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On 8/10/2020 at 10:07 AM, atticus said:

 

The only thing I can say about this list is two of the greatest inventions in human history erupted on the scene when I was in college:

the Stroh's 30 pk and the Matt's beer ball. Quality was not as important as the cost/volume ratio in those days...

 

Oh, and Vermont was 5 miles away from campus and their drinking age was still 18!

 

Halcyon days...

 

 

Glory days indeed! The Matt's Beer Ball was made by the Utica Club Brewery, my home town. Came in a nice box, wax lined so that you could fill the voids with ice, tap it and you had a nice little 5 gallon keg ready to go. We had more than a few parties with that nifty little set up.

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Funny you should mention the box. I recall my roommate freshman year, hoisting a Matt’s beer ball With a rope up the outside of hoosac hall to a 7th floor window. Just as it got to the window, the box gave way sending the beer to an unfortunate, albeit spectacular end, on the pavement below. 
 

Shortly thereafter we switched to a hockey players gear bag Right through the front door....and realized it would hold a 1/4 keg.....  More than a few were likely Utica Club. 
 

 

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8 hours ago, atticus said:

Funny you should mention the box. I recall my roommate freshman year, hoisting a Matt’s beer ball With a rope up the outside of hoosac hall to a 7th floor window. Just as it got to the window, the box gave way sending the beer to an unfortunate, albeit spectacular end, on the pavement below. 
 

Shortly thereafter we switched to a hockey players gear bag Right through the front door....and realized it would hold a 1/4 keg.....  More than a few were likely Utica Club. 
 

 

Now this truly qualifies as an "adventure in beer"! Fun times

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