My dad used to make home brew in the 50s and 60s with Pabst Blue Ribbon malt. A website directed me to you for the malt. I don’t find any of your malts with a reference to Pabst Blue Ribbon. Can you help me please! Thanks in advance.
Name: C. Rusmisel
Hello Mr. Rusmisel,
I’m sorry to say that Pabst Blue Ribbon malt extract is no longer with us. We carried it up until about 2 years ago when its production was completely halted.
Back in the 50’s and 60’s it was the only malt you could find on the grocery store shelf. It was mostly sold for “baking” (wink, wink) and was a plain, light syrup. In 1985 Pabst Brewing was taken over by a new owner and the Pabst can malt extract production was taken over by another company all together and renamed “Premier Malt” The labeling looked very similar except for the name itself, Premier.
Premier Malt added different varieties of malt besides just “light”. In addition, you could get it in dark, extra pale and pale light… with or without hops. We carried them all and home brewers loved them. Unfortunately, as home brewing became more popular, so came the competition, and eventually Blue Ribbon Malt was squeezed out.
Now you can get malt extract in many different brands and many different flavors. There’s no shortage of choices. The two main brands we now have are Briess and Munton’s malt extract. Between both brands there are 15 flavors to choose from. We also have malt extract kits. These are blended malts that produce specific styles of beer, everything from American Light to Stout. We carry these blended kits in 5 different that offer a combined 26 different styles of home brew.
My point here is that while Pabst Blue Ribbon malt is no longer produced, that’s no reason not to make beer. There are more choice of malt available now than ever before providing the home brewer with a great opportunity to brew a wide variety of beers.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.