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"Give me a UB and a Whiskey"


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#1 Dirk

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Posted 09 December 2018 - 01:54 PM

Shortly after coming ashore in Shanghai, Steve McQueen, as Machinist Mate Jake Holman, stops in a dingy bar and asks for a "UB and a Whiskey".....a UB being a beer brewed by Shanghai's Union Bewery. This Brewey dominated the Shanghai market, even though they had a number of competitors. Served at all the Marine Clubs within the city (at 40 cents MEX....20 cents US money) and popular with sailors of the Asiatic Fleet UB made a Pilsner, a larger and a dark beer. Well much to my surprise one of these popped up on eBay and I had to pick it up. I had several original labels from a Marine's scrap book, so I added one....anyway, can't be many of these to survive.....and I can use it to add to a China Marine display I am building.

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#2 RustyCanteen

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:46 AM

Interesting find, I have heard of it but never saw one for sale. Surprised it survived!



#3 Dirk

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:57 AM

Yes I was too...a guess some sailor or Marine thought it would make a great reminder of his oriental cruise!

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 11:03 AM

BTW here is a shot of the Fourth Marine Football team enjoying UB's Pilsner's at their end of season banquet.

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#5 bobgee

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 01:51 PM

There's  no end to what a collector can add to a specific collection!!  Congrats, Dirk!



#6 Dirk

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 02:39 PM

True Bob! Who would have thought I would be adding one of these...


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