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Get Your Goat On

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Sexy servers. Sexier clientele. The sexiest boats this side of the Mississippi. If Crockett and Tubbs motored in to the Horny Goat Hideaway via Ferrari or super-cool cigarette boat, you’d swear this was Miami Beach. All that’s missing is the flamingos.

Actually, there’s nothing missing from Milwaukee’s new vice: The Horny Goat Hideaway – Horny Goat Brewing Company’s riverside retreat on south First Street and west Becher Street. Bikers to divas, Joe Lunchpail to John Q. CEO, the Hideaway is a craft-beer oasis set on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River, attracting anyone who enjoys fun in the sun. It is THE PLACE to be seen, to see and most importantly, to get your goat on.

Recently some friends and I got our group on at the Hideaway. We claimed some prime patio real estate along the board walk, complete with massive umbrellas, tubs of icy-cold Horny Goat selections (Hopped Up `N Horny, Exposed, Horny Blonde, Vixen and Stacked – I’m sensing a theme here) and limitless funtivities like bags, volleyball and ping pong.

And that’s just the outside! Er, a corner of the outside. A one-of-a-kind outdoor bar complete with garage door walls is a must stop on your way in to the main bar and restaurant, a two-story facility with all the necessities: nine flat screens, pool, darts and an awesome party bar upstairs – perfect for bachelors, bachelorettes or Joe Beer Lovers who just want their own space.

I felt like Don Johnson as I lounged in my space – an over-sized patio chair – with my feet resting on the edge of a fire-glass fireplace. I grazed like a giddy goat when our servers arrived with fresh-made pizza, tasty wraps and vice-inducing taco dip. Mostly I just soaked up the unforgettable ambiance (along with a few pints of Belgian Style Wheat – hmm, might I suggest they call it Belgian Bombshell?) that made me feel like I was floating on cloud nine.

Towards the end of our day a friend's hubby floated up in his real-life cigarette boat and I half expected to see the pasteled partners of the aforementioned Miami P.D., but I was happy to see tats and a tank top. I knew I was still in Milwaukee. And I loved it.

“Bring me another goat,” I told our waiter Nick. “Hold the flamingos.”


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Horny Goat Hideaway
2011 S. 1st Street

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The VISIT Milwaukee Street Team heads to Irish Fest!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

The VISIT Milwaukee Street Team took a trip to Irish Fest last night to check out the action at one of the country's best Irish festivals. Take a look at some of the fun they had...

 

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And I Thought I Liked Beer

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Monday, August 15, 2011

By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

I like beer. I mean, I really like beer. A lot. More than most and a lot more than the rest. Then I met a guy and his girlfriend on the Lakefront Brewery tour.

“So, how many times have YOU been on the tour?” he queried while his girlfriend smiled, anxiously awaiting my answer.

I sipped some of my Wheat Monkey (the $7-tour comes with four, 6-ounce pours of beer), my favorite of many Lakefront offerings.  

“Um, two or so, I guess,” I shrugged, wondering where this conversation was going as the rest of the tour moved on to the next point of interest. 

“We come once a month. We love it. You learn something new every time,” he happily confessed.

They smiled and continued on as my Monkey and I stood there vexed. Brewery touring on an ongoing basis? How genius. And I thought I liked beer.

Well, I do. Have I mentioned that? And it tastes even better when you’re learning how it’s made by one of Lakefront’s witty, er, wheaty tour guides – often times owner/Lakefront Brewery President Russ Klisch. Where else can you go and have the owner, beer in hand, guiding you around his company spilling forth tales of beer, brewing and brotherhood (he and his brother Jim founded the biz in 1987)? It’s essential Milwaukee.

Even more essential is Lakefront’s famous Friday fish fry. Try saying that five times fast after five Riverwest Steins. The fish and potato pancakes (my mouth just watered – now yours is) is incredible, but it’s the beery (yeah, that’s a word) atmosphere that packs the Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden – AKA giant old-school beer hall – every Friday from 4-9 p.m. That and the older-school 2-man polka band – Brew Haus Polka Kings. Shoes are flung and the dance floor is jammed the second that accordion starts bending.

