Miller Brewing Company Visitor Center


Frederick Miller brewed his first barrel of American beer in 1855. He had learned the chemical processes by which cereal grains are converted into alcoholic beverages, while working in his uncle's brewery in France. When Miller decided it was politically advisable to emigrate from Germany, he had already set up his own brewery there. In the U.S., he traveled around, looking for a suitable place for a brewery. He decided that Milwaukee, with its good water supply, surrounding farms, and large harbor, had just the right ingredients. He bought a recently abandoned brewery, and today engineering processes keep moderns breweries buzzing.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Miller Brewing Co. just opened a $4-million mini-brewery that allows up to 10 barrels of malt-based beverages to be brewed, bottled, and packaged for product R&D. The state-of-the-art facility replaces an antiquated system that brewed only a fraction of that amount. Visitors to the main brewery may get to sample some of the potential new brands.