Pabst to open brewery in original Milwaukee complex

Freeman Staff

July 15, 2015

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1996 file photo is the Pabst brewery in Milwaukee. The Pabst Brewing Company, which closed the Milwaukee plant in 1966, announced Wednesday, July 15, 2015 that it will open a new brewery in Milwaukee on the site of the original brewery.
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE ó It will be a homecoming of sorts for Pabst Brewing Company when it opens a new brewery in Milwaukee on the site of the original Pabst Brewery, which was founded in 1844.

According to a Wednesday announcement, the Milwaukee brewery will serve as Pabstís hub for innovation and new product ideas. Pabst Brewing is working with Milwaukee-based developers Zilber Ltd. and BRM on the project, which will be a central feature of Zilberís redevelopment of the Pabst brewery complex.

Pabst plans to sign a multi-year lease on a building within the Pabst brewery complex and expects to open the brewery to the public next summer. In addition to brewing many of Pabstís iconic pre-prohibition brands, such as Old Tankard Ale, Kloster Beer, Bock, Andecker, and others, Pabst intends to brew new craft beers inspired by recipes from the Pabst archives, according to the announcement.

The site will be offer brewery tours, historical memorabilia, a tasting room, beer garden, and a restaurant/bar, which will serve food and feature exclusive small-batch brews only available on-site.

ďThe launch of this brewery in Pabstís original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots. Milwaukee is our home ó the Pabst Mansion, the Pabst Theater, Pabst Farms, and this beautiful brewery complex ó these are all part of Frederick Pabstís amazing legacy, which we are honored to continue by returning to our hometown and birthplace,Ē said Eugene Kashper, chairman and CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, in a statement.

A Letter of Intent has been signed and the lease is expected to be signed by Aug. 15. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.