1. PBR wasn’t always called PBR
Pabst Blue Ribbon was named after Frederick Pabst, who ran the company from 1860 to 1904. It wasn’t originally called that, though, there were a ton of owners who all named the beer after themselves.
2. It’s pretty unhealthy
Pabst Blue Ribbon has 144 calories, 12.8 grams of carbs, and is 4.74% alcohol by volume. Not the worst for you, but definitely not the best.
3. The bottles used to have blue ribbons
Back in 1882, they actually started to tie blue ribbons around the neck of the bottles. They were purchasing over a million feet of silk ribbon and had people hand tie them around every bottle. Rationing in WWI put an end to that.
4. The company used to make cheese
During the prohibition, the company stayed afloat by making cheese called “Pabst-ett”. This made up a substantial amount of their money, even higher than their soft drink line.
5. Pabst used to sponsor boxing matches
For a few years in the 1950’s, Pabst was the headline sponsor of weekly boxing matches that were on TV. It was called “Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts”.
6. PBR is historic
In 2001, the brewery was added to the National Register of Historic Places. You can go to visit the old time-y brewery in Milwaukee.
7. The company is currently in L.A.
Initially established in Milwaukee, the company has definitely gained some street cred and has become ~fancy~ enough to move to Los Angeles.
8. PBR only ever won one blue ribbon
They tied ribbons around the bottles as a marketing technique before ever winning any awards. They finally won the blue ribbon at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It also won “least shitty beer” on our website.
9.Patrick Swayze starred in one of their commercials
10. Pabst is great for cooking
11. They have the best fans
PBR lovers go so far as to get tattoos of the beer. Who knows why, but these beer fans are obsessed, and don’t take drinking lightly. PBR’s tattoo competition is just as tough as these true foodies.
12. Overall a lovable beer
Southerners and hipsters alike love this beer, it’s pretty good, and has a rich history. It inspires artwork, brings people together, and most importantly, gets us drunk. Thank you Pabst Blue Ribbon, for making cheap beer that hipsters, college kids, and dad’s can all drink together.