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Offline OldChelsea

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Re: Beer, Beer, and More Beer
« Reply #1175: February 06, 2021, 12:39:55 PM »
OC mentions Tuborg. I seem to recall they used to have a plant near Baltimore that was visible from the Harbor Tunnel Thruway. Can’t say I’ve ever had their beer, though.[...]

Tuborg was brewed under licence at the Carling/National brewery near Baltimore; it was very cheap (about $1.99 a six-pack if I recall aright) and quite easy to get back in the 1980's but I haven't seen it in the States for many years; it didn't taste that much like real Danish-brewed Tuborg (you can still get the real stuff on draught in the Wetherspoon pubs in London).

Offline Elvir Ovcina

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Re: Beer, Beer, and More Beer
« Reply #1176: February 06, 2021, 07:51:37 PM »
Scandinavian mass-market beer, except for Ringnes, Frydenlund, Tuborg and a few others, is generally fairly dire. The only beer you can buy at a grocery store or other off-licence in Finland or Sweden is the aforementioned 2.25% ABV (known as lättöl in Sweden, and very popular there); anything stronger has to be bought at Alko (Finland) or Systembolaget (Sweden) (both rather like Virginia ABC stores) or at a restaurant or bar (for on-premises consumption).

And yet...in the mid-1980's the Pripps brewery in Sweden tried marketing lättöl in the United States, under the brand name 'Nordik [sic] Wolf Light'. Suffice it to say that compared to this brew, Bud Light packs a Dogfish-Head-style punch...it was a flop, and if I recall aright was off the US market within a year.

I personally hate Ringnes.  Even Mariestads is better for the same type of beer, as long as you're willing to drink Swedish rather than Norwegian.

It's an interesting societal effect, though:  If you have to go to Systembolaget for all your alcohol, why bother with beer when all the liquor's just sitting there (even if grocery stores sell stuff that's up to 3.5%, which is not really a noticeable difference from the light stuff.   As a result, there are some pretty good Norwegian microbrews - AEgir is awesome, and you'll never see a brewery in a more scenic location - but everything in Swedish bars is local macrobrew swill or imported.  There's a reason BrewDog has done so well there. 


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Re: Beer, Beer, and More Beer
« Reply #1178: February 10, 2021, 10:46:00 AM »
I guess no one actually buys their crappy, but marketed as not quite as crappy as bud, beer to drink at home

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Re: Beer, Beer, and More Beer
« Reply #1179: February 10, 2021, 12:30:08 PM »
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/538181-heineken-cutting-8k-jobs-as-pandemic-crimps-sales


I guess sales at off-licences (I buy my Heineken through Drizly) aren't replacing the sales lost due to the prolonged closures of pubs and restaurants.

Offline tomterp

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Re: Beer, Beer, and More Beer
« Reply #1180: February 28, 2021, 09:39:12 PM »

If that type of stuff is your jam, just buy everything Founders puts out - KBS, Backwoods Bastard, Panther Cub.

Oh, believe me, always have something in the fridge from Founders.  Love the breakfast stout among others.