Above: Miller Brewery complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2009). Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Spaluch1.
Frederick Miller - Brewer; born Friedrich Eduard Johannes Müller on November 24, 1824 in Riedlingen, Germany, and emigrated to the U.S. with his wife and first son in 1854 spending the first year in New York. A year later, Miller and his family moved to Wisconsin in 1855, arriving through New Orleans.
Miller learned the brewing business in Germany at Sigmaringen and brought with him a unique brewer's yeast when he emigrated. Miller purchased the small Plank Road Brewery, 163 years ago in 1855 for $2300 and changed its name to the Miller Brewing Company. The brewery's location in the now named Miller Valley in Milwaukee provided easy access to raw materials produced on nearby farms. Miller died of cancer in 1888 at age 63 and the brewery remained in the family until 1966.
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Above: Retro Miller Beer Commercial (1974).
Above: Miller commercial. Miller High Life has long been called the “champagne of beers” due its perfect storm of tiny bubbles.
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