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Pabst Brewing Company
Type Privately held company
Founded 1844
Founder(s) Jacob Best
Headquarters Woodridge, Illinois, USA
Area served USA
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Products Beer
Owner(s) S&P Company
Website http://www.pabstbrewingco.com/

Pabst Brewing Company is an American company that dates its origins to a brewing company founded in 1844 by Jacob Best and by 1889 named after Frederick Pabst. It is currently the holding company contracting for the brewing of over two dozen brands of beer and malt liquor from defunct companies including G. Heileman Brewing Company, Lone Star Brewing Company, Narragansett Brewing Company, Pearl Brewing Company, Piels Bros., National Brewing Company, Primero Brewing & Malting Company, Rainier Brewing Company, F & M Schaefer Brewing Company, Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and Stroh Brewery Company.[1]

The company is also responsible for the brewing of Ice Man Malt Liquor, St. Ides High Gravity Malt Liquor, and retail versions of beers from McSorley's Old Ale House and Southampton Publick House (of Southampton, New York.[1]

Pabst is owned by S&P Company, a private company currently based in California.[2] S&P was created by Paul Kalmanovitz, a "self-made beer and real-estate baron" who died in 1987, two years after he bought the original Pabst company.[3] Kalmanovitz created S&P—the "P" refers to "Mr. Paul" the nickname that Kalmanovitz was known by, and the "S" referred to one-time partner Nathan Sherry— as the holding company for the Los Angeles bars and clubs around Union Station they owned.[4] S&P's first brewery was Maier Brewing Company, purchased in 1958.[4]

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Pabst before S&P ownership

The original brewery was founded in 1844 as The Empire Brewery, later Best and Company, by brewer Jacob Best. The brewery was run by Jacob, Sr. and his sons Phillip, Charles, Jacob, Jr., and Lorenz; Phillip took control of the company in 1860.[5] They started the brewery on Chestnut Street Hill in Milwaukee with a capacity of 18 barrels (2.9 m3). Later, in 1863, Frederick Pabst, a steamship captain and son-in-law of Phillip Best, bought a share in Best and Company, by which time the brewery was already selling a lager that they began bottling in 1875 under the name Best Select.

Pabst was renowned in Milwaukee for its brewery tours. Visitors to Pabst's tour were rewarded with sometimes bottomless glasses of beer at its end-of-tour Sternewirt Pub. Complete with a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst and waitresses pouring from pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst Bock, and Andeker, the pub was popular with both tourists and locals, especially students from nearby Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.[6][7]

Pabst since S&P ownership

The former Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12-packs of Pabst.

S&P Company was ordered by the IRS to sell the Pabst Brewing Company by 2005 or lose its not-for-profit, tax-free status. After a while, PBC claimed that they were unable to find a buyer at market value and requested an extension until 2010 that the IRS granted.

In 2005 the board ousted CEO Brian Kovalchuk and replaced him with Kevin Kotecki. Kotecki swiftly moved the Pabst Brewing Company and its roughly 100 headquarters personnel to Woodridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The offices in Woodridge are located on historic US Route 66, and it can be speculated that this was not a coincidence for a company that principally sells retro beer brands which had their heyday when Route 66 was a famous main highway.

Pabst retains a data center in San Antonio, Texas, the previous location of its headquarters.

Pabst's long obsolete brewery complex in Milwaukee has been targeted to be developed into restaurants, entertainment venues, stores, housing and offices. The $317 million project is the subject of much debate in Milwaukee.[8]

On May 28, 2008 a former Pabst Brewery in Newark, New Jersey caught fire and was seriously damaged.[9] The building was in the process of being demolished when the fire occurred.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon, also known as "PBR", is the namesake of the Pabst Brewing Company products. Originally called Best Select, and then Pabst Select, the current name came from the blue ribbons that were tied around the bottle neck, a practice that ran from 1882 until 1916.

Old Style

Old Style was first brewed in 1902 by the G. Heileman Brewing Company in La Crosse Wisconsin under the name Old Style Lager; it was popular in Wisconsin, the Chicago metro area, Minnesota, eastern Iowa, Lincoln, Nebraska, southwestern Michigan, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. The original Heileman's Old Style brewery in La Crosse is now owned by the City Brewing Company. It brews La Crosse Lager, which is based upon the original Old Style recipe and is krausened for 30 days. This beer may also be the basis for the brewery's nationally-distributed DB Hobbs brand.[10] Old Style also is a long-time sponsor of the Chicago Cubs.

