Frederick J. Miller was born in Germany in 1824, and moved to the United States in 1854. During his time in Germany, he was a brewer at the Royal Brewery in Sigmaringen.
Upon his arrival in New York City, Miller and his family traveled by ship to New Orleans and then up the Mississippi River to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He eventually settled on the west side of Milwaukee and purchased Plank Road Brewery - the current site of MillerCoors’ Milwaukee brewery.
Milwaukee was the ideal place for Miller to start his brewery. Its true, cold winters were needed for fermentation and storage before refrigeration and the lake provided pure water and ice. Caves in the area were storage for troves of ice and kegged beer. Milwaukee also had a huge German heritage with an abundant supply of beer drinkers. The beer garden established a few miles away became a major attraction.
Miller’s last residence still sits on Miller Lane above the Miller Valley.