This beer was really on the house

• A former newspaper colleague, Albany (NY) Times Union blogger Naomi Seldin, came up with an offbeat posting with the aid of a local college contact. It begins this way:

Were you working campus construction in 1965 in Albany? The Sage Colleges Libraries found something that might have belonged to you.

Rose Redwood, bibliographic records manager, e-mailed me this great story:

"Our Albany campus library is going through some major renovations. We are completely remodeling the building to put in office spaces on the third floor, and putting in a cafe on the first floor.

"Anyway, our library director came back with a can of beer (1 of a six pack that the construction crew found) that was lodged in the ceiling of the 'new' addition to the library that was constructed in 1965.

"The beer can is in pretty good shape, despite its age. I suppose it’s a vintage can of beer, having twice as much aluminum to it compared to today’s cans of beer. It’s called Utica Club pilsner lager beer."

Utica Club may not ring a bell with many people outside New York these days, but at one time it was one of the state’s premier beers. Its talking beer steins, Schultz and Dooley, were popular commercial icons.

[If you want to hear the Utica Club beer song, just click here.]

[Go here for Naomi's full posting.]

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