Urban Spelunking: Revamped West Bend Theatre

Published July 7, 2020

The West Bend Theatre opened in the wake of a stock market crash in 1929 and survived. The now-renovated and restored venue celebrated its grand reopening a few weeks ago and was shuttered by the coronavirus social distancing that very same night.


Rebranded Pabst Brewery and Taproom hosts grand opening

Published March 9, 2020

Back in January, we told you about the relaunch of the Pabst Brewery and Taproom, 1037 W. Juneau Ave., as the rebranded Captain Pabst Pilot House. To commemorate the Captain's 184th birthday, the official renaming will take place on Saturday, March 28 with a day-long Grand Opening event.


Urban spelunking: Former Pabst grain elevators at the Brewery District

Published Nov. 26, 2019

When I first scaled Building #16A at the former Pabst Brewery site in 2010, sprawled out before me was a site full of possibilities. Nearly a decade later, that 14-story building - the Pabst grain elevators built in 1953 - is the last remaining property at the site left to be developed.


Pabst's foray into spirits is here: PBR white whiskey

Published Aug. 27, 2019

A few months after Pabst's hard coffee and hard seltzer hit the shelves, the company's first whiskey since the 1840s is available, as promised earlier in the year. Like you, I want it to be great, but I'm a little skeptical.


Chicago's nascent Brewseum launches debut show, with nods to Brew City

Published May 6, 2019

Like a craft brewery hoping to create a buzz and ramp up production, Chicago's Brewseum is starting out small, doing a collaboration brew while it works to find a permanent home. The first exhibition, "Brewing Up Chicago: How Beer Transformed a City," includes some great Milwaukee materials, and is on view now at the Field Museum in the Windy City.


Beer barons rest in peace in historic Milwaukee cemeteries

Published March 14, 2019

More than a century and a half after the opening of the first brewery in Milwaukee, the city's identity is still drenched in beer. At Forest Home Cemetery, many of the men who made the beer that made Milwaukee famous lie in repose.


What macro-lager tastes best, according to Paste Magazine?

Published March 13, 2018

Paste Magazine did the lord's work, gathering up 30 of the nation's most popular macro lagers to determine, in a blind taste test, which of those options is best for quenching one's undemanding thirst. The verdict?