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Labatts halts production of Rolling Rock 7 ounce 'ponies' - Rathskeller hit hardest
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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!



TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: beer; pa; penna; psu; rathskeller; rollingrock; skeller
This is an outrage (seriously). Talk about ripping the hearts out of Penn Staters. This is worse than firing Joe Paterno, worse than taking a jackhammer to the Nittany Lion Shrine.

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:

Labatt's Feedback

1 posted on 04/24/2005 1:57:15 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa
OHHHHHHHHHHHH NOooooooooooooooooo!
2 posted on 04/24/2005 2:00:43 PM PDT by Dog
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To: quantim

ping


3 posted on 04/24/2005 2:00:44 PM PDT by NautiNurse ("I'd rather see someone go to work for a Republican campaign than sit on their butt."--Howard Dean)
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To: FlJoePa

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.


4 posted on 04/24/2005 2:01:15 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: FlJoePa

Shouldn't this be in Breaking News?

Or maybe Activism?


5 posted on 04/24/2005 2:02:02 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("You would have to double your IQ to be stupid. " --zip)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ROFL!


6 posted on 04/24/2005 2:05:18 PM PDT by Dog
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To: FlJoePa

IIRC from my misspent youth,Rolling Rock had a headache in every bottle.


7 posted on 04/24/2005 2:08:23 PM PDT by oldsalt (There's no such thing as a free lunch.)
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To: Dog

Where are we going to get training beers for the kids?


8 posted on 04/24/2005 2:09:16 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: FlJoePa

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.

Stuff happens


9 posted on 04/24/2005 2:12:07 PM PDT by UB355
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To: FlJoePa
Sad news.

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.

10 posted on 04/24/2005 2:12:08 PM PDT by ViLaLuz
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To: ViLaLuz
Brador is/was made by Molson. A malt liquor, iirc.
11 posted on 04/24/2005 2:17:03 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Non-Sequitur
Donnelly's Bar near the campus in Iowa City served shorty beers if you needed a pick me up between classes. After classes, they served the big mugs to anyone who asked, "gimme a Democrat, Harold."
12 posted on 04/24/2005 2:24:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Dog
Any bar with a Men's Room like this ought to be allowed to serve whatever beer in whatever quanties and portions they so choose:
13 posted on 04/24/2005 2:26:22 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Willie Green; Mo1; ..

ping


14 posted on 04/24/2005 2:27:37 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: FlJoePa
I would guess that if 7 ounce beers were big sellers, they'd keep making them.

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.

15 posted on 04/24/2005 2:31:33 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: southernnorthcarolina

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.


16 posted on 04/24/2005 2:33:30 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
A little history (and a Guinness Book Record):

1970's
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.

1980's
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.

1990's
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.

17 posted on 04/24/2005 2:39:00 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: FlJoePa
"It's as much a part of Penn State as Joe Paterno and grilled sticky buns at the Diner."

Penn State, who's that? (Roll Tide)

18 posted on 04/24/2005 2:39:25 PM PDT by blam
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Do folks who like 7 ounce beers also drink one ounce martinis?

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.

19 posted on 04/24/2005 2:41:34 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: FlJoePa

Noooooooo!!!

20 posted on 04/24/2005 2:50:30 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: FlJoePa

Seriously, why in God's name do you even drink that?


21 posted on 04/24/2005 2:52:35 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: FlJoePa
You buy the beer by the CASE in the Rathskeller

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¢

22 posted on 04/24/2005 2:55:46 PM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: ShadowDancer

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+).


23 posted on 04/24/2005 3:00:15 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
people love them because they NEVER get warm...
24 posted on 04/24/2005 3:00:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: FlJoePa

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.

Bruce Kurtz


25 posted on 04/24/2005 3:07:05 PM PDT by Bruce Kurtz
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To: FlJoePa
Is it OK with you that I actually like Rolling Rock?

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.

26 posted on 04/24/2005 3:09:12 PM PDT by ShadowDancer (As for the types of comments I make,sometimes I just, By God,get carried away with my own eloquence.)
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To: FlJoePa

Bleah...I switched to Yuengling from Rolling Rock a long time ago...


27 posted on 04/24/2005 3:15:38 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Chode
people love them because they NEVER get warm...

