Milwaukee has been known for brewing beer. And though the city’s brewing heyday has passed, remnants of that unrivaled production remain. Heck, the city might always be known as Brew Town. I mention this because, founded around 177 years ago, vestiges of the Pabst Brewing company, which lie in Milwaukee’s Brewery District, attest to the city’s claim to fame.

I apologize, I was under the wrong impression. A few weeks back, I wrote an overview of Milwaukee, claiming the city had two historic brewery tours luring people to their factories. I stand corrected, the Pabst tour, which I took yesterday, is not a brewery tour. It’s more like a history lesson, one that starts out in the 77 year old Blue Ribbon Hall

and winds up in a small tap room.

The historic 1858 building, known as Best Place, is the setting for this enlightening story.

What did I take away from the tour? Not much…mainly, years back, factory workers were awarded beer breaks. It was in their union contract, I’m not kidding. But actually, the tour is a great overview of the Best family’s role in Milwaukee’s brewing scene, how the company became known as Pabst, Frederick Pabst’s persona, why Milwaukee became a brewing hotspot and the company’s survival during prohibition. There’s also info on the more modern times of the company.

One also catches a glimpse of Frederick Pabst’s office.

After that, as we sauntered along the streets, we found ourselves surrounded by antique buildings from the brewery’s past.

This brewery building is actually pretty cool.

Here’s a little drinking spot,

This is one of the Pabst beer gardens

and the famed bottling department’s shell

Not to mention, the Milwaukee Brewing Company, set in a trendy building, featured some fun polka music…the scene was absolutely vibrant.

Our stop in Milwaukee’s Brewery District was fairly brief. Yet, during our visit, I was left appreciating souls who lived across nearly two centuries. Along with that, a vibrant buzz resonated along the streets and in the beer gardens. And as the sounds of live music invigorated the grounds, I imagined a Victorian Age Milwaukee- a city rising to brewing prominence.

Safe Travels!

5 Comments

  1. Looks like a good day out and about in my town! A fun fall event in Milwaukee is Oktoberfest at the Bavarian Bierhaus’ outdoor park. There are some serious polka dancers out there and I kind of envy people who have such a strong connection to their heritage.

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      1. Thank you very much! Sounds awesome! Heidi, my girlfriend, has been urging me to attend such an event for ages. And the Milwaukee Brewing Company was a very positive experience. I’m actually kind of amped for polka!

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      2. It’s a lot of fun. Many people wear very expensive traditional German clothes. You can get food at Kopps beforehand. LMK if you need hotel recommendations should you ever come down. The beers are big and definitely need a designated driver or a plan in place for getting home.

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