Taps Coogan – June 13th, 2021
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Brew City is the largest city in Wisconsin and was once home to the largest brewing capacity in the world.
After the Great Chicago fire of 1871 destroyed rival Chicago’s beer industry, Milwaukee took the crown as the biggest brewer in the nation and eventually the entire world thanks to massive Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst, and Miller breweries in the city. Milwaukee held on to the title of ‘World’s Biggest Brewer’ until a worker strike at the Schlitz plant led to its closure in 1981 and the breakup of the company, kicking off a period of closures and consolidation in Milwaukee from which production never fully recovered.
Milwaukee’s population peaked in the 1960 census at 741,000 people. It has declined 21% since then to 587,000 today, the same population it had in 1940, and the population is still dropping. The last time Milwaukee had a non-Democrat Mayor was also in 1960, Socialist Frank Zeidler. The last time Milwaukee elected a Republican mayor was 1906, a whopping 115 years ago.
The next stop on our tour will be… Baltimore.
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