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Now Serving: Centro Cafe Opens Adjoining Bar
Now Serving

Centro Cafe Opens Adjoining Bar

Plus: Maurer's opens downtown and financial nightmare for Sweet Rings doughnut shop.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hires David Hock as CEO

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hires David Hock as CEO

Industry veteran most recently worked at distributor Beechwood Sales and Service.

Now Serving: New Mexican, Pizza Places in Bay View
Now Serving

New Mexican, Pizza Places in Bay View

Plus: new cafe with children's menu in Bay View. New Mexican place in Silver City.

Who Wants to Run Milwaukee Brewing?

Who Wants to Run Milwaukee Brewing?

Ever growing Milwaukee Brewing Co. is hiring a new CEO as Jim McCabe steps down.

Milwaukee Brewing Company announces 2019 release of award winning Gin O-Gii!
Press Release

Milwaukee Brewing Company announces 2019 release of award winning Gin O-Gii!

Gin O-Gii is aged in Rehorst Reserve Gin barrels from Great Lakes Distillery.

Milwaukee Brewing Company Grand Opening Scheduled
Press Release

Milwaukee Brewing Company Grand Opening Scheduled

The Milwaukee Brewing Co. Grand Opening is scheduled for September 15th, 2018, and will feature live music, timed tappings, brewery tours and an evening silent disco.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside The 42
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside The 42

Glass + Griddle restaurant, beer garden opening in time for motorcyclists to roll into town.

MKE Brewing Introduces Crate Club
Press Release

MKE Brewing Introduces Crate Club

The first monthly Crate Club event will be held Wednesday, May 23rd 6-8PM at the 2nd St. location.

Plats and Parcels: Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?
Plats and Parcels

Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?

Choice parcel of land now on the market. Who will buy and build there?

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukee Brewing’s Building For Sale
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukee Brewing’s Building For Sale

But can any small brewer afford to buy a $3 million facility?

Eyes on Milwaukee: MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery

Breaks ground on new brewery with twice the capacity and rooftop beer garden.

Plenty of Horne: Could Pabst Brewery Transform Industry?
Plenty of Horne

Could Pabst Brewery Transform Industry?

CEO sees new Milwaukee brewery as place for innovative creations.

Bar Exam: Milwaukee Ale House
Bar Exam

Milwaukee Ale House

A Milwaukee staple that was quite the pioneering enterprise when it opened in 1997.

Plenty of Horne: The Remarkable Growth of Milwaukee Brewing Co.
Plenty of Horne

The Remarkable Growth of Milwaukee Brewing Co.

And John Gurda slips up on beer history?

Plenty of Horne: Brewing as a Conceptual Art
Plenty of Horne

Brewing as a Conceptual Art

Brenner Brewing has a ways to go before it functions as a working brewery. Plus: a fundraiser for the anti-Clarke candidate.

Plenty of Horne: The Ever-Changing City
Plenty of Horne

The Ever-Changing City

Countless changes on the lower East Side, the end of an art gallery, and the pols gather for Willie Hines' fundraiser.

Brew Pub Legislation

Brew Pub Legislation

Milwaukee Ale House Viewed From the Milwaukee River Originally uploaded by purpleslog A anti-capitalism, pro-lobbying law was snuck into the state budget. It had been protested already this summer by Milwaukee Ale House owner Jim McCabe when the idea was floated originally. I’ll let you form your own opinion, but I can’t figure out a reason why this law should exist. Under current law, a Wisconsin brew pub can operate only two locations if it produces more than 4,000 barrels of beer a year. The budget proposal lifts that production ceiling to 10,000 barrels and allows up to six locations. That change was sought by Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., a Madison-area brew pub operator that opened its third location earlier this year. Meanwhile, McCabe’s new brewery, at 613 S. 2nd St., is designed to ramp up production of the Louie’s Demise brand for sale in packaged form at liquor stores and other retail outlets. Other regional craft brewers, including Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Co. and Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing Co., started as brew pubs, and McCabe wants to follow that same path. However, the new law “caps our overall growth,” he said. Also, the new law bans a licensed brew pub operator from also owning a brewery that produces beer for packaged sales, said McCabe and Russ Klisch, president of Lakefront Brewery Inc. McCabe said that might force him to convert the 2nd St. brewery into a brew pub – a move that would require a large investment. Klisch said he fears the production limit might require him to close Lakefront Palm Garden restaurant, which operates at his brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St. Lakefront Brewery this year will produce around 9,600 barrels and is expected to exceed 10,000 barrels in 2008, he said. The new provision could be changed by Gov. Jim Doyle through the line-item veto process, McCabe said. Another possibility is filing a lawsuit to challenge the law, he said. The proposed limits initially surfaced this summer and are supported by some of the state’s craft brewers and brew pub operators. The changes also are supported by the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association Inc., whose members buy beer from breweries and then sell it to retailers. The law could help fend off possible lawsuits challenging the lack of a state brew pub license, association officials say. The wholesalers group also said the 10,000-barrel limit allows plenty of room for brew pubs to grow. The only places I can imagine that are in favor of it are Great Dane and Water Street Brewery because they don’t appear to be interested in selling their beer off-site via production at a brewery. I can’t figure out why this law exists. It seems anti-business and anti-logic to not allow Milwaukee’s (and Wisconsin’s) only locally-owned breweries from expanding their operations in ways that increase employment and generate tax revenue. They produce a quality product and are assets to both the restaurant and brewing community. Urban Milwaukee supports the repeal of this ridiculous […]

Plenty of Horne: Beer Protest Spill a Spash!
Plenty of Horne

Beer Protest Spill a Spash!

The Spirit of ’07 Milwaukee Beer Party Protest and Demonstration was a good old-fashioned publicity stunt that brought cameras and crowds to the Milwaukee Ale House on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007.

Plenty of Horne: Brewpub Owners to Protest “Brewpub Tourism Development” Act
Plenty of Horne

Brewpub Owners to Protest “Brewpub Tourism Development” Act

Who could oppose a bill with the apparently forthright name of “Brewpub Tourism Development Act”?