Yes- yes they are.
If you only do two things this afternoon, we ask that it be these:
1. Listen to Polka.
It makes you merry! We recommend online radio station WRJQ. It’s based out of Appleton so you can count on a lot of the Wisconsin-type of polka (i.e. songs about beer, girls, being in jail). We’ve listened to all the online polka radio stations and this one is the best. If you’re too embarrassed to play polka in front of other people, just put on headphones and tell your co-workers that you’re listening to a replay of Congress reading the entire Constitution.
2. Download The Dope Sheet at Packers.com.
Yes, we are keeping the cornball Wisconsin theme intact with this second item but- let’s face it- you’re probably a cornball Wisconsinite who won’t be able to sleep Saturday night. So, it’s best to spend that time reading about the Packers, who they’re made up of, what they’ve done, where they’ve been. You will be the smartest fan come this Sunday. Promise. If you can muster the strength to print out all 96(!) pages of the document, you can be nice and share the info with one of your cornball Wisconsinite friends.
For those in the know, Etsy.com is a craft-centered commerce site best known for being the place where your sister-in-law can sell some earrings she made for $8.00 (hey, sell one pair a month and that’s almost $100 a year!)
Well, when you put together every crafty sister-in-law in the world, you’ll find that the amount of items available and Etsy is rather larger and diverse. In an effort to sort through the crap, we entered the search keyword “Milwaukee” and identified some of our favorite goods from the bunch. Pick up one of these as a holiday gift for the Milwaukee lover in your life!
After various reports from snow-trapped friends and family in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, we think Milwaukee got off lucky with tonight’s rain! Look at this action going on in Chippewa Falls…
(Thanks to Miss Pronouncer for the pic)
So, we got a bunch of scary weather reports and warnings to stay off the road (enough that we decided to stay home, watch hockey, and drink rather than go out) but we managed to avoid the big white dump. We won’t always be so lucky, of course, but just be glad that you won’t throw out your back shoveling snow Sunday morning.
When it comes to Packers gear we have our fair share of official merchandise: jerseys bought at Lambeau, t-shirts from ShopKo, random Christmas ornaments. While these acquisitions are legitimate and the proceeds going to the NFL and the Packers organization, the goods can be a little generic. Sure, it may be cool to have a toaster that makes toast with a Packers logo (it’s on our Amazon wishlist) but some of that coolness is diminished by the fact that the toaster is available for every other team, too.
So, where do you find those unique items that will set you apart as a Packer fan who didn’t just buy whatever Made in China garbage with an ironed-on “G” logo? The best only-in-Wisconsin stuff is often found in gas stations, flea markets, or tourist traps. This does mean, however, that a lot of your distinct new purchases won’t be completely legit and won’t bear any official Packer/NFL markings but, come on- you’re a real fan who doesn’t seek approval of your dedication.
Fortunately, in the internet age we can still find a lot of only-in-Wisconsin options without having to leave the house. Here are some of our favorites.
Turns out that tonight there is some kind of sporting contest between our state’s football team and a team assembled and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. You probably already know this and are busy making the necessary preparations: ironing your green-and-gold pants, texting “GO PACK GO!” to all your friends, and arranging for tomorrow morning’s hangover.
If you have the desire this afternoon to read something non-football-related, here is a round-up of some local blog activity so you can have something to talk about with your friends during the many television commercial breaks that you will experience tonight.
- Best Place at Pabst Brewery will start to feature music. They should bring Milwaukee Metal Fest back here! [OnMilwaukee]
- Obama’s rally in Madison on Tuesday is turning into a concert with The National and Ben Harper. That sound you just heard was several thousand college kids squealing at once. [Express Milwaukee]
- Folks up north did some fast acting to abate rising flood waters. We wonder if the Milwaukee flood taught state officials that intervention can’t be delayed. [Uppity Wisconsin]
- The Brewers are done at Miller Park for 2010. It was a disappointing season, for sure, but it ended with some class. [The Brewers Bar]
Oh, and if you want to talk football and sound smarter than everyone else, read The Dope Sheet. That is all.
Mucho Milwaukee’s life-imposed hiatus is complete. We made no improvements to our site. The user experience is identical to what it was 30 days ago. We basically just spent a month making sure no spam showed up in the comments. Hey, Gentle Reader, you get what you pay for!
Thanks for stopping by and look out for us to get back into the swing of Milwaukee blogging!
Mucho Milwaukee has had a great summer test run! Getting into a routine, discovering other great Milwaukee/Wisconsin-centric blogs, and compiling a very (VERY) diverse list to follow on twitter has reaffirmed that making Mucho Milwaukee into a great destination site that contributes to our city is what we really aim to do. How to celebrate this commitment? Well, by taking some time off, of course! Consider this like a few days away from a new lover. Let’s flirt with other people for a little while and then come back for some passionate lovemaking, k?
Here’s to more Milwaukee (Mucho mas Milwaukee!) blogging in a couple weeks! Cheers!
Yes, yes, it’s very early on Wednesday morning- and planning your supper is probably the last thing on your mind- but if we don’t remind you that there is a huge fish fry event happening this afternoon (and Thursday), you’ll probably go and do something stupid like forget to go. Have you seen the details on this thing? Buy fish samples from 15 different local restaurants, have some beer with friends, and hear music that isn’t completely terrible! This is a festival to tide you over until, you know, the weekend.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Hunger Task Force and Roundy’s Foundation, so don’t bitch too much if you think the admission fee is expensive!
