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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

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Address: 901 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone Number: +1 414-630-1609
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Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Description: Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates...
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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Relaxed Pabst Tour

Fun, relaxed tour at this historic brewery. Waited a few for tour to begin. While waiting, perused gift shop and had a beer in the historic mansion courtyard. Tour guide was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Fun, relaxed tour at this historic brewery. Waited a few for tour to begin. While waiting, perused gift shop and had a beer in the historic mansion courtyard. Tour guide was informative and laid back. Was able to ask many questions. Toured upstairs ballroom and former offices. Very nice tour...highly recommend.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was a great brewery tour! If you have been on other beer tours, you should know this one is different....it still has beer, but has a lot of great history vs lots about the brewing process. A nice variety from the usual tours. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable about the area and beer! I highly recommend... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Okay - I admit, I've never done the tour. I'm much more interested in the "brew" than the history, and this tour isn't of a working brewery. That being said, I've been here a number of times just to relax with a beer or two in the courtyard and gawk at the crazy PBR-branded stuff in the gift shop. The... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This was an awesome tour, tho not a brewery tour - more a history tour. You do sit in the 1940's hall for most of it, then go up stairs to the newer hall and end up in the little German-style bar. We were fortunate to bend the ear of one of the owners for quite some time and found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Since they don't brew there anymore, it is an hour of power-point ads from the 60s and explanation of Pabst. Not overly done, but everyone gets a pint of beer--or root beer--if desired. Purchase additional at 3 bucks a pint. Nice upbeat presentation and commentary. They also have weddings and banquets upstairs. Use the elevator, it's much nicer than dusty... More 

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We purchased a voucher to tour this Brewery. The tour was very educational. We started out in their Pabst Hall where we was served a pint of beer each and listened to the history of Pabst. Then we was taken up to what they call their reception hall and Mr. Pabst's official office. We ended in a small room next... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The market was very nice to go through. It was also apparently, incredibly popular as is was just packed in all the buildings. The owners did an incredible job bringing this building back to its former self.

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San Jose, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

As part of a day trip while in Chicago we took the Amtrak to Milwaukee and toured the old Pabst Brewery. The tour is more of a history lesson than brewery tour (no longer operational) but fun nonetheless. The owners of the property really care about it's preservation and it was a fun couple of hours.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Unlike nearly all other brewery tours in Milwaukee, the Pabst tour is based in the now defunct Pabst Brewery and so there is no possibility of seeing beer being made. The "tour" consists of about a 45 minute Powerpoint (which is good, but can be long at times) and a 15 minute jaunt upstairs to see the party room now... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

This is not the standard brewery tour. We arrived early for the tour so we browsed the gift shop first. There is a wide variety of beer related gifts including mugs, glasses and wall art. It is not just Pabst, but many different beer brands. The tour is $8 and includes a pint of beer to enjoy in the reception... More 

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Address: Address: 901 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone Number: +1 414-630-1609
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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