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Pabst Blue Ribbon to Open New Brewery in Hometown of Milwaukee

Pabst Blue Ribbon to Open New Brewery in Hometown of Milwaukee

The new brewery will be at the exact site where the Pabst Brewing Company was founded in 1844

Pabst Blue Ribbon will be opening their Milwaukee new brewery in summer 2016.

Pabst Blue Ribbon recently underwent an ownership debacle when they were almost bought out by a Russian beverage giant, but things are looking up: the beer company will be opening a new brewery at the site of its original brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The new brewery is expected to open to the public next summer. It will feature tours, historical memorabilia, a tasting room, a beer garden, and a restaurant and bar, which will serve food and feature exclusive small-batch brews only available on-site.

Pabst was based in Milwaukee until 20 years ago, when the beer company relocated all operations to San Antonio. Eugene Kashper, chairman and CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, said in a statement:

“The launch of this brewery in Pabst’s original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots. Milwaukee is our home — the Pabst Mansion, the Pabst Theater, Pabst Farms, and this beautiful brewery complex — these are all part of Frederick Pabst’s amazing legacy, which we are honored to continue by returning to our hometown and birthplace.”

We’ve reached out to the Pabst Brewing Company for comment.


Pabst returning to Milwaukee with new brewery

This image provided by the Pabst Mansion museum shows a postcard depicting the Pabst Brewery around 1900 in Milwaukee. A small group of Milwaukee residents want to revive the city's beer brewing tradition by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand's headquarters to its birthplace. (AP Photo/Pabst Mansion)

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 will open a new brewery in Milwaukee on the site of the original brewery. (AP Photo/Mark Gail, File)

Pabst Brewing Co. chairman and chief executive officer Eugene Kashper is shown Wednesday, July 15, 2015, outside the former church that was later used as an employee training and conference center in Milwaukee, Wis. Kashper plans to turn the building into a brewery and tasting room. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS)

Pabst Brewing Co. said Wednesday it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

The Los Angeles-based beer company said it plans to sign a multiyear lease on a building within the former Pabst brewery complex near downtown Milwaukee and expects to open to the public in summer 2016.

Pabst traces its roots to 1844 in Milwaukee, but closed its brewery there nearly 20 years ago. The company’s brands include its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon as well as Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee.

The new brewery would make many of Pabst’s pre-Prohibition brands as well as new craft beers inspired by recipes from the company’s archives. The brewery will include a tasting room, beer garden and a restaurant and bar.

“The launch of this brewery in Pabst’s original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots,” current owner and CEO Eugene Kashper said in a statement.

Kashper and his partners bought Pabst in November. The previous owners moved the company’s offices from suburban Chicago to Los Angeles after buying Pabst in 2010.

The former Pabst complex in Milwaukee has been renovated to include the Brew House Inn & Suites, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Public Health, apartments and other developments. The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church that was later used as a Pabst employee training and conference center, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


Pabst Brewing to Return to Milwaukee With New Brewery

Pabst Brewing Co. said Wednesday it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

The Los Angeles-based beer company said it plans to sign a multiyear lease on a building within the former Pabst brewery complex near downtown Milwaukee and expects to open to the public in summer 2016.

Pabst traces its roots to 1844 in Milwaukee, but closed its brewery there nearly 20 years ago. The company's brands include its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon as well as Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh's and Old Milwaukee.

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The new brewery would make many of Pabst's pre-Prohibition brands as well as new craft beers inspired by recipes from the company's archives. The brewery will include a tasting room, beer garden and a restaurant and bar.

"The launch of this brewery in Pabst's original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots," current owner and CEO Eugene Kashper said in a statement.

Kashper and his partners bought Pabst in November. The previous owners moved the company's offices from suburban Chicago to Los Angeles after buying Pabst in 2010.

