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Lakefront Brewery Assists Local Bars with its Beerline Barleywine
Press Release

Lakefront Brewery Assists Local Bars with its Beerline Barleywine

Buy a bottle of this rare liquid to help out your favorite watering hole!

Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday 2020 to be Sold at Stores
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Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday 2020 to be Sold at Stores

On November 27th, Black Friday fans will find their favorite beer at over 100 retailers.

Plenty of Horne: Local Brewery Production Dips due to Virus
Plenty of Horne

Local Brewery Production Dips due to Virus

Tavern closures kill kegs; demand soars for canned beer.

VISIT Milwaukee launches virtual tour of Milwaukee in advance of DNC
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VISIT Milwaukee launches virtual tour of Milwaukee in advance of DNC

30 videos narrated by community members allow visitors to explore the city from home

Lakefront Brewery Achieves Certified B Corporation® Certification
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Lakefront Brewery Achieves Certified B Corporation® Certification

Lakefront Brewery joins the short list of environmental elites.

The Friday Fish Fry is Back at Lakefront Brewery!
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The Friday Fish Fry is Back at Lakefront Brewery!

One of Milwaukee’s favorite fish fries is back as an online-ordered grab-n-go.

Dining: Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19
Dining

Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19

How restaurants and taverns in Milwaukee are reacting to the Coronavirus.

Lakefront Brewery Closing to the Public Until Further Notice
Press Release

Lakefront Brewery Closing to the Public Until Further Notice

Lakefront’s proactive closing to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Lakefront Brewery Raises Funds for Australian Bushfire Relief
Lakefront Brewer Wins at 2020 Good Food Awards™ for Beerline Barleywine
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Lakefront Brewer Wins at 2020 Good Food Awards™ for Beerline Barleywine

Milwaukee’s Number One Craft Beer Wins Again.

Lakefront Brewery Announces the Largest Black Friday Ever
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Lakefront Brewery Announces the Largest Black Friday Ever

Lakefront Brewery offers FIVE different varieties of its famous Black Friday beer.

Lakefront Brewery Announces a “Kegnado” Warning!
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Lakefront Brewery Announces a “Kegnado” Warning!

The Brewery’s latest public art installation lights up old beer kegs with color.

Bar Exam: There’s Only One Liquid Johnny’s
Bar Exam

There’s Only One Liquid Johnny’s

Classic Milwaukee. Same name since 1981. Wear your cat shirt and get free draft beer.

Lakefront Brewery Recalls Bottled Beer: My Turn™ Junk
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Lakefront Brewery Recalls Bottled Beer: My Turn™ Junk

The Kettle Sour with Cherries is deemed too volatile and has risk of explosion.

Lakefront Brewery Releases My Turn™ Junk
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Lakefront Brewery Releases My Turn™ Junk

Lakefront Brewery celebrates another employee with a Kettle Sour with Cherries.

Group Rescues City’s Church Bells

Group Rescues City’s Church Bells

Bells of Milwaukee researches, documents and refurbishes bells in historic churches.

Plenty of Horne: Meeting Addresses Swing Park Homicides
Plenty of Horne

Meeting Addresses Swing Park Homicides

Mayor, police, city officials, residents have a solution-oriented meeting short on anger.

Historic Bells to be Rededicated
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Historic Bells to be Rededicated

Convent Hill Bells Restored by Local Funders To be Unveiled Wednesday, July 11th

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukee Brewing’s Building For Sale

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $220

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?

Bar Exam: Unique New Place for Craft Beers
Bar Exam

Unique New Place for Craft Beers

Eagle Park Brewing Co. is now in the century-old former space of The Hamilton. It is solid.

WPR’s To The Best Of Our Knowledge Brings National Show to Milwaukee on April 19
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WPR’s To The Best Of Our Knowledge Brings National Show to Milwaukee on April 19

The audience will be in for a night of big ideas, laughs, great music, deep dives on policy issues and special stories they won’t hear anywhere else.

Plenty of Horne: Sprecher Moves to Walker’s Point
Plenty of Horne

Sprecher Moves to Walker’s Point

Returning to its roots, Sprecher taproom will be in old facility of failed Brenner Brewing.

Bar Exam: Top 10 Bar Exams of 2017
Bar Exam

Top 10 Bar Exams of 2017

Most popular stories: old bars. Corner bars. And some surprises.

North Point Lighthouse to host the Light Keeper’s Art Show and Sale, June 23.

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

North Point Lighthouse to host the Light Keeper’s Art Show and Sale, June 23.
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North Point Lighthouse to host the Light Keeper’s Art Show and Sale, June 23.

Art Show and Sale will feature over 100 pieces in various mediums including watercolor, photography and jewelry.

Plenty of Horne: Lakefront Brewery Embraces the Can
Plenty of Horne

Lakefront Brewery Embraces the Can

Along with some new logos. The canning is done by Stevens Point Brewery.

Plenty of Horne: Landmark Celebrates 90 Years
Plenty of Horne

Landmark Celebrates 90 Years

Celebration by classic bowling alley includes special Lakefront beers.

