Miller Brewing Company
Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly, copyright 1996
Last Revised 01/11/2016
MILLER, Frederick, who was one of Milwaukee's prominent brewers, was born in Reidlingen, Würtemberg, November 24th, 1824. His father, Thaddeus Miller, was a merchant and a representative of a German family that for four hundred years had been prominent in the mercantile class and noted for their wealth and education. He had been a man of large means, much of which he had inherited form his parents. By speculation in coffee, tea and woolen goods, based upon Napoleon's success or defeat, he lost most of his fortune. His estate was valued at from $75,000 to $100,000 when he died. Louise Miller, Frederick's mother, was of German nationality and a woman of strong character. Frederick was educated in Germany until he was fourteen years of age, when he went to France and studied there seven years, acquiring a speaking knowledge of the English, French and Latin languages. After completing his studies he made a tour of France, Algiers, Africa, Italy and Switzerland. He had intended to take up the family occupation of merchant, but on his way home he stopped for a vacation with an uncle who was a brewer, and took such a liking for the business that he determined to enter it himself. He, therefore, became a student of the business with his uncle; and after thoroughly learning it in all its departments, he traveled through parts of Germany for study and observation with especial reference to the occupation which he proposed to follow. He finally leased the Royal brewery at Siegmaringen, Hohenzollern, Germany, and operated it for a time. This did not, however, fill his ambition; and, in 1854, he sold out his lease and sailed for New York; stopping with friends for a year, and making excursions to and through different parts of the country by lake and river steamers, an finally decided to settle in Wisconsin, as most resembling his native land. Coming to Wisconsin in 1855, he located where the brewery now stands, buying the plant that had been established there by Best & Brothers for $8,000 cash.
Mr. Miller was married to Elizabeth Gross in 1860, and five children were born of this marriage, Earnest G., Fred. A., Clara A., wife of Charles A. Miller of the Milwaukee Lumber company, Emil P. and Elise K. Miller.
Mr. Miller did June 11th, 1888, at the age of sixty-three years and six months.
Miller Brewing Company
The second-largest U.S. brewer, Miller is responsible for a whole lot of cheap beer, sold at varying prices under their own name, and as the Plank Road Brewery.
Miller is affiliated with Molson, and owns their U.S. branch. Web sites include:
History: Charles Best (seePabst) opened the Plank Road Brewery in 1850. Frederick Miller purchased the brewery in 1853, but the name remained until Frederick Miller's death in 1888. The last Miller family stock was purchased by Philip Morris in 1969 [Apps].
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Milwaukee's Best. [?].
Miller Genuine Draft. [*], GIF, WWW.
The American Specialty & Craft Beer Company is Miller's subsidiary for recently-acquired breweries:
Celis. [****]+. WWW.
Leinenkugel's. [****]. WWW.
The Plank Road Brewery division of Miller produces up-market low-taste beers:
Northstone Amber [**].
Red Dog. WWW.
In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst was finished, and was considered the jewel of Milwaukee's famous avenue of mansions called the Grand Avenue. At the time of its completion Captain Pabst was 57 years old and was an accomplished sea captain, beer baron, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts. The Pabst Mansion is a testament to his success, his love of life and his German heritage. Boasting 37 rooms, 12 baths and 14 fireplaces, the Mansion helped make the 1890's the "Pabst Decade" in Milwaukee.
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Strohbought G.Heileman in February 1996 for about $275 million. The combined company will have about ten percent of the US beer market, similar in size to Coors, the country's third-largest brewer.
Other Reference Sources: American Breweries II by Dale P. Van Wieren; The Register of United States Breweries 1876-1976, Vol. I & II, by Manfred Friedrich & Donald Bull; The Pabst Brewing Company - The History of an American Brewer by Thomas C. Cochran; Breweries of Wisconsin by Jerry Apps; Badger Breweries: Past & Present by Wayne L. Kroll.; Men of Progress. Wisconsin. (pages 115-149) A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with short notes on the history and character of Wisconsin.