The former Pabst complex in Milwaukee has been renovated to include the Brew House Inn & Suites, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Public Health, apartments and other developments. The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church that was later used as a Pabst employee training and conference center, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


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MILWAUKEE -- Pabst Brewing Co. said Wednesday it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

The Los Angeles-based beer company said it plans to sign a multiyear lease on a building within the former Pabst brewery complex near downtown Milwaukee and expects to open to the public in summer 2016.

Pabst traces its roots to 1844 in Milwaukee, but closed its brewery there nearly 20 years ago. The company's brands include its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon as well as Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh's and Old Milwaukee.

The new brewery would make many of Pabst's pre-Prohibition brands as well as new craft beers inspired by recipes from the company's archives. The brewery will include a tasting room, beer garden and a restaurant and bar.

"The launch of this brewery in Pabst's original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots," current owner and CEO Eugene Kashper said in a statement.

Kashper and his partners bought Pabst in November. The previous owners moved the company's offices from suburban Chicago to Los Angeles after buying Pabst in 2010.

The former Pabst complex in Milwaukee has been renovated to include the Brew House Inn & Suites, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Public Health, apartments and other developments. The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church that was later used as a Pabst employee training and conference centre, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


Pabst Brewing to return to Milwaukee with new brewery

MILWAUKEE — Pabst Brewing Co. said last week it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.

The Los Angeles-based beer company said it plans to sign a multiyear lease on a building within the former Pabst brewery complex near downtown Milwaukee and expects to open to the public in summer 2016.

Pabst traces its roots to 1844 in Milwaukee, but closed its brewery there nearly 20 years ago. The company’s brands include its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon as well as Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee.

The new brewery would make many of Pabst’s pre-Prohibition brands as well as new craft beers inspired by recipes from the company’s archives. The brewery will include a tasting room, beer garden and a restaurant and bar.

“The launch of this brewery in Pabst’s original home represents a long-awaited return to our roots,” current owner and CEO Eugene Kashper said in a statement.

Kashper and his partners bought Pabst in November. The previous owners moved the company’s offices from suburban Chicago to Los Angeles after buying Pabst in 2010.

The former Pabst complex in Milwaukee has been renovated to include the Brew House Inn & Suites, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Public Health, apartments and other developments. The new brewery and tasting room will open in a former church that was later used as a Pabst employee training and conference center, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.


What New Beers Will Pabst Brew?

Its new Milwaukee brewery will revive quite a number of beers.

Vintage beer is all the rage with millennials tired of macro-brew products from the big three in American brewing. Yet, with the rebirth of Schlitz and the popularity of Pabst Blue Ribbon, old-line beers have also become cool.

Like Miller and Schlitz, Pabst is a Milwaukee legend. Though the brewery has long been shutdown and the company was most recently purchased by Russian-based Oasis Beverages, which brews the beer in Los Angeles, the classic blue ribbon is still a Milwaukee favorite. As such, portions of the former brewery have been purchased for preservation, while the brew house and mill house has been made into the Pabst-inspired Brewhouse Inn and Suites. Due to the redevelopment of the former brewery, there were hopes that Pabst might one day return to its old location, but it’s unlikely to happen. But as the old saying goes “history repeats itself.” Pabst is once again setting up shop in Milwaukee.

In the very same former Methodist Church purchased by Pabst in 1898 to be used as a bar and training center, Pabst will reestablish itself in Milwaukee at the southeast corner of 11th and Juneau. More than just a brewery, the new incarnation of the historic brewing company will feature a tasting room, and restaurant and tavern headed by Milwaukee restaurant mogul, Mike Eitel. The brewery is poised to open its doors next summer and will be something of a test lab for the company, for the revival of numerous discontinued Pabst recipes. Some of these beers being considered date back before prohibition and can be found discussed in the Pabst Archives in UW-Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library and the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

Despite the popular belief that it simply makes the legendary blue ribbon lager, Pabst, like many breweries, had many recipes in its arsenal, but discontinued them for a variety of reasons. The beers the company is currently looking to resurrect include pre-prohibition brews like Old Tankard Ale, Kloster Beer and Bock as well as Andeker. Bock at least goes back to 1890s.

