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06 August 2008

It's Schlitz! Go for the Gusto once more.
Germans laugh when I tell them there is an American beer called "Schlitz", because it means "slot" or "slit" and is sometimes used to refer to female genitalia in a crude or offensive way.

You learned something new today.
posted by chillmost 06 August | 04:37
So they figured that since hipsters were dumb enough to drink PBR, they might drink another crappy old beer? Schlitz was nasty stuff, worse than Iron City.
posted by octothorpe 06 August | 05:51
Huh, I hadn't realized it had gone.

And I want to take a minute to defend cheap beer such as PBR or, more often in my neck of the woods, Lone Star. I think that people fail to acknowledge that while there's certainly a bit of humor value in drinking these brews, the plain and simple fact is that they're cheap as hell and actually taste better than the Budweisers and Coorses that are a little more expensive. At least, I think that they do.

I mean, it's not like you see "hipsters" drinking a lot of Keystone or Red Dog. That shit's cheap and just plain nasty.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas 06 August | 06:47
Lonestar. I was in Texas a few months ago and I'll be damned if it didn't taste much better than any Bud, Coors or Miller. My buddy Jens, who has been drinking German beer since he was born, concurred.
posted by chillmost 06 August | 07:27
Yeah, it's not super amazing or anything, but it's a fair sight better than that stuff for sure. And honestly, so is PBR as far as I'm concerned.

When my band used to tour a lot we'd have folks we were staying with request in advance that we bring them a 12-pack of Lone Star.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas 06 August | 08:05
Schlitz in a can is fucking good -- no, scratch that, it's fucking great, the best canned beer there is (I don't count widgets you contrary fucker) -- and those who don't know this simple truth are missing out on something great. They have their reasons, but reason cannot withstand The Kiss of the Hops, Just.
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 08:17
Schlitz, Iron City, Natty Boh, PBR: all better than Bud/Miller/Coors light.
posted by gaspode 06 August | 08:33
Q: Why do girls only bring PBRs to the beach?

A: Because they don't like sand in the schlitz.

posted by AwkwardPause 06 August | 08:49
I've never had a Schlitz, but have always mentally filed it with Blatz. The crazy thing is that a large portion of Milwaukee "elite" are people who made their money from Schlitz back-in-the-day.
posted by drezdn 06 August | 09:34
Schlitz or Iron City was the big ongoing debate among the grownups in Pittsburgh. Rolling Rock was a shameful secret, because it only cost $3 a case, so no one wanted to get caught drinking that.
posted by StickyCarpet 06 August | 10:07
Schlitz isn't too bad. I like PBR too; IMO both are smoother and easier to drink than those big-brew American lagers.

The problem with Lone Star is that here in Texas, we can get Shiner for a few cents more, which is a rather authentic German-style lager.

Lager lager lager. That word has lost all meaning to me.
posted by muddgirl 06 August | 10:23
I like Rolling Rock. From the glass-lined tanks of Old Latrobe.

I don't think I have ever had a Schlitz -- and that's after a lifetime of pretty consistent beer drinking.

I've had a Stroh's, though. *shudder* Yuck.

I really like Shiner -- that's good beer.
posted by BitterOldPunk 06 August | 10:25
Schlitz out of a bottle is mediocre bottled beer.

Schlitz out of a can is the best canned beer.

Go figure.
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 10:30
BOP, Rolling Rock isn't from Latrobe anymore, A-B bought it and brews it in Newark, NJ now. The old glass-lined tanks in Latrobe are making Sam Adams these days.
posted by octothorpe 06 August | 11:21
the very dregs of crap beer: Milwaukee's Best (known as "the Beast" by my college chums in the late 80s/early 90s)

other questionable brews: "Black Label" (red cans?), Stroh's, and the stuff in white cans that just said BEER on the label (anyone recall those?)
posted by lonefrontranger 06 August | 11:28
Old Milwaukee (Ol' Swill) is pretty bad, too.

We had Leinenkugels in Richmond, IN for like 8 bucks a case (24 bottles), but then they parlayed a classic-sounding name and a national fetish for amber lagers into a higher price point for the new millenium.

Yeah, that generic beer in the white cans used to be made out at the Colt 45 brewery over by Linthicum when I was growing up.
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 11:48
I like Straub for a nice cheap summer beer, it's not great but it's drinkable cold and I like supporting local family owned companies. They've been brewing in the middle of nowhere in rural western PA for a hundred years. And if you visit the brewery, you can drink for free from the eternal tap
posted by octothorpe 06 August | 11:49
Oh shit, I haven't had a Straub since I was in middle school! Awesome!
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 11:53
I love New Orleans and all things New Orleans. Except. Dixie Beer. Most vile. The Beast I also remember being bad, but I could do Red Label just fine.

Different Stroh's for different Foh's.
posted by rainbaby 06 August | 11:58
Just had a sixer of Schlitz cans last week. Schlitz, PBR, and their ilk, are pretty much perfect beers if that's what you're looking for. Most times, I'm not. When I am, it's nice to know they're around.
posted by SpiffyRob 06 August | 14:19
You know what's good, man? Fuckin' Tecate, that's good. You put a little lime in the can with the beer, man, drink that shit down! Tecate!
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 14:27
Negro Modelo, my friend. It's the best mass-produced beer in the Western Hemisphere.
posted by box 06 August | 14:53
This Negro Modelo, it comes in a can?
posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 15:02
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Sadly, I'm pretty sure I've only ever seen bottles. Modelo Especial comes in cans, though.
posted by box 06 August | 15:08
Shit, man, Tecate comes in a piņata!

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posted by Hugh Janus 06 August | 15:15
Schlitz never left the shelves here. I drink it all the time. For cheap suds, it betas the pants off PBR.
posted by jonmc 06 August | 20:01
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