The Pabst Brewing Company was the first of the great Milwaukee brewers. Quality, pride, tradition, and hops were the ingredients in the legacy left by German immigrant Jacob Best Sr., who established the brewery in 1844. Under the guidance of his son Phillip Best and Phillip’s son-in-law, Captain Frederick Pabst, a small local producer became America’s largest brewer from the late 1800s until 1946.Using our online itinerary creator, Milwaukee attractions like Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
With the closing of the brewery in 1996 came the opening of opportunity. After many years of blood, sweat, and beers, the “Best use” of these buildings has fermented into Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery taking its name from the founders, Jacob Best and Phillip Best and its spirit from the Captain, Frederick Pabst. And the rest is, well, a history we’d love to share with you on one of our tours!
After the Pabst Brewery closed in Milwaukee in December 1996, it sat empty until 2001. It was at that time that Jim Haertel received his accepted offer to purchase the Pabst Brewery on September 11, 2001. Great care has been taken to ensure that Blue Ribbon Hall, The Great Hall, Captain’s Courtyard, Guest Center, Captain's Corner, King’s Courtyard, and the Vintage Gift Shop have all been restored to their original glory. Since the first phone call was placed inquiring about buying the property, the brewery is once again full of life and laughter as "Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery" and is once again open and ready to welcome you.
With your first step into Blue Ribbon Hall, you will instantly be transported back to time when things were a little tougher and yet life was simpler. Experience a small piece of Americana and enjoy yourself surrounded by Old World Charm and Hospitality. If you’re looking for a unique, one of a kind, “BEST PLACE” for your corporate or individual event, or simply a tall cold one, look no further than Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery!
Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery Reviews
We took this tour by chance when our other plans were cancelled and we're so glad that we did. It was very interesting and a lot of fun and the tour guide was outstanding! more »
This place is really nice alternative to classic brewery visit. You get a 30min introduction about rise and fall of the historic best / pabst location. Along with a beer included in tour price and... more »
Do the tour! You'll see and learn things that weren't even close to part of the OLD (operational) tour. Mark is personable and fun to hang with. Enjoy!
Very interesting tour! Enjoy beer as you tour! Root beer and Sprite for the kids. Interesting and informative tour about the history of Pabst/Best beer. Original buildings, amazing stained glass, inlaid floors, and beautiful woodwork. See the evolution of a small family brewery into a world wide corporation. Not wheelchair or stroller accesible.
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