Pabst encroaches upon the whiskey market
Pabst Blue Ribbon, the cheap beer that became a hipster fixation in the early aughts, is likely getting a whiskey counterpart.
New Holland Brewing Co., a company that distributes its products through Pabst Brewing Co., received approval last month from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for a Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey label. An inscription on the packaging reads, “This is Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey. Made from nature’s choicest products that, legend would have it, Jacob Best used in 1844 to provide its smooth, complex flavor.” The label also apparently notes that the spirit was “aged five seconds.” Although the whiskey market is new territory for Pabst, New Holland Brewing Co. has some experience distilling whiskey along with gin and vodka. When reached for comment, a representative for PBR told MiBiz, “We are just not quite ready yet as several details [are] still up in the air.”
No word yet on when this new PBR whiskey will see the light of day, but the perfect time for this release would have actually been five years ago, when the whiskey boom was still raging.
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