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Subject:  Beer Date:  8/10/2008  5:41 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  44561 of 46903

Over the weekend news releases have been published indicating that Pabst is reviving Schlitz beer for sale in selected markets. It is reportedly selling well. With Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser going to InBev and Miller/Molsen/Coors in the hands of SAB, Pabst calls itself the “last” American beer company.

When you dig into it you find out a few things.

Pabst products are brewed under contract by others, primarily by SAB/Miller (under an agreement put together when Stroh’s was divided between Pabst and Miller in 1999).

Pabst markets 85 brands including: Ballantine, Colt 45, Lone Star, Old Milwaukee, Old Style, Olympia, Ranier, Pabst, Schaefer, Schlitz, Stag, and Stroh’s. (See Wikipedia for the full list.)

In 1999, Pabst began shutting down its breweries. The large Heileman Brewery in LaCrosse, WI was sold to private investors under the name City Brewing. It now makes its own beer brands in addition to Arizona Iced Tea and Smirnoff Ice. The last Pabst brewery was the Lehigh Valley brewery near Allentown, PA, acquired from Stroh’s with the Schaefer’s brand. It was shut down in ‘01 and sold to