Beer In Ads #1289: Good For You Water Skiing


Thursday’s ad is yet another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a couple gets up on water skis — “Good for you! — is apparently yelled to them by the man waving from the boat. Shouldn’t he be driving the boat?

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Beer In Ads #1288: Good For You Horsing Around


Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1959. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. After a great jump on your horse — “Good for you! — they suggest having a “good glass of beer” in celebration. “Nothing, you know, is so rewarding,” they add.

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Beer In Ads #1287: Time For A Breather


Tuesday’s ad is yet another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, again from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on all of these. “Beer has its own wonderful way of saying … ‘Time for a Breather.’” But this one is a bit weirder. I’m sure the dude has been working hard, but he looks like … well, like he’s a bit of a dandy. Who dresses up like that to do yard work? And those white gloves look pretty spotless, don’t they? Those are not the gloves of a man who’s worked hard enough to take a breather.

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Beer In Ads #1286: Best Part Of The Day


Monday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on all of these. “Beer has its own way of making this the … ‘Best part of the day.’” But it gets even better. “A tall cold glass of beer or ale — right off the ice — could anything ever fit in better with the fun and relaxation of a summer’s day?” The answer, by the way, is “no.”

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Beer In Ads #1285: Come And Get It


Sunday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. The ad copy on this is priceless, too. “Beer has its own friendly way of saying … ‘Come and get it.’” This time the advice in the inset box is about keeping your glass clean, by rinsing it with water just before using it.

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Beer In Ads #1283: Let’s Just Sit Awhile


Friday’s ad is still another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, again from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. The ad copy on this is priceless, too. “Beer has its own wonderful way of saying … ‘Let’s just sit awhile.’” This time the advice in the inset box is about pouring your beer straight down the center, not tilted, because “it tastes even better that way!”

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Beer In Ads #1282: Have A Good Time


Thursday’s ad is yet another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on this one in particular. “Beer has a very special way of saying … ‘Have a good time.’” And check out the great advice in the inset box in the bottom right corner, telling people to keep the beer out of the sun. Somebody missed a great business opportunity to sell beer umbrellas to keep your beer in the shade while at the beach.

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Beer In Ads #1281: How Much Does The Brewing Industry Pay In State Excise Taxes?


Wednesday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, this time from 1951. It’s another ad reminding people, with Prohibition less than two decades in the rearview mirror, that the brewing industry contributes quite a bit to the economy. In this case, the figure is $193 million for state excise taxes from the previous year, 1950, so really that’s just a small part of what the industry contributed to the economy, because it doesn’t include federal excise taxes, or any additional taxes levied on all businesses plus the special taxes reserved for alcohol companies. You just know today that the amount is exponentially higher.

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Beer In Ads #1280: Beer Taxes Exceed $2,000,000 A Day


Tuesday’s ad is from the United States Brewers Foundation, from 1953. In a factoid-filled newspaper ad, the trade group sings the praises of the industry and their contribution to the economy. $2 million a day seems like a lot, though today it’s closer to $90 million a day, though it’s possibly more depending on which taxes are included in those statistics.

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