Angela Morgan

Last Weekend in Milwaukee…

In this edition of our summer weekend photo gallery series: images from Great Lakes Distillery's Ice Cream Social, the MECCA arena floor art installation, Old German Beer Hall and IndiaFest, captured by Angela Morgan, Sara Bill and Madeline Pieschel.

By - Aug 26th, 2013 01:34 pm

Milwaukee is a diverse city with numerous events happening every weekend. The Third Coast Daily photo team visited several of them last weekend and has a photo gallery including Great Lakes Distillery’s Ice Cream Social, a one night only installation of the original MECCA floor, a night at the Hofbrauhaus, and Milwaukee’s first IndiaFest. Just a small sampling of what our fair city has to offer.

All photos taken by Angela Morgan, Sara Bill and Madeline Pieschel.

Thursday | Great Lakes Distillery’s Ice Cream Social


Milwaukee’s Purple Door Ice Cream and Great Lakes Distillery have paired up to create a delicious boozy delight: Absinthe-flavored ice cream. The newly developed flavor features Great Lakes Distillery’s Amerique 1912 Absinthe. To celebrate the collaboration and the new flavor, Great Lake Distillery held an “Adult Ice Cream Social” last Thursday in which dessert lovers could try the new absinthe flavor for $5 a sundae, which included delectable toppings like chocolate and caramel sauces, absinthe flavored whipped cream, whiskey soaked cherries, rum flavored nuts, and crushed whiskey chocolate truffles. Purple Door also offered their whiskey flavored ice cream for those who find absinthe to be a bit much.


Friday | MECCA Arena revisited, Old German Beer Hall

The creation of the MECCA Arena floor was the first time in sports history that a city commissioned an artist. The historic floor returned to its original home, now called the US Cellular Arena, for a one night only art installation. The largest pop art painting in the world was created by artist Robert Indiana. The floor was purchased from an architectural storage site by the late Greg Koller and his son Ben Koller is working on keeping this floor on display to the public through repourposing it as another form of artwork. Watch for developments on this from Our MECCA Group.


Every Friday, the Old German Beer Hall on Old World Third Street gives out free beer. At 6 p.m. sharp, a keg is tapped, and free beer is given out until the keg is empty. The lucky patron that gets the last pour wins a free keg of beer. The Old German Beer Hall, or Hofbrauhaus, only serves beer brewed in Munich, Germany according to the Purity Act of 1516, or “Rienheitsgebot”. They also serve traditional Bavarian food including pretzels imported from Munich.

Saturday | IndiaFest


The first Milwaukee festival to celebrate the culture and people of India was held this weekend at Humboldt Park. IndiaFest was created by Spindle India after seeing the Cedarburg Culture Center put on “A Festival of India” last year. Those attending enjoyed performances, music, Indian food and shopping with numerous vendors. It was also a celebration of the Independence Day of India.

 See below for Third Coast Daily’s full photo gallery from last weekend in Milwaukee.

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