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

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."

Andy Jechow is the audience engagement editor for KUT News. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter at @AndyJechow.
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