German immigrant August Krug first purchased the property that would become the Schlitz Brewery in 1849. After his death 7 years later, Krug’s widow married Joseph Schlitz and the brewery’s name switched from Krug Brewery to the iconic name: Schlitz. As business grew, the brewery opened the Schlitz tasting room in 1938 for visitors and brewery tours. The taproom continued serving drinks for years after until managers temporarily closed it in 2019. Since then the Brown Bottle has changed management to F Street Hospitality, a local business that also manages Pizza Man, Bottle House 42 and Timmer’s Resort in West Bend. Shortly after the purchase, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Milwaukee and the rest of the world, delaying the reopening process.

Finally, in the summer of 2021, F Street Hospitality plans to reopen Brown Bottle’s doors to bring people back into the space again. The space will feature a new menu and a new chef for a delicious new experience in the classic atmosphere that made #MilwaukeeFamous.