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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:16:06 CDT


Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Braise Restaurant

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:01:00 CDT

I'm enamoured of grabbing a quick bite at the Braise Bar. There's plenty to love about the welcoming space where the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and there's always something interesting to nibble. It's even better when I've got a two-for-one deal in my pocket.

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Hidden Gem: Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:06:00 CDT

Tucked away in rural Hubertus is Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon, a place that many consider to be their second home and a place where the dining experience is just as stellar as the friendly atmosphere that can be felt throughout. Read all about it in this weeks edition of Hidden Gems.

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Made in Milwaukee: Lakefront Brewery

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Lakefront Brewery's 19th-century home has seen a lot of changes on Commerce Street since it was built in 1890. We take a look at some of them here.

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Milwaukee happy hour guide

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:01:00 CDT

There's nothing quite like a great drink special to help you unwind after a long day. We've done an exhaustive search and found Milwaukee's happiest Happy Hours.

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Surprised Estabrook is one of "America's Coolest Beer Gardens"? I'm not

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Though I'm still making my way around Milwaukee's seemingly endless beer gardens, I have, of course, been to Estabrook Park's and am not surprised at all to find it on's "America's Coolest Beer Gardens" list.

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Martini is a no-go for Walker's Point; former Chez Jacques up for lease again

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Looks like the former Chez Jacques location is up for grabs again. Plans for Martini, the bar, lounge and events space planned for the location, have since dissolved, leaving the building up for lease.

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Deschutes Brewery brings street pub to Pere Marquette Park

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:16:00 CDT

On Saturday Deschutes Brewery will bring a free one-day street pub to Pere Marquette Park for the opportunity to try all of Deschutes' seasonal and year-round flavors.

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Made in Milwaukee: Great Lakes Distillery

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Guy Rehorst - the founder and owner of Great Lakes Distillery - became curious about distilling after homebrewing what he describes as "a really bad batch of beer." Today, he owns the state's first distillery since Prohibition.

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Miller beers win Chicago-based taste test

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:15:00 CDT

A Chicago Tribune reporter challenged three Chicago craft brewers to a blind taste test of 16 "macro" beers. Guess who prevailed?

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Miller cut water use by 15 billion gallons (500 million beer barrels!) in 2016

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:30:00 CDT

Strong relationships with growers, innovative techniques at breweries and favorable weather lead to significant reductions in water use for the brewer in 2016.

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Move over Rumchata! New Milk and Honey liqueur pairs with just about anything

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:01:00 CDT

The new Milk and Honey liqueur has it all: a sexy bottle, ingredients that date back to ancient times and a story that includes East Coast bootleggers. Add its versatility in pairing with spirits, and you've got a winning liqueur with roots in Sherman Park.

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The Crimson Club opens next month in West Allis

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:05:00 CDT

The Crimson Club, a "healthy" nightclub, restaurant and venue at 7211 W. Greenfield Ave., will open in August.

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Ray's Wine and Spirits improves a lot and celebrates 56 years on Sunday

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:30:00 CDT

Ray's Wine and Spirits, 8930 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa, is celebrating 56 years in its current home with a free parking lot party on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

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Hidden Gem: The Uptowner

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:01:00 CDT

The Uptowner in Riverwest is 133 years old and continues to offer authentic "Milwaukee corner bar" experiences.

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Outdoor drinking guide

Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:56:00 CDT

Cocktailing and beer drinking are year-round sports in Milwaukee, but the peak season generally coincides with our all-too-brief flirtations with warm weather. We've enjoyed a pleasant spring, which has provided ample opportunity to visit some of the city's spots and check out a few new venues for al fresco drinking and fun.

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The Metal Grill in Cudahy has closed

Sat, 1 Jul 2017 11:30:00 CDT

The Metal Grill, a venue which has served up both raucous head-banging music, bacon-centric apps and burgers, closed abruptly on Friday. The venue's closing was announced on Facebook and has since been listed for sale.

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Hidden gem: Mortimer's Pub

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:04:00 CDT

When Steve Silber bought his West Side bar in 1991 a series of coincidences determined what he named it.

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Featured bartender: Charlie Chaparas from Camino

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:05:00 CDT

Charlie Chaparas left a 14-year career to work at Camino, 434 S. 2nd St., as a bartender and he couldn't be more satisfied with his decision. OnMilwaukee recently stopped in to talk to Chaparas about beer, Thailand and (dun dun dun!) the future.

