Digging Up Our History
Construction of Frederick Lofts has unearthed tunnels used by Pabst Brewery to keep its beer cold.
When finished the four-story building will have 100 market-rate apartments over a level of parking.
Early construction work has revealed a little bit of Milwaukee’s history. From 1875 to 1892 this property was the site of Frederick Pabst‘s home, then at 828 Chestnut St. Brewing on Chestnut St. hill started in 1844 and tunnels would have been used to keep beer cold until at least 1870s when mechanical refrigeration started replacing the use of tunnels. Our photos show two tunnels, possibly beer storage tunnels, that have been unearthed and are being drained.