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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.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.


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