Kevin Murray (claystorm) wrote,
Kevin Murray

Picture Post - Miller Brewery Tour

So I was sitting around my hotel room tonight when I remembered that I never uploaded pictures from The Miller Brewery Tour. So here is a little history and facts from the tour, and then below that are the pictures I took with my cell phone. You can click any picture to make it larger if you want.

In 1855, German immigrant Fredrick Miller purchased the Plank Road Brewery. Surrounded by woods, the small brewing operation was no bigger than a Victorian house. Today, a replica of the Plank Road Brewery is just one of the historic highlights in Milwaukee’s Miller Valley—the home of the nation’s second largest brewer, Miller Brewing Company.

Walk outdoors and upstairs to Miller’s packaging-center balcony. A blur of cans roars along conveyor belts that wind through wet machinery, packing up to 200,000 cases of beer daily.

The next stop is Miller’s mammoth distribution center that covers the equivalent of five football fields. Typically, you can see half a million cases of beer.

In the brew house, Miller makes its beer, Over 8,500,000 barrels are produced annually at this facility, which ships to the midwest, as far west as Montana. Chicago alone consumes 40 of the output of this brewery alone. Climb 56 stairs to look down on a row of towering, shiny brew kettles where “wort,” a grain extract, is boiled and combined with hops.

Stroll through Miller’s historic Caves, a restored portion of the original brewery where beer was stored before the invention of mechanical refrigeration.

Finish your tour at the Bavarian-style Miller Inn and sample a Miller beer or soft drink. Be sure also to take a few minutes to inspect the impressive collection of antique steins. In the summer, you can enjoy your beverage in an adjoining beer garden enlivened by music.

These are some of their brew kettles. I forget how big they are, but to give you an idea, we are on the 5th or 6th floor of this building and these things go all the way to the ground level.
A close up of one of the brew kettles. They are built with some very beautiful copper. Overall very very very well done and they are just a work of art.
This is one of their warehouses that they use to store the beer the produce. This warehouse is there largest warehouse in the country at a size of over 5 football fields. Each day they fill the warehouse up with millions of cases of beer, and each night it is all shipped out so they can fill the warehouse back up the next day.
This is a picture in the Miller Brewery Beer Caves. These were used back in the day to store the beer before refrigeration. They were hand dug (I forget by who, but my guess is Mexicans) a long long long time ago.
These are impressive collection of antique bottles of beers of the different types of brews that Miller has and/or does make.
This is the Very Historic Miller Inn which is Bavarian-style (what ever that is, I do not remember). At this point there were giving us free "Samples" which were really full sized pints of beer (shit you not), so I do not remember much about what the tour guide said about this place.
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