Anton Fischer, a German immigrant, settled in the area in 1858. Along with helping to build the Fox River canal system, he built this building – the first brewery in Outagamie County! It was built in the era when Puritan resolve in the Appleton area was being tested by “Yankee” progression. The Puritan conviction did not allow selling or brewing intoxicating beverages within the confines of the city. Although it was a Puritan city, and despite opposition, Appleton did not prevent their citizens from enjoying the fine beers the brewery provided.
1860- Beer Garden
Anton sold the Fischer Brewery to Carl Muench, a young foreman from the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company in Milwaukee. Carl added the popular outdoor beer garden that came to be known as an “institution” in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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