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tdracer
28th Oct 2018, 04:16
Something else to bash Americans over - we hog all the beer.

A significant number of bars in downtown Reykjavík were forced to make emergency beer runs under the onslaught of thirsty American sailors and Marines in town for the start of Trident Juncture 18, Iceland Magazine reports. (https://icelandmag.is/article/bars-downtown-reykjavik-ran-out-beer-serving-thirsty-us-sailors-and-marines?fbclid=IwAR01tSoTSLTDD3qOoqS3hSN-LRRPkg3oxh_YRGU0dHheRzST4Iw1FDmKMh4)

https://taskandpurpose.com/sailors-marines-beer-iceland/

TWT
28th Oct 2018, 04:36
Doesn't the USN include a 'beer barge' in it's flotilla when on exercises ?

Nothing worse than running the risk of going thirsty as you proceed to drink a city dry :O

treadigraph
28th Oct 2018, 09:48
I hope none of them are under 21!

West Coast
28th Oct 2018, 11:01
I hope none of them are under 21!

What’s the legal age to consume in Iceland?

redsnail
28th Oct 2018, 12:20
I hope they have plenty of cash!

419
28th Oct 2018, 12:25
What’s the legal age to consume in Iceland?

20........................

racedo
28th Oct 2018, 12:48
Guees the Icelanders sell beer and not Budweiser..................................... as opinioned "Drink Bud is like making love in a Canoe"

rudestuff
28th Oct 2018, 13:05
So for those under 21, their first taste of beer.
And for those over 21, their first taste of beer.

G-CPTN
28th Oct 2018, 13:29
I remember my first school trip to the European continent - there was no objection from the staff to us consuming alcohol, even though almost all were under 18.
We even stopped off as soon as we entered Belgium for beers . . .

Ancient Mariner
28th Oct 2018, 14:15
For those participating in Trident Juncture in Norway, I'm happy to inform you that legal drinking age for beer and wine is 18, 20 for hard liquor. And don't worry, we're not going to run dry.
Per

Saintsman
28th Oct 2018, 15:02
So for those under 21, their first taste of beer.
And for those over 21, their first taste of beer.

I recall the story of an RAF squadron exchange with an American squadron in Germany, where after the second day, the Yanks were forbidden to go drinking with the Brits because of the state they were in when they turned up to work the next day.

American beer has improved somewhat in recent years, but in the 70's, the difference between what they were used to in the US compared to what was available in Germany was substantial.

Just another session for the Brits.

West Coast
28th Oct 2018, 15:47
I'll place that one up there with the lighthouse vs CVN story.

Brookmans Park
28th Oct 2018, 16:20
Guees the Icelanders sell beer and not Budweiser..................................... as opinioned "Drink Bud is like making love in a Canoe"
I would rather make love in a canoe than drink Bud

pattern_is_full
28th Oct 2018, 17:37
I'll always remember the interview with a German skier at a Winter Olympics.

Q. "What do you think of American beer?"
A. "Ach, American beer! Zis, you see, is the world's first successful attempt at diluting water."

racedo
28th Oct 2018, 17:38
I would rather make love in a canoe than drink Bud

True but both are F*****g close to water

747 jock
28th Oct 2018, 17:48
The CEO's of Budweiser, Coors and Guinness walk into a bar and the bartender takes orders. The CEO of Budweiser says "I'll take a Bud Light. It's crisp, refreshing, and doesn't hurt the budget!"

The bartender moves down the line. The CEO of Coors says "I'll take a Coors light. It's colder, even more refreshing, and won't give you a beer gut!"

He then asks the Guinness CEO what he wants and he says "I'll have a water."

The others give a confused look and the bartender says "but... why aren't you ordering a beer?"

He responds, "well, nobody else did."

Pontius Navigator
28th Oct 2018, 20:14
. And don't worry, we're not going to run dry.
Per
Because you will run out of money before we run out of beer.

Um... lifting...
28th Oct 2018, 21:54
True enough.