Milwaukee’s Largest Fish Fry
State Fair Park
Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm-10pm
Admission: $10 ($6 with a donation of three or more non-perishable canned goods). Little kids basically get in free (see site for details)
Just look at these cute kitties. Tiki and Smudge are the two feature cats up for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society. They’re 5-years-old, they love each other, and they’re ready to love you!
Did you know that the Humane Society charges no adoption fee for cats older than 1 year? Kittens may be cute but we at Mucho Milwaukee are fans of the older cats (because they’re usually already litterbox-trained).
Go check out Tiki and Smudge (or any of their shelter buddies) and see if they’re the right fit for your home. Learn more at the Humane Society website.
Blame it on the heat, a head cold, hangovers, or just plain ennui but we couldn’t be arsed to do much in the last week. Shame on us, naturally, but we spent much of the last several hours reading over our local internet happenings to see what the hell has been going on lately. So, that may not make up for a lack of activity but it’s a good gesture in trying to keep up with you, the ever-active reader.
-First, on a non-blog-based note, Hunger Task Force is still soliciting donations as a result of the flood. They have been been busy feeding a lot of people and help is still needed. You can easily donate cash for food purchases via their website. [Hunger Task Force]
-In slightly more positive flood recovery news, the Teecycle folks are grateful for the post-flood help they’re getting. [Save Teecycle]
-OnMilwaukee Molly walks by a house with dolls in the windows, blogs about it, tags the post with “witch’s house.” Instant folklore. [OnMilwaukee]
-Confession: we drooled upon seeing this ad. [As Seen in WI]
-Inaugural Cheers to Volunteers happened this weekend. Stay tuned for more opportunities. [Cheers to Volunteers]
-A quick bike ride to get custard at a gelato shop. [Over the Bars in Milwaukee]
-Who doesn’t love a Top 10 list? Here are 10 people changing Milwaukee. You know it’s a bad year for baseball when no Brewers are listed. [BizTimes]
-A look back at a 19th century Waukesha-to-Milwaukee bike race. Let’s bring it back! [OnMilwaukee]
-Heading out of town for the Great Taste fest in Madison? Check out this agenda of beer fest happenings this week so you can indulge properly. [Madison Beer Review]
-If you’re headed out of town but not to drink mass amounts of beer in Madison, maybe you should swing by Old World Wisconsin as it “continues to celebrate its reopening” with a look at Central European immigrant food as it was in the 19th century. Expect loads of hearty food. [Old World Wisconsin]
Here’s a smattering of internet finds that appealed to us. And now…they shall appeal to you!
- In light of the recent discussion regarding murals in Milwaukee, Art City takes a tour of, uh, murals in Milwaukee [Art City/Journal Sentinel]
- Riverwest 24 Recap! [Over the Bars in Milwaukee]
- Two organic farms close to Milwaukee will be open for tours Aug. 15. [Journal Sentinel]
- Review of new Bay View Vietnamese restaurant, Hue. [On My Table]
- The Brewery complex will be the home of UWM’s new School of Public Health. [BizTimes]
- Now is your once-per-year chance to tell New Glarus what you want them to brew in 2011. We think the Cherry Stout is a keeper! [New Glarus Brewing Co.]
The 1st Annual Milwaukee Brewfest was this last Saturday and the early reports from attendees seem to suggest that a lot of improvements are necessary if this thing is going to have legs beyond the first year. The general consensus seems to be: OK, that was not what I was hoping for but can you do better next time?
Of course, we always advise people to just be laid back roll with minor bumps but Brewfest suffered from one big no-no for a beer festival: most of the beer was gone within a couple hours with only a few of the breweries making it to the expected 7 pm closing time. One thing that shouldn’t happen at a beer festival is attendees walking around asking who has beer left. (There are reports that Lakefront staffers ran back to the brewery to re-stock their supply and keep festival goers happy).
It seems this big problem was due mostly to attendance exceeding the organizers’ plans of just 2,000 people. This was evidenced by the fact that each attendee was to receive a souvenir glass but supplies ran out soon and many folks had to settle for using a disposable plastic cup.
Attendees also complained about the entrance being slow and understaffed, the low number of port-a-potties, and the fact that fest organizers offered greatly reduced admission in the days before the fest thereby making those who bought tickets early feel cheated. Beer Advocate has a rather active thread going with some complaints sprinkled with small dashes of optimism that future fests can be better run.
Local beer blogger, BeerFM has a nice write-up that, while honest about the problems that happened, shows that he believes that the groundwork for a great festival has been laid: Milwaukee Brewfest 2010: A Blast or a Bomb?
Mucho Milwaukee’s advice: more toilets, more beer, VIP and regular pricing only (with no discounts at the last minute), and more polka. Do that and we will be there next year!
So, did you go? What are your impressions?
(Pics above come from Milwaukee Brewing Company’s facebook page)
Update: Monday 9:55 p.m.: Milwaukee Brewfest has updated their website and, after thanking everyone for coming, they acknowledge the problems that occurred and set forth quantifiable goals. They did not take our advice above to provide more polka. Bastards.
We have taken your suggestions, concerns, and ideas to great heart.
Look forward to 2011 with:
* Quadruple the bathroom locations.
* Three Main Tents – One for 1/2 new breweries and 1/2 shaded eating area.
* Triple the beer.
* One Main Entrance.
* Tickets strictly limited to 2750 General Admission – 250 VIPS
* Pre-scan ticketing areas starting at 1 p.m with live entertainment.