In praise of beer inclusiveness…

Here’s a “ridiculous amount of other stuff” post (see tag line above).

(Note/warning:  I occasionally post on other loves (non-rail), as inspired, on beer, food, music, history, National Parks and Forests, sports, fishing, architecture, books, etc.)


When it comes to beer, I am inclusive.  I have friends who will only drink particular microbrews.  They wouldn’t be caught dead drinking a Coors or PBR in public.

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This post is to extol American beer in all forms–macrobrews and microbrews.  What could be more American than drinking American beer?  America has so many great brews now, that I never buy foreign beer any longer.  No need.


But I also don’t shy away from mass produced American beer.  Somehow, it seems wholesome to sometimes buy beer made in American factories/breweries that employ hundreds of people and small microbreweries.  If macrobrews were good enough for our fathers (and mothers), why not for us as well?


These pictures reinforce that for me.  What’s wrong with a simpler time when we all didn’t feel the need to have 3000 sq. foot homes, home theaters and BMWs?  If I want an ice cold PBR, Coors, Schlitz or Miller, I am going to have one.  To hell with what others think.  I won’t be intimidated or shamed from having a good macrobrew sometimes.  Don’t folks in these pictures look pretty classy?


I even wish I could add an ice cold Falstaff to that list above!  I miss drinking Falstaff as a very young man.  It was one of my dad’s beers.  Maybe one day…Pabst is thinking about re-launching Falstaff.  Be great if it tasted like the Falstaff I knew in the late 1970s (I was really too young to drink).  It was a bit distinctive.


When you look at these old advertisements, it just seems right to have a good, regular beer sometimes.  I don’t want all our big breweries to go away.  I get a kick out of driving by them and smelling that distinctive smell.

To all my railfan readers, I also enjoy seeing a string or two of covered hoppers bringing in ingredients.  Up until a decade ago or so, most beer was hauled by boxcar.  Much is still hauled by rail, but often containerized (not quite the same as driving by a distributor and seeing a few boxcars being unloaded.).


Ingredients (barley) from the Northwest coming into the Shiner Brewery in 2011 in Shiner Texas.  “Nothing’s finer than an ice cold Shiner!” –©C Hunt photo


Oh well, what do I know?  I still mow my own yard, love to watch football and baseball, barbeque on the weekends with wood and charcoal, think Rockford Files was a great show, and think factories should stay in America (not intended as a political statement at all, just a fact).  I guess I’m old fashioned.

Again, I still enjoy a great IPA from time to time and have written a couple of posts about one of my favorite IPAs–Ballantines.  I just discovered a great one a few weeks ago in Washington State–Backwood Brewing’s Logyard IPA.  Sadly, I can’t get it where I live.


I’m getting thirsty.  I think I may have an ice cold Schlitz in the fridge.

Here’s to a few good American macrobrews!





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