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Lucky Boone's Tiki Room starts tonight in Bay View

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:32:00 CDT

Originally, Lee Guk mixed up his tiki masterpieces at Lucky's Joe's in Walker's Point. He later moved the party to Wauwatosa with Lucky Joe's Alchemy and Eatery and now - tonight - he will bring it to Boone and Crockett in Bay View.

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14 reasons why The Love Shack is where it's at

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:56:00 CDT

You won't see a faded sign on the side of the road, but you will see a bright new colorful sign on the side of the river calling you to The Love Shack. Here are 14 photos and reasons why you should bang, bang, on the door, baby.

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Hidden Gems: St. Paul Palapa

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:00 CDT

What could possibly be hidden about the Milwaukee Public Market? Yet on the east side of the building, tucked away in the shadow of the freeway, there's a cozy little sidewalk island hideaway that many may miss - and even more couldn't name.

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5 O'Clock Steakhouse Lakefront / Sprecher beer dinner benefits St. Ben's

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:32:00 CDT

On Friday night, Five O'Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St., hosts the fourth annual Milwaukee Legends Beer Dinner in support of Capuchin Community Services - House of Peace and St. Ben's Community Meal.

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The Love Shack opens this weekend

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:59:00 CDT

The Love Shack, Milwaukee's newest riverfront restaurant and bar, opens Saturday, June 24 at 11a.m. It is located at 106 W. Seeboth St., next to Screaming Tuna.

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Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Dock18 Cocktail Lab

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:04:00 CDT

When it comes to insanely creative cocktails, Dock18 Cocktail Lab inside Twisted Path Distillery is pretty high on my list of favorites. Their monthly cocktail menus are inventive and well executed, and they've got a crew of some of the friendliest bartenders in the city.

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Hidden Gems: The Gig

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:06:00 CDT

The Gig isn't located on an island, but it might as well be. And yet for the past 16 years, neighbors in the little Riverwest suburb have sought out the music-themed bar's cool, calm and cozy drama-devoid vibe.

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Check out renderings of Fink's new patio

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:06:00 CDT

According to Fink's co-owner, Scott Johnson, a new patio is underway at the East Side cocktail lounge. Johnson believes it will be finished by mid-July.

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Drink Wisconsinbly Pub pairs a 5K with a curd fest to balance the calorie count

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Maybe you don't feel guilty guzzling cheese curds, but some of us are counting calories, you know. Surely, we're the ones that Drink Wisconsinbly Pub and Grub had in mind when it announced that its "first annual" Curd Fest would also include a 5K run as part of its first-year festivities.

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Watch: Zima is back - but how does it taste?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:56:00 CDT

In the name of journalism - your move, New York Times - we bought a six-pack, gathered on a couch and knocked back a couple of Zimas (and a bag of Skittles, natch) to find out if the clear beverage's comeback was worth it.

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4 reasons why dads love Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival tickets

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:01:00 CDT

If you're like many of us, you're still scrambling for that special gift for Father's Day. Fortunately, if your dad loves beer, there's a super easy gifting fix that will make you the "best son or daughter ever." Here are four reasons why.

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Do this: Eat a hole-in-one and sip a John Daly Thursday at The Outsider

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:01:00 CDT

Whether you're planning to spend some time watching the U.S. Open at Erin Hills (if so, we've got tips to do it right), or just looking for something fun to do on Thursday evening, we've got an event you won't want to miss ... and not just because it's chock-full of amazing golf-related puns.

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Camp Bar Tosa approved to expand, add outdoor garden space

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:01:00 CDT

The building just to the west of Camp Bar Tosa will soon become an extension of the popular bar and gathering place. Plans for the expansion were approved by a unanimous vote at Monday evening's Wauwatosa Plan Commission meeting.

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Do this: Karaoke with master brewers at the Drink Brew City Tap Takeover

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Love craft beer? Love karaoke? Or do you at least love seeing other people (like folks from local breweries) singing karaoke? Then you won't want to miss the next Drink Brew City Tap Takeover at Third Space Brewing, which will feature plenty of both.

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New shuttles make the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival a no brainer

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:07:00 CDT

Beer festivals are fun, but they also pose a conundrum. How does one get to and from the festival safely? The Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival, coming up on June 17 at Bayshore Town Center, is tackling the issue head-on with a creative, fun new offering.