Budweiser in the U.S. is brewed for old folks and furriners (and especially old furriners, Britons in particular). Judging by the abundance of comments recounting the frisson of horror they get each time they order it... again, and again, and again it would appear... can't seem to get enough of the stuff. Predictably, the same toothless and desiccated 50 year old jokes about canoes are wheeled around on a bockety gurney as if they were new. You people need to get out more.

Oddly enough I have never once read about an American whingeing about the culinary depravity that is 'bubbles & squeak', probably because if we were idiot enough to order it once, we'd probably keep it to ourselves and not do it again.

So who is the fool?

The Anheuser-Busch Co?

Or you?

Evidently you keep on buying it and handing over your money, by your own admission... nitwits. Unless you're buying it by the case and drinking it under a bridge, you should probably spring for the extra buck or two for something else in the bar.

Other than laborers or people who have spent the day doing outdoor work who actually desire a cold and weak beverage (which they usually keep in their own fridge), I don't know anyone who likes the stuff, and I was born and raised here. It is a rare thing indeed to see Bud ordered in a bar, except by furriners. Said furriners rank it right up there with a slow drive through Liberty City or the South Bronx with the windows down on the tourism excitement scale. See above.

Yes, Norway is not likely to run out at these prices.

Pint Price in Norway (http://www.pintprice.com/region.php?/Norway/EUR.htm)

Ancient Mariner
28th Oct 2018, 22:07
Just a scheme to keep the riff raff out, we only want well heeled visitors.
Per

Um... lifting...
28th Oct 2018, 22:08
Just a scheme to keep the riff raff out, we only want well heeled visitors.

Never claimed it was anything else. Probably leaves the streets cleaner, too.

Pontius Navigator
28th Oct 2018, 22:16
Um, at $5 a slab and little choice . . .

Now when I could get it Schlitz or Storz which I think is now available again. Had the privilege of a brewery tour escorted by Art Storz and a copious tasting of their prized beers.

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Um... lifting...
28th Oct 2018, 22:26
Well, then there you are. You had the choice of not buying it, now hadn't you? But the British way is to buy the damned thing and then whinge about it for the next several decades. Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip, eh what?

Old Man LeBlanc across the road when I was 3 was a Schlitz man after an afternoon behind the mower. Decades later I can still identify it without being told what it is.

5000 metres
28th Oct 2018, 22:38
I don't know anyone who likes the stuff, and I was born and raised here. It is a rare thing indeed to see Bud ordered in a bar, except by furriners.


Huh. Been in many a workingperson’s tavern in the vicinity of LAX and BOS where nearly every open bottle on the bar was Bud.

racedo
28th Oct 2018, 22:57
True enough.

Budweiser in the U.S. is brewed for old folks and furriners (and especially old furriners, Britons in particular). Judging by the abundance of comments recounting the frisson of horror they get each time they order it... again, and again, and again it would appear... can't seem to get enough of the stuff. Predictably, the same toothless and desiccated 50 year old jokes about canoes are wheeled around on a bockety gurney as if they were new. You people need to get out more.

Oddly enough I have never once read about an American whingeing about the culinary depravity that is 'bubbles & squeak', probably because if we were idiot enough to order it once, we'd probably keep it to ourselves and not do it again.


If you can find it on a menu anywhere then good luck as I never have seen it in UK



So who is the fool?

The Anheuser-Busch Co?
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Or you?


Well probably you as its now owned by InBev headquartered in Belgium.

tdracer
29th Oct 2018, 02:09
The beer drinking demographic is somewhat different in the US, which tends to push large scale consumption of a lighter lager. Most beer isn't consumed in a bar or pub, it's consumed at home, or during an outdoor activity (baseball/softball/volleyball type sports or a BBQ) where you drink beer to quench your thirst and you want a lighter beer (you're not going to stop after one or two).
The US as a whole is quite a bit warmer and drier than the UK. In the UK, if the mercury exceeds 40 deg C it's an emergency - in much of the US we simply call that summer. After spending several hours doing yard work when it's over 100 deg F (38 C) and 15% humidity, Bud Light tastes glorious. I love a good pale ale, but it's too heavy to drink when you're hot and thirsty.