Andeker, perhaps the best-known of these today, was first brewed in 1939. After dying out in the 1960s it was brought back from 1972 to 1986. The company described it as having a “continental” taste, being brewed from extra-rich malt, specially selected grain, and select hops, then given extra aging or lagering.

With the popularity of beer styles outside of the traditional pilsner made famous by Pabst and its competitors, Miller-Coors and Budweiser, there is a good chance that many other recipes, hopefully non-pilsner, will make a triumphant return for the modern generation of beer lovers to enjoy., Eugene Kashper, Pabst’s chairman and CEO, told the press that Pabst might also use the brewery to create some new brands.

In the spirit of enjoying the new old beers in an old world atmosphere, Pabst’s Milwaukee operation location will include a beer garden and a tavern, likely with a German beer hall theme like the beer hall found at Best Place at the The Brewery complex.

Given the close proximity of the new Pabst brewery, the Pabst inspired Brewhouse Inn and Suites, and the historic Pabst Brewery tour through the Best Place, come 2016 the area is likely to become a hotbed for Pabst fans from around the state and perhaps the world. Those new beers will be welcome indeed to all the tourists.


Pabst Brewing Company Returning To Milwaukee To Open Microbrewery

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Pabst Brewing Company Returning To Milwaukee To Open Microbrewery

Pabst Brewing Co. beer will once brew its own beer in Milwaukee*, WI, though it won’t be churning out Pabst Blue Ribbon or Schlitz like in the good old days. Instead, the company says it will open a microbrewery at the site of the historic brewery, complete with a tasting room and restaurant.

The company will be setting up shop at a former brewing complex on the city’s west side, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Pabst is planning to have the microbrewery up and running by summer 2016, according to Eugene Kashper, chairman and chief executive officer. The company will use the brewery to dabble in Pabst recipes for old brands that aren’t on the market anymore like Old Tankard Ale and Kloster Beer, as well as others that were brewed before Prohibition. New brands could also possibly come out of the microbrewery at some point, the company says.

“It’s very exciting for us to have this innovation laboratory, and to be back in our hometown,” Kashper said. “There’s so much loyalty and passion for the brand.”

Milwaukeeans are sure to have some strong feelings about the return of Pabst to the town — to that end, in a speech announcing the new microbrewery, Mayor Tom Barrett likened it to the prodigal son returning to welcoming arms.

The company was founded in 1844 with the launch of a brewery called Best and Co. The founder’s granddaughter later married Frederick Pabst, who took over the business in 1888 and changed its name to Pabst Brewing.

Pabst was eventually sold to a California-based company called S&P Co. in a hostile takeover in 1985. S&P ended up closing the Milwaukee brewery in 1996, calling the plant unprofitable amid shrinking sales. As anyone familiar with hipsters knows, however, PBR has made a comeback in the intervening years and through various owners of the brand.

In 2010, investor Dean Metropoulos bought Pabst for about $250 million and relocated the company to Los Angeles. It was then purchased by Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings, LLC, a partnership between Kashper and TSG Consumer partners, a private equity firm. Some Pabst brands have continued to be brewed in the city, albeit at the MillerCoors facility.

*Yes, yes, we know — Milwaukee is Algonquin for “The Good Land,” thank you, Wayne’s World fans.

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Why Pabst Brewing Company Is Returning To Its Milwaukee Home And Setting Up A Beer Garden

Cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer sit on a shelf at a convenience store on September 22, 2014 in San Francisco. Pabst Brewing Company is heading home to Milwaukee after leaving its long-time home town 20 years ago. The company will open a brewery, tasting room and beer garden at the former 19th century church where it used to make beer. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is moving back to where it all began for the company 171 years ago. By next summer, Pabst Brewing Company will have a new brewery, tasting room and beer garden set up in downtown Milwaukee where Pabst once fermented its hops in a former church built before the Civil War.

