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Old 09-06-21, 03:29 PM
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Fort Worth has a couple places brewing too.
A quick synopsis of Fort Worth brewing: The Fort Worth Ale Trail. I'm friends with the founders of HopFusion (used to ride bikes with them when they had the time before the brewery).
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For true swill, anybody remember Ballantine ale?
Of course I remember it, anybody whoever went to a game at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia remembers it.

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Yuenglings is pretty much all I drink (Abita Amber when I'm my daughters in Louisiana). We made a pilgrimage to the original factory in Pottstown PA, the nations oldest brewery (now just a storage facility).
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Does Black Label out of Canada still exist? We drank that nasty stuff in HS back in the mid 80s. Cheap real cheap perfect for poor teens looking to get a buzz on. The cops hated it when we got caught and they took away our beer because they would drink it later. Like come on you punks get something better lol.
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That Ballantine ale was what we drank in high school in the 90s around here.
My memory is hazy on this but the 40 oz bottles came with a puzzle or a joke or something on the bottle cap.
Never understood what happened to the brand. It just up and disappeared one day.
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Originally Posted by Rage View Post
For true swill, anybody remember Ballantine ale?
Ballantine was upscale compared to the swill I drank when I drank swill:




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Does Black Label out of Canada still exist? We drank that nasty stuff in HS back in the mid 80s. Cheap real cheap perfect for poor teens looking to get a buzz on.
You're talking about the Black Label beer with the white label, right? That was conspicuously marked "Canadian Style"? If so, yeah, I drank a ton of that in the 1980s ...but always wondered how it differed from what I remembered as the original Carling Black Label beer, which (oddly) had the red label.
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Ballantine was the next cheapest 40 oz bottle of beer in the lower east side bodegas I frequented as a high school kid.

The cheapest was Olde English which I couldn’t choke down for nothing lol. I think Ballantine might have been even more bitter but Olde E was just horrible in every which way.

I actually get nostalgic for the old Ballantine ale and would probably get one every once in a while, if it were available. I think, anyways.

But Olde English is still readily available, I think. It shouldn’t be but I’m pretty sure it’s still being bottled?

So, my vote for worst swill I’ve ever had is Old English.
My vote for second worst swill would be Ballantine. But they don’t make it anymore because it sucked so much they stopped making it hahaha!
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Inexplicably, Yeungling Lager has received the Brooklyn Hipster Seal Of Approval in these parts. I don't get it. I mean, it's not bad, it's certainly drinkable... But sure seems an odd choice, especially since so many local breweries make better-tasting beer. :::shrugs:::
This Philly boy agrees. Yards is a better PA beer.

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Originally Posted by Rage View Post
Ballantine was the next cheapest 40 oz bottle of beer in the lower east side bodegas I frequented as a high school kid.

The cheapest was Olde English which I couldn’t choke down for nothing lol. I think Ballantine might have been even more bitter but Olde E was just horrible in every which way.

I actually get nostalgic for the old Ballantine ale and would probably get one every once in a while, if it were available. I think, anyways.

But Olde English is still readily available, I think. It shouldn’t be but I think it’s still being bottled?

So, my vote for worst swill I’ve ever had is Old English.
My vote for second worst swill would be Ballantine. But they don’t make it anymore because it sucked so much they stopped making it hahaha!
What time period are you talking about for Ballentine. I am 56. When I was a kid my dad would occasionally pick up a quart. At one time it was a respected ale.

As for “Old E”, I did some crazy stuff on that in my teens, but there were no 40s back then. Only quarts.
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I just checked and it does appear that Olde English “800” malt liquor is still being bottled and is still available for consumption.
Wikipedia also says it rated as one of “the worst beers in the world,” according to RateBeers.com.
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I was exclusively drinking Ballantine and Olde E in my high school days so around the early 90s.

And I dunno how respected it was, but it was almost as cheap as Olde E and I would always reach for a Ballantine over anything else.

It had the fun bottle cap, was cheap and tasted better’n anything else for the price.

I’m missing it now lol.

And, according to what I am now reading, both were only made available in a 40 oz bottle in the late 80s. So, I think you just missed out on them 40s in high school, Indy.

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Originally Posted by Rage View Post

And, according to what I am now reading, both were only made available in a 40 oz bottle in the late 80s. So, I think you just missed out on them 40s in high school, Indy.
I was beyond Old E by the late 80s. Think I first tried it in ‘79. “Old English 800 malt liquor. A brew like a beer, but more.” And, of course, there was Colt 45, once advertised by actor Billy D. Williams: “It works every time.”

And again, Ballentine was once well regarded. Someone must have bought the trademark. Like today’s Motobecane bikes have no relationship to the originals, other than the name.
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The days of underage drinking and the swill we could get our hands on makes great beer stories. We all drank Mad Dog aka MD 20/20 and don’t lie one nasty hangover lol.
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Yuengling is west of the Mississippi now? Cool.

Haven't seen any around here yet, but it'll probably make its way to Colorado from Texas just like Whataburger and too many Texans.
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Indy, something like that did indeed happen. Seems the Ballantine Ale brand fell on hard times and was sold off in the 70s.

Also turns out Ballantine is now being bottled in small batches by current owners, the Pabst Brewing Company. Crazy!

I think I’m gonna go get me a bottle lol.

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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
Does Black Label out of Canada still exist? We drank that nasty stuff in HS back in the mid 80s. Cheap real cheap perfect for poor teens looking to get a buzz on. The cops hated it when we got caught and they took away our beer because they would drink it later. Like come on you punks get something better lol.
I remember my father and the neighbors drinking Black Label in the 1970s when I was a kid in Vermont. They also drank Schaefer and Genessee and whatever else was cheap and dropped the pop-tops inside the cans after opening them, while the cans were still full. That always bothered me as a child because I always thought someone was going to swallow one.

I also remember getting caught drinking beer on the beach in South Carolina in the 1980s. We were a carload of guys (and no girls, sadly) and whatever was left of a case of beer. A couple of cops made us open all the cans and pour them out, but then they left us to drive home.

Times sure have changed.
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I remember my father and the neighbors drinking Black Label in the 1970s when I was a kid in Vermont. They also drank Schaefer and Genessee and whatever else was cheap and dropped the pop-tops inside the cans after opening them, while the cans were still full. That always bothered me as a child because I always thought someone was going to swallow one.
Genesee was the number 1 cheap beer in northern New Jersey around 1980.
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Genesee was the number 1 cheap beer in northern New Jersey around 1980.
My cousin and I used to sneak some of his dad’s Genny Cream Ale from his garage.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
This Philly boy agrees. Yards is a better PA beer.

https://yardsbrewing.com/
I'm gonna have to do a head-to-head taste test sometime. Yards' Loyal Lager vs. Yuengling Lager.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I'm gonna have to do a head-to-head taste test sometime. Yards' Loyal Lager vs. Yuengling Lager.
Ok. Picture in semi real time lol. I’m being indoctrinated into Yuengling Lager … since it is now brewed in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Ok. Picture in semi real time lol. I’m being indoctrinated into Yuengling Lager … since it is now brewed in Fort Worth, Texas.
Pay no attention to the craft beer fan-bois! It will only be a matter of time.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
The days of underage drinking and the swill we could get our hands on makes great beer stories.
In high school (mid-to-late 1970s for me) it was Genesee Cream Ale. I forget how little we paid for a six-pack, but it was much less than the $2.10 for a six-pack of Miller High Life that I graduated to (pun intended) when I was a freshman in college. Maybe $1.60 for the Genesee?
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