5k, if you're in a 'blue collar' working class bar after work - yes, Bud is common. It has the virtue of being cheap, and most patrons don't stop after one because they've hot and thirsty. But head to a sports bar over the weekend, you'll find a large percentage of the patrons drinking some microbrew or perhaps an import (Mexican beers are rather popular).

Big Green, curious how you formed your opinion of American microbrews, given you're too young to be served in the US and very few of them are ever bottled/canned, even fewer exported...:rolleyes:

gileraguy
29th Oct 2018, 04:33
Pommie Beer gives me a gutsache.... just sayin'...

Pontius Navigator
29th Oct 2018, 07:56
If you can find it on a menu anywhere then good luck as I never have seen it in UK.
You have been lucky. In some pubs I have seen not only Bud but Bud Light and Ice I think. I avoid such pubs that don't have a decent beer.

I am in full agreement with Um though. After a hot day's work in the garden (day 15-18 degrees ☺) I mark the end of work with a good cold lager but somewhat stronger than Bud. Twice the relaxation and half the exercise. A strong IPA doesn't do the same job as a dry Italian lager. Come winter my taste changes and I still have a few lager in the pantry and no thirst for them. A good smooth bitter is much more satisfying and a convivial drink around a log fire.

Gileraguy, are you sure it is not the size of the glasses? 😁

Hydromet
29th Oct 2018, 10:29
It seems that Bud is to Americans as Fosters is to Australians - the sort of horse-piss that only furriners drink. I've found no shortage of good beers in America, and one of them's not Bud. My strategy is to ask the barman for his recommendation of a good local beer. Vary rarely goes wrong.

747 jock
29th Oct 2018, 10:58
Budweiser in the U.S. is brewed for old folks and furriners (and especially old furriners, Britons in particular).
.....
Other than laborers or people who have spent the day doing outdoor work who actually desire a cold and weak beverage (which they usually keep in their own fridge), I don't know anyone who likes the stuff, and I was born and raised here. It is a rare thing indeed to see Bud ordered in a bar,

How many old folks and "furriners" do you have in the USA?
The reason I ask is that seeing by quantity, the 3 most popular beers draft sold in the USA last year were:
1/ Bud light,
2/ Coors light,
3/ Budweiser

with a total of 63 million barrels between them then if it's not being ordered in bars, where is it going?

racedo
29th Oct 2018, 12:35
You have been lucky. In some pubs I have seen not only Bud but Bud Light and Ice I think. I avoid such pubs that don't have a decent beer.

I am in full agreement with Um though. After a hot day's work in the garden (day 15-18 degrees ☺) I mark the end of work with a good cold lager but somewhat stronger than Bud. Twice the relaxation and half the exercise. A strong IPA doesn't do the same job as a dry Italian lager. Come winter my taste changes and I still have a few lager in the pantry and no thirst for them. A good smooth bitter is much more satisfying and a convivial drink around a log fire.

Gileraguy, are you sure it is not the size of the glasses? 😁

Was talking about Buddle and Squeak..........................

racedo
29th Oct 2018, 12:36
How many old folks and "furriners" do you have in the USA?
The reason I ask is that seeing by quantity, the 3 most popular beers draft sold in the USA last year were:
1/ Bud light,
2/ Coors light,
3/ Budweiser

with a total of 63 million barrels between them then if it's not being ordered in bars, where is it going?

Using Humans as a pit stop on the way down the toilet mostly.

