Pabst Brewing Company announced plans this month to resume brewing beer in Milwaukee, near the site of the brewery complex it shut down in 1996. Pabst plans to open a microbrewery and tasting room in a former church on the West Side, which the company formerly used as an employee training center.
Less commonly known is the fact that the former church also was once the site of a German restaurant and bar, the Forst-Keller, which won local notoriety in the 1930s as a hangout for the Nazi sympathizers of the Wisconsin branch of the German-American Bund (as reported in Beric'ht Talossan #18). In 1901, the operator of the Forst-Keller invited saloon wrecker Carry Nation to visit his establishment. She replied: “When I come to Milwaukee I will give you a call. I will bring my hatchet and make souvenirs of that hell hole.”