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.

New Public Charity Seeks to Revive Old Custom: Bells to Herald the New Year as a Message of Peace
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New Public Charity Seeks to Revive Old Custom: Bells to Herald the New Year as a Message of Peace

Announcing the formation of the Bells of Milwaukee, Inc.

Bar Exam: Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory
Bar Exam

Pourman’s Used To Be Sausage Factory

Yet it's been a tavern for more than a century. This is truly old Milwaukee.

Beer City: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Was a Winner
Beer City

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Was a Winner

Peanut butter beer? Bubblegum flavored? Wild variety offered by 100 brewers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Fresh Thyme Opens Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Fresh Thyme Opens Downtown

See inside Milwaukee's newest grocery store, with the "spirit of a farmer's market."

Bar Exam: Riverwest Tavern Is Very Dog-Friendly
Bar Exam

Riverwest Tavern Is Very Dog-Friendly

There's been a neighborhood bar here for 100 years. The dogs are more recent.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Announces Grand Opening of Milwaukee Store
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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Announces Grand Opening of Milwaukee Store

Midwest Specialty Retailer Expansion Efforts Continue with the Opening of First Wisconsin Store

Bar Exam: Roman Coin a Pub For Pooches
Bar Exam

Roman Coin a Pub For Pooches

Pets are welcome at the historic, 1890 tavern. It's a classic hangout.

Plenty of Horne: Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!
Plenty of Horne

Live From Milwaukee, It’s MSNBC!

Chris Matthews and company are broadcasting to the world from Lakefront Brewery.

Plenty of Horne: City Birthday Party All About Dining

Contribution to Chris Wiken of $50

Plenty of Horne: City Birthday Party All About Dining

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $50

Plenty of Horne: City Birthday Party All About Dining

Contribution to Nik Kovac of $50

Plenty of Horne: City Birthday Party All About Dining
Plenty of Horne

City Birthday Party All About Dining

Politicians and candidate hopefuls mix with winners of dining awards.

Lakefront Brewery’s Growing Power Ale Honored at 6th Annual Good Food Awards
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Lakefront Brewery’s Growing Power Ale Honored at 6th Annual Good Food Awards

Lakefront Brewery was one of 14 breweries recognized at the event.

Bar Exam: Lakefront Brewery

Contribution to Chris Wiken of $50

Bar Exam: Lakefront Brewery

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $50

Bar Exam: Lakefront Brewery
Bar Exam

Lakefront Brewery

This popular attraction is not just for tours anymore.

Bar Exam: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Dino’s

Contribution to Nik Kovac of $100

Bar Exam: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Dino’s

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $50

Bar Exam: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Dino’s
Bar Exam

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Dino’s

Riverwest bar, revived once again, was among the first in the nation to serve Lakefront beer. The food is good, too.

Plenty of Horne: Mystery of the Curve’s Urinal
Plenty of Horne

Mystery of the Curve’s Urinal

Russ Klisch and I set out to rescue a massive old urinal from a tavern about to be torn down. Then things got complicated.

Plenty of Horne: MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix
Plenty of Horne

MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix

A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $100

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Barrett’s Birthday Party

The mayor's celebration is 11 days late. And Lakefront Brewery shatters its record for annual barrels manufactured.

Plenty of Horne: The Governor as Grinch
Plenty of Horne

The Governor as Grinch

Walker's crass campaign pitch, a weird art thief and the Santa Rampage.

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: Grand Opening of Marsupial Bridge Connector
Plenty of Horne

Grand Opening of Marsupial Bridge Connector

Hurrah! Newly-opened Trestle Stair connects Marsupial Bridge to Commerce Street and better knits neighborhoods.

Photo Gallery: A Very Pleasant Opening
Photo Gallery

A Very Pleasant Opening

Photos and gossip from the ceremonial opening of the Pleasant Street Bridge.

Plenty of Horne: Daglas Does Dallas
Plenty of Horne

Daglas Does Dallas

After a brief stay as Milwaukee Magazine editor, Cristina Daglas is off to become editor of D Magazine!

Plenty of Horne: Local Artist’s Gift to Obama Gets Complicated
Plenty of Horne

Local Artist’s Gift to Obama Gets Complicated

Tim Meyerring's present to the president gets caught up in the law on gifts and consultations with the White House assessor.

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”?

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

“Spirit – The Seventh Fire” has been put on hiatus.