But this is more than a homecoming for the country’s third-largest brewer. Amid an explosion of small craft breweries and beer pubs, industry watchers say Big Beer has received a resounding message: Luring younger consumers requires direct engagement.

“This is a response to consumers who are looking for experiential interactions with brands, and what better way to do that than to have a bar?” said Bart Watson, staff economist at the Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association. “MillerCoors is building a brewery taproom in Denver for its Blue Moon brand for a similar reason." Watson says Anheuser Busch’s acquisitions of smaller breweries, like Elysian, points to the company's desire for more venues that sell beer directly to beer lovers.

The new interest in direct engagement is a response to massive growth in the number of beer options coming from small players. According to the Brewers Association, there are nearly 3,500 breweries in the U.S., up from less than 1,500 just a decade ago. In 1996, the number of breweries topped 1,000 for the first time since 1918.

The explosion of microbreweries since the late 90s has pushed the number of U.S. breweries to its highest level in over a century. Photo: Brewers Association

For Pabst, setting up a brewing facility in Wisconsin seems like a natural choice. The company plans to offer a wide selection of brews in what sounds like an interactive beer museum.

"We have an incredible portfolio of iconic heritage brands, many of which are dormant," a company spokesperson told International Business Times. "In addition to brewing many of Pabst’s iconic pre-prohibition brands, such as Old Tankard Ale, Kloster Beer, Bock, Andecker, and others, we plan to brew new craft beers inspired by recipes from the Pabst archives. We are excited to offer these craft beers that are a huge part of our history."

THE FALL AND RISE OF PBR

Unable to dodge its reputation as a working-class beer brand for middle-aged men, Pabst sales steadily declined since the late 1970s as consumers embraced the tidal wave of imported brands from Mexico and Europe. But around 2000, young urban bar crawlers who embraced (with a shot of cheap irony) Pabst Blue Ribbon’s blue-collar cred, helped revive the brand. Pabst is privately held and doesn't release its sales figures.

By the time PBR received an endorsement in “The Hipster Handbook” by humorist Robert Lanham in 2003, the company’s annual sales were growing, according to the New York Times. Suddenly, every trendy dive bar from San Francisco's Mission District to Manhattan's Lower East Side was serving Pabst's flagship beer.

Pabst reacted to the shift coolly, which turned out to be a wise decision to attract a consumer base averse to overt marketing. Instead of engaging in a cheesy advertising blitz that could have easily wiped out the beer's emerging bohemian reputation, the company simply ensured that PBR was present in places where its new customers hung out, including indie rock festivals. Pabst also began connecting with customers through social media.

Like other big brewers, Pabst is now working to engage with customers more directly, to see what younger buyers want. For Pabst this could mean sticking to its historical roots. In an interview published Wednesday in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, company boss Eugene Kashper said the new brewery and beer garden complex will experiment with old Pabst recipes that date back to pre-Prohibition days, like Old Tankard Ale and Kloster Beer.


Welcome to Milwaukee’s Brewery Boom: 22 New Breweries to Try

The brewery boom has made it tough to keep up with new breweries in Milwaukee. Here’s a (growing) guide to some of the newer craft beer spots in the area.

Lakefront, Sprecher Brewery and Milwaukee Brewing got in on the local brewery game early. And more recently, spots like Big Head, Biloba, Brenner, District 14 and Enlightened got the craft beer ball rolling. But since late 2015, the addition of breweries has been unprecedented. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the crowded (and still growing) craft beer scene.

Map of New Milwaukee Breweries

Bavarian Bierhaus

Address: 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

Opened: April 2016

What’s on tap: Well-made German styles are in abundance, but don’t miss creations like Mike’s RyePL India Pale Lager.

Reason to go: German food, beer and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit.

Who needs to go to Munich when you can take the short trip to Glendale? The Bavarian Bierhaus doesn’t just brew beer, it also provides a massive beer hall, tap room and beer garden to drink it in. Make sure it’s on your list for Oktoberfest activities.

