Beer run

No more PBR? Good Gawd awmighty. It’s like a tariff on beard oil*, running out of gluten-free kale wraps, or finding out that your mom washed your skinny jeans in hot water.

* Gleefully and shamefully stolen from Steve Frothingham of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.

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16 Responses to “Beer run”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Wow. PBR. Now that brand brings back memories, as does Genny Cream Ale. Very few of them good memories, i.e., stop the car, I need to ralph.

    But great song!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We drank anything and everything back when I was a young swine instead of an old dog. Colt 45 Malt Liquor. Schlitz Malt Liquor. Bud tallboys. Falstaff longnecks (for their return value). Buckhorn. Olympia. Stroh’s (“Fire Brewed”). Rainier. Watney’s bleedin’ Red Barrel. Foster’s (“Crack a tube!”). Miller High Life (“The Champagne of Bottled Beers”). Even Coors. And of course, my personal favorite, Anything Someone Else Was Buying.

      • khal spencer Says:

        My field area for my dissertation was centered around St. Cloud, MN. Guess what I drank after a long day collecting rocks: https://www.coldspringbrewery.com/

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          I would like to try that Cold Spring Pilsner. I love pilsners. My favorite used to be New Belgium Blue Paddle but they changed the name and taste last year. It isn’t the same. My favorite now is Sierra Nevada Nooner, when I can get it. Their Summerfest and Octoberfest are very good too, but they are seasonal.

          I remember your post when the band rented the “House Back East” and they drank PBR with gusto.

  2. Geoffrey Knobl Says:

    Pretty much most non-independent beers I don’t care for, at least if they contribute to fascists’ campaigns, or if they are owned by huge conglomerates in InBev or MillerCoors. Problem is, many of those same big companies now have their hands in controlling many of the beer distributor middle men, and that IS a problem for all of us as they are now NOT carrying many independent brews or that many local ones.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I drank locally when I still drank. Bristol Brewing in Bibleburg. A wide and tasty variety of seasonal beers.

      OK, I did like Odell from Fort Collins, Second Street from Santa Fe, and Deschutes from Bend, too.

      And of course, the wine came from France, the tequila from Mexico and the whiskey from Ireland and Scotland.

      But you get the idea.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Say what? The hipster’s moved on to something else? I’ll never understand why someone demands to drink these watery, tasteless brews and then it becomes “a thing.”
    Reminds me of espresso – something invented and perfected by Italians, but don’t try to tell that to any of these tech-bros or hipsters with their Rocket Espresso machines! It’s like a f–king science project for these clowns…using a $3K+ machine, they measure to the fraction of a gram, tamp with a calibrated pressure gizmo and what ends up in the cup is acidic and bitter at the same time. But you can’t tell ’em it tastes like crap and is something any self-respecting Italian would spit out instantly – they know best.
    You know what my wife says….

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Anything someone takes too seriously can become irksome. I know a guy who will grill a server mercilessly over ingredients, sourcing, and preparation, and I often wonder how many people are spitting in his plate back in the kitchen.

      I still have a thousand-year-old Krups espresso maker that I used to lug around to bike races Back in the Day®, before bespoke java joints started sprouting like 7-Elevens. I was a very popular roommate for anyone who required a stiff jolt of the hot black to put his quads in working order on race morning.

      You folks settling in nicely over there?

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yep, life is pretty sweet here already as I gaze out at the sea from our tiny balcony with a cappuccino. We played Italian bureaucracy (the sport) yesterday with multiple visits (and payments) at the post office towards the documents we need to stay here, but today it’s time to ride the real bikes rather than the shopping/transportation versions!
        I remember having a KRUPS as well, including a travel setup. We graduated to various GAGGIA machines over the years but now we’re back down in our retirement to a cheapo DeLonghi https://cycleitalia.blogspot.com/2018/01/delonghi-esprsso-maker-review.html
        We now have one here in Sicily and another up at the Piedmont Cycling Resort, though if you come and visit we’ll take you to a proper bar for the very real thing!

  4. Pat O’Brien Says:

    I buy nothing but craft or independent brewery beer with one exception, Miller 64. I have those when I want more than one beer because of the 2.5 % by volume alcohol content, low calories, and it kinda sorta looks and tastes like beer. But, I grew up 30 miles from Milwaukee, and I will miss PBR not being a brand. I tried one last year, and it tasted like a normal mega beer with lots of corn involved in the recipe. Damn it, corn is for eating not beer or fuel!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I finally got to the point where, faced with drinking some pale, feeble corporate half-a-lager or nothing at all, I went with nothing at all.

      Of course, now I drink non-alcoholic beer, so maybe the joke’s on me.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Cold Spring Brewing Co. is in Cold Spring, a few miles SW of St. Cloud, MN. The town was on the way to Richmond, the SW end of my field area.

      The brewery made a decent 3.2 beer that you could buy in any deli or supermarket in Minnesota back in the day, the day being 1981-83 when I was doing field work. It was thin and weak as beer goes but easy to procure at the little deli near my luxury motel suite (a combo bedroom/kitchenette in a motel across U.S. 10 from the state prison–the other tenants were shall we say interesting) and I could knock down several cans in the evening while pouring over topographic maps and cataloging samples without getting too woozy to get work done.

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    You cannot throw a stick without hitting a brewery here in the Mitten State. Sadly, many of the beers are “not good” if you want to be PC or “taste like they were strained through dirty socks” if you use my language. Thankfully there are sample shots which generally prevent me from the Dirty Socks option. The IPA’s are getting so citrus forward I’d just as soon have a glass of OJ. But Dark Horse and Bells produce some reliable and righteous brews without too much foofery. Ah… I miss the deck at Bristol and Laughing Lab.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Irksome? Life?

      Oscar Wilde: “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        Herb: Bristol renovated and moved into the old Ivywild School here in Bibleburg and it’s a hoppin’ (no pun intended) place.

        I’ll savor my next Bristol Compass IPA from them in your honor!! 🙂

        PS: They also support, among many things, the local high school MTB efforts.

  6. Dale Says:

    You may have described my son. He wears skinny jeans, uses Maestro’s Beard Butter, and drinks PBR on occasion (usually when he is broke). In his defense, when flush with cash he chooses better beer.

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