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Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Early 1960's in Crown Point, Indiana. View full size.

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Local Beers

I lived in Northern Illinois during the time in my life when drinking in basement bars was deemed cool, hence the Leinenkugels, which is still a good, affordable beer.

Beer brands were very regional until the 1970's when large corporations began dominating the market. The micro-brewing revolution has brought some of that flavor back, which is a change for the better. I'll drink just about anything before I touch a Coors Light.

@ LostWorld: If you enjoyed

@ LostWorld: If you enjoyed Leinie's, you must not live too far from my hometown where it is brewed. I hate to say it, but in our teen years, we would only drink Leinie's if nothing else was available. Probably because it tastes like real beer.

@ Mr. Mel: NO he could not make a Cosmo, he'd give your forehead a nice slap too if you asked. *psh, sissy stuff*


In the Basement Bars

Brings back some memories...mine not so distant, but the scene the same, only MGD's or Leinenkugels being served.


It's nice to see Crown Point boys never change.

Just One Sip?

Uncle Don is holding Atlas Prager beer, made in Chicago until 1962. The sign behind him advertises Drewry's beer, which was around until 1972.

Uncle Don

Don looks like he would have been a helluva lot of fun to hang out with...

The Good Stuff

To quote the immortal W.C. Fields: "Cheap?.....Five dollars a gallon!"

Here's The Question

Can he make a Cosmopolitan?

Uncle Don?

Looks more like uncle Art. (Carney)

Don's Bar

I wonder where he keeps the good stuff?

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