Black Husky Brewing

Address: 909 E. Locust St.

Opened: August 2016

What’s on tap: Sproose 2 IPA is the stuff of legend thanks largely to the (literally)piney flavor provided by the addition of real spruce tips.

Reason to go: Sip on good beers and take in what happens when northern Wisconsin meets Riverwest.

Black Husky brings the Northwoods to Milwaukee. Owners Tim and Toni Eichinger moved their operation from tiny Pembine, where they started brewing (and earning acclaim) in a log cabin in 2010. Ample woodwork, a long and inviting bar and even a chainsaw carving of a beloved husky complete the aesthetic.

Broken Bat Brewing Co.

Address: 231 E. Buffalo St.

Opened: April 2017

Tap highlights: Baseball-themed brews like the tasty Straight Chedd Apricot IPA and Climb the Wall Farmhouse Ale.

Reason to go: You like baseball as much as owners Tim Pauly and Dan McElwee.

The unique downstairs space in the heart of the Third Ward has Cream City brick walls and is adorned with baseball-themed beer labels made by Mindspike Design. Broken Bat has ventured into barrel aging and a slew of different styles, but pale ales are often the most plentiful tap selections.

City Lights Brewing

Address: 2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.

Opened: February 2017

What’s on tap: An amber ale that’s a great take on the style, a delicious coconut porter and more.

Reason to go: The old Milwaukee Gas Light Co. building is an architectural gem.

Rinka Chung Architecture helped co-owner/brewer Jimmy Gohsman create an amazing taproom that mixes wooden tables, exposed beams and glazed brick. It’s all under the watchful eye of the shiny stainless steel of the brew room, which is in full view behind the small bar. The brewery opened with four styles but Gohsman has been rolling out new recipes frequently since then.

Eagle Park Brewing

The Eagle Park taproom has a warm, comfortable feel at night, but a large skylight in the center of the taproom allows in plenty of natural light during the day. Photo by Chris Drosner

Address: 823 E. Hamilton St.

Opened: January 2017

What’s on tap: A wide range of rotating styles, but don’t miss any hazy IPAs on tap. Demon Haze is fantastic.

Reason to go: I mentioned the hazy IPAs, right? Eagle Park has established itself as one of the best makers of the style in Wisconsin.

Brewer Jack Borgardt and three of his brothers a large part of the band Eagle Trace and Borgardt’s bright future could be in both brewing and music. The beers here, often with musically inspired names, represent a wide range of styles and are well crafted. Eagle Park’s move to its current location in April 2018 meant more space for customers and a wide ranging food menu. Both are good developments.

Explorium Brewpub

Address: 5300 S. 76th St.

Opened: January 2017

What’s on tap: Lots of things. Owner Mike Doble has 24 of his beers on tap.

Reason to go: A menu filled with standout bar food and two dozen beer options to wash it down.

It’s hard to find a weak pour among the 24 taps that Doble has flowing. Bigger brews like stouts, barleywines and Scotch ales shine, but don’t miss out on the tasty crispness of the Patagonian Hitchhiker Lager. Doble has already brewed a collaboration with Tampa standout Cigar City Brewing. That type of respect is earned.

The Fermentorium

Address: 7481 Hwy. 60, Cedarburg

Opened: March 2016

What’s on tap: A dozen or so Fermentorium brews covering a wide enough range of styles to satisfy most beer drinkers.

Reason to go: The IPAs here are just juicy enough, and The Fermentorium has earned a reputation thanks to the style.

Owner Kris Volkman clearly has juicy IPAs down and The Fermentorium excels at crafting them. But keep an eye out for his one-off brews. The limited Brewer’s Reserve Series at the brewery lets Volkman play the role of mad scientist with often glorious results.

Good City Brewing

Address: 2108 N. Farwell Ave.

