Pabst's new 'luxury' beer brand launches Seabird IPA

By Beth Newhart

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Pabst will also rebrand its taproom in Milwaukee as Captain Pabst’s Pilot House this spring.
Pabst will also rebrand its taproom in Milwaukee as Captain Pabst’s Pilot House this spring.

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The Pabst Brewing Company (PBC), best known for its Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) beer, is launching a new IPA. The Seabird beer is exclusive to the midwestern US region.

After last summer’s expansion of the PBR brand to whiskey, coffee and hard seltzer​, the company pledged to continue innovating in the beverage sphere. And this week it has announced its first India Pale Ale (IPA) beer.

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The Seabird beer is housed under an entirely new PBC brand, Captain Pabst, separate from the PBR brand.

It takes the name of Frederick Pabst, a Lake Michigan ship captain who purchased half of the Best and Company brewery that eventually became PBC. With strong roots remaining in the Milwaukee and Chicago area, it will first roll out in the midwest region.

Captain Pabst is described as a luxury beer brand, and Seabird will be its flagship drink. It is named after Frederick Pabst’s last steamship, and brewed with Magnum, Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hops.

PBC will also rebrand its taproom in Milwaukee as Captain Pabst’s Pilot House, with more of a beer hall experience. The Captain Pabst Signature Series will be a line of craft beer available at the Pilot House.

Additionally, there will be a craft spirits program, where spirits are blended and barrel aged in-house. The venue will host a grand re-opening on March 28.

Matt Bruhn, Pabst General Manager, said “We’re lucky enough to be the stewards of so many great, classic American trademarks. But none of those marks really highlight the person or the people that founded the original brands. We thought creating something new, based on someone who played such an integral part in pioneering brewing in this country, was a really romantic and deserving story that consumers would be interested in hearing.”

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