Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Hoffmann, Charles Architect
Otto Strack Architect
1844/00/00 German immigrant Jacob Best and his sons establish the Empire Brewery in Milwaukee, WI and produce 300 barrels of Best Select lager in their first year. Pabst Blue Ribbon
1860/00/00 Frederick Pabst Owner Phillip Best, son of Jacob Best, takes control of the brewery and renames the it Phillip Best Company. His new son-in-law, steamship captain Frederick Pabst, sells his shipping interest and buys a partnership stake in the brewery.
1872/00/00 Frederick Pabst President Phillip Best Company produces 100,000 barrels, becoming the second largest brewery in the US. Captain Frederick Pabst becomes Pesident of the company.
1882/00/00 Pabst's begins hand-tying a blue silk ribbon around the neck of each Best Select beer. Pabst Blue Ribbon
1892/00/00 Pabst Brewing Brewer Pabst Brewing Company buys nearly 1 million feet of silk ribbon per year, which workers tie by hand around each bottle of Best Select. Pabst Blue Ribbon
1898/00/00 Pabst Brewing Brewer Pabst brewery produces one million barrels and renames Best Select to Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pabst Blue Ribbon
1907/00/00 Pabst's Brewing output reaches two million barrels per year. The company invites visitors to receive tours of the brewery.
1916/00/00 Pabst Brewing Brewer World War I leads to a worldwide silk shortage that puts an end to the practice of hand-tying blue silk ribbon around each bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Particulars for Pabst Brewing Company Complex:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Industry
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Architectural Style Modern Movement
Level of Significance National
Owner Private

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 14th November 2003

Registry Name: Pabst Brewing Company Complex
Registry Address: Roughly bounded by Highland Ave., 11th, Winnebago and 9th Sts.
Registry Number: 03001165
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Hoffmann, Charles; Strack, Otto
Architectural Style: Late victorian, Modern movement
Area in Acres: 18
Contributing Buildings: 24
Non-Contributing Buildings: 3
Contributing Structures: 3
Non-Contributing Structures: 1
Contributing Objects: 1
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Industry, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Historic Function: Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Manufacturing facility
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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