“These go to 11″….Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are Spinal Tap, an aging British band on a fateful American tour. The boys abbeer with bottles, a six pack and a case of Heineken. We also spot a groupie with a can of Schlitz Light. A cult classic in every sense of the word.
Making music is thirsty work.
Rock stars and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Here are a few blasts from the past.
This documentary chronicles the Rolling Stones free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California in Dec 6, 1969. The Hells Angels are spotted with numerous cans of Hamm’s and a can of Buckhorn with Grace Slick in background. The Jefferson Airplane songstress is also seen onstage (her back anyway) with a can of Budweiser and Michael Lang who was the …
Huey Lewis and Paul Giamatti are karaoke singers in this musical drama that features some great signs. There’s great neon including Lone Star, Rolling Rock, Coors, Carlsberg, Fosters and Gwyneth Paltrow with a Sol. Bottles of Santa Fe are well displayed and there’s a fantastic Grain Belt sign with “The News” front man. We also spot a small Olympia wall …
Bette Midler plays a rock star struggling with the pressures of her career and personal life. Hamm’s shows up strong with bottles, a can and neon trifecta. There are also 2 different Schlitz signs, Schaefer and Michelob bottles, Budweiser cans and a Molson sign.
A Pennsylvania band has a 1964 chart topper and rides the wave of success. We get some great looks at bottles and signs of the relatively rare brew Koehler from the Erie Brewing Co.. We also spot Pabst Blue Ribbon bottles on the restaurant table and a Miller High Life on the bar.
Jonah Hill is tasked with getting troublesome rock star Russell Brand to his gig. We get a great look at Colm Meany with a bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. There are 3 other labels (possibly fake) that I don’t recognize. Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs has a beer cameo.
Oscar winner Meryl Streep and former ‘General Hospital’ star Rick Springfield rock out with their Dos Equis neon sign out in this drama about aging rockers. There are also Budweiser and Stella Artois bottles, a Goose Island tapper, and 3 different Corona neons. The late great Rick ‘The Bass Player’ Rosas makes a beer cameo as well.
Lou Diamond Phillips stars as doomed 50’s teen rocker Ritchie Valens in this bio-drama that features plenty of Miller High Life. Esai Morales co-stars with numerous bottles and a great flat top can. The boys abbeer together with bottles of Carta Blanca while in Tijuana. There’s also a Budweiser bow tie neon and coffee shop sign.
Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon is June Carter Cash in this musical bio-drama. There are a few Budweiser scenes including an elevator six pack and a nice vintage case. Schlitz bottles are plentiful and we spot a couple Falstaffs as well.
Chadwick Boseman plays ‘The Godfather of Soul’ in this musical bio-drama that features vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz cans and bottles. There’s also a Budweiser neon and a fantastic Old South metal sign. Dan Aykroyd and Craig Robinson also abbeer.
Burt Reynolds is the sheriff who is more than sympathetic to Dolly Parton and her house of ill repute. Texas beers Lone Star and Pearl are front and center with cans, bottles, sign and possible calendar. There’s also a Budweiser sighting.
A rock band takes over a radio station to get their music played. Adam Sandler and Brendan Fraser are spotted with bottles and cans of Budweiser and we get Steve Buscemi going BTM (beer to mouth) with a Michelob. Chris Farley, Joe Mantegna, and the versatile Michael McKean also appear.
‘3 Days of Peace & Music’ with a few beer sightings sprinkled in. In the opening scene we see a local old timer with Schaefer and Schlitz background neons. We also see a hippie drinking a can of Schaefer and Country Joe McDonald sharing the stage with a can of Ballentine. There are some other cans I can’t ID including …
Sissy Spacek stars as legendary country singer Loretta Lynn in this rags to riches story. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars and is spotted with Olympia and Miller High Life bottles. Beverly D’Angelo plays a bandaged Patsy Cline who drinks a Pabst Blue Ribbon with a straw.
Clint Eastwood plays a Depression era country western singer from Oklahoma on his way for an audition at the Grand Ole Opry. We get a couple good looks at some incredibly rare Progress bottles and there’s also some background Budweiser.
Kirk Douglas is a boozy trumpet player whose career will end on a sour note if he doesn’t sober up. We get a great Ruppert sign in the middle of Times Square in New York City and an outstanding Budweiser ‘Preferred Everywhere’ giant sign. I don’t know about that bottle on the bar.
This disco dancing blockbuster starring John Travolta, and the Bee Gee’s soundtrack, was larger than life back in ’77. Ballentine and Schaefer cans appear in multiple scenes and we get a great Rheingold neon sign. You’ll be thrilled to know I saw this in the theater when I was 9 with my hockey buddy who conned his sweet but gullible …
Val Kilmer plays Jim Morrison, frontman of the influential 60’s Los Angeles rock band. Kevin Dillon and Kyle MacLachlan round out the group and Micheal Madsen also appears. There’s Miller High Life and Dos Equis bottles, some neon and a nice Beck’s mirror.
Dolly Parton has the Herculean task of turning cab driver Sylvester Stallone into a country singer. Good luck with that. Anyhoo, there’s heavy Anheuser-Busch presence with lots of great neon, bottles and cans including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob and Busch. We also get some Lone Star action.
Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) and a 16 oz Lucky Lager…..also with Janis Joplin and a Schlitz half quart.
This is the story of the rise of Los Angeles gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A.. Old Milwaukee cans and St Ides 40’s are spotted throughout. O’Shea Jackson Jr. nails the portrayal of his father Ice Cube and Paul Giamatti is convincing as the sleazy promoter.
Joliet Jake and Elwood star in the Grand-Daddy of ’em all with 16 different brands documented. There’s excellent neon sightings including rare Rhinelander and Huber and we get the boys both going BTM (beer to mouth) with bottles of St Pauli Girl. A great Drewry’s sign is spied at Aretha Franklin’s soul food restaurant and we see 2 extremely scarce …