Fishtown Briefcase A Review of Economy-Friendly Beers
  • Boh Knows!

    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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