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I'm going out on a limb. You were an alcoholic if you drank that much beer and didn't feel any effects.

Not to go on an anti SABMiller and inBev conglomerate kick...but I liked the taste of Stroh's and liked that they were the "Detroit" beer competing nationally. In a couple/few years Michigan's Bells or whatever other adorable craft beer people like will be bought out by those two mega companies and you can probably guess the effect on the quality.

Perhaps, but that means 50% of college students are alcoholics. The tri-delta sorority girls could drink me under the table. I think I drank approximately 3 times a week, but for a student living in the dorm at the time I would argue that's about average. I think there is so much water in that piss tasting beer that you end up pissing all the alcohol out.

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Perhaps, but that means 50% of college students are alcoholics. The tri-delta sorority girls could drink me under the table. I think I drank approximately 3 times a week, but for a student living in the dorm at the time I would argue that's about average. I think there is so much water in that piss tasting beer that you end up pissing all the alcohol out.

you are currently in Austin? Do you drink Lonestar? I did when I was there in the late 80s...I liked it. I've had it recently and wasn't as impressed. Possibly another conglomeration issue.

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I was surprised to find that nearly every bar/restaurant here in Atlanta serves Bell's. Beer fests are big down here and Bell's is always on the list.

Here in Greensboro as well. Everyone has oberon in the summer. Some places always have 3 or 4 Bells beers on tap.

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They had a write up on Deadspin's food site a few weeks ago where the beer guy was getting ticked at Bell's fans for always tell him how great their beer was.... so he finally had a two hearted ale... and he was extremely impressed. "This is a ****ing good beer" is a partial paraphrase.

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They had a write up on Deadspin's food site a few weeks ago where the beer guy was getting ticked at Bell's fans for always tell him how great their beer was.... so he finally had a two hearted ale... and he was extremely impressed. "This is a ****ing good beer" is a partial paraphrase.

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/bells-two-hearted-ale-is-contrarian-proof-dammit-1647044396

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Bells fans are pretty insufferable. I don't even mean the typical hipster beer snob types. Bells is so popular, but in particular Oberon, that it's one of those craft beers that even the anti-craft beer people enjoy.

I remember years ago when bells got in a dispute with their Illinois distributor and stopped distributing it there. I was in a liquor store in Chicago buying some beer and there was a young 20 something girl perusing the coolers looking for beer to take to a party. I overhear her say to her friend that she wants Oberon and she can't find it. At the time, bells had started exploiting a loophole in the Illinois law and was selling their beer under a different brand name. I think they just called it "Kalamazoo" and they sold a couple different styles. It was known at the time that "kalamazoo wheat" was actually Oberon (a very slightly modified recipe to get around the law). I told the girl "if you are looking for Oberon, this is it. They have to use a different brand name here but it's the same thing." She didn't understand, and sort of walked away dejected because she couldn't get her precious Oberon.

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Ha... reminds me of vodka snobs. Abcnews did one of those undercover things where they talked to twenty somethings about vodka and they all claimed to not be able to stand the cheap stuff... so they gave it to them as top of the line and thry fell for it

We did a similar thing in our marketing class when I getting my MBA.

The basic upshot is the vast majority of people are not able to tell subtle differences in drinks and will convince themselves there is a difference in beverages if they believe there is a difference in advance.

One of the reasons marketing is so important for beverages.

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I'm going out on a limb. You were an alcoholic if you drank that much beer and didn't feel any effects. :--)

Not to go on an anti SABMiller and inBev conglomerate kick...but I liked the taste of Stroh's and liked that they were the "Detroit" beer competing nationally. In a couple/few years Michigan's Bells or whatever other adorable craft beer people like will be bought out by those two megacompanies and you can probably guess the effect on the quality.

Now, as I think about it....my dates are screwed up. The Detroit brewed version I grew up with was much more distinctive than the version probably brewed at some conglomerate brewery in Chicago or wherever and labeled as Strohs. Not sure when that happened but it would lead credence to the got-a-crappy-bland-taste effect you describe.

When Pabst acquired Stroh's it was ruined. Nothing like what I grew up with.

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Last time I was at Gs was 25 years ago in Tawas. I see they have one in Houghton Lake, so I will have to try them again next summer. They also have one in Lake Orion if anyone is looking to give them a shot.

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I usually visit the G's in Tawas when I'm visiting my folks up north. I would say they're pretty amazing relative to the other restaurants in the area...

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Bells fans are pretty insufferable. I don't even mean the typical hipster beer snob types. Bells is so popular, but in particular Oberon, that it's one of those craft beers that even the anti-craft beer people enjoy.

I remember years ago when bells got in a dispute with their Illinois distributor and stopped distributing it there. I was in a liquor store in Chicago buying some beer and there was a young 20 something girl perusing the coolers looking for beer to take to a party. I overhear her say to her friend that she wants Oberon and she can't find it. At the time, bells had started exploiting a loophole in the Illinois law and was selling their beer under a different brand name. I think they just called it "Kalamazoo" and they sold a couple different styles. It was known at the time that "kalamazoo wheat" was actually Oberon (a very slightly modified recipe to get around the law). I told the girl "if you are looking for Oberon, this is it. They have to use a different brand name here but it's the same thing." She didn't understand, and sort of walked away dejected because she couldn't get her precious Oberon.

Bell's is a great brewery, but somehow they turned Oberon into a sort of cult. It's a good beer, but not exceptional. New Belgium managed to pull off the same marketing feat with the mediocre Fat Tire.

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Bells fans are pretty insufferable. I don't even mean the typical hipster beer snob types. Bells is so popular, but in particular Oberon, that it's one of those craft beers that even the anti-craft beer people enjoy.

I remember years ago when bells got in a dispute with their Illinois distributor and stopped distributing it there. I was in a liquor store in Chicago buying some beer and there was a young 20 something girl perusing the coolers looking for beer to take to a party. I overhear her say to her friend that she wants Oberon and she can't find it. At the time, bells had started exploiting a loophole in the Illinois law and was selling their beer under a different brand name. I think they just called it "Kalamazoo" and they sold a couple different styles. It was known at the time that "kalamazoo wheat" was actually Oberon (a very slightly modified recipe to get around the law). I told the girl "if you are looking for Oberon, this is it. They have to use a different brand name here but it's the same thing." She didn't understand, and sort of walked away dejected because she couldn't get her precious Oberon.

Went to Granite City last night. Saw a guy with a Bell's hoodie. Thought of you.

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