Captain Frederick Pabst married Maria Best, the daughter of Milwaukee brewer Phillip Best, on this day in 1859. A few years later Frederick gave up his career of sailing on the Great Lakes at the urging of his father-in-law. Eventually he solely held the reins of the brewery and brought his medal-winning “Blue Ribbon Beer” to national fame and success.

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