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Old 06-10-2006, 05:50 AM   #1
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Anyone ever go into a bar back in the 70s and drink "dark" beer?

I'm wondering what kind of beer it is/was? The choice was between regular and dark. Dark lager of some sort?

When out partying with the hoodlums back then, we would order dark. Of course, back then, anything that was different and got you drunk, was good. As I remember, it wasn't too bad, really. Not that many people knew what a good beer was back then.

We all had our own plastic steins that were hung above the bar. It pissed me off when the bouncer would hold a flashlight under my ID, to see if it had been altered... LOL

Anyway, I'm not planning on brewing up any "dark" beer (well, I don't think). You never know.
I still have my plastic stein as a keepsake....

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What do you mean by dark beer?

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Dark beer, back then, was BMC with caramel color (but not flavor). Some people said it the factories used wood ash for color, but that would have added flavor. I don't remember any difference from the regular stuff, but it was hard to find and that made it special. A little like getting Coors in upstate N.Y., because they didn't ship it east of the Big Muddy.

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A little like getting Coors in upstate N.Y., because they didn't ship it east of the Big Muddy.
Just remember that if they DID ship Coors to the East, we wouldn't have had Smokey and the Bandit - one of my top three guilty pleasures.
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What do you mean by dark beer?

Just a beer darker in color. Not quite as dark as a stout. More dark brown than black IIRC.
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Dark beer, back then, was BMC with caramel color (but not flavor). Some people said it the factories used wood ash for color, but that would have added flavor. I don't remember any difference from the regular stuff, but it was hard to find and that made it special. A little like getting Coors in upstate N.Y., because they didn't ship it east of the Big Muddy.

No kidding? Who would have thunk it. BMC trying to make us think we were drinking something special. It's been thirty years, but I seem to remember it tasting some different from regular draught. Wish I had a glass of it right now...
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Just remember that if they DID ship Coors to the East, we wouldn't have had Smokey and the Bandit - one of my top three guilty pleasures.

Yep, it's a pretty good flick. I'll watch it whenever I'm channel surfing and run across it....
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Just a beer darker in color. Not quite as dark as a stout. More dark brown than black IIRC.
Well, back in the '70s I was in Germany so I was drinking all kinds of beers.

I haven't drunk BMC since 1975 so I wouldn't know to which you are referring, but it's no important now.
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Don't remember dark beer back then. Best we did was get kegs of Andeker or Michelob in the 70's and thought we were being high class instead of miller, pabst etc.

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RAISED FROM THE DEAD!!!

Wasn't Guiness sold in the US in the 1970s? You couldn't get it at a bar or grocery store, but they had it at the larger liquor stores, I think.

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