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Presenting ‘QT’ beer, a.k.a. ‘Quittin’ Time.’

Submitted by on March 11, 2010 – 9:23 am4 Comments

Photo by Gerard WalenQuite a while back, I used to make a living swinging a hammer, doing carpentry work, often with one of my older brothers who worked in the trade. Folks, this was  a thirsty job, especially in the unforgiving heat of a Florida summer, so where’s the first place we headed after quittin’ time? To the local convenience store for a cold one, of course.

Unfortunately, because paychecks only came once a week, it often meant the cheapest one.  In this case, that meant “QT.”

Pooling our change, my brother and I purchased a full six-pack  of  icy cold “Quittin’ Time” beer. I’ve drank some really, really nasty brews before – one time I even got drunk at a neighbor’s Old Milwaukee keg party – but never such skunky swill as this. Two sips after opening it, my taste buds revolted and started sending messages to my stomach to prepare for a hurling if I continued this unprecedented assault.

Luckily, my brain took note of the hurried missives, and I poured out the rest onto the ground (a rare action on my part).

My more stalwart brother finished the other five.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about QT beer in its entry for the QuikTrip chain of convenience stores:

“QuikTrip had its own branded goods marketed from the 1970s-1980s, including QT Beer — QT for ‘Quittin’ Time.’ The ad campaign would say that it was ‘QT Time,’ and would often show a dog named Lamar. The dog’s owner was portrayed in television commercials by actor Ben Jones, who often asked the dog, ‘Ain’t that right, Lamar?’”

Wrong, Lamar. And isn’t “QT Time” redundant?

If you have a beer can collection and would like to share a photo and story, e-mail it to gerard@roadtripsforbeer.com.


  • Geoffrey says:

    Oddly enough, it sounds so bad that I’m upset it isn’t around to try anymore!

  • Rhonda COnner says:

    hehe….my friend just told a story where he recently grabbed a beer out of his grandma’s frigidaire and this is what it happened to be…..he said he took two drinks and dumped the rest out…..lol….bad fresh and bad not fresh….

  • Gerard says:

    That is hilarious, Rhonda! I suppose this proves crappy beer does not improve with age.

  • phil jones says:

    back in the 80’s I was on a road trip with three friends, one of whom collected beer cans. To his joy, he found QT and Qt light cans in a store in texas. Now a couple of these friends will drink about anything, but between 4 of us, we couldnt finish even one can. it was skunky to say the least. cool can though. So I’d have to say the only beer worse than a quittin time would be a warm quittin time.

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