I'm 68 years old. I drank my first PBR when I was thirteen. By the time I quit drinking twenty some years ago, I'd spilled more of the stuff than most people will ever drink. A man that wouldn't drink Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer wouldn't fight for his country.
Carling was 3 for a nickel in most 'clubs' at times. It had a nice descriptive nickname back in those days, " Old Rusty Can". Stuff came over as deck cargo on surface ships and during the 20+ day transit the sea air got to it. Every can was rusted and the stuff tasted like ... puppy piss. Nobody that I know of would drink the stuff by first choice so it just sat in the store rooms until there was no more space for the beers that folks WOULD drink. PBR, OLY, Bud, Schlitz, etc. So the clubs would have a 'clearance sale' so they could get rid of the stuff. The Class VI shipments weren't on an order by order basis. The supply system ( war profiteer contracts were a part of it ) shipped a fixed mix of "Comfort Items" based on type of installation and numbers of military personnel, both Officer and Enlisted, plus civilian contractors authorized access to the Class VI sales.
Old Cowboy, Carlings closed their plant years ago in Mass. and it seems Molson
(I think) bought the name and makes it in Quebec, not widely distributed. Very decent beer that comes in regular strength and a high test. 15% if I remember correctly.
Three things come to mind: I always thought the rusty cans we got over there were just old stock. We were crushing our aluminum cans in our hands back in the States. Carling sponsored the All Asian Skeet Championships in Seoul, Korea in 1967. I have the championship trophy around here someplace. Last of all, I took a tour of the Carling brewery near Flint, Michigan in 1959. The beer vats had birds nesting over them and there were dead rats floating on top of the brew. Memories, memories. Ron
Down at the bottom is a can of Carling. The Asian Sun Bears were our mascots at LS 20A ( Long Tieng Laos ) and there was a trap door in the 'bar' floor so that folks could "Buy the Bears a Beer" A Bear with a hangover is funny as hell if you're in a war zone but 45 years later it really isn't all that funny any more.