Ancient Mariner
29th Oct 2018, 13:36
Never claimed it was anything else. Probably leaves the streets cleaner, too.
Nope, they are littered with Norskies of every imaginable sex, size and shape.
Per

Ancient Mariner
29th Oct 2018, 13:48
Tracer, you'd be surprised to learn that our State Monopoly liquor store has a selection of 234 different American beer products. I bet you'll find quite a few others at supermarkets and specialized stores.
https://www.vinmonopolet.no/Nettbutikk-kategorier/Øl/c/øl?q=%3Arelevance%3AmainCategory%3A%25C3%25B8l%3AvisibleInSe arch%3Atrue%3AmainCountry%3Ausa&searchType=product

Please do not click on the link standing up. Divide by 8(ish) for $$.
Per

oldairphot
29th Oct 2018, 14:42
I would rather make love in a canoe than drink Bud
Aye Obadire and one with ''ole in it at that

er340790
29th Oct 2018, 16:18
Coh! I drink Canada Dry every weekend.

BOOM!!! :}

tdracer
29th Oct 2018, 18:50
Tracer, you'd be surprised to learn that our State Monopoly liquor store has a selection of 234 different American beer products. I bet you'll find quite a few others at supermarkets and specialized stores.
https://www.vinmonopolet.no/Nettbutikk-kategorier/Øl/c/øl?q=%3Arelevance%3AmainCategory%3A%25C3%25B8l%3AvisibleInSe arch%3Atrue%3AmainCountry%3Ausa&searchType=product

There are more than that number of different beers brewed just in the greater Seattle area! It didn't used to be this way, but brew pubs have become commonplace in the last 30+ years (Seattle is a bit of a hotbed for brew pubs). Most have between 10 and 20 different beers available, and if you want to drink their beer anyplace besides their place of business your only option is to buy a growler - which they'll fill from the tap while you watch. There is one brew pub near here where they have a big container of beer 'aging' on the floor on the way to the restrooms - you can see the CO2 bubbling out through the airlock - with a sign on it saying what's inside, and the day it'll be tapped if you want to try some. Just don't bother looking for it in a store. A few brew pubs will bottle (~12 oz bottles) some of there more popular brews, but it's only for sale in the pub.
Costco has a large selection of beers - usually sold in single, larger bottles (~one liter size). But many of these are technically not micro brews. There is a set amount of beer that you can produced per year and still be considered a micro brew (I don't recall off hand how much, but it's not a lot) - many of the best known former micro brews have long since exceeded that amount but people still think of them as micro brews (around Red Hook is the best known that falls into that category - used to all be brewed in a small building near the ship canal in Seattle - now a big brewery in a suburb east of Seattle and actually distributed nationally (and perhaps internationally) by Budweiser - but their beer still tastes pretty much the same as it did when I had to drive down to Seattle to buy it.

racedo
29th Oct 2018, 19:12
Beer is good for you.......................... especially in hot weather as it replaces all those minerals and salts you lose through sweating.

Mild Ale in Uk came about because of Foundrys / Mines and Steel mills where Water was not safe to drink and having 6-7 pints at lunchtime allowed men to go back to work refreshed until having similar when they finished. The alcohol just burned itself off in sweat.

All those Isotonic drinks assummed they were first.................... HA

tdracer
29th Oct 2018, 20:25
with a total of 63 million barrels between them then if it's not being ordered in bars, where is it going?
Into cans and bottles which are mainly sold in stores.
"Barrel" is the commonly used term for measuring beer production. It has nothing to do with how the beer leaves the brewery.

ethicalconundrum
29th Oct 2018, 20:29
https://www.vinbudin.is/english/home/products/vorur.aspx/?category=beer&text=Budweiser

Ancient Mariner
29th Oct 2018, 20:44
https://www.vinbudin.is/english/home/products/vorur.aspx/?category=beer&text=Budweiser
Rather inexpensive over there, the Icelandic Krona is nothing like our Krone. Fifteen of theirs on one of ours.
Per

ethicalconundrum
29th Oct 2018, 21:13
Rather inexpensive over there, the Icelandic Krona is nothing like our Krone. Fifteen of theirs on one of ours.
Per

