This one was pushed to “Sunday Suds” because I wanted to throw a shout out to Homer Bailey yesterday!
For my next “Saturday Suds” – where I post about a beer that has something to do with baseball (or at least I’ll try to figure out some way to correlate it with baseball) – I’m going back to the Northeast. After posting about a Chicago beer given my move there, I’m going back to where I just came from – the New York / New Jersey area.
Currently owned and brewed by Rheingold Brewing Company, who is owned by Drinks Americas in Wilton, CT
Beer: Rheingold Lager Beer
Description: Another classic American lager – that’s been my MO with these posts, but that’s what you’d expect for baseball beers in the summer! It’s got a little more of a grain to me than a Budweiser – which is often my standard of comparison for this beer. I think I’d rather have it than a Bud-heavy. Like many of these – this would be good for a summer day, but what I’d want for a night at a pub.
Rheingold beer was founded way back in 1883, and was very popular in New York in the 1940’s and 50’s – supposedly holding down over a third of the state’s beer market. It was also well-known for the Miss Rheingold pageant, though the brewery folded in the mid-70s. The beer was revived in the late 90’s, and was purchased by Drinks Americas out of Wilton, Connecticut, in 2005. It’s now brewed in Wilton. The original beer was a dry lager, whereas the beer now more like your standard adjunct lager.
Medium: I bought 2 6-packs of 12 ounce bottles. I’m sure there’s other ways to get it – but I never saw it around New York or New Jersey when I lived there. This was a beer I had to do some searching for – but I did find Rheingold at a local liquor store in New Jersey. In fact, I looked up where I could find it and conveniently picked it up on the trip where I drove my first car (sans wife and kid) from NJ to Chicago. See how dedicated I am to the blog!
How it’s related to baseball: Rheingold was the original beer sponsor for the Mets. The beer was the only sponsor on the scoreboard while the team was in the Polo Grounds (during their first two years of existence). The “H” and the “E” would light up for hit and error official scoring, a take off the Schaefer sign at Ebbets Field that did the same thing.
Rheingold stayed as a Sponsor when the Mets moved to Shea, and was still featured prominently on the scoreboard – at least from what I can tell through the 1969 championship season.
Jackie Robinson was also a sponsor for the beer company – you can find a couple of pictures of ads he did for the company in the 60’s.