OH NOES! Pabst Brewing Company is being bought out by Russian company Oasis. This doesn’t just mean that the Russians will own PBR — they’ll also own Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Colt 45. No one knows what this will mean for American fans of horrible, horrible beer, partially because it’s probable that nothing will change on the consumer’s end, but I’m just going to go ahead and speculate that there will never be any PBR for Americans ever again anyway, because it amuses me to do so.
I don’t think it’s that much of a loss, honestly. There are bars in Chicago that have been charging four dollars for PBR. FOUR DOLLARS. FOR THAT RANK PISS-WATER. The first time I drank beer, I had Left Handed Milk Stout, and I’ve pretty much stuck to that and Revolution’s Eugene Porter since then. (OK, Domaine DuPage is really good, too.) (And Bell’s Two Hearted.) (And everything from Half Acre.) (YEAH I DRINK LOCAL I’M A HIPSTER OK WHATEVER.) But I finally broke down and had PBR at a pre-party for a play because they were giving it away for free. And, you know, when it’s free, PBR isn’t half-bad. But four dollars isn’t free. That’s highway robbery. Keep reading »