China’s second largest brewery got its start in 1903 when German settlers set up shop, ready to explore the emerging market. It was owned by The Anglo-German Brewery Co. Ltd. until 1916. After that point liquidators decided the best company to take over the brand was Dai-Nippon Brewery, which eventually split into two factions: Asahi and Sapporo Brewery.
Domestically, sales of Tsingtao accounts for 15% of all beer sales in China. Other popular brands include Huarun Snow Beer, Yanjing, Henan Kingstar, and Chongqing.
Due to China’s underdeveloped taste for beer in general until into the 1980s, Tsingtao was forced to strengthen exports or become extinct. If you ask North Americans if they have heard of any Chinese beers, Tsingtao is typically the only answer you get. Other brands like Zhujiang and Yanjing have attempted to compete with little success. Tsingtao remains the number one Chinese beer in America. This one brand alone accounts for 50% of all China’s beer exports!
Getting to the flavour, Tsingtao is a well-hopped standard pilsner with 4.7% alcohol content. It was originally advertised as the only beer brewed with mineral water from the Laoshan Spring; unfortunately this is no longer the case for a good chunk of the beer produced as only the factory in Qingdao has access to it. Rice is used as an adjunct in the mash in order to cut cost. Some argue that this only adds to its unique appeal.
Tsingtao neon signs are rare, attractive and extremely collectable. A popular variety features a green fire-breathing dragon surrounded by text arranged in a circular pattern. Putting one up is great way to show that you are proud of your Chinese heritage, or simply that you like Tsingtao! The design is so sharp that it is a great conversation piece, even if you aren’t crazy about the beer.
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Often referred to as “PBR” by a new generation of beer drinkers, Blue Ribbon has surged in popularity within the last decade. For more than twenty years before that sales were slumping. As fashion tends to move in cyclical fashion, it took some time for people to come around to this classic brew.
To give you an idea of how old this beer is, it was released at a time when real blue ribbons were tied around the neck of the bottle (from 1882 to 1916). The practicality of doing such a thing to brand the product seems absurd today but serves as an interesting reminder of how industrialization changed everything.
The Pabst logo hasn’t changed much over the brand’s long history. Most vintage beer trays prominently portray the iconic blue ribbon, often excluding any additional artwork. Slogans that were used seem bizarre to those that didn’t come of age during the era.
One collectable tray from 1981 reads “give that man a Blue Ribbon… the taste of real beer.”
Another tray features an illustration of four barbershop singers holding buckets of frothy beer. This time the slogan along the rim reads “the good old time beer.” Even back then Pabst was trumpeting its vintage status.
Probably one of the most visually striking trays have a prominent painting of a flapper (20s term for modern women) along with an ornate blue background and Blue Ribbon logo to the left of the portrait. This is the old-time equivalent of hot babe merchandise used to sell beer. The only difference is it isn’t revealing at all.
Pabst collectables are a must have for any home bar, whether you grew up drinking it in your youth or recently rediscovered it during its resurgence. It’s arguably one of the more enjoyable macro-brews out there, with a distinct corn taste (although a little flat).
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Being first always sets a beer apart. Sure, Bud Light and Coors Light are also extremely well-received in the U.S., but Miller Light is the classic light American lager.
We take it for granted today but before the late 60s light beer didn’t exist. It all started when biochemist Joseph L. Owades invented a recipe for diet beer. Miller reformulated it and began test marketing the beer under the Miller name in 1973. It was called “Lite Beer from Miller” until the name officially changed in the mid-80s.
Miller Lite signs don’t come in a diverse array compared to say Budweiser neon signs. However, there are still some unique designs out there worth investigating. Most prevalent is the Miller Lite logo with the “Lite” lettering sometimes far bigger than “Miller.” Some signs dropped the “Miller” completely as at one time you could go to the bar, order a “lite,” and the bartender would assume you wanted a Miller. Some notable artwork includes kangaroos, piano keys, motorcycles, darts, and cowboy hats. Country music stars like Clint Black have endorsed the brand.
A Miller Lite neon signs is a pretty good choice for the man cave or home bar. Who could forget those hilarious commercials from the 80s? “Tastes great! Less filling!” It especially looks pretty darn cool when situated near a pool table. Guests feel like they are at a cozy local pub, only without the tab!
