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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

901 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
+1 414-630-1609
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Ranked #13 of 65 Activities in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Tours, Food & Drink
Owner description: Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates the history of Pabst with...
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Tours, Food & Drink
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates the history of Pabst with historic Blue Ribbon Hall (which can be rented for banquets), a vintage gift shop (featuring vintage items that were partly recovered from the original brewery), the Sternewirt guest center and two beautiful courtyards. In the tavern and adjacent beer garden, local and Wisconsin-brewed beers are served in an authentic, German atmosphere.Guests can participate in historic tours through the refurbished parts of the building. Tours are Mon., Wed. & Thu. At 1 & 3pm, and Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11, 12 & 1Pm. Cost is $8 and Military Personnel receive a $2 discount. The tour fee includes a pint of Pabst, Schlitz or soda.With the closing of the Pabst Brewery in 1996 came the opening of an opportunity. After many years of blood, sweat, and beers, the "best use" of these buildings has fermented into Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery -- taking its name from the founders, Jacob and Phillip Best, and its spirit from the Captain, Frederick Pabst. In December 2009, the vintage gift shop re-opened its doors and since May 2010, beer is served again at the bars in historic Blue Ribbon Hall and the Sternewirt Guest Center.

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Koloa, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I had a little spare time in the afternoon, and went to Milwaukee from a surrounding city on a whim to take the tour. It turned out I was the only one on the tour, and my guide, Mark, did a great job with a one person tour. It does start out with a nice history powerpoint, explaining the history... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Unlike your typical beer tour, this one is a power point presentation with a free beer and pretzels. Still very entertaining but no production going on at the site any longer. Lasts about an hour.

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A must do when in Milwaukee....$8 gets you a great cold beer to start your journey into history. Stellar presentation complimented with architecture and history that needs to be seen to believed.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Definitely worth visiting. The gift shop is amazing! The tour starts with a free beer, instead of ending with one, brilliant. Our tour guide was great. We really enjoyed it. This building is amazingly beautiful. Not a tour for little kids. They would be bored.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The building was amazing in that it wasn't built by Disney—it's just the incredible way they used to build good buildings. The guide was amazing and a HUGE fount of knowledge—and he wore his passion on his sleeve, chest, head, and off hand. The tour is a cheap afternoon, and the knowledge about brewing and the history of the growth... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We were very entertained by the history of the brewery and the beer on tap was very good as well. Our host was very knowledgable and kept us entertained for the entire tour. We enjoyed talking to other tourists and the gift shop was great as well. good job in preserving your heritage!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is not the typical brewery product tour you get from the big boys, but a great informative narrative on how this great beer/brewery was founded. Loads of history and beer nostalgia. The tour presenter was outstanding. The videos/slides/movies were great. You also get free beer. their gift store is fabulous! Make sure you are told about how a ship... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The beer history tour is, as others have said, more of a talk (and slide show) than a tour. Hopefully once more renovations are done, it'll include more of a tour of the building(s). Either way, the talk was really interesting if you like history! I enjoyed it and they do show you a bit of the building and you... More 

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wellington, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

As the Pabst Brewery closed about 20 years ago this tour is more of a history lesson on Milwaukee brewers and the product that made Milwaukee famous. I forgot to mention you do get a free pint of beer. The tour guide was excellent. Never realised that the Pabst Brewery had been so big, and fortunately some of the old... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I loved this tour/history lesson. Our guide, I think his name was Mark, was very informative and fun. I learned a lot about Pabst and beer in general. I would recommend it to other Milwaukee Tourists!

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