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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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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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Amazing tour maybe one of the best

So this isn't your conventional tour. You sit in a 1800s beer hall and drink your 1 free beer while an amazing tour guide entertains you with history and commercials from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

So this isn't your conventional tour. You sit in a 1800s beer hall and drink your 1 free beer while an amazing tour guide entertains you with history and commercials from yesteryear. I don't think the tour would have been good if it wasn't for the energy of the guide who also happened to be the owner. His charisma and... More 

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Chardon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Loved hearing and seeing the history of the Pabst Brewery. The ornate woodwork and stained glass windows are gorgeous. Enjoyed browsing in the shop and picked up a few souvenirs to take home.

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St. Paul, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a quick, 1 hour history "tour" with great storytelling about the beer industry and Pabst in particular. It is NOT a brewery tour. You spend about 40 minutes in a very nice tap room, complete with a beer (or soda) and get a fun, interesting overview and "slide" presentation, followed by a quick tour of the old offices... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

After touring Pabst Mansion this was a perfect follow up. Our host was entertaining while giving us the history of Pabst. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As a young kid I remember my grandpa opening up a Pabst Blue Ribbon every day at noon. So to be able to take a tour of his favorite drink was amazing. The owner was our tour guide and he was funny, entertaining and informative. I loved every minute of this tour. when I got back home to Chicago, I... More 

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We had a very nice time at the Pabst Brewery Tour. Heard about the history of Pabst and the surrounding area. Our guide was awesome and provided an excellent tour. Neat stop in Milwaukee.

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FL, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Had a wonderful and entertaining time. A video presentation followed by a short tour. (Some stairs involved) but elevators available. Very educational.

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Dunlap, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We attended the Best Place to do some dancing. It was small and cramped. The drinks were expensive. There was no where to sit when you weren't dancing. It is a neat old building in a rough neighborhood.

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This tour is purely historical (since they do not brew beer here any longer). It was a nice change of pace from walking tours showing you how beer is made, because let's face it, who is going to learn anything from that (while drinking beer) to later try and replicate at home? I don't need to learn how beer is... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you wait for the tour you can view the gift shop or enjoy the courtyard with a view. When the tour starts you go into the old banquet room and pretty much watch a PowerPoint slideshow about the history of PBR. Towards the end you walk into what now there making a reception hall and a speak easy bar... More 

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