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Pabst Blue Ribbon – PBR


There is a time and place for everything.  Even PBR.  In the can.

For me the time was about 1:45am and the place was a dive bar with good music where I was offered a “stimulus package”, including a shot of old crow and a can of PBR for $5.

Pabst apparently won a ribbon for this beer one day in the 1850s and knowing that it was probably a tabulation error, they plastered the award on the label and have given a bad name to blue ribbons everywhere since.  A lager by definition, I’m sure that PBR is brewed with all kinds of corn and rice and yummy extracts, but honestly – this beer pulls it off.

I’m sure that the beer snobs out there would never be seen in public with a PBR in their hand (they’d put theirs in a glass to hide it) but for a cheap lager, this beer ain’t that bad.   You’re not going to find many beers more poundable and certainly not going to find anything as tasty for a buck at your local bar.  Have to knock it a few points on sexiness, but the tallboy can and familiar blue ribbon score it points for packaging.  Aftertaste was not wonderful, but if you keep drinking them – you don’t have to deal with that for a while.  And hell, you can always kill it with your shot of old crow…

Face it – in a hot room with loud music, when presented with a row of macro beer taps – PBR in the can just fits the bill.  Cheap and wet.


7 thoughts on “Pabst Blue Ribbon – PBR”

  1. Slainte_Mhaith

    “Cheap and wet” is a glowing recommendation for certain things, though I’m not sure beer is one of them. Still, nice post!

  2. There are generally two kind of bars that I seek out on a regular basis. Craft beer bars that serve a wide selection of great brews, and dive bars that serve ice-cold PBR.

    And sometimes I like to start my evening at the former and ratchet it up at the latter.

  3. What’s even scarier- in college I used to drink “Red, White and Blue” which as I understand it, was PBR’s “cheaper” beer. Think Busch Light.

    Now THAT is scary!

  4. Pabst actually won that “ribbon” in 1893 at the worlds fair exposition. It was all a bit of a farce, but check out the story in Maureen Ogles Ambitious Brew.

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