World’s Fair Beer from 1982


I am really, really ready for this weekend. After the week I’ve had, I’m ready to sit down and pop open a refreshing beer from the 1982 World’s Fair.

I was 11-years-old when my family and I packed ourselves into a Chevy van and drove out to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend the 1982 World’s Fair. We bought a lot of souvenirs while we were there (as you can see), and I have picked up several more over the past couple of years, thanks in part to a recent road trip to that part of the country.

That’s me on the left, with the sweet cut offs, the World’s Fair hat, the World’s Fair t-shirt, and the World’s Fair puppet. Apparently everybody in my family had to sell their shoes to afford all those keepsakes. That’s the only reason I can figure why none of us are wearing any.

A few years ago my Dad was cleaning out his closet, ran across that six-pack of World’s Fair Beer, and gave it to me. It’s officially 30 years old this summer, but online wine, I do not think cheap beer gets better with age.

7 Responses to World’s Fair Beer from 1982

  1. Drahken says:

    I never even knew there WAS a fair in 1982. I thought the last one was in the 40s or so.

    I think I still have a can of 15yr old beer somewhere. It started out as 11 out of a 12 pack, but I used most of it over the years for trying to get rid of ants & things along those lines. I’m pretty sure I still have 1 can left.

  2. Belle Dee says:

    Wow!! I still have a few polaroids that I took when I went to the WF with my parents. I know my dad had a cup that said Budweiser on it, don’t know if they had any of that official beer.

  3. stew says:

    Some beers are meant to get better with aging… sadly, I doubt this of one of them. However, since it is in a sealed can, and not in a clear bottle where light can get to it (beer’s worst enemy, dontcha know), and since it was stored in a relatively temperature neutral place… it might just be slightly skunky but otherwise okay. I don’t think I’d drink it regardless, but it is a cool find.

  4. Flack says:

    @Stew: Until the world runs out of Bud Light, I won’t be finding out. :)

    @Belle Dee: How cool! We ended up staying in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge and driving over each day. I have a ton of cool pictures from both the Fair and some of the amusement attractions in Pigeon Forge.

  5. Drahken says:

    So… Flack… You like bud light? Perfect, because that’s exactly what brand my 15+ yr old can of beer is. Do you want it? :p

  6. Trav says:

    I actually drank some 1982 World’s Fair Beer about a month ago. It wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t very good. It had orange chunks in it and a sweet but tart flavor. Overall pretty nasty though.

  7. Peggy says:

    Wow! I find another person that has held on to that stupid 6 pk of World’s Fair Beer! Was actually trying to find out if it was worth something so I could get rid of it. After reading this posts, I am sadly stuck with it!

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