Skip to comments.Labatts halts production of Rolling Rock 7 ounce 'ponies' - Rathskeller hit hardest
Posted on 04/24/2005 1:57:06 PM PDT by FlJoePa
From the Rathskeller's website:
END OF AN ERA! Rolling Rock, owned by Labatt's, has stopped making our popular pony bottles....we have only several hundred cases to sell!! Send a message to Labatt's and let them know just how much they suck!
This cannot stand. Fellow Penn Staters - UNITE and tell these canucks to stop messing with our Rolling Rock!
Here is a link to these bastard's feedback page:
There used to be a bar in Chicago, south of the Loop named Shorty's Tap. The owner was one of the Singer's Midgets that played the Munchkins in the Wizard of OZ, and everything in the bar was scaled to his height. Including the beer, so all he served were the 7 oz ponies.
Shouldn't this be in Breaking News?
Or maybe Activism?
IIRC from my misspent youth,Rolling Rock had a headache in every bottle.
Where are we going to get training beers for the kids?
Sometimes it's just because the machinery to handle the size is just no longer available. Remember when Johnson and Johnson discontinued the bandaid package with the little string. Jeep discontinued the 4.0 Litre strainght 6.
Does anyone know if OV ponies are still made? Old Vienna.
Also, how about Brador? It was a brown or amber beer made by Labatts, I think.
Now that I live down south, I sure do miss that great northern beer.
But, really... seven ounces? Why? That's not enough to stink up your breath, for pete's sake. Do folks who like 7 ounce beers also drink one ounce martinis? Or eat one egg omelets? Or 6 ounce t-bones?
Generally speaking, adults like adult sized portions. I believe I'll have another pint of Bass Ale.
I don't think you understand. You buy the beer by the CASE in the Rathskeller. It's as much a part of Penn State as Joe Paterno and grilled sticky buns at the Diner.
The 1970's marked the arrival of two Skeller bartenders, Bo and Rabbit. They still show up faithfully for all of the home Penn State football games. From the time Rolling Rock ponies were sold at the Skeller until 1972, it was customary to order them two at a time. Then on a football weekend, a customer, after numerous trips to the bar asked owner Dean Smith if he could just buy a case instead. Dean sold him a case for $4, and so began the tradition of Rock cases at the Skeller. It is always interesting to ask long time customers of the Skeller, what they used to pay for cases. Also during this decade, two unknowing future Skeller owners gained employment, Fast Eddie and Duke.
In 1980, John Patrick O'Connell, a.k.a. "Johnny O", bought the Rathskeller from Dean Smith. Not only did John perfect the "Case Study" during his tenure, he also set an unbeatable record which earned its way into The Guinness Book of World Records. On November 9, 1983, John decided to throw an anniversary party to celebrate fifty years of Skeller tradition. "Come on down early," John said, "we'll try to set a case drinking record." Little did he know his customers would pack the bar by noon. At 2:00am, the case sales had reached 903, beating the existing record, held by a bar in Germany, by over 200 cases. And so, the case races began. In 1986, ownership changed once again. The Skeller was purchased by Duke Gastiger and "Fast" Eddie Hill, both former "Skeller Rats". In 1988, Duke and Eddie bought the Old Main Restaurant above the Skeller and renamed it Spats Cafe & Speakeasy. The Skeller kitchen was dismantled and lunches were prepared in the Spats kitchen.
In the 1990's, "Case Day" broke the record three times. The record reached 943 in 1991, 1003 in 1993 and in 1996 reached the 1053 mark, which stills stands. In 1993, Fast Edddie sold his interest to Duke, and is now the owner of the Mount Nittany Inn atop Centre Hall Mountain. In 1994, sadness hit the Skeller once again with the passing of former owner "Johnny O", who is now included with Doggie in our goodnight wishes upon the locking of the door. In 1996, the Skeller became completely computerized. The old fashion cash registers were replaced by touch screen monitors. Drastic efforts have been made to clean up the Skeller without disturbing any of the original artifacts. After all, the greatest part of the Rathskeller is being able to return to an unchanged tradition which spans the better part of a century.
Penn State, who's that? (Roll Tide)
There's a few reasons why those 7 ounce beers are popular on capuses (besides Penn State).
They also get sold in cases, and are very "binge friendly", some kids like to pop one in between every class, or a quick snack type of drink.
