You can blame it all on me, I was wrong and I just can't live without you. Well, maybe I was not wrong in choosing these beers, but I definitely was on the wrong side of history. Today we are going to take a trip back in time to discuss some nostalgic beers from our younger days. Retro is cool and things come back in style all the time so who knows what could happen with some of these beer brands. Some of them lasted for quite a while so there had to be a decent amount of support for them. Brewers, if you are out there take notice. What once was cast aside into the dumpster of obscurity can suddenly become ultra hip. John Travolta, PBR, short shorts and horned rimmed glasses come to mind. So in the spirit of retro here are the beers we miss.
Bud Dry- For many this may be a beer you remember having a sip from your dad back when craft beer options were limited. This could be purely a case of context but I do really remember this as being a tasty clean finishing beer. Bud Dry came out to a lot of marketing fanfare with the "Why ask why?" campaign and was a top seller for the brand until it was displaced by Bud Ice. I do remember Bud Ice and cans still taste that metallic yet sweet tang when I think about it, so I don't know how this won out over Bud Dry. Surprisingly Bud Dry lasted until 2010 so if anyone has some around I would love to see if this is just a case of lusting for the past or if this truly was a palatable macro brew.
Pete's Brewing Company- This is one that perplexes me even today. A pioneer in the craft brew evolution, Pete's was most famous for their flagship Wicked Ale. Not only did Pete's survive the early days of craft brewing, but they thrived, cracking the top 50 in US sales in 2004. The beer that I remember most was their Wicked Winter, which featured raspberry and nutmeg flavorings. Pete's also carried a strawberry blonde and a summer ale. With strong distribution, a variety of beers and awesome packaging this 90's powerhouse seemed to have everything that the other big boys had. Also surprising was the fact that they officially lasted until 2011 when Gambrinus shut the brand down. It's becoming apparent to me that if given the gift of time travel, sampling beers from the past would probably rank just below achieving tremendous wealth on my priority list.
Miller Chill- I think I am probably in the vast minority on this one but when this beer came out I really liked it. Marketed as a summertime beer with lime and salt it came out around the same time as Bud Light Lime. Unlike it's more successful counterpart, this beer was not as sickeningly sweet and the salt added a nice offset in flavor. The Miller Chill did not have that lime sno-cone flavor that Bud Lime has and tasted more like a beer. Unfortunately this beer was changed the next year into more of a low calorie, Ultra type beer. One has to wonder if this beer was just ahead of its time with the new interest in the goze style of beer. Sometimes beers are bad, sometimes they are just ahead of the consumer's tastes.
Crazy Horse- Before you leave the page or completely discredit everything on the site, this is not here because it was remotely good. In fact, even when cheap beer was the only option, this was never the beer of choice even among the lowest of bottom shelf malt liquor. This disgusting creation was more of a rite of passage or dare than anything else. With urban legend surrounding its ability to cause violence, the horrific taste, and marketing imagery that offended nearly every consumer or political group; one had to try it at least once. An orange cloudy mess, this beer reeked like a beach restroom and no amount of chilling could make it palatable. My last bottle came when I was shortly out of college where a few friends and I grabbed some out of nostalgia. About half way through, we declared that we all had jobs and did not need to drink this garbage anymore. There was no remorse in pouring this one out. Bringing this back would probably be a horrible mistake, but like boot camp and hazings it was the suffering that brought us together.