Travel

A stylish new hotel in the historic former Pabst Brewery welcomes visitors to Milwaukee

King Gambrinus, patron saint of beer brewing, graces the new Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee. (Photo courtesy of Brewhouse Inn & Suites).

King Gambrinus, patron saint of beer brewing, graces the new Brewhouse Inn & Suites in Milwaukee. (Photo courtesy of Brewhouse Inn & Suites).

I know where I want to stay the next time I visit Milwaukee.

The new Brewhouse Inn & Suites is a boutique hotel in the historic former Pabst Brewery Brewhouse, a downtown fixture for more than 150 years. It was vacated in the mid-1990s and recently brought back to life by Joseph J. Zilber, a Milwaukee-based philanthropist, as the centerpiece of the city’s new, sustainable 20-acre neighborhood complex called The Brewery.

With stylish post-Victorian steampunk décor and giant copper brew kettles standing as sculptures, the 90-room, all-suite hotel features Cream City brick walls, unique floor patterns in every room and green credentials.  Plenty of exposed brick, steel and wood are preserved from the original structure. Show-stoppers include gorgeous masonry archways on the ground floor and a five-story rectangular atrium that showcases an enormous stained glass window etched with a picture of King Gambrinus, the patron saint of beer brewing.

Summer rates start at $189 for 300 square-foot studio suites and range up to $399 for the Baron two-bedroom/two-bathroom suite with 14 arched windows; it’s situated under the iconic Pabst sign.

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub at the Brewhouse will open on May 25th — just the place to raise a toast to Milwaukee’s stylish new digs.

Check www.brewhousesuites.com for more information.

 

Gleaming copper kettles are part of the décor at Milwaukee's new Brewhouse Inn & Suites in the historic Pabst Brewery. (Photo courtesy of Brewhouse Inn & Suites)

Gleaming copper kettles are part of the décor at Milwaukee’s new Brewhouse Inn & Suites in the historic Pabst Brewery. (Photo courtesy of Brewhouse Inn & Suites)

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 47 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to Tasmania, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel news and adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas Morning News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Hour Detroit, Michigan Meetings + Events and X-ology magazines, travelingmom.com and in several books, including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide."