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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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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
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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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We enjoyed this tour and were extremely delighted with the gentleman that informed and guided us. He provided history and insight in a very informative and fun manner. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mary1615
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Jordan, Minnesota

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Jordan, Minnesota
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47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this tour and were extremely delighted with the gentleman that informed and guided us. He provided history and insight in a very informative and fun manner. We enjoyed having a cold beer and pretzels while seated in a historic room that told a story with drawings on the wall. We also walked to various parts of the brewery... More 

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milwaukee
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

As mentioned by others this is more of an overview of the Pabst Brewery history. No beer is brewed at the location anymore, but you get to learn some cool history about Milwaukee and beer. Plus you get to enjoy beer(s) in an a great old hall and visit a few restored rooms and sit in Fredrick Pabst's chair if... More 

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White Plains, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Never knew PBR originated in Milwaukee. Lots of history in this neighborhood with such great beer history. Tour guide was very passionate and funny. Owner of the Best Place even came around to talk to people. Donations greatly appreciated, all you have to do is buy beer :). It cost $8 for the tour and you get a free pint.... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Since my Great Great Grandpa drove one of the first horse and buggy of Pabst out of the brewery we had to visit. The brewery is basically gone now, as they were bought out, but it was an interesting talk and show on the brewery as we sipped a Pabst. And a lot in the gift shop.

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Rochester, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Visited this location while on a WI beer tasting trip. Found the small Pabst gift store to be neat and thoroughly enjoyed the tour given by our tour guide Mark, who gave us an excellent history of the Best and Pabst beer brands. We got a cool tour of the remains of one of the former office buildings, including the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The brewery tour wasn't so much as a tour as a history lesson. 45 minutes of the history of the Pabst brewery, then 15 minutes to see two other rooms. You get a "free" beer with your admission. It was pretty disappointing since most of it we could have found online, I'm sure.

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Chaska, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Interesting history about the Pabst brewery. Prohibition, the Great Chicago fire, and all the other things that made Pabst what it was. The employees getting breaks every three hours and they could drink on the job, Have a beer and some pretzels, and listen to the guide as he makes a slide presentation. And then check out the building with... More 

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DELAVAN
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the history tour of Pabst. Our tour guide was a witty and fun loving guy that made the one hour tour time and money well spent. Be sure to arrive early and visit the gift shop as it will be sure to take any beer affectionado down memory lane.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Very entertaining guide in a beautiful, historic atmosphere! I know the history of Pabst! A great way to spend a couple of hours along with a great tasting beer! This would be a great place to take out of town visitors or be a tourist in your own town. The tour would also make a great gift. Best Place also... More 

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Harvard, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful buildings. Great history. Fun guide. Beer. A great way to spend a day. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

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