If you give a human 24 hours and tell him to multiply by seven for the constitution of a week, he is going to want a beer. Today's Groupon honors the fizzy elixir of relaxation and complimentary peanuts with two adult tickets to tour The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion for $8. Along with receiving 10% off at the mansion's gift shop, beer enthusiasts and blue ribbon admirers are treated to a one-hour guided tour of one of the state's most famous residences, where the ghosts of 19th-century hopulence still quench their thirst with cold PBRs and fear.
When Captain Frederick Pabst watched the world's last beerflower garden blister in a cruel summer drought, he seized the task of discovering a new way to recreate the crisp flavors of beer sap. The brewmaster's successes helped fund his dream of a Flemish Renaissance Revival–style abode to grace the former Grand Avenue of famous Milwaukee mansions. The mansion's pavilion was originally featured at the Chicago World's Fair, where the family's beer was awarded a gold medal for excellence and subtle intoxication. A guided tour will show you the pavilion and lead you through lavishly ornamented rooms with antler chandeliers, Victorian rugs, and intricate moldings.
Witnessing the past is as illuminating a way of re-evaluating the present as drinking beer is. A look into the fabulous life of a barley pop tycoon can inspire all new bathtub beer recipes waiting to be made at home and scooped into a shiny new Pabst stein.
- The house is amazing. Having a look into the history of a beer baron and his lifestyle was very interesting. – DougDurango, TripAdvisor
- I was blown away by the unbelievably beautiful architecture, furniture, woodwork, painting, and history. – SmartKd, TripAdvisor
- You could tell our tour guide loved what she did. She was so knowledgeable and spoke to us as if she had lived there during the time the Pabst Family lived in the mansion. – TravelerLV46, TripAdvisor
- This is an abosultely [sic] beautiful home...They also have a wonderful gift shop! – Tonia B., Insider Pages
Completed in 1892 as the private home of the Pabst family, Pabst Mansion stands as the last bastion of more than 80 mansions built for Milwaukee’s elite during a booming, bygone era. Since its construction, the estate has housed archbishops, priests, and sisters and was saved from near-demolition during the 1970s. The Flemish-Renaissance-Revival home has since been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places for its bounty of architectural intricacies.
Today, on-staff docents conduct a range of tours for public groups, private parties, school groups, and well-behaved rugby teams through the fortress of halls, opulent rooms, and verdant grounds, each restored to their original condition.
The Pabst Mansion’s impressive art collection includes works from the 1640s through the 1900s by artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Gaetano Trentanove, and Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven. The emporium of excess also features Pabst Beer Pavilion, the pavilion built for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the glass-covered conservatory where tropical plants and beer trees continue to flourish.
The mansion gift shop holds classic Pabst drinkware and memorabilia as well as antique photos, books, and former employees' original finger paintings.