Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pabst Blue Ribbon

The famous PBR, Pabst Blue Ribbon.  This beer pours light golden, pale straw in color with a half inch of pure white light foam that dissipates rapidly.  The aroma is golden grain, a surprising amount of lagery funk, a bit of grassy hops.  The taste follows the aromas quite directly, a touch of grain, funky for a big American adjunct lager, only very slightly bitter, the finish being more grassy than bitter.  This is one of those beers that I think tastes a bit better out of the bottle.

The Pabst Brewing Company now just owns the name to its namesake beer and about 25 other beers.  They have not brewed themselves for years and contract brew all of their beers.  The Pabst Brewing Company was established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1844.  Interestingly enough, the brewery was started by Jacob Best, whose brother Charles soon went on to start the Plank Road Brewery, which became Miller Brewing Company.  The beer gets its name from a later investor in the brewery Captain Fred Pabst.  In the late 1800's the beer won several medals and they decided to emphasize that fact by calling it Pabst - Blue Ribbon.

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