47 YO, started drinking the usual about Age 16.. Miller high life, Miller genuine draft, bud regular. As I got more sophisticated around age 19, labatts blue, lowenbrau, moosehead and Grizzly (yes.. Grizzly!) were the high end choices.
  37. singletary

    singletary Devotee (459) Nov 8, 2015 Mississippi

    I am 56 now but the first one was Miller High Life , later Miller Lite and then it was Bud Light. Stopped for about 10 years then started back into the craft beers.
  38. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Rolling Rock primarily, but back in the day a good many bars only had Bud and Schaefer on tap. You might find the odd one that had Schlitz, high end would be Heineken or Michelob, but there were hard to find. Closer to Philly you'd find Schmidts or Ortliebs.
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  39. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Champion (858) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    I'm 67 so:

    Schlitz Malt Liquor
    Rheingold Extra Dry
    Genesee Cream Ale
    Pabst Blue Ribbon
    Rolling Rock

    Fuck Budweiser
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  40. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    Beers of my youth, mid to late 90s, was basically anything cheap, Mickey's, King Cobra, Old English, Natty Light and Ice, then I had my first Guinness Extra Stout, Redhook ESB, and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, along the way there was Budweiser that I still drink every now and then.
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