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This Bay View brewery is using a time-tested barrel fermentation process

Hospitality history—that's our theme this week on Urban Spelunking. In part one of the podcast below, we visit The Diplomat. The restaurant might be relatively new to Brady Street, but the building sure isn't.

Then part two, we head to Bay View to visit 1840 Brewing Co., an "urban farmhouse" brewery making most of its beer in oak barrels.

Read more and listen to the podcast below.
On this week's two-part podcast, we first head to Brady Street to visit The Diplomat. Then in part two, we circle back to Bay View to check out 1840 Brewing Co.

The owners of The Diplomat restaurant on Brady, Dane and Anna Baldwin, are the latest in a century-long string of Milwaukee family business owners to occupy the building.

For years it housed pizza joints and nightclubs and each owner had their own unique story.

Serving whiskey out of a tea kettle during prohibition? Check.

Bobby breaks down the decades of history in part one of the podcast.

Similarly, 1840 Brewing Co. in Bay View is set up in a building with a lot of history and former tenants.

Now, it's a craft brewery giving a daily nod to the past—almost every one of its beers in aged in oak barrels instead of massive steel brew kettles.

We took a trip there and found out more about the process of oak conditioning. Listen to our conversation with the brewing company in the podcast above.

Read up on both the Diplomat and 1840 Brewing Co. by reading Bobby's complete stories at

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