"The future of Milwaukee's past!"
The Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee closed in 1996, but many of its buildings still stand. And they stand in Milwaukee's west side. Most of the former brewery buildings have been redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, offices and other new uses, with more projects in the works. And Pabst is returning to open a microbrewery in one of its old buildings. The Brewhaus Inn and Suites opened in a renovated Pabst Brewing Co. building at 1215 N 10th Street on June 20, 2013, in the heart of the old brewing complex. It's a real piece of history. I stayed there in March 2014. The weather outside was cold and raining, but I had a marvelous time here anyway. The opening photo is of copper brew kettles that once were part of the brewery.
Let's take just a brief look.
This once was the Pabst Machine House, Electrical Power House and Refrigerating Plant. Now, on the right side is the Brewhaus Inn and Suites, and on the left side is Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub.
A closer look at the hotel side of the building.
And, of course, we are in Milwaukee at the Pabst Brewery complex, so a good look at Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub is in order. We'll go inside a bit later!
Two story stained glass window depicting King Gambrinus, "the patron saint of brewing
Welcome to Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
A short walk through the old neighborhood, that is slowly but surely bing upgraded and renovated by various businesses.
I believe this is the handcrafted "Blue Ribbon Hall" which was where legendary tours.
I think this is the original Pabst headquarters building, purchased by Jum Haertel "who had a background in real estate development and a passion for beer." He now owns and operates the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, the entrance of which is to the far lower left of this photo.
This is another view of the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery from around the corner, and you can see the gift shop.
Much of these areas just shown, and more, are under contract or already being renovated to turn this section of town into a grand place for visitors and residents who may wish to live here.
I had never been to downtown Milwaukee before, nor to the Brewhaus Inn and Suites. So I readily had no idea what I was getting into. So let me show you some views of what I saw when I was winding my way through this area to the hotel.
I thought, "Oh my God, what have I done?"
I would later learn that much of this is to be renovated in some way, shape or form, and that the light colored ore modern building in he lower left corner is actually the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's School of Engineering!
Trinity Evangelical Church close to the Pabst Brewery complex