Brews & Eats

Beer and music of the 80s go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you’re at a live concert, listening to your favorite playlists from home, or just out with friends, the combination of 80s music and beer makes for a great time. 


The 80s saw the birth of some iconic genres of music, such as synth-pop, new wave, and alternative rock. Many still remember the lyrics, right? 


And these genres of music were paired perfectly with the rise in popularity of beer. 

Beers from the 80s

During the 1970s and 80s, beer was one of the most upmarket drinks. As a result, the big brewers invested huge sums of money into promoting their lager brands. 

Some of the winning beers from the 80s have lost their appeal. This is especially true of the keg bitters.

One of the most popular beers in the 70s and 80s was Lambrusco. It was not only popular for its taste, but also for its health benefits. It contains a type of antioxidant called xanthohumol, which helps to keep cancer cells inactive. It also helps to keep the body’s cholesterol levels in check.

Another beer that caught the eye in the 70s and 80s was the White Russian. It was served over ice. It was also mixed with cream and lemonade, resulting in a snowball-like drink. It was also the first beer to be advertised on British commercial television.

One of the most popular beers of the 70s and 80s was Harvey Wallbanger. This was a simple beer that was sold in containers and premixed. It was highly praised when it was first released. It is still available in stores today.

Cold Duck is also a classic 80s beer. It had a unique taste and was a great party drink. In addition, it was the first drink to be served in a cocktail glass.

One of the most interesting things about the 70s and 80s was the rise of CAMRA. This group promoted a renewed interest in beer, which led to the creation of small breweries. The campaign also brought new products to market, such as IPAs.

In the early 1980s, a recession prompted a fierce price war between the big brewers. As a result, they largely switched marketing efforts from keg bitter to lager. In 1979, only 29% of beer was lager. However, the popularity of lager continued into the 1980s. The Kestrel Lager was the top selling take-home brand in 1980.

The 70s and 80s saw many classics make their way to the top of the charts. Some of the more well-known brands included Carlsberg, which continued to sell at premium prices. They also remained above the price war. Other brands tried to rebrand red wine.

The beer that really stood the test of time was the Martini. It was not only the first brew to be advertised on British commercial television, but it also had the most significant amount of publicity. 

It was also served at dinner parties, and it could not be affected by food or digestion. The martini was also the first of its kind to be marketed in a blue bottle.

The Ancestors

During the 20s and 40s, a lot of the beer that was sold in the United States was imported. In the 1980s, it was the draught lager that dominated the American market. 

The Barclay Perkins Anchor brewery was the most famous brewer in the 19th century. Its Imperial Stout inspired brewers in Poland and smaller Baltic states. The brewery was also influential in the early years of American craft brewing. In the late 20th century, it was one of the most influential American craft breweries.

The Barclay Perkins Anchor brewer is best known for its imperial stout. It influenced brewers in the Baltic states and helped make lager a popular choice for the mainstream.

The Descendants

During the last two decades, the American beer industry has undergone an extraordinary amount of change. This has been a result of two things: innovation and consolidation. 

When the twentieth century ended, fewer than 400 breweries were active. In 2000, the American beer industry produced more than 200 million barrels of beer. This translates to a per capita consumption of around 23.8 gallons per year. 

This is more than double the amount consumed in the 1980s, when the industry had a population of around 65 million.

The craft beer industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last two decades. Today, the United States is a beer-producing nation with over 9,000 breweries. Many of these breweries are owned by large conglomerates. 

While these breweries produce the mainstream styles, many of them are also pioneering experimental and specialty beers. The craft beer craze has taken off, thanks in part to innovations in ingredients and brewing techniques.

A good example is the Heady Topper, a double IPA brewed by Vermont brewery The Alchemist. This beer made a splash on the craft beer scene when it was brewed at the brewpub, and has since been canned. This is a very good beer, and deserves a little benefit of the doubt for now.

Pabst Blue Ribbon also became a popular beer. Its stereotypical image of an urban hipster made it popular in the 2000s. It was also placed at dive bars, where it was sold for cheap prices. 

Another beer that deserves a mention is the Anchor Steam, the first craft beer. It was the liquid Godfather of American craft beer, and was one of the first beers to be sold in the U.S. 

This beer is also the only commercial representation of the oldest indigenous beer style in the U.S. Anchor Steam is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, which is the leading supplier of beer in the world.

Another example of a beer that has been around for quite some time and is still popular is Miller Lite. While Miller did not invent light beer, the company did introduce a modern version of this style in the early 1970s. 

This style is still popular, and has surpassed pale lager brands in sales. It is one of the most popular craft beers in the U.S. It is a light-colored beer that is often light in body and flavor. It is not as well known as the IPA, but it is a good example of a brew that is a good omen for the future of the industry.

The United States was a pioneer in the production of lager beers. Lagers are more temperature-sensitive than ales, and require a longer maturation period. Lagers were the first brews to surpass ales in popularity. 

During the nineteenth century, lager production surged, outselling ales by a significant margin. The style was popularized by German immigrants, who equated lager with beer.

Other notable beers from the last century include Sam Adams, the original beer brand from Boston Beer Company. Sam Adams has been a major player in the beer market for many years, and continues to compete with the big boys. 

It is now ubiquitous in airport bars and chain restaurants, and has proven that it can compete with the multi-nationals.