A little more than two decades ago, Pabst Brewing Company closed its Milwaukee operations, ending in 1996 a 152-year-old relationship with the city that had grown less mutually beneficial since the days when being the nation’s beer capital carried significant economic weight.

But on Wednesday, Pabst officially reopened its historic Milwaukee brewery, celebrating the event with a firkin keg tapping, blue ribbon-cutting ceremony and dinner party that involved some of the most influential figures in both the city and the company, who announced the occasion in terms of great consequence.

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