Fishtown Briefcase A Review of Economy-Friendly Beers
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    December 27th, 2008trishReviews

    View some old timey holiday beer commercials under the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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    December 24th, 2008max langfun


    A couple of vintage Christmas adds.  Happy Holidays and a very merry Christmas!

    Coors Christmas

    Bud Light Christmas

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    December 22nd, 2008mattbeer, booze, everybody love everybody, fun, liquor, Reviews


    Happy Holidays everyone! We are in the greatest season known to man, woman, or child to be a bearer of cheap beer. If there is one major problem with the holiday party, it is that people get so caught up in the atmosphere, the pretty lights, and the fighting with loved ones that they drink the following: fine beer, fine liquor, and fine wine. Here’s the problem with that: ALL THOSE THINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. As a direct result: these parties run out of beer. WHAT!?! Party with no beer!?! I’m outraged at the very thought of it.

    Let’s say, for instance, you are going to be attending a joyous, holiday soiré. Here is how you, my friend, can be a hero:

    1.) Buy a case of cheap beer
    2.) Bring the case of cheap beer to the party
    3.) Drink the case of cheap beer
    4.) Repeat for each party you attend

    Extra points for: Dressing up like Santa, having a fantastically bad holiday outfit, encouraging shotguns of cheap beer, and getting rude with the mistletoe.

    I personally know of two parties alone that were saved by a 30-pack of Schaefer. Without these charitable people bringing cheap holiday libations, these parties would have hit a wall before midnight instead of becoming nights when great memories are made. This is a beer that does everything great to mankind. It encourages sing-a-longs, it gets the girl who is ‘already too drunk’ drunker, it makes white guys dance (okay, that might not be a good thing), and it makes people open up and drink the holidays in. The brewers of this $13.99 “brick of beers” love the holidays and want everyone to have a great time. They are great guys, and you too can be great guy/girl by bringing a case of Schaefer to your next party.


    This isn’t even a review of the beer. It doesn’t even matter how it tasted (okay, it does taste great). The people who brought cases of Schaefer beer to holiday parties all around the world saved Christmas and contributed to the greatest gift of all, ELE (everybody love everybody).

    Schaefer: 5/5 briefcases. Let’s all give thanks for Schaefer in this holiday season! Happy holidays everybody!

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    December 16th, 2008max langbeer, Reviews

    All together now:

    National Beer
    National Beer
    You’ll love the taste of National Beer
    And while I’m singing
    I’m proud to say
    It’s brewed on the shores
    of Chesapeake Bay!

    So go the lyrics of the National Bohemian song. This beer, which is synonymous with Baltimore, Maryland has been around for a long time and had a large number of owners.

    National Bohemian Beer was first brewed by the National Brewing Company of Baltimore in 1885. The National Brewing Company merged with Carling in 1973 becoming Carling-National. In 1978 the company moved its brewery to Halethorpe, Maryland. The original brewery is still standing, but is now an apartment house; it still bears the large neon National Bohemian sign. The Halethorpe brewery ceased production in 2000, it was razed in 2006.

    While the team was under the ownership of Jerold Hoffberger, it became the official beer of the Baltimore Orioles. Hoffberger owned both the team and the brewery and even installed the beer’s mascot (the monocle wearing/mustachioed Mr. Boh) as the Orioles mascot commander cialis

    In 1979 G Heileman Brewing Company bought out Carling National. Heileman was then sold to the Stroh Brewery Company in 1996 and finally to the Pabst Brewing Company. The beer is now brewed in Eden, North Carolina by Miller (Pabst does none of the actual brewing of its myriad brands, it’s a virtual brewer which farms out its brands). So, while Natty Boh still uses the motto which refers to Baltimore ‘From the Land of Pleasant Living,’ it is no longer a product produced locally to Baltimoreans.

    Natty is one of the most inexpensive beers on the market, somewhere between $9-12 per case of cans. It has a mild, almost corn-like sweetness, and a hint of hops. It’s like most old fashioned American beers: it’s smooth and easy on the palate. I can’t imagine there would be many foods with which this wouldn’t be compatible. Though, it’s probably a bit too thin for foods more than moderately spicy. One can certainly do worse for far more money; this beer is pure bang for the buck. I give Natty Boh a solid 4.75 briefcases.

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    December 13th, 2008mattbeer, fun, Reviews

    Let me tell you, I am fully embarrassed by having the opening title for this be the NBA playoffs slogan adapted/bastardized from the Black Eyed Pea’s “Lets get retarded.”  Our taste really isn’t that bad.  Or perhaps it is.  You see, our goal over the next 52 weeks is to buy a case of the cheapest beer we can find and judge it on its merit and our experiences with it.

    This experience is going to be with a modern classic, Mickey’s Malt Liquor.

    Notice the short, thick, wide-mouthed bottle dubbed “The Hand Grenade.” How could there be a better bottle design?  It’s different, beautiful, has a badass nickname, AND is easy to drink from- the beer practically pours itself down your throat.  It is a lager-style beer that also makes a good training beer- it’s one of the only bottles you can really chug down with speed due to its unique shape and mouth.  This beer makes you drink it fast, so putting down 8-10 of these malt explosives in a single sitting won’t be uncommon (read: I have a drinking problem).

    The flavor of Mickey’s is good and makes for very unproblematic drinking- at 5.7% ABV it packs enough punch without that strong booze taste you get from most malt liquors.  At around $14-$16 for a case, it will get the job done at a price you can afford without killing your taste buds.

    I’m not sure if the people at most beer companies are cool, but Mickey’s has to have about the coolest people.  First, they’re growing in popularity in large part right now through their sponsorship of UFC, the very fun-to-watch, most badass fighting sport on the planet.  A quick glance at their web site has some awesomely funny stuff including a practical joke section where I learned that filling a water pistol with baby oil and spraying my friends around the crotch with it before a night out and telling them “Its only water, it will dry soon” is a great idea.

    Overall, I’m going to give Mickey’s 4.5 briefcases.  That’s over 100 beers.  This stuff is good, cheap, and effective and the sweet bottle really makes for a pretty fun beer to drink.  I could make this my casual brew with no problems, and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t had it in a while to pick up a case.  Like the little hornet on the bottle says “Get Stung!”

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