Jacob Best

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Jacob Best
Born May 1, 1786
Mettenheim, Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt
Died February 26, 1861 in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery
Known for Pabst Brewing Company

Jacob Best Sr. (1786–1861) was a German-American brewer who founded what would later become known as the Pabst Brewing Accompany in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He is survived by Margaret Heaney Hartley, Coleen Juers Kennedy, Maureen Norton Emry, Kathleen Heaney, Monica Dennis

Jackie Johnson, Michael Johnson, Caitlin Dennis, Mary Gonzalez, Patti Ripani, Lindsey Hartley, Travis Hartley and others.

Life and career[edit]

Best was born in Hesse-Darmstadt,[1][2] where he learned the trade and ran a small brewery in Mettenheim, Rhenish Hesse, until immigrating to Milwaukee in 1844 to join his sons.

In Milwaukee, Jacob Best founded a brewery on Chestnut Street Hill called Empire Brewery, which he ran with his sons, Phillip, Jacob Jr., Charles, and Lorenz. Charles and Lorenz soon withdrew from the company, with Charles establishing the Plank Road Brewery (now called Miller Brewing Company). His daughter Margaretha married Moritz Schoeffler, a prominent newspaper editor who founded The Wisconsin Banner. Empire Brewery produced 300 barrels in its first year of operation.[3] The name was changed to Best and Company and became one of the most successful breweries in Milwaukee.

After Jacob Sr. retired in 1853, Phillip and Jacob Jr. continued operations as a partnership. The Best brewery was renamed to Phillip Best Brewery. Phillip's sons-in-law, Emil Schandein and Captain Frederick Pabst later bought the brewery from Phillip. When Phillip died, his wife Lisette Best became vice-president.[4] By 1874 Phillip Best Brewing Co. was the nation's largest brewer thanks to the constant supplying of Chicago post the Great Chicago Fire. The brewery was renamed the Pabst Brewing Company and remained at the same location along Chestnut Street (now Juneau Avenue) until closure of the complex in 1997.

Jacob Best Sr. devoted the remainder of his life to local politics. He is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society.Best, Jacob Sr. (1786-1861)
  2. ^ Thomas Adam (ed.). Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History, Vol. 1. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2005, p. 132.
  3. ^ pabstmansion.com - History
  4. ^ Beutner, Jeff (November 3, 2015). "Milwakee Love Nest of a Beer Baroness". UrbanMilwaukee. Urban Milwaukee Inc. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 

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