The Roundup: “Groundbreaking” for Bridge
The Roundup

“Groundbreaking” for Bridge

It’s not really a groundbreaking without a shovel, so Cecelia Gilbert of the Department of Public Works brought five well-used, albeit ceremonial, spades to the Thursday 27 May event celebrating the beginning of construction of the Holton Marsupial Bridge. Obliging dignitaries, sensing a photo-op, grabbed the shovels and pantomimed digging them into the asphalt pavement below the Holton Viaduct. The ceremony was scheduled to accommodate Mayor Tom Barrett, who was present at the event before racing off to his daughter’s piano recital. Other guests included Ald. Michael S. D’Amato, Ald. Michael I. McGee, Jr., Supervisors Gerry Broderick and James White, and former State Senator Brian Burke. Julilly Kohler served as master of ceremonies for the event, and she kept her remarks sparing, yet managed to name all of the many individuals who have helped to make her dream a reality. This included “the former congressman from the fifth district,” as Brian Burke called his old elementary school chum, Tom Barrett, who, as Mayor was able to yield the ceremonial shovel on a public works project for the first time. Architects James Dallman and his wife Grace La were also on hand as were Mathew P. Tharaniyil, P.E. and Yakov N. Nenaydykh, another P.E. They are, respectively the president and the vice president of Bloom Consultants, the engineers of the project to span the Holton Viaduct with the suspended “marsupial’ bridge – a bicycle and pedestrian path that will provide grade-level access between the Brady Street neighborhood and the Lakefront Brewery and its surrounding Beer Line “B” neighborhood. Missing from the event was Frank Busalacchi, the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation or any representative of Lunda Construction, the Black River Falls outfit that won the bid to construct the bridge. Lunda appears to be a publicity-averse organization. The firm has expressed a reservation about having webcams at the construction site, saying they might reveal some “trade secrets” of the mysterious, arcane art of bridge building. Good heavens! It’s a bridge, not a plutonium refinery. Also missing from the event was Whitney Gould, although you wouldn’t have known it from the article she managed to write about it for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the next morning. She reported, correctly, that the Mayor was there, in an otherwise generic story composed of previously reported items. Sonya Jongsma-Knauss and Vince Bushell of the Riverwest Currents were there. The sole representative of the electronic media was Channel 58. Afterwards, the crowd of 100 or so headed up to the Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden where owner Russ Klisch turned on the taps. Earlier that day, a stressed Russ was trying to get his new bottling machine to behave. Even so, it still chewed up a few bottles as it went through its shakedown cruise. Sales manager Paul Moebius said things are going well at the brewery – maybe too well. “We’re running out of beer!” he said. Last year’s sales were 5,000 barrels, and this year the brewery could hit 7,000 barrels. This is better than 2 […]

The Roundup: The Inaugural
The Roundup

The Inaugural

Marvin Pratt did not stand up with the crowd when Tom Barrett was inaugurated mayor, and the press has made a good deal of the slight. However, just after Judge Louis Butler administered the oath of office to the new mayor, Barrett’s first comments were to commend Pratt, and the former acting mayor did stand up and take a bow. The ceremonies were held April 20th outside of City Hall in some perfectly dreadful Milwaukee spring weather. So, who was the idiot who came up with that idea? “I’m the idiot who thought to hold it outside,” fessed up Kris Martinsek. After all, the president is inaugurated outdoors in January. However, January in Washington is not nearly as unpleasant as Milwaukee in April. The stage was set up on Wells Street, facing east. Upon the stage sat Milwaukee’s new leaders, including the mayor, the common council, the comptroller, treasurer, city attorney, city clerk and a municipal judge. Their families sat out in the street and in the adjacent park next to the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building. Frank P. Zeidler was there himself, sandwiched between Marvin Pratt and Senator Herb Kohl. Kohl was dressed as he always is around here. He wore a shirt, a tie, a Milwaukee Bucks cap and a windbreaker. Except for the tie, he pretty much looked like the guy who harvests aluminum cans from my recycling bin. If he tried to walk on to the floor of the United States Senate in that getup, the sergeant-at-arms would toss him out. But this is Milwaukee, the “come as you are” capital of America, and he fit right in. Barrett has made a list of 18 things he wants to accomplish in his first hundred days in office. I don’t know if reducing the police overtime budget is one of them, but the men in blue were certainly racking up the hours during the interminable ceremony. The aldermen were sworn in sequentially according to district. Each alderman then gave a little speech. The last district, the 15th, is occupied by Willie Hines, who is now the Common Council president. He then gave a big speech. He began by saying, “my ascent to the Council Presidency is not a compromise or consolation prize for the African-American community.” This was an effective way to defuse speculation that his election was a compromise or consolation prize, and was a rather sharp thing to do. Hines also insisted that corruption will not taint his council. (We’ll check back on that in four years.) His delivery was generally quite good, and had a hint of religious fervor to it. Moments earlier, he did have a slip up. When Valarie Hill was about to be sworn in as municipal judge, Hines said, “The City Clerk will now come to the altar – er, the podium – to take the oath.” Also, when Hines introduced the new mayor he called him “Mayor Marvin Pratt – er, Mayor Barrett.” These things happen. The Common Council […]

The Roundup: Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money
The Roundup

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

The Roundup: No Challenge to Hill Papers
The Roundup

No Challenge to Hill Papers

But Halbrooks says Election Commission’s Extended Hours Helped Opponent

The Roundup: Bobot Calls for Term Limit
The Roundup

Bobot Calls for Term Limit

Vince Bobot plans to request a change in the City Charter to limit the term of Milwaukee Mayor to two consecutive terms.