History & Mission

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“Providing superior financial service while economically empowering our Members and Community.”

We do our best every day to complete this mission with the greatest member satisfaction and highest quality service.

Brewery Credit Union (BCU) offers the same commitment to our members since we chartered in 1934 as Brewery Workers Credit Union. The Brewery Workers Union Local 9 represented the many breweries and malting companies in Milwaukee. They formed the Credit Union for those in the brewing industry to have a safe place to borrow and save. The Brewery Workers Union Local 9 was also the original home of the Brewery Workers Credit Union. The Credit Union moved to Schlitz Brewery for a number of years until building our current home on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. In 1984, the Credit Union changed our name to Brewery Credit Union and currently offers membership to anyone who lives in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, or Washington counties, in addition to members of the Museum of Beer and Brewing. “Once a member always a member,” means should you ever relocate out of the area, your membership can continue.

Our members have access to the many products and services that Brewery Credit Union offers. We pride ourselves on offering new technology to make transacting business easier and faster than ever. The Credit Union’s mission of economically empowering our members and communities means that we will not judge a member for a blemished past. We want to help our members reach their financial goals and dreams. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve financial security and have access to safe, low-cost financial products and services. If you believe our mission will benefit you financially, or your membership will support members seeking to benefit from our mission, we would like you to become a member/owner of our great organization.


We have members, not customers. Brewery Credit Union is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the member-owners.


As a not-for-profit organization, we focus on meeting members needs. This means we take our profits and use them to offer lower loan rates, higher savings rates, and fewer service fees.


Every day at Brewery Credit Union, you invest in the community and the community invests in you. We lend deposits to members who and work in Southeastern Wisconsin neighborhoods, making sure your money stays here.
Certified CDFI - U.S. Department of the Treasury


The mission of a Community Development Financial Institution is to expand economic opportunity for underserved people and communities. As a United States Treasury designated CDFI, we specialize in serving the low-income households in our community who struggle with limited access to financial products and services. We provide Equal Opportunity for All.

As a CDFI Credit Union, we are:

  • Nonprofit and tax-exempt (but not a charity).
  • Cooperatively owned and governed — one member, one vote.
  • Regulated, federally-insured financial institution.

CDFIs specialize in providing:

  • Fairly priced loans to members with imperfect, limited or no credit history.
  • A safe place to save.
  • A place to conduct transactions at a reasonable cost.
  • Financial education and counseling for its members.
  • Products, services and support that can help members to free themselves from high-cost and predatory debt, gain control over their personal finances, and achieve economic well-being.

Feel proud that your participation in our financial cooperative furthers our mission to serve those of modest income whom are underserved or unbanked in the communities we serve.

Proud Partners

Brewery Credit Union Sponsors

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