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The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company was established in 1865 when Theodore Hamm, a German immigrant, inherited the Excelsior Brewery from his friend and business associate, A. F. Keller in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hamm hired Christopher Figg to be his masterbrewer, and by the 1880s the Hamm Brewing Company was the second largest in Minnesota. In 1968 the company was acquired by Heublein, which sold it to Olympia Brewing Company. Pabst then purchased Olympia along with Hamm's in 1983. Miller Brewing acquired the brand in 1999. While Hamm's is no longer an independent brewing company, it is still sold in select markets under the Hamm's brand and label.