I've been a Schlitz-lover since back when we "Went for the gusto". Usta tour the huge Milwaukee brewery as a student at Marquette back in the 50s. I get it now at my local small retailer here in rural Georgia! Price is right / taste is great. I'm just curious as to how / where it's being made now. The cans have a Milwaukee P.O. Box - I've written them but get no response.

Thanks,      JWH

Hi John,

Well, Schlitz has been owned by Pabst since 1999 and is now "contract brewed" by Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors). But if you think that's confusing, get this; Pabst (the owner/producer), while once located in Woodridge, IL, is now located in Los Angeles. But the MillerCoors brewery (the actual brewer of the product) is located in Milwaukee WI.

Whew!But such is the new state of the brewing industry - lots of brewers in the brewhouse, to co-opt a term.

That said, I can speak from both personal experience and by searching the reviewing databases, the Schlitz made today, is a far superior product than that made for the previous few decades. With the change in ownership, they brought back the old recipe of the 60s and before.

Gone is the thin, watery, flavorless, over-carbonated Schlitz of the 70s-80s and welcome is the fuller, richer, more flavorful pale lager of yore. It's what most pale lagers of the 70s-90s should have been, all along.

Hope this helps!

Best Regards,



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