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Beer Capital
Brewery Display
In the mid-1800s, German immigrants brought a heritage of beer making to Wisconsin, and brewing rapidly became an important state industry. Wisconsin boasted nearly 160 breweries by the Civil War. Milwaukee earned a reputation as "the beer capital of the world," the home of such prominent companies as Miller, Pabst, and Schlitz. Today, the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team pays homage to the local brewing tradition.

Wisconsin also has a strong association with beer drinking. Beer is a staple of many community events throughout the state, and in 1999, Wisconsin ranked third in the nation in per capita beer consumption.

Grocery convention display of the Fauerbach Brewery of Madison, 1933. WHS Visual Materials Archive, WHi (D487) 7957