GREEN BAY - A tradition is back in Northeast Wisconsin. The original Schlitzbeer is being served again in Green Bay after a nearly 40 yearhiatus. Many say it is bringing back memories.
Maricque's Bar on Green Bay's East Side was the first bar in thearea that is serving the original Schlitz beer in decades.
Schlitz started brewing in Milwaukee about 150 years ago, butthe original brew changed over the years, becoming watereddown.
Some might say this is just another beer, but not if you ask allthe people who have been waiting for this 1960's formula to comeback.
"It tastes like the original, so it's good," said Joe Nejedlo ofGreen Bay.
"We went away back in the 70's and 80's and now we're bringingit back and we're glad," said Mike Brattensborg with the PabstBrewing Company.
Schlitz representatives said the beer is making a comeback aftergetting a strong response in area cities like Chicago andMilwaukee.
"It was the number one beer back in the 60's. It has a lot ofheritage and a lot of retro appeal," said Brattensborg.
The original brew, in bottle form, has already hit Green Bay aregrocery shelves like Woodman's. Some local bars are just findingout Schlitz is back for good.
"I'm just shocked. I haven't even heard of it in so long. Ididn't even realize it was gone. You just kind of forget!" saidAmanda Bricker, bartender at The Packer Stadium Lounge.
However, not everyone has forgotten.
"First time I ever drank was probably Schlitz. It's been a longtime!" Andy Schandor from Green Bay.
Schandor said memories of Schlitz are good, but few and farbetween.
"It was a little fuller. It wasn't as watery," saidSchandor.
Now that it's back it's sure to keep flowing.
"It's good, we're going to have another one," said Nejedlo.
Many other area bars in the Green Bay area will begin pouringSchlitz on Thursday.
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