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Post by CanuckBob on Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:16 pm

Whenever I am discussing alcohol with my American friends (and some Eastern Canadians) they get confused with what I am referring to so here are my definition's:

Mickey - this is a 13oz bottle of hard liquor. 375ML here

26er - this is a 26oz of hard liquor. 750ML here

40 pounder - this is a 40oz bottle of hard liquor. 1000ML here

60 pounder - This is a 60oz bottle of hard liquor. 1500ML here

Texas Mickey - This is a 101oz bottle of hard liquor. This one usually has a pump on top ( I believe may only be available in Canada)
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6 pack - 6 beer

case - 12 beer

A two four - 24 beer

They also sell 18 packs of beer in Canada but have no slang for that one.



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Post by ferret on Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:31 pm

They could call the 18 packs a "short"... too short on money to buy a two four.

Speaking of Canadian Club... it was my hubby's favourite drink but cost a LOT of money when we first moved to Mexico so he switched to Oso Negro Ginebra. Now, there is a brand available called "Grand Grizzly" which, according to my hubby, is a dead ringer for Canadian Club and it's CHEAP because it's bottled in Guadalajara. We were told that it comes down in a tanker truck... but don't tell the cartels.
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Post by Rosa Venus on Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:41 pm

CanuckBob wrote:Whenever I am discussing alcohol with my American friends (and some Eastern Canadians) they get confused with what I am referring to so here are my definition's:

6 pack - 6 beer

case - 12 beer

A two four - 24 beer

They also sell 18 packs of beer in Canada but have no slang for that one.

I don't drink liquor so don't know much about that, but I do drink beer. Here are the terms/slang I'm familiary with from the U.S. (with a western US orientation).

6 beers - 6 pack or sixer
12 beers - 12 pack
24 beers - case
18 beers - I remember these from Seattle, I called it an 18 pack. My brother, who lives on Whidbey Island - very near Canada - had a term for it. Not entirely sure but I think it was 3/4 rack.

Large barrel of draft beer - keg or kegger
Small barrel - pony keg

Mickey's Big Mouth brand beer - skunk beer
Tecate - Baja Bud

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Post by WillieRae on Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:21 am

My daughter was a bartender in Seattle and referred to a 12 pack as a half-rack.

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Post by ComputerGuy on Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:01 pm

Our 26er is a fifth in the US, correct? And a quart?
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Post by slainte39 on Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:50 pm

M., a fifth in the US is 4/5 of a quart or 1/5 of a gallon. Mathematically that would be about 757 grams, but most bottles nowadays only contain 750 grams.
26 I think is referring to about the number of oz. in a fifth.

Some years ago, "pints" also got magically reduced from 16 to 12 oz.


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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:31 am

Yes a 26er is 26oz or 750ml here in Mexico. The canadian booze slangs never embraced the switch to the metric system....lol.

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Post by CHILLIN on Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:13 pm

I remember, in the 70's, in the deep back woods of the Nass River Valley. Thousands of acres of raw forest - no police. A small settlement, and one of them was making moonshine. He watered it down (from 95% abv), added sugar and instant coffee and offered us all a swig -"See - just like frickin Tia Maria, Eh!".
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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:24 pm

Did anyone go blind?

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Post by CHILLIN on Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:10 pm

No blindness - we had other materials for that! The wines were awful, had a lot of sugar in them. One of them, Slingers, had so much sugar that it would chrystalize on the bottom of the bottle. Others like Berry Jack, Black Jack, Apple Jack, Grape Jack were more like syrups. For some reason, many native/aboriginals craved the sweetness. Also popular for them was gallons of very inexpensive Calona Rich Red, which the racist idiots, started to call "Okanogan Leg Opener"

For the rest of us, the North was riddled with illegal drugs of all types. A combination of the offshore fishermen in Prince Rupert, networks of "grease" trails, only known to local natives, Empty train cars not supervised at all - and then hardly any police prescene at all, a perfect storm. In fact, I think police were not allowed to enter reserve land without special permission. They could not repossess cars for example, so no one would lend money to reserve residents.
It was just too difficult to travel all the way to a Government Liquor Store, which in those days, the clerks stood behind a counter, and customers had to ask or write out orders. When they changed this to customer access system, many made a fortune finding vintage and very rare bottles, which came from the small towns, never sold for many years.
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Post by Axixic on Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:02 pm

CanuckBob wrote:
case - 12 beer

In my circles, a case was a two-four. also sometimes referred to as a square (even though it isn't).
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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:12 pm

When I was young they didn't have 24's in BC, only 12 packs hence "a case". They didn't bring in the 24s until the mid eighties.

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Post by Carry Bean on Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:31 pm

When I was very little my Dad would send my brother tontge neighborhood tavern for a bucket of beer which were about 5-6” tall and had a brewery’s name on them.  They became a collectors’ item.

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