Pabst

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When the Pabst Brewery closed its doors in downtown Milwaukee in 1997, it was unclear what would become of the area. It was littered with abandoned buildings and for almost a decade, the area sat largely unused.

Then in 2006, the complex was bought by Joseph Zilber, a philanthropist and real estate mogul, who was nearing age 90 at the time of its purchase. He passed away just a few years later, at the age of 92.

Think about Milwaukee, and two things probably come to mind: cheese and beer. And with good reason. The city is built on a foundation of breweries. Among those, the most famous today is Miller — but that's not how it always was.

Established in 1844, Pabst Blue Ribbon was the first of the great Milwaukee brewers and the first beer company to produce 1 million barrels a year. But in 1996, Wisconsin's long-brewing pillar packed up and shipped out of Milwaukee, contracting out the production of its beer to other brewers like Miller.

Pabst Brewing Company Is Returning Home

Jul 15, 2015
Payton Chung, Flickr

Pabst Brewing Company has announced it will open a new brewery at the site of the original Pabst complex in Milwaukee.

The brewery was founded in 1844, but the company closed its Milwaukee headquarters and production line in December of 1996.

Reportedly, the new brewery will serve as the Pabst hub for innovation and new product ideas as well as for brewing brands made before prohibition.

Jessica F., Flickr

It's been decades since Pabst Brewing Company has been headquartered in Milwaukee, but there’s now a movement afoot to bring the Pabst back home.