Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Piss Beers of Upstate New York: Part 1, Genesee



So here we start another one of my "series" of posts, which means I will probably do 2 posts on the subject tops before my tiny mind flitters away onto another concept. There has been much verbiage devoted to the excellent brewing traditions of our home state by people more knowledgeable than myself. Here I have decided to write about a subject that I know well, i.e. crappy beer. I use the term "crappy beer" in the most endearing sense, as I believe many of these "American lagers" of dubious quality have their place in the brewing pantheon. Sometimes, on a hot day, nothing will hit the spot like an ice cold Genesee.



This product is care of the Genesee Brewing Company located in Rochester. Genesee Beer is a fairly unassuming brew, imagine an ever so slightly hopsier and more flavorful Budweiser. Thoroughly swillable at cold temperatures and averaging in price somewhere under 5 bucks per 6 pack, the price is right for Genny. In my cheap beer heyday (late 90s), I remember being able to get a 30 pack of Genny Cream Ale for under 10.00$, those were the days.

Coincidentally, I found another Genesee Brewing Company product at my local Stewart's Shop last night. Here we have a product entitled "Mountain Brew Beer Ice" in a can with a decidedly minimalistic design. Note the weird sports playing stick figures around the bottom.



They were selling this stuff by the onesie for .75$ a can! Best thing about it was I was buying milk when I saw the beer, so I bought a gallon of milk and one can of Mountain Brew. The checkout lady gave me a look. I think the 6 pack was like 4 dollars. Weird, I have never heard of the stuff and can't find anything about it on the internets. I am quaffing the can as I write this, it tastes like it may cause diarrhea. This is piss beer of the lowest ilk, but I love the can. It looks like somebody drew on the label with a magic marker!

I think the next installment in this series will take us to Central New York, but I am not sure.

Share/Bookmark

14 comments:

  1. When I moved to the area in 1979, Genny Cream was the beverage of choice, but when Genny 12 Horse was introduced.....wow, I was a convert. Now, alas, I drink neither, as I've matured in age and palate and now have succumbed to the craft and micro brews. Still, on a really hot and humid day, given a choice...I might go with Genny. Do you know if they are still brewing 12 horse?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I haven't seen Mountain Brew at my Stewart's shop! Oh man, I'm on the hunt. I seem to have an affinity for the really crappy beers - Genny Cream Ale (in a bottle) & PBR are at the top of my lists.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I live in Northern NJ. I picked up a brew called Sierra Dorada at a liquor store near my job in Central Jersey. Apparently it is brewed by Genesee. Anyhow, I bought a case (24 cans) for $10. The stuff tasted a little like Balentine Ale.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Mountain Brew is made by Stewart's. That ridiculous font on the can is the same one they have plastered throughout the store.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I sell JW Dundee and Genesee beer in the Midwest. They actually do alright here for small "local" breweries.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Red-

    I think the Genesee Brewing Co. is now no. 7 (according to wiki) in the country in terms of production. They contract brew for all sorts of "craft" breweries and are now part of a larger beer conglomerate. But, alas, they are historically a Western New York brand. To tell you the truth, Genny really aint that bad.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm pretty sure Genny is now owned by Labatt, the Mountain Brew is made for Stewerts certainly not made by Stewerts. I'd love to see that stuff in a bottle. With over 20,000 US bottle caps I need that crown!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Eric-

    Yeah, as per the can Moutain Brew is brewed by the Genesee Brewing Go. I have heard that it is Stewart's house brand though, so its brewed under contract. Not sure how much input Stewart's would have had on the recipe though.... If I ever see it in a bottle I will let you know.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks Dave please keep me in mind if you find this or any other unique caps.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I reviewed this beer just yesterday, and one of my commenters pointed me here. If you're interested in the opinion of another set of tastebuds, my review is here: http://www.jamescronen.com/?p=207

    ReplyDelete
  11. The best thing about Mountain Brew -- and there are many great things, I just picked up a CASE for $10.99 -- is the icons of olympians doing sports at the bottom of the can. On this inspiration, I have developed a running route that takes me RIGHT past the New Scot Stewarts, and I grab a can after a long run. I figure, it's got fewer calories than a Gatorade and no Corn Syrup. (Although Stewarts' "Sport Ade" in Red or Blue are also great, and are sucrose based).

    I am known as a "beer snob" (Mahar's count: 950) despite the fact that I once drank warm Utica Club that had sat in a golf bag for a year. It was better than Amstel, and nowhere near as good as Mountain Brew.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I just ran across this thread. Should google "Genny Creme" more often. I came from California and married a girl from Speculator, in the depths of the Adirondacks. I remember on one of my first visits passing a Genesee billboard with two troglodyte types who looked like they had just spent the winter sleeping in their Pendletons with the sole copy: "OUR BEER". I wondered if I had made a mistake... about the marriage, not the beer. JK.

    I drink Genny Creme often and the thing I like best about it is that my mountain relatives, though quite accomplished beer drinkers, will never borrow a can of Genny because they consider it "lowbrow".

    ReplyDelete
  13. When you take price and taste into consideration, this beer is a standout. I picked up a 6 pack Friday night and then brought a case back home to North NJ with me on Saturday

    ReplyDelete
  14. We just tried Mountain brew Ice and thought it is great. Price is right also.

    C&J

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
var linkwithin_site_id = 402051;