Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed  Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts

Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts

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Beer, USA by Will Anderson signed Soft Cover 500 yeras of America's beer facts
 
Beer, USA by Will Anderson
Signed by Author  (also writing on the upper corner of the title page)
Soft Cover
168 pages
Copyright 1986

500 years of America's beer facts, beer folklore, beer photos, beer fun.  

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
Introduction  II
BEER, USA ... 1492 to 1945  1
Everybody's Got a Beer Story  89
BEER, USA . .. 1945 to 1986  121
I'll Take One of Each: A Listing of the 268 Past and Present Brews Included in BEER, USA166

INTRODUCTION
I like beer.
I remember well our introduction. It was 1959. A bunch of us from my fraternity at Cornell University were going out for a "wild" night in Ithaca. I had $1.00 to my name. We went to the local favorite ... Jim's Place. Mixed drinks were something like 65apiece. Utica Club was 15a draft. I didn't have to be a math major to figure out that it was time to give beer a serious try. The first glass tasted pretty awful; the second a little better; the third pretty good. I've been a beer drinker ever since.
But it took another fraternity "happening" to introduce me to a further aspect of beer's fascination. It was Fall Weekend, 1961 ... one of the REALLY BIG party weekends at Cornell. Everybody in the old frat house was having a ball. Except George Robillard. George's date, at the very last minute, had called and announced that George was going to be spending Fall Weekend without her. George was furious ... and proceeded to vent his anger by drinking close to a case of Ballantine, stacking the empty cans in a pyramid as he went along.
A week later, cans still in place, my roommate Bob Myers and I got to discussing how many brands of beer and ale there were. Bob guessed ten. I said "heck, there are more brands than that right here in Ithaca." We put the hefty sum of $2.00 on it and-since most anything was more important than studying-did indeed drive around Ithaca. We came up with 26 different brands in cans, included quite a few long-since defunct labels like Old Ranger, Iroquois, Simon Pure, Haberle Congress, Dobler, and Fitzgerald. Bob was from Cincinnati, and he returned from Christmas break with such goodies as Burger, Hudepohl, and Schoenling. My contribution from back home in Ardsley, New York, just north of New York City, was Piel's and Rheingold.
That really got us going. Before we knew it we were heading out on beer can hunts just about every weekend: to Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal . . . even Chicago and Milwaukee. We were hooked.
In the years that followed, Bob stuck with cans-becoming one of the legends of the can-collecting world. I branched out, getting into the entire gamut of beer packaging and advertising, from bottles to barrels, trays to tap knobs. Since those early collecting days I've come to like beer for a lot of other reasons, too.


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