Awards

Awards at the Great American Beer Festival:

Year Award Category Beer
1990 Silver American Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
1990 Silver Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1991 Gold American Lager Pearl Lager Beer
1991 Gold American Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1992 Gold American Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1992 Silver American Lager Hamm's
1992 Silver American Dry Lager Olympia Dry
1993 Gold American Dry Lager Olympia Dry
1993 Bronze Mixed/Non-Alcoholic Pabst NA
1994 Gold American Light Lager Pabst Genuine Draft Light
1994 Gold American Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1994 Silver American Dry Lager Olympia Dry
1995 Gold American Light Lager Pabst Genuine Draft Light
1995 Gold American Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1995 Gold American Specialty Lager Olympia Dry
1996 Gold American Light Lager Pabst Genuine Draft Light
1996 Silver American Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
1997 Gold American Style Specialty Lager Olde English 800
1997 Gold Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverages Pabst NA
1998 Gold Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverages Pabst NA
1998 Silver American Style Light Lager Pabst Genuine Draft Light
2000 Silver Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverages Pabst NA
2003 Gold American Style Light Lager Old Style Light
2003 Gold American Style Lager Old Milwaukee
2003 Silver American Style Lager Rainier
2003 Bronze American Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2003 Bronze American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale Old Style
2004 Gold Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage Old Milwaukee NA
2004 Gold American Style Light Lager Rainier Light
2004 Gold American Style Lager Old Milwaukee
2004 Silver American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale Special Export
2004 Silver American Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2004 Silver American Style Specialty Lager Schlitz Malt Liquor
2004 Bronze American Style Lager Schlitz
2004 Bronze American Style Premium Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
2004 Bronze American Style Specialty Lager St. Ides Malt Liquor
2005 Gold American Style Premium Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
2005 Gold American Style Lager Stag
2005 Gold American Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2005 Silver American Style Premium Lager Olympia
2005 Silver American Style Lager Rainier
2005 Bronze American Cream Ale or Lager Special Export
2006 Gold American Style Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
2006 Gold American Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2006 Silver American Cream Ale or Lager Lone Star
2006 Bronze American Style Lager Blatz
2007 Gold American-Style Cream Ale or Lager Lone Star
2007 Gold American Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2007 Silver American Style Light Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon Light
2007 Silver American-Style Cream Ale or Lager Old Style

Awards at the World Beer Cup:

Year Award Category Beer
1996 Gold American Style Malt Liquor Olde English 800
1996 Silver American Style Malt Liquor Schlitz Malt Liquor
1996 Bronze American Style Malt Liquor Country Club Malt Liquor
1996 Bronze American Style Ice Lager Schlitz Ice
1998 Gold American Style Malt Liquor Schlitz Malt Liquor
2006 Gold American Style Premium Lager Pabst Blue Ribbon
2006 Gold American Cream Ale or Lager Old Style
2008 Gold American-Style Cream Ale or Lager Special Export
2008 Gold American-Style Light Lager Old Milwaukee Light
2008 Silver American-Style Cream Ale or Lager Lone Star
2008 Silver American-Style Light Lager Lone Star Light

Golden Icon Awards by Travolta Family Entertainment:

Year Award Category Beer
2006-2007 Golden Icon Best Domestic Beer Old Style Light

References

Specific references:

  1. ^ a b Our Portfolio from the company's website
  2. ^ S&P Company from Business Week
  3. ^ Rob Walker (June 22, 2003). "The Marketing of No Marketing". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/22/magazine/the-marketing-of-no-marketing.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  4. ^ a b The Family Jewels, a September 20, 1995 article from SF Weekly
  5. ^ A History of Milwaukee and Wisconsin Breweries
  6. ^ Fowler, Brenda. "WHAT'S DOING IN; Milwaukee." The New York Times, June 4, 1995.
  7. ^ Platt, Jeff. "Milwaukee Beer History." Suds, Wine & Spirits, 2006.
  8. ^ Daykin, Tom (2005-2007). "PabstCity's glass half empty?". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=330664. 
  9. ^ Firefighters battle blaze at former Newark brewery
  10. ^ Kroger: Great Meals - Wine - House Wines.

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