Miller Lite’s taste is dominated by corn with some hops and malt in the background. It is highly carbonated. Like competing brands it is brewed for the masses so there is nothing about it that is particularly distinct.
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Just underneath top-selling domestic beers from Budweiser, Miller, and Coors, there is Corona Extra. It’s the most common imported beer you’ll see at the bar along with Heineken. It stands out from the rest of the pack because it is commonly served with a lime (or lemon) and comes in a clear bottle.
Unlike other brands that use any popular subject matter for signs, Corona sticks with a carefree tropical theme. The most iconic of the lot is the colourful parrot sitting on top of the letters “Corona Extra.” In the background there is a palm tree, the sun and the ocean. Rarer versions simply have a palm tree in front of a beach scene, the sun shooting out rays, umbrellas, and seaplanes. Oddly enough it is rare that you come across a Corona neon sign with the image of a crown. After all, “corona” mean crown in Latin. The beach-bum imagery works wonderfully because nearly everyone stuck in the Northern states are craving a vacation at a South American resort. In a way the theme promises a mini getaway every time you take a sip of Corona.
Corona Extra signs are especially eye-popping when you have a Tiki-style bar at home. Throw in a couple tribal masks, Hula girls and palm tree motifs. You’ll have a pretty awesome theme going in no time.
The beer is famous for its golden colour which is prominently displayed though the clear bottle. Although some may argue it has a distinctly Mexican style, it is bunched in with other American adjunct lager beers by aficionados. Corona has a crisp taste particularly because of its high carbonation and the optional addition of citrus. Its flavour is pretty tame yet this can make it that much more refreshing on a sweltering hot summer day.
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Along with Miller Lite and Coors Light, Budweiser is one of the most popular beers in America. It is touted as the “king of beers” by Anheuser-Busch, not because of its quality but because it holds the top spot in the consciousness of beer drinkers. Bud is a part of American culture just like apple pie and baseball.
Bud neon signs come in a variety of shapes, sizes and design. The most iconic version is a simple reproduction of the company logo with “Budweiser” emblazoned on top of a red, bowtie shape. It is common to see a crown above the lettering to go remind people that it is the “king of beers.” Some other notable, eye-catching artwork includes Native heads, stock cars, dragons, beach scenes, sexy pin-ups, playing cards and frogs. The Budweiser frogs first appeared during a commercial break for Super Bowl XXIX in 1995. Since that time the frogs have continued to make appearances due to the amazingly positive reception.
A Budweiser or Bud Lite neon sign is a good choice for any home bar. It is instantly recognizable and makes people feel like they are visiting an authentic sports pub. Rare signs can found for sale on eBay or in classified listings. Most bars fail so there are plenty of occasions when former owners must liquidate everything quickly. If you show up at the right time you might just be able to snap something up cheap.
Like most mass-marketed beers in the United States, Bud is inoffensive and arguably less generic in flavour than competitors such as Miller Lite and Coors. Stop in at any spot with a liquor licence and you’ll be able to find a fresh, cold one.
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One of the most iconic types of neon signs you’ll find at a bar is a Coors Light sign. Two versions are the most memorable. The first is a neon adaptation of the logo on the bottle. “Coors” is written in script, while the bottom portion that says “Light” is set in simple san serif capital letters. The second is exactly the same as the first with the addition of mountain artwork above the text. The Coors headquarters building is in Golden, Colorado near the front range of the Rocky Mountains. This is why the Rockies are used so prominently in Coors advertising.
Coors has introduced a variety of spin off signs over the years. Many feature the female form or are based on an abstraction of it. One sign features a simple bikini with the Coors Light logo next to it. Another has a bikini babe sunbathing over the logo. Clearly these are designs destined for the man cave.
Even if you’re not a big fan of the beer, a Coors Light sign is a great addition to any home bar or man cave. Practically any bar goer associates a Coors neon signs with much more than the beer or the brand. More than anything it is a symbol of a great time and is sure to bring back some nostalgic feelings.
Coors Light has long been a staple beer for North Americans. Its taste is smooth and inoffensive, making it a favourite whether on draught or in bottles. Although it won’t win any awards almost anyone will grab a Coors Light from your fridge without reservation. It is a beer for the masses.
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