1840 – Owens’ Brewery (accepted as Milwaukee’s first commercial brewery) opens
1855 – Miller Brewing is founded by Frederick Miller
1871 – The Great Chicago Fire destroys many of the city’s breweries – Schlitz sends beer to Milwaukee’s southern neighbors, earning the nickname “the beer that made Milwaukee famous”
1893 – After showing at the Chicago World’s Fair, the highly-lauded beer known as Pabst Select is renamed Pabst Blue Ribbon.
1978 – The Pabst Mansion opens to the public as a house museum
1985 – Sprecher Brewery is founded, Milwaukee’s first craft brewery since Prohibition
1987 – Lakefront Brewery is founded
1997 – Milwaukee Ale House starts brewing
2006 – The Pabst Brewery complex is purchased and development begins to sustainably renovate the historic structures and revitalize the brewery complex
2007 – Due to demand, Milwaukee Ale House opens a dedicated brewery location: Milwaukee Brewing Company is born
2013 – The Brewhouse Inn & Suites opens in one of the historic Pabst Brewery buildings
2016 – More than 10 new craft breweries open – the craft beer boom is in full swing!
2017 – Pabst returns to Milwaukee with a craft brewery located near the historic brewery site