Milwaukee brewing breaks ground on new facility

NOW: Milwaukee brewing breaks ground on new facility

Exciting news is brewing in Milwaukee's beer industry. With a ceremonial whack the Milwaukee Brewing Company broke ground on a new site Tuesday.

That brewery is set to be built at 9th and Juneau at the old Pabst distribution site and while ownership is excited about how much beer they'll get to produce, they think the public should be excited about what they're calling the biggest rooftop patio in the Midwest.

The new brewery will allow the company to produce 50,000 barrels a year, more than four times as much as before. But owners are even more excited about the 2.3 acre rooftop bar, "There's nothing like it in the city right now. The fun part for everyone in Milwaukee is this great tasting room,” said founder Jim McCabe.

It sits on the site of the old Pabst distribution center which had its last call in the mid 90’s.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called it a win for Milwaukee.

Owners plan on paying tribute to the Pabst facility in some fashion, "There's going to be plenty of nostalgia from the past days. We have some artifacts deep on the tour that I think people will enjoy"

The production side of things is set to open in spring 2018 with the public getting its first look at that tap room and massive rooftop bar next summer.

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