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Title: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: chumley on June 01, 2016, 10:35:12 PM
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I saw this in the store the other day, and immediately picked it up when I saw it was brewed by Pabst.

Adios, craft ale.  This macro-brewed ale is the real deal. As the website states:  Utilizing the original Brewer’s Log recipe from 1937, this historic American Ale will be sure to satisfy today’s Craft centric millennial consumer. Brewed with 2-row, imported Cara-Munich and Cara-Aroma malts with Nugget, Liberty, Willamette and Cascade hops, this classic American Ale exhibits the fruitiness and maltiness of an extra special bitter.

Beer of the year.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: RPIScotty on June 01, 2016, 10:43:56 PM
I'm not surprised given the Ballantine beers they are putting out. The Burton Ale is phenomenal. I'll be looking for this.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 01, 2016, 10:45:56 PM
Sounds good. I'll be looking for it. Thanks Chumley.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: Phil_M on June 02, 2016, 01:18:04 AM
More good macro beer isn't a bad thing if it's from a reasonable company. I'll keep an eye open for it.

I really want to try the Ballantine IPA but I've yet to see any that's even close to being fresh down here.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: RPIScotty on June 02, 2016, 01:26:25 AM
I had some Ballantine IPA recently. Also great.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: blair.streit on June 02, 2016, 02:50:10 AM
Pabst is now suing MillerCoors for breach of contract. Apparently MC brewed most of the Pabst out of their Eden, NC brewery which they are closing. MC wants almost triple to keep up brewing the Pabst products.

Hard to know where the real truth lies in all this but it seems like this beer may be harder to find in the near future.

http://m.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/historic-brewing-names-pabst-millercoors-locked-in-legal-battle-b99718685z1-378270571.html
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: narvin on June 02, 2016, 01:26:45 PM
Maybe Pabst should actually brew beer...
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: dzlater on June 02, 2016, 11:12:25 PM
I had some of this a couple of weeks ago and thought it was good.
I'll buy it again.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: blair.streit on June 03, 2016, 01:26:57 AM
Maybe Pabst should actually brew beer...
Novel idea :)
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: dzlater on June 03, 2016, 10:24:26 AM
Maybe Pabst should actually brew beer...
Novel idea :)

Isn't that exactly what they are doing here?
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: blair.streit on June 03, 2016, 12:05:19 PM
Isn't that exactly what they are doing here?
Did you see the post earlier in the thread about Pabst losing their ability to contract brew with MillerCoors?
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: dzlater on June 03, 2016, 05:44:51 PM
Sorry I didn't read that.
Now I get get it.


Isn't that exactly what they are doing here?
Did you see the post earlier in the thread about Pabst losing their ability to contract brew with MillerCoors?
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: RPIScotty on June 03, 2016, 11:37:57 PM
More good macro beer isn't a bad thing if it's from a reasonable company. I'll keep an eye open for it.

I really want to try the Ballantine IPA but I've yet to see any that's even close to being fresh down here.

Wegmans just got a fresh shipment!

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Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: 69franx on June 03, 2016, 11:53:50 PM
Derek, when I had it last year, it was 6 months old and still tasty. It was the last sixer on the shelf and I have not seen it again. I enjoyed what I bought but I want to try some fresher to see the difference
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: JT on June 04, 2016, 12:05:09 AM
Derek, when I had it last year, it was 6 months old and still tasty. It was the last sixer on the shelf and I have not seen it again. I enjoyed what I bought but I want to try some fresher to see the difference
Nice, Frank! I've not seen any around here.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: 69franx on June 04, 2016, 12:07:59 AM
Yeah I found it over the border here in Indiana at whitey's liquor on 50 sometime last summer I think, never again unfortunately
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: HoosierBrew on June 04, 2016, 12:10:20 AM
Yeah I found it over the border here in Indiana at whitey's liquor on 50 sometime last summer I think, never again unfortunately


I rarely see it up here, and it's fairly old when I do. I'd love to find some fresh.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: JT on June 04, 2016, 12:13:20 AM
Yeah I found it over the border here in Indiana at whitey's liquor on 50 sometime last summer I think, never again unfortunately
Last place I'd have thought to look for it!
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 04, 2016, 11:57:45 AM
This thread just made sense out of something I read on Facebook.

A guy at the club was at a contract brewery in Detroit last night named Brew Detroit. He said the bartender said they will be brewing Stroh's using the "original"recipe. When I read that, I saiD Stroh's is brand that is owned by Pabst. Why brew it there? If there is the contract litigation and such going on, I think I have an answer.