As a teen, I was deployed to Germany, and being used to drinking 3.2% Bud or Miller on base - I was not prepared for EU beer. Firstly, the cost was nominal, similar to a soft drink. Next, by the time I had a pint of most German lagers, I was ready for a long snooze, or at least keeping one foot firmly on the ground, as the Earth gently spun me around for a while. I don't know why someone would be drinking Bud in Iceland, as it is an inferior product to most EU beers, but hey - if one want's it, one can get it. I had a NSU Prinz when I was there, and my first trip was up the Rhine toward Belgium. Where to my delight, I chanced to order a Stella. Oh - my.... Nectar of the gods for a 19YO healthy boy. :O

racedo
29th Oct 2018, 22:55
I had a NSU Prinz when I was there, and my first trip was up the Rhine toward Belgium. Where to my delight, I chanced to order a Stella. Oh - my.... Nectar of the gods for a 19YO healthy boy. :O

Stella Artois or as commonly know by Police in UK..................... Wife Beater.

tdracer
10th Nov 2018, 03:37
I've been in Honolulu, Hawaii the last week. Some pretty good local brews here - including a nice brew pub easy walking distance from where we're staying. Surprisingly, the 12 pack of Hawaiian Kona Longboard lager I picked up at the store says this on the bottle: "Brewed and bottled by Kona Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO. for Kona Brewing Co., Kona, HI. :confused:
Last night the wife and I went to dinner at a nice Japanese steak restaurant (Benihana) - if you're not familiar, it's one of those places where they cook your meal right in front of you at the table. There are a lot of Japanese tourists here, so it was no surprise that there was a Japanese couple at our table (a couple years ago we went to the same restaurant - table of 8 and the other six were all Japanese - we were literally the only people at the table speaking English). Anyway, the drink menu had a reasonable selection of both domestic and Japanese beers. Being Hawaii, most people who ordered drinks went for some fruity local concoction garnished with a little umbrella (me included - I got a Mai Tai). I had a silent chuckle when the Japanese couple both ordered Bud Lights.

Fareastdriver
10th Nov 2018, 10:19
Teppanyaki restaurants: Fantastic. There's not enough of them. I used to go to one in Shekou where one could have as much of everything including tenderloin (fillet) of beef with unlimited wine or beer for 80 yuan, about £9.

Ancient Mariner
10th Nov 2018, 11:37
Teppanyaki restaurants: Fantastic. There's not enough of them. I used to go to one in Shekou where one could have as much of everything including tenderloin (fillet) of beef with unlimited wine or beer for 80 yuan, about £9.
Now that must have been a loooong time ago?
Blew several hundred pounds last time, me and my missus did, and that was fifteen years ago in Tokyo.
Per

MarkerInbound
11th Nov 2018, 01:16
Tracer, you'd be surprised to learn that our State Monopoly liquor store has a selection of 234 different American beer products. I bet you'll find quite a few others at supermarkets and specialized stores.
https://www.vinmonopolet.no/Nettbutikk-kategorier/Øl/c/øl?q=%3Arelevance%3AmainCategory%3A%25C3%25B8l%3AvisibleInSe arch%3Atrue%3AmainCountry%3Ausa&searchType=product

Please do not click on the link standing up. Divide by 8(ish) for $$.
Per

My mom's father came from Norway and her mother's parents. Her first language on the farm in Minnesota was Norsk till she was 6 or 8 and the family made the switch to English. Somehow we got talking about beer one time and she said Ringus always tasted of fish oil to her. So I finally get a night in Oslo and what do I do? Order a Ringus.

Ancient Mariner
11th Nov 2018, 12:19
My mom's father came from Norway and her mother's parents. Her first language on the farm in Minnesota was Norsk till she was 6 or 8 and the family made the switch to English. Somehow we got talking about beer one time and she said Ringus always tasted of fish oil to her. So I finally get a night in Oslo and what do I do? Order a Ringus.
Order a Ringnes instead. ;)
Ringnes is a standard lager type Carlsberg, Tuborg et all. Nothing wrong with it, but there are plenty of other beer from all over Norway to choose from. Many pubs and bars in Oslo with extreme selections of beers and cocktails. The city centre is compact and you can crawl from pub to pub all night and morning long.
Enjoy!
Per

MarkerInbound
11th Nov 2018, 18:37
Yes, after that box was checked I did try a couple other local brews.