Tag Archives: May

Beaches, Boats and Beer: Finding Pure Michigan

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For months, a vacation destination that we could agree on eluded us.

Then it came to me … almost too close to have been previously considered …

Michigan.

Michelle had never been, but I didn’t have to convince her. Tim Allen had been working on it for years in those saccharine Pure Michigan commercials. The ones where he earnestly paints a picture of natural beauty, relaxation and fun that was impossible for Michelle to resist.

I’d been to Michigan on vacation when I was little, and several times for work, but I’d never explored the western side of the state or visited the state’s world class breweries. There was even a Pure Michigan commercial about Michigan’s craft beer scene. Continue reading

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Touring Green Bay’s Hinterland Brewery: Where Water is Influenced

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“Beer is just water that’s been influenced.” -A brewer from Hinterland Brewery

On our way “Up North” for Memorial Day weekend, we decided to stop in Green Bay and see the Hinterland Brewery.

We were familiar with Hinterland from our ABCs of Milwaukee Dining dinner at their Milwaukee restaurant, Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub.

The website for the brewery suggests you call in advance to secure a tour. Tours run only on Saturdays at 3 and 4 p.m. They are $10 and include two free beer samples and a free 16 oz. glass–a pretty good deal considering they charge $4.75 for a beer, so essentially, the tour costs 50 cents. Continue reading

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P is for Pizza Shuttle

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It never felt right to eat at George Webb during the day.

Webbs is among a handful of local restaurants that are busiest once Milwaukee bars make their last call–others include Ma Fischer’s, Oakland Gyros, Real Chili, Johnny V’s Classic Cafe and, I always thought, Pizza Shuttle, TJ’s winning selection for our ‘P’ dinner in this quest.

So it made sense to us that in order to get the full Pizza Shuttle experience, we had to imbibe in the amber liquid that made Milwaukee famous prior to our pizza. In early May, the seven of us (Mike joined us again) headed to the East Side to build up that late night hunger at Yield and The Hotel Foster. We arrived at Pizza Shuttle promptly at 2 a.m.

Pizza Shuttle was closed. Take-out only. We were baffled. Continue reading

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Touring Ale Asylum and Capital: A Madison Brewery Pictorial

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As anyone who knows me can attest, I can get pretty obsessed with things. My latest obsession is beer.

Whether it is brewing it myself, going to open houses or taking day trips to area breweries, I can’t get enough.

Luckily, Michelle was just as eager to get out of town this past Sunday–a beautiful, roll-your-windows-down kinda day–and we decided to head to two breweries that we were pretty unfamiliar with; Ale Asylum and Capital. Continue reading

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E is for Eatery on Farwell

Summer is just around the corner. Right now, I’ve been basking in the beauty of this spring. While it seems like fall gets most press when it comes to changing of seasons (and what a depressing change it is …), spring is also a time of change.

And while we are all experiencing the physical manifestations of spring (better weather, more sun, etc.), our little group of diners are experiencing personal springs as well. These exciting developments–TJ and Shannon with their varied artistic endeavors, TJ’s new house, Michelle and I with our wedding and house hunt, and Adam and Cindi with beautiful, sleepy Marilyn–make it harder for us to find weekends that work for the “ABCs of Milwaukee Dining.”

So for the first time as part of this quest, we headed out to dinner on a weekday. A Monday to be exact. While part of me regretted not being able to experience an open-ended night of food, fun and drinks, I was glad that this quest could transform an ordinary weeknight it something more. Continue reading

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