Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey

Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey

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Mashbill: 52% corn, 27% malted barley, 17% wheat and 4% rye

80 Proof - 40% ABV

The whiskey was made in collaboration with New Holland in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pabst began brewing in Milwaukee in 1844 as Best & Co., owned by Jacob Best. Frederick Pabst took the reins of the brewery in 1888, and the brewery continued to produce beer in Milwaukee through 1996.

The current Pabst, which was revived in 2014, has been dabbling in other beverages such as Pabst Hard Coffee and hard seltzer. The whiskey is Pabst's first spirit. It's based on Jacob Best's notes that show he was distilling before he made beer. That was enough for the new Pabst to try their own version.

Pabst wanted to stay true to what they figured Best would make, something right from the fields, but that would end up being moonshine, according to a story in Esquire magazine. So Pabst and New Holland aged the whiskey for 5 seconds to make it fit the legal definition of whiskey. It's right there on the label.

Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey is likely not a sipping whiskey but is meant to be used in cocktails.

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