Pabst Blue Ribbon

By | Mar 28, 2017

Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer is a beer that many drink, but where did the name come from? The Pabst part of the name comes from the German immigrant Frederick Pabst who was born on March 28, 1836. Pabst was working as a lake Michigan steamer captain when he met Phillip Best who was running a small brewery in Milwaukee. Pabst married Best’s daughter as well as joining in a business partnership which began in 1862.

By 1873 Frederick Pabst had greatly expanded the business. He turned it into a public company, became its President with the company’s name being changed to the Pabst Brewing Company.

So where did the blue ribbon come from? It looks to have been a marketing gimmick. By 1882 the beer had won awards with one of its greatest awards coming from the Paris World’s Fair. The company was bottling beers in unattractive glass bottles and Pabst decided to tie a blue ribbon around the bottle’s neck.

From there people was asking for the beer “with the blue ribbons”. Blue ribbons were used until 1916.

Pabst Brewing has been an early adopter in many changes in beer over the years. They were one of the first to bottle their beer. The first, in 1906, to use caps on their bottles instead of corks. And in 1935 they were the second, Krueger Beer was first, to put their beer in cans. They even placed opening instructions on the can side.

Frederick Pabst died on the first day of the new year of 1905.


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