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July 21, 2010

Pabst Blue Ribbon launches Blue Ribbon 1844 in China

blue ribbon 1844This could just be the marketing coup of the century:

According to Gawker, Pabst Blue Ribbon has reinvented itself as Blue Ribbon 1844, a high-end beer that is being sold in China for as much as $44 a bottle.

Why 1844? It's the year the original brewery was founded. Is it a new recipe? Or is Pabst Blue Ribbon just re-bottling it's same old crappy self, in the hopes the Chinese are suckers for a decent advertising campaign? The latter, I hope.

I'll bet it's the same rotgut swill that blue collar factory workers in Pittsburgh (and, for some reason, mustachioed hipsters) toss back by the case on a Friday night.

Perhaps "rotgut swill" is a little mean-spirited (liquor pun!). But it sure ain't Clipper City, I'll tell ya that. Or even Natty Boh, for that matter.

Pabst Blue Ribbon has inspired many great pop culture moments, like this one (NSFW). I really hope it's a hit in China. I mean, who wouldn't pay $44 for it? It's got "Blue Ribbon" in the name. It has to be good, right? Right?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:02 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Drink-ology


PB44 me, asap?!?!

I actually would like to try this beer, I wonder if I can buy it in the states.

The pabst brewery owns, makes, and distributes natty boh.

So pbr and natty boh and pretty much the same...

@Kevin -- Blasphemy! Any real Baltimorean can tell the difference between a Pabst and a Boh, even in a blind taste-off.

Let's settle this like men: I challenge you to a Das Boot chug-a-lug of Blue Ribbon 1884. Now if I can only get The Sun to pay for it ...


It comes with a champagne flute, presumably to drink out of! talk about putting on airs...

Does Baltimore get PBR in bottles? I transplanted and the Yalie hipsters in New Haven love their bottles but i only ever remember slugging cans in MD.

The author is obviously an uppity punk who doesn't know beer from a hole in the ground. PBR is cheap and delicious, and I'll drink one before ANYTHING with a "Bud" label on it, and I'm from St. Louis. I know what good beer tastes like, regardless of the name or vessel it's served in. Get a grip (and a 12-pack of PBR) when your friends aren't around, Sam, and give it a REAL try. Maybe pour it in a glass so it "feels" expensive?

"uppity punk"?

"blue collar factory workers in Pittsburgh"

your ignorance makes me laugh.

obviously he has not had the pleasure of drinking some cold pbr! otherwise he would not talk such crap. pbr is and has always been the best beer ever brewed , and now they are the largest AMERICAN brewer.

pbr taste like shit
and i bet if everyone liked it
hipsters would move to natty
or maybe even natty ice

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