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Weekly Sips with Thirsty Passport: Black Sheep

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:05:00 CDT

Black Sheep was our first stop with our new Thirsty Passport and it made for a solid kick off to summer cocktailing.

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Hidden Gems: Ray and Dot's Tap

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 19:56:00 CDT

With values like fair prices and putting socializing with your neighbor first, even tucked away in the suburbs and by no means flashy, there's indeed nothing hidden about Ray and Dot's place in Wisconsin's bar culture.

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Wild Planet partners with ROC Ventures on Old World 3rd Street venues

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 16:01:00 CDT

Wild Planet Hospitality Group today announced a partnership with ROC Ventures to operate The Pub Club, 1103 N. Old World 3rd St. and Red, White and Blue, 1044 N. Old World 3rd St.

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Summer Camp starts Tuesday on the rooftop of The Atrium

Sun, 4 Jun 2017 15:10:00 CDT

The patio, garden and bar at The Atrium in Shorewood will be open to the public during select hours for Summer Camp, a rooftop bar experience complete with a patio, gardens and stellar views. We got a first look at the space last week. And here's what you can expect.

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Hidden gem: Just Art's Saloon

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 09:07:00 CDT

Art Guenther is a man of opinions. At 72 years old, he's not interested in being cordial - he prefers to tell it like it is - which he does, nightly, from behind his bar at Just Art's Saloon, 181 S. 2nd St. But but this is exactly why the "regulars" choose to be regulars.

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3 Waukesha County parks to host Raised Grain pop-up beer gardens

Tue, 30 May 2017 17:02:00 CDT

Pack up a picnic dinner, it's time to head to the beer garden. And this year, three Waukesha County parks will get in on the fun. Thanks to a partnership with Raised Grain Brewing Company, there will be plenty of Waukesha County spots to get your beer garden on.

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Martini events space and lounge to open in former Chez Jacques

Tue, 30 May 2017 11:01:00 CDT

A new nightlife hotspot is slated to take the place of Chez Jacques in Walker's Point. The venue will offer an upscale modern lounge, martinis and more.

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2017 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Sun, 28 May 2017 13:01:00 CDT

Now that spring is just about to kick off, you'll be able to raise the first of many steins at an area beer garden soon.

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As part of rebrand, Lakefront Brewery to offer new-look Riverwest Stein in cans

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Riverwest Stein is joining the growing trend of crafts in cans. Lakefront Brewery will offer its flagship beer in cans, as part of the company's 30th anniversary celebration that includes a rebranding of its image, identity, packaging and varieties.

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Milwaukee's best wine list, 2017

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:56:00 CDT

It's National Wine Day, so why not take another swig of Milwaukee's finest wine lists - as selected by OnMilwaukee readers as well as a prominent Milwaukee - and see which places are the toast of the town.

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Leinenkugel's breaks ground on Tenth Street Brewery expansion

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:02:00 CDT

On a damp, wet and windy late May afternoon, Mayor Tom Barrett, Gov. Scott Walker and MillerCoors Chief Legal Officer Kelly Grebe ceremonially turned the earth to celebrate the official groundbreaking for an expansion of Leinenkugel's Tenth Street Brewery.

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Hidden Gem: Dale's of Milwaukee

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:04:00 CDT

There probably isn't another bar in the world that's known primarily for its soup, clown paintings and Christmas decorations, but that's part of what makes Dale's so extraordinary.

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MobCraft Brewery, Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly partner to create Craft Beer Contest

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:05:00 CDT

People sure love contests and Milwaukeeans do love beer. With that in mind, MobCraft Beer and Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly group announced they are teaming up to create a unique craft beer, which will be released in September after the Craft Beer Contest.

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Tickets now available for Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:21:00 CDT

The Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is back! This year's festival takes place on Saturday, June 17 at Bayshore Town Center. It also happens to be Father's Day weekend, so it could be the perfect prelude to dad's big day, as well as a great excuse to sample a wide variety of tasty brews.

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It's never too late for teacher appreciation ... or pizza

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:49:00 CDT

Even though it's been a couple of decades since Neal Steffek and Erik Dorfner were in high school, they took a few minutes - and a few dollars - to reward their high school teachers.

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Raised Grain brews bold beers and is growing bigger in Waukesha

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:13:00 CDT

Raised Grain Brewing Co., Waukesha's only craft brewery, which opened in September 2015, has grown fast, garnered awards and gained attention for its creative, boldly brewed Belgian-influenced beers. It's unexpected and different, but in a very good way.

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