Olde Style – The Official Beer of the BCBL? – by Various BCBLers
very first of our annual drafts was held in my then brand new home in
remember that my wife was fairly dubious at the entire idea of me inviting 15
people to stay in our home, but I assured her that it would be no problem. I
would get cold cuts and snacks for the guys and of course beer! I also ordered
a sheet cake that said Welcome BCBL <"except
Well anyway I went to the local beer place to buy beer. I had no idea what kind of beer to buy, I wasn't really sure of the quantity to buy either. Since the "local" beer place is over 10 miles away I wanted to make sure I didn't run short. I went to the beer place and they had some local beer on sale. I had a pickup truck at the time and I got 6 or 8 cases <13 people would attend>.
anyway when I got home
only crisis came on Saturday night. I had made the smoking members of the
league promise to smoke outside... No one had anticipated that there would be a
foot or two of snow outside to get in their way. So after a goodly number of Olde Style beers and after everyone had retired for the
evening, Rick decided that he would open a window and smoke in the house. He no sooner light up when
down stairs and Rick had taken 2 drags so far and couldn't believe that he was
already caught! If I tell a Rick Michal story to
least I didn't have to worry about all the left over beer, for I discovered
things have changed since then. Kurt is out of the league, G. Heilemans brewery had problems like most of the local
brewers and was bought up by Miller brewing, Rick Michal moved on to better
beer. Rheingold the beer of the '62 Mets went out of business in 1978. However,
Olde Style is still served in
Olde Style the official beer, and little white donuts the official snack food (I wonder if Frank remembers those...).
Frank is being too kind to me and Curt Alphabets! I don't remember much from that draft, but I do remember crawling around on all fours under the table, a result of all those suds I drank. I also remember cracking that window open a few inches, hunching over so I could sneak in a few puffs of the cigarette, and then immediately being caught by Frank's wife. Somehow she was kind enough not to kick me out!
Regarding Curt Alphabets, the league dubbed him with that last name because his real last name was Polish, something like Pryzborowski, and everybody had trouble pronouncing it. When he was in the league, he was a great member and a lot of fun. But then one year he just completely dropped off the face of the earth without explanation during midseason. No one's heard from him since.