Where My Middle-Aged Drinkers At?

Texas Ex Scholtz's Reunion in Houston at Rice game
Texas Ex Scholtz’s Reunion in Houston at Rice game

Oh, there they are–in full force, ready for game day, celebrating the ol’ alma mater.

In 1979, the legal drinking age in Texas was 18, having been lowered from 21 in 1973 due to anti-war protesters, which meant every single student at the University of Texas could freely partake of ale. And some started honing their hoarding tendencies early. “Two. Cans. For Ev. Ery. Girrrrrrl…”

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The blonde in the sheepskin coat has Mackenzie Phillips’s mouth. I’m just saying.

AUGUST 11: Actress Mackenzie Phillips acts in a scene from the movie "American Graffiti" which was released on August 11, 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
AUGUST 11: Actress Mackenzie Phillips acts in a scene from the movie “American Graffiti” which was released on August 11, 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Did you ever watch her on One Day At A Time? She was the bad daughter of the divorced mom, and Valerie Bertinelli was the good one. Valerie looks AMAZING now as the judge on Food Network’s Kid’s Baking Championship. She’s so kind and encouraging. I want to hang out with her. What are we talking about again?

Aha! Drinking in 1979! And what do you suppose happened here?

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Methinks a visored lady (named Virginia?) suddenly appeared on the back of his motorcycle, offering a koozie-chilled beer to the driver. Yes, Virginia, he’s flummoxed.

It’s probably for the best that it’s age 21 now. By the way, 21 is the highest minimum drinking age that exists. Here’s the MDA worldwide.

http://drinkingage.procon.org/
http://drinkingage.procon.org/

I didn’t realize 16 countries banned drinking altogether: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. I had no idea! Have you ever visited a country with no drinking age (like Bolivia or China) or a complete restriction?

Take One Down, Pass It Around

1949 Sadie Hawkins Dance, Univ of Texas
1949 Sadie Hawkins Dance, Univ of Texas

These young men may have been in the Lone Star State, but they were swilling brown bottles of the beer that made Milwaukee famous.

Schlitz may not be your first choice for ale, but they had some great ads back in the day.

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etsy

The women above look surprised, but this gal looks downright mischievous.

http://appellationbeer.com/
http://appellationbeer.com/

And this one is great as an indicator of the era.

http://www.iz1dff.com/
http://www.iz1dff.com/

More From A Bright Spot

Livin' it up at the Orchard Inn
Livin’ it up at the Orchard Inn

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I’ve never been as far north as Wisconsin, and my only knowledge of Milwaukee is this:

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Laverne & Shirley

But I loved that show and wanted to visit Milwaukee to see what all the fuss was about.

By the power of old National Geographic mags, I’ve learned it’s the home of original copper kettles at Pabst’s brewhouse.

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I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but in Texas, PBR specials are rampant at bars and poolhalls. It’s oft times sipped ironically in tall boy cans by those with burly hipster beards, horn-rim glasses, and cuffed skinny jeans. But who can argue with these daily specials?

$2 Lone Star, PBR & Ziegenbock

Oh, and sometimes this happens.

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That defeats the purpose of keeping the ale chilled but surely it would woo all the single ladies.

However, let’s not forget it was Schlitz that made Milwaukee famous.

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Below you see the smiles of execs from both Miller and Schlitz making a toast to Summerfest, an annual brouhaha of merriment, back when Carter was president.

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And what could go better with Milwaukee beer than Milwaukee brats?

Usinger's Famous Sausage
Usinger’s Famous Sausage–National Geo 8/80

Such a friendly place all around!

http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/
http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/

 

Hip-Bumping At Wurstfest

New Braunfels, TX November 1975
New Braunfels, TX November 1975

These happy patrons were enjoying Wurstfest, a Texas tradition since 1963. Held annually in New Braunfels, Texas, they offer “good food, music, dancing, exciting carnival rides and games, German, Texan and domestic beer, special events and the finest in Alpine and Bavarian Style Entertainment.”

This sign from the 1975 event reveals that the drinking age was then 18, not 21.Cactus76Wurst008

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University of Texas students who could not travel to New Braunfels participated at home, drinking from kegs in homage to Alpine and Bavarian tradition.

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These gals didn’t even mind singing for their supper frosty mugs of beer.

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What about you? Would you sing a chorus for an ice cold beer?

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