After your out of college a few years, you don't bother with them.
Its also part of the same reason those little liquor bottles are such a hit with kids and the younger crowd.
I don't know the reason why Rolling Rock is stopping with selling them, pony beers are pretty big with alot of frats and stuff.
Seriously, why in God's name do you even drink that?
That's the way the more affluent kids did it.
Those of us who were on a tighter budget can remember when they were 2 for 25¢
One visit to the Skeller and you'd understand the whole Rolling Rock thing.
The Skeller and Penn State actually MADE Rolling Rock what it is today. They sold 7 oz ponies for years (see above history). Once back in the 80's, a PSU Grad was doing the main display window at Macy's in NYC and decided to put Rolling Rock ponies in the hands of the manequins (Gee, where did she get THAT idea??).
Overnight, it became the yuppie beer of choice in Manhattan bars and it's never looked back.
Personally, I like the beer. I buy it here in FL by the keg for my tapster. It's not light, not heavy, not cheap, not expensive. It's just right.
Is it OK with you that I actually like Rolling Rock?
If I had my choice, I'd drink Stella Artois, but it's a bit expensive by the keg ($125+).
Don't know when it started, but it was a tradition when I was there in the early 80s. Go to the rat cellar and get a case of rocks. Can't remember the cost, but it was dirt cheap.
Um, no. Hahahaha. Just kidding. I've only had it a few times and I'm not a fan but I really don't care what anyone drinks as long as they don't screw with my drinks. I was just screwing around. If you have one tapped tonight, have one for me.
Bleah...I switched to Yuengling from Rolling Rock a long time ago...
Nor do my pints.
And speaking from personal experience, even in such cases, one's rate-of-consumption rises, not falls. What a bonus.
I spent MANY hours in the 'skeller and the Phyrst 1971-6. I moved into the Vets' House on Nittany Ave. in 1975, its prime attraction was the 5 keg cooler and cheap rent ($40/month). The Vets' House came down sometime after that. The last time I was up there, only the front sidewalk remained. Probably an electrical fire. We usually had several of those per year.
My favorite at the time was a Genesee Dark brew. Ah, so many brain cells ago!
14" of snow in Cleveland, trees and limbs down, power out, but THIS IS THE WORST NEWS OF THE YEAR!
Supersize me has penetrated the expensive container market.
They cant do that. I grew up on those in PA duing the 60's and 70's :) That's like getting rid of a baby bottle ;)
I'm still trying to market smart pills but since rabbits were put on the endangered species list, it looks like an uphill battle.
It's bordering on criminal. I can only hope that they will change their minds. Also, I have to wonder if Graham Spanier didn't have something to do with this. He and the Skeller have been at odds for years. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if this freak show University President of ours sold this to Labatts as a way to curb "binge drinking."
Mmmmmm, Rolling Rock! The only beer that puts a picture of the horse it came out of on the bottle!
Thanks. I'll have to look for some Brador next time I'm home (upstate NY).
Ah, Genesee! I liked the Genesee cream ale. This thread sure is bringing back memories.
You know, I often wondered why this cheap, bland beer all of sudden got so popular in my usual haunts in those days. Read FreeRepublic everyday, you always learn something new.
That's the cleanest that bathroom ever has been! LOL!!!
ME and my freinds did a case every Thursday afetr lab at the Rathskeller!! We even bought the fifty cent bottle openers every time (we must have had a hundred of them).
On a related note:
I want to go back!! I want to go back to Happy Valley, I want to run in the Phi Psi again (the single most fun day of my entire life). I want to drink beer at the 'skeller and have sticky buns at what ever the Old College Diner calls itself these days! It's tough out here. I want to go back!
Our favorite trick was to tap a bud's bottle top with another bottle. If done just right, the whole bottle would promptly foam out onto the table. What fun!
ff (who had a Labatts Blue at the Reading Phillies the other night - did nothing to warm me up in 45 degree cold)
Was he still representing the Lollipop Guild?
Is there a Penn State ping list? If so, add me, please.
When I ran it with the Nittany Divers (costumed as Bearded Clams), we started at 10:15 AM and finished the grueling 1 1/2 mile course about 4:30 PM. But it wasn't the drinking, it was the costumes. The first time I saw Phi Psi, I sat there laughing non-stop for nine hours. That day stands as the most fun I have ever had. What a shame the event was judged un-PC.