Month: January 2010

Move Over Budweiser – Pabst Blue Ribbon is the New Low Cost, Drinking Man’s Beer

pabst blue ribbon drinking mans beer-I have to admit to being a Budweiser drinker since earlier than I was legal to drink and have been loyal to the brand up until now. However, most recently, I have found a new loyalty to the “every day, drinking man’s beer”. Unfortunately for me, light beer is not an option…not a fan. So what makes me switch from a staple beer like Budweiser to a new brand? Read on…

Budweiser is still an option and, of course, if you are offering, I will accept. However, when it is my dollar on the line, Pabst Blue Ribbon has become my favorite of the low cost, quantity based beers of choice. Here are my top three reasons why, not in any particular order:

pabst blue ribbon drinking mans beer

  1. Pabst tastes better than Budweiser
  2. Pabst gets the bitch placement when it comes to SKUs and shelf space in retail. It is placed with the lower cost beers (Busch, Milwaukee’s Best “The Beast”, Meister Brau, Ice House, etc). The cheap version of Pabst is Red, White and Blue (not than you could ever find it) but why the lower class status right out of the gate?
  3. If you buy bottles, you can collect the bottle tops and have a deck of cards to add a whole new dimension to playing cards.

What is even more interesting is the stigma that comes along with Pabst. Offer someone a Pabst Blue Ribbon and they think you are slummin’ and trying to drag them down with you. Budweiser does not get the same bad rap. Force a Pabst on them and you get a 50/50 chance that they will even drink it. Come on. This goes back to the fact that sometimes perception is reality.

So what is the solution? Let’s get a blind taste test going with Budweiser, Miller and Pabst and may the best low cost, drinking man’s beer win!

Best Bar Hopping Towns in America

best bar hopping townsMen’s Journal just did a piece on the top 5 beer towns. Talk about an obvious list: New York, Chicago and Portland. They also include San Diego and Philadelphia to complete their top 5 list. Where is any town in Wisconsin, especially Milwaukee and if you are going to just name the obvious or the big cities, how about San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Denver?

It gets even worse…the #1 beer city is San Diego but they do not mention arguable one of the best beers made, Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, CA). It makes you wonder what these beer drinking virgins based their results on. They claim it is quality vs. quantity but how to you not mention Stone in relation to San Diego.

Let’s have some fun and name the best towns to bar hop (pub crawls) and tie one on. I am biased growing up in the Chicago area but her it is:

  1. Chicago – There are too many great neighborhoods in the Chicago area; Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Wicker Park, Rush and Division and Bucktown, to name a few and depending on the type of crowd you are with.
  2. Madison – This town knows how to party and State Street it the ultimate pub crawl experience.
  3. Denver – LoDo area is a killer bar hopping area.
  4. Seattle – I have always enjoyed hitting Kell’s to start things off right.
  5. San Diego (Gas Lamp District) – Recommended approach…appetizer and beer hopping all night long.
  6. Portland (it would be in the top 5 but I have not been there…just lived the experience through friends (pretty lame I know)

I have lost my creativity to say more. It could be from a lack of beer or a hangover cure.