Take a moment to reminisce on your college days. Chances are, they’re filled with junk food, long nights, Greek parties, and cheap beer. Who would have thought something as simple as a cold, cheap brew would result in some of the best years in your life?
As you sipped away on some of the most well-known brands on the market, did you ever stop to wonder about their history, why they taste the way they do, or how they got their name? You were probably too busy trying to keep track of how many beers you’ve had to even think about their story, so we’ve taken the liberty to do it for you. For starters, in case you were wondering, the name “Hamm’s” has nothing to do with meat, and PBR stands for Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Check out this round-up of beer facts to learn more about the classic brands, and then, head to one of the best college bars in America to show off all your knowledge. With each costing under $20 for a pack of 12 beers, these brands are truly giving you the best bang for your buck.
German immigrant Theodore Hamm inherited the Excelsior Brewery in 1865. He didn’t intend to venture into the beer business, but his friend and business associate A. F. Keller sought him out for financial support. Little did he know years and years later, college kids would still be happily sipping on his trusted brand for only $12.99 per 12-pack.
Hudy — named after its’ founder Ludwig Hudephol — thrived prior to Prohibition. Since then, the rights of the brand and its recipes has sold and relocated two times. Ever sipped on a Hudy 14-K? The “14-K” stands for the beers secret brewing process, consisting of a mixture of grain and golden smoothness.