Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Statue of Gambrinus, King of Beer

The old Pabst Brewing Co. Gambrinus statue toasts Milwaukee in the back courtyard of the Best Place Tavern -- the spot where the brewery once stood.
901 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, WI
In the back courtyard of Best Place Tavern, at the corner of N. 9th St. and W. Juneau Ave. From the south: I-25 exit 73A. Merge right onto Hwy 145 S., then turn right onto N. 6th St. Make first right onto W. Winnebago St. Drive two blocks. Turn left onto N. 8th St. Drive one block. Turn right onto W. Juneau Ave. Drive one block. Best Place Tavern will be on the left. From the north: I-43 exit 72E. Turn left onto W. Highland Ave., cross over the freeway, then turn left again onto N. 10th St. Drive one block. Turn right onto W. Juneau Ave. Drive one block. Best Place Tavern will be on the right.
Th-Su noon - midnight. Beer tours F-Su 1 and 3 pm. (Call to verify)
Statue is free. Tours are $7.00.
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Statue of Gambrinus, King of Beer

It was a dark day in Milwaukee in 1996 when Pabst Brewing Co. moved its statue of Gambrinus, "King of Beer," to the rival state of Illinois (along with its corporate headquarters). The brewery was closed and lay dormant for over a decade. But recent efforts have revived the 20-acre site as an urban development, and wounded Brew City pride has been soothed, somewhat, with the return of Gambrinus to his former fiefdom.

Gambrius now stands in the back courtyard of the Best Place Tavern, roughly in the same spot he stood when it was the historic Pabst Brewery, after being hidden in a suburban office park lunchroom for 15 years. Shutterbugs and beer pilgrims can once again pay tribute to the King.

[ Team, 05/27/2011]

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