Beer In Ads #1229: The Brew Of Quality


Saturday’s ad is for Pabst, which most sources claim is from 1920 or the 1920s. It’s mostly a simple photo 9or is that an illustration?), but some of the text is priceless. Starting with the “most refreshing thirst quencher on the market this long, blazing summer” (how exactly would you measure that?), to “Its label means exactly what is says” (so that’s “The Brew Of Quality,” I guess), “And you don’t have to remember a ritual to get it” (not like those other beers that require a special dance or secret handshake before you can buy them).

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Beer In Ads #1221: Pabst Gets The Call!


Friday’s ad is for Pabst, from 1939. Set at what the refer to as “Boston’s Swank Copley-Plaza,” which today is part of the Fairmont chain, the ad features a couple dressed to the nines and out for a night on the town. But what really makes this ad a hoot, is how they refer to the beer. “For Keener Refreshment … It’s Lighter … Brighter … Brisk-Bodied, Not Logy!” Whew, well thank goodness it’s not logy. Wait, what the hell is “logy?” Apparently it means “dull and heavy in motion or thought; sluggish.”

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Beer In Ads #976: Goodbye 200!


Friday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from April 1942. It’s a bowling themed ad, a popular sport in beer ads, at least up until the 1960s or 70s. The man bowling didn’t convert a split, sailing the ball between two pins, placing his 200 game in jeopardy, apparently. Luckily using some pretty tortured 33 to 1 logic, he managed to make his 200 game and beat the competition by 20 points.

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Beer In Ads #952: They All Come Back To Pabst


Monday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1913. It’s a fairly simple ad, with two men (possibly famous? – the one on the left looks a little familiar) clinking some pretty small glasses of beer. They look a lot like modern 4 oz. sample glasses. One thing I am curious about; what was it they were doing that they had to “come back to Pabst?”

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Beer In Ads #951: Tommy Henrich, Athlete-of-the-Year


Friday’s ad is again for Pabst Blue Ribbon, also from 1950. This one features New York Yankee Tommy Henrich, who apparently was named Athlete-of-the-Year that year. He’s showing off his World Series home run ball, from what series I have no idea. Given the look on his face, it’s probably a good thing he’s sharing a PBR so his guest can endure his tall tales.

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Beer In Ads #950: Hit The Ball


Thursday’s ad is again for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1950. Showing an old-fashioned tennis player — is that Pancho Gonzalez again? — using a racket with just one string, the analogy they’re using is that playing that way is the equivalent of not blending your beer. Blending is great, but it’s not the only way to brew a beer, and it may not even be the best way to make a pilsner. But how about that outfit?

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Beer In Ads #949: Served In The Hollywood Home Of Bob Hope


Wednesday’s ad is also for Pabst Blue Ribbon, this one from 1948. Showing famed comedian and actor Bob Hope in what’s purported to be his home in Hollywood — golf club in hand — he appears to be lecturing the crowd, perhaps on pain of getting hit with his driver. That, or he’s boring them to death with another golf story.

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