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Pabst Says MillerCoors Is Trying To Put It Out Of Business

November 12, 2018 - 7:31 am

MILWAUKEE (AP/WBBM NEWSRADIO) - A beer battle is brewing in Milwaukee

Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are heading to trial to settle a contract dispute in which Pabst accuses the brewing giant of trying to undermine its competitor by breaking a contract to make their products.

Pabst's lawyers argue the company's very existence relies on its business relationship with Chicago-based MillerCoors, which has made and shipped nearly all of Pabst's beers since 1999.

MillerCoors argues it's not obligated to continue brewing for Pabst and that Pabst doesn't want to pay enough to justify it.

The trial in Milwaukee County Circuit Court begins Monday and is scheduled through Nov. 30.

Pabst's attorneys said MillerCoors is lying about its brewing capacity to hinder Pabst's ability to compete. MillerCoors said it's simply deciding what makes economic sense for the company's future.

Pabst has contracted out its brewing operations since leaving its brewery in downtown Milwaukee in 1997.  It has since been turned into mixed use development that includes a hotel and brew pub.

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