I got to wondering; and, I think this has probably been discussed before, but they weren't all drinking real beer and whiskey, were they? What did they come up with that tasted good enough and held a head on it long enough to film?
Judy , I'm not sure if this was available back then but one of my ex's was a photographer, and when they set up pic's of food and things ..he did pic's of beer once..and it was a colored water and for the head of the beer , they had this (Damn Can't think of the name of it) it was like a refined sugar..that when they fluffed it with air it foamed up...and it would look like a Tapped Beer?
Gee, if Gunsmoke were being filmed nowadays, the beer producers would be fighting to get their beer used on the show. I can see it in the credits now. Beer used on this show provided by Coors on tap. The ultimate product placement! Thanks for the good information.
This thread is from 2011 so perhaps it's been resolved somewhere else on the board but I would say even if "Zing"---a name Brand Near-Beer wasn't on the market yet---(all though I'm pretty certain it was for sale by the '70's) Then I would guess they were drinking some generic equivalent often referred to as "Near-Beer." As I said I was strolling the board and browsing old threads, this one caught my eye. Mostly because I've noticed how some of the actors consumed/sipped as little as possible. While others (Chester for example) would actually return to the bar to finish his entire mug. So while certain members sipped, others gulped, leading you to believe it was "real" beer.
Post by ladyofdodge on Oct 6, 2015 16:02:14 GMT -5
The real Long Branch in the real Dodge City in the real 1870s sold Anheuser Busch beer. And a portrait of Augustus (I think) Busch can be seen hanging on the wall in some of the Gunsmoke episodes. Don't think I have ever read what beverages were consumed at the TV Long Branch, but Janet Arness said it was "Near Beer," and that the whiskey was tea.