Hipsters drive up cost of PBR

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I would have thought that beer prices are going up with the price of commodities like oil, but apparently there's more to the story.

More at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/17/hipsters-pbr-beer-prices_n_3294536.html
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Mike , niccolo and donkey

PBR was "cool" ten years ago, why has it taken so long for the price to jump? Last I checked (last week at the grocery store) it was the same price as Miller and Anheuser-Busch beers. A couple of Pabst's product lines are slightly cheaper, Old Style and Stroh's. I was out on the west coast about 15 years ago, the beers on tap were all local regional micro-brews with one tap dedicated to the cheaper PBR option, seemingly at every bar I visited.

Restaurateurs and bar owners are to blame for the higher pricing of cheap beer. Trendy bars and clubs get away with charging $7 for a Budweiser, what is going to stop them from selling PBR? Hipsters don't go to places that would sell $7 cans of PBR so this article is dumb.

PBR was only really surface cool. The only person I knew in art school who regularly drank it was this graphic design major who, despite her profession, was really just a loud, dumb hick from central Mass. I once heard her complain to someone at a party that the PBR on tap at some local watering hole was "not as good" as from the can. The cheap beers that were popular with my art school friends were always Narragansett, Miller High Life and Carling Black Label. There was a hipster bar on Newbury Street which offered a cocktail of PBR, Amaretto, and Dr. Pepper. They were also one of the few bars which also served Brubaker, considered the "PBR of Boston." Schlitz had some limited appeal too but, like Brubaker, was not often drunk because it was so awful.


Schaefer was the top brand before the ascent of Budweiser. Their old, hilarious "drink responsibly" slogan was "Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one" (later changed to "...when you're having lots of fun"). After its rather steep downturn, it was bought out by Stroh's and then by Pabst. It's no longer widely sold.

My grandfather was a fan of Carling Black Label, which is also no longer widely sold. Apparently Narragansett ended production in 1983 and was resurrected in 2006 by local Rhode Island entrepreneurs. I noticed it being sold just a couple months ago. I bought it and found it to be quite decent for the price.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/TSmM6h_WI8E

Many moons ago, I created an experimental/casiocore/sludge musical project in dedication to Narragansett beers. Thankfully the internet has a long memory. Behold: Cans A'Gansett

The two big choices here among musicians and art students: [​IMG] [​IMG]

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Zeb, lucky lager is a filthy beer. I'd rather drink creek water than that.

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[​IMG] this was my beer of choice in my underage drinking days. 25 bucks for a 24

The swill referred to as "Gab" was widely consumed in my dorm many moons ago...