Cream City Brewing Company

The Cream City Brewing Company was an American brewery that was located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1853 until 1937.[1] The brewery was one of seven to survive Prohibition in the city.[2] One structure remains from the old brewery complex; a 25,000 square-foot horse stable built in 1910 that housed over forty horses to pull beer wagons.[1]


The brewery was built in 1853 by George and Conrad Weir.[1] It was called West Hill Brewery at the time and was owned by George Weir and Christopher Forster.[3] Ownership of the brewery changed several times until John Beck bought out his partner Stephen Weber in 1861,[1] and retained ownership until 1877 when it was sold to Jacob Veldt.[4] Two years later it was sold to William Gerlach who renamed the brewery Cream City Brewing Company.[1] During the 19th century, the brewery was emerging as a significant player in the Milwaukee beer market.[2] In the 1880s, the facility produced 25,000 barrels of beer annually. The company was able to survive Prohibition by selling near beer.[5] However, due to debt problems, the company was foreclosed by creditors in 1937.[1]


  • Big Boy Beer[5]
  • Blue Jay Beer[5]
  • Bock Beer[5]
  • Cream City Draft Beer[5]
  • Cream City Export Beer[5]
  • Cream City Pale Beer[5]
  • Cream City Pelham Club Beer[5]
  • Cream City Pilsener Beer[5]
  • Extra Stock Dark Beer[5]
  • Hanover Dark Beer[5]
  • Pelham Club Extra Brew Pale Beer[5]
  • Pilsener Beer[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rediscovering Milwaukee's historic breweries Part I: Milwaukee's downtown breweries" (PDF). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Encyclopedia of Milwaukee: Brewing". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ "West Hill Brewery – WI 344a". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  4. ^ "Jacob Veldt & Co. Brewery – WI 344e". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Trade Names for the brewery at 1512/1544 North 13th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin". Archived from the original on 2019-02-12. Retrieved 2019-02-23.