The other day while dropping off an MBIP Bucket to Emack and Bolio’s, I noticed the building across the street that used to house the Pabst brewery. I made a mental note that I should come back someday and wander around the building to see if there’s any Pabst memorabilia left inside. And today I'm feeling a little mental, so let’s go find out if there’s anything Pabst-like left in that building.
And we’re off into the wild, bright yonder. I need to get some prescription sunglasses one of these days. Maybe if I start smoking pot again it’ll give me some motivation to do that.
HATE the speed humps on Prospect! No other street in town has speed humps, I need to do a post on those things sometime.
There it is in all it’s former sudsy glory. Let’s park the car and take a look at the building.
The building itself hasn’t changed at all and check it out...
There’s a Pabst Blue Ribbon Logo up on top of the building as a nod top its former owner.
These days a good portion of the building is taken up by OSF Medical Center.
I doubt OSF has much Pabst memorabilia on display, but let’s go inside and take a look.
The lobby in here is spacious and has an old school feel to it...
Hey check out the table over there, maybe that’s Pabst related...
Nope, it’s a just big clock. It may have something to do with Flavor Flav, but definitely not Pabst.
Just when I was thinking about ditching this idea and doing something else, I looked down the hallway and noticed something...
A Pabst Blue Ribbon up on the ceiling! Alright, at least we got something Pabst related for this post!
Right after I took that shot, John and Billie came out from their business, Carriage Cuisine and I told them I was looking for Pabst-related items and they told me to go next door to Pettet Jewelry. Hey, I do what I’m told, let’s go!
Here we are at Pettet Jewelry Designs. Let’s go in and see what John and Billie are talking about.
“Look, it’s a perfect fit!” No it’s not, I don’t see any Pabst stuff over here, I was beginning to feel a gyp in the works, but then...
I turned around and saw this!
Owner Brad Pettet was gone on a jewelry convention, but Charity who was minding the store (and she’s camera shy, wouldn’t pose for a photo) told me this is the original bar from the “33 Room.” A bar that Pabst used to use to entertain clients and visitors. The name came from a selling point that it took 33 brews to get Pabst’s unique flavor.
How cool is this?
MBIP luncheon pal, Steve Tarter wrote an article about when Brad moved in here in October of 2012. That’s the same time I moved back here. It’s all about timing which brings us back to this...
Here’s a shot of the taps, sadly, Charity said they didn’t work, I could really use a Pabst right now!
After I took a picture of these cans, Charity said they had some history behind them.
Three of them were made on the last day Pabst was manufacturing here in Peoria and they got this special stamp at the bottom of the can.
And the story behind this can is really cool! Charity told me that owner Brad’s first job while a student at Bradley was with Continental Can, which was located in the Pabst Building and this is the very first can he made back in 1974. Talk about coming full circle!
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