Opened: June 2016

What’s on tap: Reward Imperial IPA, a dank hop bomb that’s one of the best takes on the style you’ll find and Motto, a nice sessionable Mosaic pale ale.

Reason to go: The whole package—great beer, great food and a great space.

The trio of owners at Good City know what they’re doing. The ambitious food menu is a hit (the curry fries have garnered a loyal following) and Reward is an ideal way to wash it down. A busy barrel-aging program has created some exceptional limited brews. And, oh yeah, the rooftop deck is one of the better beer drinking spots in town.

Good City Brewing – Downtown

Address: 333 W. Juneau Ave.

Opened: January 2019

What’s on tap: Good City favorites, funky wild ales and one-off brews from a pilot brewing system.

Reason to go: You like sour beers and want to hang out in a gleaming downtown gem just dribbling distance from Fiserv Forum. Expect Good City Commons, a large second-floor patio space to become a popular destination.

MobCraft Beer

Address: 505 S. 5th St.

Opened: July 2016

What’s on tap: A dozen or so of MobCraft’s crowdsourced recipes, including the standout Bat$h!t Crazy Brown Ale.

Reason to go: The space is sleek and inviting regardless of whether you sit inside or out.

MobCraft made the move from Madison in the summer of 2016 and added the northern bookend on a 5th Street brewery scene that includes Urban Harvest and the Sprecher Walker’s Point Taproom. The modern space is a good spot to try a slew of (often unusual) brews thought up by civilian beer drinkers around the state.

Pabst Milwaukee Brewing

Address: 1037 W. Juneau Ave.

Opened: April 2017

What’s on tap: A mix of new and old recipes highlighted by Andeker German Helles.

Reason to go: Take a trip back in history to a Pabst Brewing complex that almost went the way of the dinosaur.

They don’t brew Pabst Blue Ribbon here, but they are recreating old recipes like Andeker and Old Tankard Ale. Those brews seem to be right at home in a stunningly renovated church that dates back to the late 1800s. The brewpub is a big part of the resurgence of an area that was nearly left for dead after Pabst pulled up stakes in 1996.

Raised Grain Brewing

Address: 1725 Dolphin Dr., Waukesha

Opened: September 2015

What’s on tap: 2016 Great American Beer Fest gold medal winner Paradocs Red Imperial IPA.

Reason to go: Paradocs is one good reason, but so is a massive taproom that opened in January 2019.

Raised Grain’s original location in a Waukesha strip mall opened just before Milwaukee’s 2016 brewery boom, but despite missing out on the hype associated with the brewery explosion Raised Grain has done just fine — a gold medal at GABF, the ability to draw long lines of beer fans for limited releases, and expansion into a 20,000-square-foot facility.

Third Space Brewing

Address: 1505 W. St. Paul Ave.

Opened: September 2016

What’s on tap: A slew of juicy IPAs (including the outstanding regular, Happy Place IPA), the occasional experiment gone right like Milwaukee Mule (a refreshing summer sour wheat ale made with ginger and lime), and, if your timing is right, a well-crafted barrel-aged brew.

Reason to go: The cool warehouse space has plenty of room for large groups and a beer garden that doesn’t disappoint.

Kevin Wright has an impressive brewing resume that includes a stint at the Master Brewing Program at UC-Davis and a long stay at Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, California. A fair amount of hops goes into the brew kettles here, and that’s a good thing. Ample indoor and outdoor space makes it possible for Third Space to host big events, like the outstanding Wisconsin IPA Fest in August.

Urban Harvest Brewing

Address: 1024 S. 5th St.

Opened: April 2016

What’s on tap: More than a dozen different brews, which is a lot considering Urban Harvest has a relatively small two-barrel system.

Reason to go: It’s cozy, and because it’s just a short walk to the Sprecher Walker’s Point Taproom (706 S. 5th St.) and MobCraft (505 S. 5th St.) you can make a crawl out of it.

