1844: German immigrant Jacob Best and his sons establish the Empire Brewery in Milwaukee, WI and produce 300 barrels of Best Select lager in their first year. Presumably they celebrate with a pint. 1860: Jacob's son Phillip takes over and renames the company Phillip Best Company. His new son-in-law, steamship captain Frederick Pabst, sells his shipping interest and buys a partnership stake in the brewery. 1872: Phillip Best Company produces 100,000 barrels, becoming the second largest brewery in the US. Captain Pabst takes over as President of the company. 1889: Pabst follows in his father-in-law's footsteps, changing the brewery's name to honor himself. The Pabst Brewing Company is born.