Q&A: Asher Roth On Drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon, Playing Beer Pong, And His Celebrity Fantasy Beer Pong League

As far as beer-based mixtape titles go, Asher Roth's new Pabst And Jazz is 2011's front-runner. According to Asher, who's just signed to Def Jam, the music was "created over a beer and kicking it" during a three day period earlier in the year. So with Asher hitting the Brooklyn Bowl on December 21st to celebrate its release, we got him to reminisce over the hipsters' favorite fizzy water, assert his widely-rumored beer pong skills, and offer expert punditry on who'd win a beer pong showdown between the Throne's two members.

Can you remember the first time you drank a can of Pabst?

It's funny 'cause at Jake's Bar, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, they have $5 six-packs—the tall-boys—and you could either get a tall six-pack of Miller Lite or a tall six-pack of Pabst. Everyone was always going for the Miler Lite so I went for the Pabst. It's just a great low-key beer, man. It's nothing that's super real brewery, like the Stone Brewing craft beers that I drink, it's just a really good beer for kicking that shit and having a conversation.

How does Pabst rate with the likes of Bud Light and Coors Light?

I can't drink that shit anymore! That's really like binge-drinking beer! You can just drink that all day everyday. I moved on to just having maybe two or three beers when I drink, and it's usually something from Stone Brewing, like I've been drinking a lot of their Levitation Ale. But those light beers? I can't really get down with them unless I'm playing beer pong.

Can you remember the first time you got drunk on beer?

I definitely do! I was at my buddy's house and I went right for the beer bong. It was just binge drinking. It's like when you're a kid you want to get drunk as fast as as possible, so kids gravitate towards liquor and stuff like that. I was just as stupid as the other stupid kids and I went for the beer bong and ended up doing five beers and throwing up all over the place. Now I'm a big supporter of moderation and not shoveling liquor down your throat as fast as possible. Although sometimes when you're tailgating it's got to be done.

You mentioned beer pong. Double O from the group Kidz In The Hall mentioned that you and your crew are pretty enthusiastic post-show beer pong players. Is that true?

Double O actually challenged us. I don't know if Naledge and Double O really want it any more though. They know that I reign supreme. Maybe we'll have to pick that up. They know the challenge is on the table.

How would you rate your skills at beer pong, then?

Pretty good. I'm rusty now and I've been limited to probably a game a month 'cause I have a lot going on, but when I'm on I'm on. I'm pretty Mark Price on it.

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