Urban Harvest feels like a friendly neighborhood bar. The inviting old storefront oozes character and includes plenty of Cream City brick and huge windows that look out onto a quiet Fifth Street. Brewer Steve Pribek is comfortable creating plenty of styles of beer, which is a good thing.

Westallion Brewing Company

Address: 1825 S. 72nd St.

Opened: April 2017

What’s on tap: A variety of brews named after notable West Allis names and events like the Western Days Vienna Lager. Also, the only Candy Corn Cream Ale in town.

Reason to go: Owner Erik Dorfner is as enthusiastic about his job as anyone you’ll ever meet.

The first brewery ever to open in West Allis is tucked on the edge of a quaint ‘Stallis neighborhood. Dorfner, a native, brings a friendly corner pub vibe to his young brewery. With 6,000 square feet to work with expect Dorfner to expand his production and tap selection.

1840 Brewing Company

Address: 342 E. Ward St.

Opened: August 2017

What’s on tap: Oak-aged beers and a wide range of styles.

Reason to go: Brewer Kyle Vetter is an artist with barrel aging and fermentation. And the oak adds complexity to delicious wild ales, saisons and IPAs. The cozy taproom bustles on weekends — the doors are only open to the general public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — and each week can be a completely different choice of drinking options.

Component Brewing

Address: 2018 S. 1st St.

Opened: June 2018

What’s on tap: An impressive selection of varied styles that includes standouts like Down the Road A’piece NEIPA, Rose’s Sour Ale and Chase Ave. Chaser Pilsner.

Reason to go: The IPAs I’ve tried there are outstanding, but don’t stick to one style. Peruse the menu undisturbed as you sit in the discreet taproom hidden away on the second floor of a warehouse.

Gathering Place Brewing

Address: 811 E. Vienna Ave.

Opened: August 2017

What’s on tap: A dozen brews that skew more toward traditional (but don’t lack creativity) including standouts like Treffpunkt Kölsch-style ale.

Reason to go: Gathering Place shares its building with Flux Design and a wood mosaic wall and metal archway entry reflect that. The space is modern and welcoming and owner Joe Yeado hosts enough limited releases and events to keep people coming back.

Melms Brewing Company

Address: 418 Merton Ave., Hartland

Opened: March 2018

What’s on tap: Seven straightforward traditional styles

Reason to go: Melms’ cozy taproom is a living legacy of Milwaukee’s brewing past. The original opened in the late 1850s in Walker’s Point by C.T. Melms. Bob Stack, a descendant of C.T., brought the brewery back to life after nearly 150 years.

Milwaukee Brewing Company

The new brewhouse at Milwaukee Brewing features four vessels capable of producing 60 barrels of wort (unfermented beer) in about two hours. Photo by Ashley Doelger

Address: 1128 N. 9th St.

Opened: September 2018

What’s on tap: More than a dozen MKE Brewing beers, including a rarity or two.

Reason to go: MKE Brewing got its start as the Milwaukee Ale House in 1997. The opening of its expansive Ninth Street location in late 2018 was a big move for one of Milwaukee’s earliest craft breweries. The modern, airy and bright space includes the Glass + Griddle restaurant and is a short walk to the Fiserv Forum. All of that makes it worth a trip.

Stock House Brewing Co.

Address: 7208 W. North Ave.

Opened: November 2018

What’s on tap: Brewer Mark Mahoney’s takes on small batches of traditional styles like saisons, stouts, pilsners and an IPA or two.

Reason to go: There are local breweries in town that have much bigger spaces, but the cozy storefront space lends to Stock House’s neighborhood feel. The brewery embraces Wauwatosa and that love is returned by the neighborhood.

Vennture Brew Company

Address: 5519 W. North Ave.

Opened: July 2018

What’s on tap: Saisons like The Heights, well-made stouts and porters, an IPA or two and plenty of gourmet coffee.

Reason to go: The combination of brewing beer and coffee provides plenty of options for patrons all day long. It also creates a uniquely homey and inviting environment. Coffee and beer drinkers often sit by side in the bright space.