02 October 2007

It's back! The Retro Beer Challenge

After completing the first leg of our Retro Beer Challenge we came to the realization that we really didn't want to drag out drinking crap beer, so this weekend we'll be tackling the rest of the field using the same format:

The Retro Beer Challenge is a different kind of beer tasting - a tasting of the common beer heavy hitters. We did this tasting blind, because this is a contest. We'll be reviewing all the "regular" beer we can get our hands on, in a tournament bracket format to find out which readily available beer lives up to the true title of Blue Ribbon winner - who is the real King of Beers?

In our first round we reviewed Budweiser, Rolling Rock, and Pabst Blue Ribbon, with Budweiser and Rolling Rock moving on to round two. This weekend's prospective list contains Old Milwaukee, Strohs, Busch, Hamms, Coors, Schlitz, Schaefer, Miller High Life, Michelob, Olympia, and possibly Blatz. You can't imagine our excitement.

We want to make sure we cover all the bases - with the exception of the light versions of the beers above - so if you've got any suggestions or notice anything we've left off, please let us know. We're only doing this once.

And hopefully we'll live through the experience.


  1. I can't believe I'm asking you to make that list of beers bigger, but one biggie you're missing is Old Style.

    Also, what about MGD? Not "retro" enough? Wikipedia says it was introduced in 1986, so maybe not.

  2. It's his pro-Cardinals/pro-Bud/anti-Cubs/anti-Old Style bias showing. ;) Actually, I spaced adding Old Style to the list, and I'm sure that Mike did as well.

    MGD is not retro enough for us. We're looking at beers that have mostly been around since or before Prohibition, though there are a few exceptions, like Old Milwaukee and Busch, which have been around since the '50's.

  3. Mike-

    Per corrnd's suggestion, I'll pick up the Old Style. My mouth is watering at the prospect of a cool Old Style 16 ouncer.

  4. How about a college kid's best friend. Keystone and Icehouse.