Nor do my pints.

28 posted on 04/24/2005 3:24:33 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: southernnorthcarolina; Chode
I'm with Chode on this one. No one understands pony bottles until they go to picnic when it's 95 degrees outside. Right as they get warm, you're ready for another. Yum.

And speaking from personal experience, even in such cases, one's rate-of-consumption rises, not falls. What a bonus.

29 posted on 04/24/2005 3:29:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Strategerist

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!


30 posted on 04/24/2005 3:38:07 PM PDT by Stashiu (RVN, 1969-70)
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To: FlJoePa

14" of snow in Cleveland, trees and limbs down, power out, but THIS IS THE WORST NEWS OF THE YEAR!


31 posted on 04/24/2005 3:57:36 PM PDT by GungaLaGunga
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To: UB355

Supersize me has penetrated the expensive container market.


32 posted on 04/24/2005 4:02:46 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: FlJoePa

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 ;)


33 posted on 04/24/2005 4:04:29 PM PDT by JarheadFromFlorida (Ooorahhhh........Get Some! Semper Fi')
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To: FlJoePa

I'm still trying to market smart pills but since rabbits were put on the endangered species list, it looks like an uphill battle.


34 posted on 04/24/2005 4:05:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: FlJoePa
Any bar with a Men's Room like this ought to be allowed to serve whatever beer in whatever quanties and portions they so choose: What is the matter with that bathroom? It looks better than the one in my home!
35 posted on 04/24/2005 4:23:30 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: JarheadFromFlorida
"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 ;)"

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."

36 posted on 04/24/2005 4:58:15 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: FlJoePa

Mmmmmm, Rolling Rock! The only beer that puts a picture of the horse it came out of on the bottle!


37 posted on 04/24/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: Calvin Locke

Thanks. I'll have to look for some Brador next time I'm home (upstate NY).


38 posted on 04/24/2005 5:23:05 PM PDT by ViLaLuz
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To: Stashiu

Ah, Genesee! I liked the Genesee cream ale. This thread sure is bringing back memories.


39 posted on 04/24/2005 5:25:12 PM PDT by ViLaLuz
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To: FlJoePa
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.

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.

40 posted on 04/24/2005 5:26:14 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: FlJoePa

That's the cleanest that bathroom ever has been! LOL!!!


41 posted on 04/24/2005 5:31:14 PM PDT by JamesWilson
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To: FlJoePa
NOOOOO!!!! Not the PONIES!!!!!

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!

42 posted on 04/24/2005 5:42:01 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: FlJoePa

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!


43 posted on 04/24/2005 5:44:02 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: lafroste
Grilled stickies are still there, but no more Phi Psi. After the University pressured them into doing it without the drinking, it dies a quick death. Same thing happened to the Regatta - no beer followed by no interest. Gentle Thursday lives on though...
44 posted on 04/24/2005 7:09:52 PM PDT by Kay Ludlow (Free market, but cautious about what I support with my dollars)
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To: FlJoePa
When'd Labatts buy Latrobe (the orginators of RR)?

ff (who had a Labatts Blue at the Reading Phillies the other night - did nothing to warm me up in 45 degree cold)

45 posted on 04/24/2005 7:15:55 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Non-Sequitur
The owner was one of the Singer's Midgets that played the Munchkins in the Wizard of OZ

Was he still representing the Lollipop Guild?

ff

46 posted on 04/24/2005 7:18:59 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: FlJoePa
7 oz bottles? Who cares? Here's how a real man gets a 7 oz serving of beer:

_____

47 posted on 04/24/2005 7:22:45 PM PDT by Henchster
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To: FlJoePa; DrJC
This is a travesty. With so many people in town this weekend for the Blue-White Game, I'd bet their stock is close to zero.

Is there a Penn State ping list? If so, add me, please.

48 posted on 04/24/2005 8:05:58 PM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned? Hell, that's better than the alternative!)
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To: Kay Ludlow
That is a tragedy. When I ran in the Phi Psi, it was the event of the year. There is something about being in a town occupied by 50,000 people with the lowest BAL of the bunch being about a .20.

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.

49 posted on 04/25/2005 8:49:59 AM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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