Things have really changed on the hill atop which Pabst Brewing Co. perched itself well over a century ago. Here's a look at some of what the Brewery District currently has to offer visitors.
When Preservation Park was unveiled on the southeast corner of 10th and Juneau recently it marked the arrival of the second park near that intersection in the heart of the booming for Pabst Brewery neighborhood dubbed simply, "The Brewery."
There are hotels that occupy purpose-built structures, like The Pfister. And there are hotels that are created in the shells of buildings erected for other purposes, like the Hampton Inn on West Wisconsin Avenue, which occupies a converted office building. Over the years, I've stayed in both. A few of the latter kind of hotel have remained planted firmly in my memory. Here are some of them.
Perhaps the coolest part of staying at a hotel built inside a former brewery is that it really feels like you're staying at a hotel built inside a former brewery. From the moment we walked into the Brewhouse Inn Suites - in the former Pabst brewhouse - we were swept up in brewing history.
In the restaurant, there are high ceilings, nice touches like shiny tin decorative panels along the bar. There's a great patio and, make a mental note, Blue Ribbon Pub runs a free shuttle to Brewers games. The menu is basic pub fare with sandwiches, salads, apps, all reasonably priced, especially when you consider you're eating in a Downtown hotel.