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Charleston’s Recovery Room Reaches No. 1 for PBR Sales Around the World

For the ninth year in a row, the King Street dive bar sells more PBR cans than any other establishment

The exterior of dive bar Recovery Room
Home of cheap PBR and wings.
Erin Perkins
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

For the ninth year in a row, Charleston dive Recovery Room (685 King Street) has sold more Pabst Blue Ribbon 12-ouncers than any other establishment on Earth. Owner Chris “Boston” DiMattia confirmed to Eater Carolinas that Rec Room is the highest seller of cans of PBR for the 2022 calendar year with 5,482 cases. That’s a whopping 131,568 beers.

The announcement on Facebook credited the bar’s “awesome patrons” for their help in drinking all those PBRs. The Rec Room also encourages customers to keep coming in and ordering the low-priced brew, so it can nab the title next year. At happy hour, cans are only $1.50, which helps keep up demand.

In 2013, City Paper published an extensive article 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 once again chug a ridiculous amount of cheap, hipster beer cans — keep up the good work.