Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, Milwaukee

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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.

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!
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  • From beginning to end, this tour was great. If you love history and beer, this tour is for you. Mark was our tour guide and he was fantastic! I had no idea how fascinating the story of Pabst was. In.....  more
    From beginning to end, this tour was great. If you love history and beer, this tour is for you. Mark was our tour guide and he was fantastic! I had no idea how fascinating the story of Pabst was. In.....  more »
  • SOOOOO FUN! Would do this a 2nd time. Interesting, educational, friendly, and now I drink Pabst!!! Next time in town I hope to do this again. 
    SOOOOO FUN! Would do this a 2nd time. Interesting, educational, friendly, and now I drink Pabst!!! Next time in town I hope to do this again.  more »
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  • Priceless old brewery, interesting tour. Scott, our tour guide, was funny and his story of how Pabst grew his brewery and how the building was finally saved is well worth the time. Had a chance to sit and have a beer at Capt. Pabst's desk in his old office! So glad we found this.
  • We had our wedding in the Blue Ribbon Hall at the Best Place in September. We had the ceremony and dancing in the courtyard and the dinner in the hall. All of the staff were so easy to work with and answered all of our questions quickly. The space was absolutely beautiful and many of our guests said it was the coolest venue they had ever been to. On the day of, Sarah from The Best Place was so helpful with the schedule and setup. The bartenders were also wonderful. We are so so happy with our decision to get married here.

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