Shrines to Retro Beer
Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion. The 19th-century home of the man who gave us PBR is open for tours. On Oct. 10th, it will host Retro Night, a dinner featuring grilled brats and a walk down memory lane. Tickets and info: 414-931-0808.2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
Yesterbeer.com. The born-on date at this Web site is pre-1960, a must-visit for anyone looking for logos from the past. T-shirts and other garb feature classic, long-gone brands, including Tivoli, Gretz, Esslinger and Krueger’s.
Bob & Barbara’s Lounge. This neighborhood joint on South Street in Philadelphia features jazz, ping pong games and possibly the world’s most extensive collection of PBR memorabilia. Grab a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst for just three bucks, then wander around for a look at hundreds of advertisements, signs and collectibles. 1509 South St., Philadelphia.
Cans Bar and Canteen (Chicago, Milwaukee and Charlotte) specializes in, yes, cans of retro lagers, including Iron City, Hamm’s, Schlitz, Stroh’s and Old Style.
The Natty Boh Gear Shop. Mr. Boh, the one-eyed mustached mascot of National Bohemian, is the main attraction at this Fells Point institution. T-shirts, hats, mugs and even golf balls are for sale at the store, or at its online site at www.nattybohgear.com. 1624 Thames St., Baltimore.