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Fear Not, (Tall) Boys And Girls: Lone Star Beer Is Here To Stay

These tall boys are here to stay. At least for now.
Julia Reihs/KUT
These tall boys are here to stay. At least for now.

Fear not, Texans. You won't be crying in your last, lonely Lone Star any time soon.  

The "National Beer of Texas," has been spared in a dispute between Pabst Brewing, which owns the Lone Star brand, and MillerCoors.

The battle over brewing Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Colt 45, Lone Star and other 7-Eleven beercase stand-bys came to a head Wednesday, after the two companies reached a settlement.

MillerCoors threatened to end a 20-year deal to brew the line of beers for Pabst Brewing, saying it no longer made financial sense to continue brewing on behalf of the company. Pabst argued brewing that volume of beer would've meant bottoms-up, NPR reports.

Notes of dread  dotted reporting on the trial, as a Texas staple was seen as endangered. This was, after all, the  beer of choice for Willie Nelson and his crew on tour and the sponsor of the first episode of Austin City Limits.

The trial in Milwaukee came to an end Wednesday when the two companies announced they agreed to a settlement that will see MillerCoors continue to brew the Pabst beers under contract. 

A Pabst spokesperson told NPR it will continue to offer Lone Star, PBR and its other brews for "many, many years to come."

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Andy Jechow is the social media coordinator for KUT News. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in international studies, he returned home to Texas — in need of greasy Tex-Mex — and became a TV news producer. Before joining KUT in November 2018, he worked as a digital content producer at Austin NBC affiliate KXAN News. When he's not at work, Andy enjoys attending book signings and watching classic movies.