"Original" recipes always make me wonder how original. None of the hops listed for the old Tankard existed back in the 1930s.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: chumley on June 06, 2016, 02:30:14 AM
This thread just made sense out of something I read on Facebook. 



Don't read Facebook




A guy at the club was at a contract brewery in Detroit last night named Brew Detroit. He said the bartender said they will be brewing Stroh's using the "original"recipe. When I read that, I saiD Stroh's is brand that is owned by Pabst. Why brew it there? If there is the contract litigation and such going on, I think I have an answer.

"Original" recipes always make me wonder how original. None of the hops listed for the old Tankard existed back in the 1930s.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: hopfenundmalz on June 06, 2016, 01:14:09 PM
This thread just made sense out of something I read on Facebook. 



Don't read Facebook




A guy at the club was at a contract brewery in Detroit last night named Brew Detroit. He said the bartender said they will be brewing Stroh's using the "original"recipe. When I read that, I saiD Stroh's is brand that is owned by Pabst. Why brew it there? If there is the contract litigation and such going on, I think I have an answer.

"Original" recipes always make me wonder how original. None of the hops listed for the old Tankard existed back in the 1930s.
Was that a statement that you are not on Facebook or an admonition that I should not?  :)
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: The Professor on June 10, 2016, 02:14:20 PM
I picked up some of the OLD TANKARD a few weeks ago and really liked it.  Greg D. is really doing a bang up job with some of the legacy brews and my hat is off to him.  The Ballantine IPA has been pretty decent even though it is not much like the original brew I consumed so much of starting in the late '60s...different hops, considerably less aroma, and he apparently chose not to use the original yeast strain either...but it is still a very nicely balanced brew that's considerably better than a lot of what is out there today.  The re-introduction of the Burton Ale was a big surprise and a very solid brew.  That's one I definitely hope becomes a regular winter offering.

I like the new direction Pabst seems to be taking and I hope the OLD TANKARD becomes more widely available (I have yet to see it on draft anywhere here in NJ). 
It's really good to see a big brewer making a solid effort to make distinctive, quality brews...and succeeding so well at it.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: chumley on June 13, 2016, 05:24:39 PM
I found it on tap last weekend, and it was even better than the canned product.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: BrewingRover on June 16, 2016, 04:21:30 PM
I like the new direction Pabst seems to be taking and I hope the OLD TANKARD becomes more widely available (I have yet to see it on draft anywhere here in NJ). 
It's really good to see a big brewer making a solid effort to make distinctive, quality brews...and succeeding so well at it.

I read today about their launch of Rainier Mountain Pale Ale in the Pacific Northwest
http://www.brewbound.com/news/pabst-brewing-launches-new-rainer-pale-mountain-ale-pacific-northwest

This seems like a really good niche to try to fill. I really like the fact they're bottling in 16oz pounders. That takes me back.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: ethinson on June 16, 2016, 06:14:23 PM
I like the new direction Pabst seems to be taking and I hope the OLD TANKARD becomes more widely available (I have yet to see it on draft anywhere here in NJ). 
It's really good to see a big brewer making a solid effort to make distinctive, quality brews...and succeeding so well at it.

I read today about their launch of Rainier Mountain Pale Ale in the Pacific Northwest
http://www.brewbound.com/news/pabst-brewing-launches-new-rainer-pale-mountain-ale-pacific-northwest

This seems like a really good niche to try to fill. I really like the fact they're bottling in 16oz pounders. That takes me back.

Woodinville Washington makes me wonder if they built a new brewery up there, or if they are contract brewing at Red Hook. 
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: MDixon on August 08, 2016, 12:21:07 PM
I picked up a can of Old Tankard and it really did not trip my trigger. It was quite malty with a decent bitterness, but nothing to write home about and it landed decidedly on the boring square. At $2 a can that would be $12 for a sixer and I'm not going to pay that for this beer. Of course if I see it on draft I'll try that to see the difference, but for me the can is a pass.
Title: Re: Old Tankard Ale
Post by: blair.streit on August 08, 2016, 03:06:12 PM
Woodinville Washington makes me wonder if they built a new brewery up there, or if they are contract brewing at Red Hook.

This came up in another thread and we found several articles suggesting they were contract brewing it in different areas of the country:

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2016/03/16/pabst-rolls-out-old-tankard-ale-across-the-country.html

Here's an article that doesn't specifically mention that beer, but that several other Pabst beers are being brewed at a CBA brewery in Washington:

http://craftbrew.com/2016/01/11/craft-brew-alliance-and-pabst-brewing-company-announce-brewing-agreement/