Pabst Brewery Complex

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Pabst Brewing Company Complex
Former brewery Pabst Brewing Company in Milwaukee Wisconsin.jpg
The former Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ArchitectCharles Hoffmann; Otto Strack
Architectural styleLate Victorian, Modern Movement
NRHP reference #03001165 [1]
Added to NRHPNovember 14, 2003

The Pabst Brewery Complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the former brewery of the Pabst Brewing Company. The facility was closed in 1997. On August 16, 2006 the brewery complex was purchased by Joseph Zilber's investment group Brewery Project LLC for $13 million to create The Brewery, a renovated complex for residential, office, and retail use.[2][3] The Pabst Brewing Company Former Corporate Office Building & Visitor's Center have been reopened as "Best Place," in reference to the brewery's founders Jacob Best and Phillip Best, and feature an antiques gift shop, Blue Ribbon Hall and the "Little Tavern on the Hill." Enclosed by the building are two courtyards, one of which houses a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst. A statue of King Gambrinus, the unofficial patron saint of beer, used to be displayed in the other courtyard, but was removed when the brewery was shut down in the mid-1990s. The sculpture was loaned back to the complex by the Pabst Corporation after a lengthy negotiation period on May 21, 2011.[4]

The former Pabst Brewhouse was also transformed into a hotel by Gorman & Company, a firm based in Oregon, Wisconsin. The hotel opened for business in April 2013. The project included partial restoration of six original brew kettles viewable in the hotel's atrium, fixtures made from repurposed wood beams, and a green roof. Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub & Grill is attached to the hotel.

Renovated portions of the complex also house facilities for local universities, including the Cardinal Stritch University College of Education and Leadership and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "The Brewery". 11 August 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ Jacobson, Brian. "TCD Exclusive: The Return of the King". Urban Milwaukee. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Former Pabst brewery work continues with new office building". Retrieved 11 February 2019.

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Coordinates: 43°2′45″N 87°55′30″W / 43.04583°N 87.92500°W / 43.04583; -87.92500