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Photo Essay: MKE Brewing Company breaks bricks in Pabst Complex

The next chapter for the Milwaukee Brewing Company began on July 25 with a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the former Pabst Distribution Center.

The property has remained vacant for the past decade, and the 50,000 square-foot building will be transformed into a modern space that will include a brewery, tasting room, retail store, rooftop patio-bar and, offer an amazing view overlooking the arena district and Milwaukee skyline.

Participating in the event were Jim McCabe and Jim Hughes, Co-owners of Milwaukee Brewing Company, Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett, and Wisconsin State Representative Dale Kooyenga. Because the building was being renovated and not constructed, the ceremony included sledgehammers that were used to smash off chunks of the previously remodeled exterior facade. These images present some highlights from the event.

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Lee Matz

A Milwaukee native, Lee worked internationally for years as an award-winning foreign correspondent and photojournalist based in Asia. He was also the first war correspondent from Wisconsin to report from Ukraine in 2022. Lee proudly uses MCTS as the exclusive mode of transportation for covering all his local news reports.