Pabst Brewing Co. is celebrating the nationwide release of a beer that is a new version of one of their old favorites.
Pabst’s Old Tankard Ale was the #2 nationwide seller back in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. The new Old Tankard Ale is based on a recipe from Pabst’s 1937 brewer’s log.
The recipe uses an authentic ale yeast with an alcohol content of 5.8% and 35 bitterness units.
“Pabst has a rich craft brewing heritage that dates back to the 19th century. Old Tankard Ale was the first craft brew in the Pabst brand family, and it is an honor to revive its legacy. We spent a lot of time making sure we stayed true to the original recipe and used only the highest quality ingredients. I’m very proud of the result.” says Master Brewer Greg Deuhs.
Old Tankard Ale was the first craft beer offered in a can and the new brew continues that heritage alive with a new, updated can design that replicates the original.
The new beer has been available on draft in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan since October 2015. It is now available on draft and in 16 oz. cans across the country.
NewsChannel 3 was lucky enough to get a chance to taste the new beer. Most of the newsroom beer drinkers gave it a hearty two thumbs up!