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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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See the Hamm's Bear, and a PBR.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Friends held a wedding reception here. Very historic location! Loved the Christmas tree with a PBR a can tree topper, how appropriate!!!!

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Koloa, Hawaii
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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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Senior Contributor
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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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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