Pabst Blue Ribbon

This weekend was absolutely horrible. I really don’t want to go into details, but due to a family emergency, I couldn’t go to Philly for the beer festival. I’m obviously not upset about that, since family comes first. But, it was just an emotionally rough weekend. I did get a few beer reviews in, although nothing spectacular. Here’s the first one…

ABV: 4.74%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The company has historically claimed its flagship beer was renamed Pabst Blue Ribbon following its win as ‘America’s Best’ at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Whether the brand actually won an award in 1893 is unclear. Some contemporaneous accounts indicate that many vendors were frustrated by the fair’s refusal to award such prizes. One account says that the only prizes awarded by the executive committee were bronze medals, in recognition of ‘some independent and essential excellence in the article displayed,’ rather ‘than merely to indicate the relative merits of competing exhibits.'”

Random: The Phillies finally broke their losing streak. I was seriously getting annoyed at how pathetic they’ve been looking.

This beer has recently gained a lot of popularity, especially with my contemporaries, and I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because it’s not only a throwback, but it’s cheap? I had this years ago (I’m thinking in my early twenties) and nothing about it was exactly memorable. Let’s see if anything changed. It poured a clear straw yellow color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. There was lots of visible carbonation on the brew. It looked like any other beer of the style, which wasn’t surprising. I got some grain on the nose with a hint of sweetness. On first sip, I got a hint of metal. There really was not much to this beer, a lot of carbonation and a bit of grain. For me, this beer was very light but crisp. But, as I expected, this was just not a brew I really enjoyed. There was really no flavor on it and it was pretty boring. It was drinkable, but I wouldn’t rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0


7 thoughts on “Pabst Blue Ribbon

  1. The Wookie

    The resurgence of PBR has always been a mystery to me but so are a lot of mainstream things. I can thank PBR for being the beer that introduced me to beer. My dad sold PBR back in the 70s and 80s and we always had it on tap in the house along with Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer. As kids we used to mix the two to hide that we were drinking. A PBR and Birch Beer “Black and Tan”. To this day I maintain the only way to enjoy PBR is to mix it with something.

    As for your Philly blues, cheer up:
    1 – Beer Week is almost a month long this year and there are a lot of great events still on the schedule.
    2 – The Phils are still in first place. The latest slump is just part of the ebb and flow of the season.

  2. Wow, the Birch Beer Black and Tan definitely sounds interesting. It probably makes the PBR much better. I did end up going to Philly yesterday and hit up a few good events. I think I’m going in on Saturday too. And it’s just so hard to see the Phils slump at all, especially with that rotation.

    1. The Wookie

      For PBW I hit an event on Sunday & Monday and me my crew are doing a Center City mini pub crawl tomorrow. So many beers so little time!

      With the Phils, remember that if they win 100 games, which would be awesome, they still have to lose 62. Baseball is a marathon not a sprint.

  3. Very nice. I’m thinking of hitting the Flying Fish event at Hulmeville Inn after work tomorrow and then I’m definitely heading in Saturday…I’m thinking Memphis Taproom.

    1. The Wookie

      You can’t go wrong with Flying Fish! Have fun!

      BTW …. Last night was bliss. Flights of tasty brews from Ithaca Beer Co., good food, and Cole Hamels pitches a gem. Where would rather be than right here, right now (the heat is a little much!)

    1. The Wookie

      Had the Partly Sunny and the White Gold at Misconduct Tavern …. both beers were very tasty. The crew I was with had 6 beer flights that included the White Gold, Old Habit, Thirteen, Twelve, Ten, and one more beer I can’t recall. The reviews were mixed but anything they didn’t like was mostly because a particular beer was too heavy for the hot weather.

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