In 2015 King Street dive Recovery Room sold more Pabst Blue Ribbon 12-ouncers than any other establishment in the world, and it appears the bar will continue to take home that title in 2018. Recovery Room posted on Facebook, “HOLY SHIT! Numbers in from PABST! Once again the Recovery Room and the People of Charleston are the #1 Drinkers of PBR Cans In the World!! Thank you to everyone who came in for a beer all year! Lets go for 5 Years in a Row! #pbrchucktown #recoveryroomtavern #Charlestonsc #beerlife” At the time of the announcement, owner Chris “Boston” DiMattia didn’t have the exact number of beers sold, but his PBR representative told him that Recovery Room is the top seller.
City Paper has an extensive article from 2013 on why/how DiMattia goes through so much PBR, including his take on the brew:
“This is beer. It is what it is,” DiMattia says. “They’re not gonna give you an ad with a bunch of hot chicks dancing on a beach. You’re not gonna get laid drinking this beer, but you’re gonna get drunk ... you know, if you have about 15 of them.”
Congrats, Charleston — you chug a ridiculous amount of cheap, hipster beer cans.
• All Recovery Room Coverage [ECHS]
• Recovery Room [Facebook]
• How (And Why) the Humble Recovery Room Became the Nation’s No. 2 PBR Seller [CP]