Old schoolers to pre-schoolers, barley scholars to frequent fliers, Lakefront Brewery has something HOPpening for anyone who likes a good time. And, guys who THINK they like beer more than most. 

      
 

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Lakefront Brewery Tour: $7
Includes four 6-ounce beer pours and souvenir pint glass

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Stick it to me State Fair!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

One of the best things about going to the The Wisconsin State Fair is trying all the food you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Simply put, the Fair has something for everyone. The abundance of choices is amazing! You could eat something different on a stick for a week straight without having the same food twice. You’ll find brats, burgers, pizza, barbecued pork… okay, I’ll stop there. We don’t need you drooling on your keyboard.

I was interested in trying some of the more unique items at the Fair. So I ate. And then I ate some more. Among the highlights of what I tried:

Duck fajitas Deep fried peanut butter & jelly
   Duck fajitas                                                                Deep fried peanut butter & jelly on a stick

Bacon-wrapped hot dog Corn on a stick
  Deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dog on a stick          Corn nuggets on a stick

Cheese curds Elvis on a stick
    Cheese curds                                                                Elvis on a stick


My favorites are the deep fried peanut butter and jelly, deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dog and the Elvis. First up, the deep fried peanut butter and jelly. I love the combination of PB&J, and getting it warm and gooey with a delicious batter on the outside makes it that much better.

The bacon-wrapped hot dog appears ordinary, since it’s not deep fried in batter, but everything tastes just right. The bacon adds the perfect amount of flavor to the hot dog without overpowering it. It’s a good alternative for those who want something savory without a chunk of fried batter around it.

And then there’s the Elvis. What a delicious treat this is. A peanut butter cup is tempting enough. So imagine that peanut butter cup melted into a chocolatey, peanut buttery ooze, then surrounded by banana batter. Trust me, it’s as good as it sounds!

And of course, no trip to a Wisconsin event is complete without munching on some cheese curds. They never fail to deliver.

The Wisconsin State Fair runs through Sunday, so you’ve still got time to discover your own favorite Fair foods. I am already contemplating a return for round two.

Have you visited the Fair this year? What have you tried there that left you wanting more? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Wisconsin State Fair
August 4-14, 2011
Wisconsin State Fair Park

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I feel the need. The need….for speed!

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Thursday, August 04, 2011

By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they are up here on this plaque.
Viper: Do you think your name will be on that plaque?
Maverick: Yes, sir.
Viper: That's pretty arrogant, considering the company you're in.
Maverick: Yes, sir.
Viper: I like that in a pilot.

I admit it. Ever since Top Gun I’ve had a thing for fast airplanes and the men who fly them. Let’s face it. When you’ve got a nickname like Maverick, Iceman or Goose, your vehicle of choice is an F16 AND you can seriously rock a jump suit, there’s no question.

You’re cool.

This weekend the real top guns are roaring into town as part of the Milwaukee Air and Water Show. The informal show starts a couple of days before the scheduled one when the members of the Air Force Thunderbirds practice their moves in and around downtown, which turns it into another of my favorite movies, Independence Day. It’s freaky and amazing all at the same time to look out your office window and see a fighter jet, or two, or three, or more, streaking by in formation so precise you couldn’t wedge a supermodel between them.

The show takes place around downtown and over Lake Michigan, which makes it way more exciting than a performance at your average airfield. In addition to the headlining Thunderbirds, which alternate each year with the Navy Blue Angels, this year’s show features the U.S. Army Black Daggers, Navy Rhinos and Wisconsin Air National Guard in addition to several civilian aerobatic teams.

I considered asking the Thunderbirds if I could ride along during a practice run and blog about the experience. I quickly realized no one reading this wanted to hear about what it feels like to hurl at Mach 1. At the suggestion of a coworker, I expensed a pair of aviator sunglasses and the Top Gun game for PS3 as research.

Research confirms….IT’S COOL!

The adrenaline keeps flowing on the water side as well, including Racing Extreme high performance race boats, Velocity Kiting, and the Malibu Open slalom and jump water ski competition. The Open brings world champion skiers to Veterans Park along the lakefront.

My favorite spot to watch the show is Bradford Beach, where I can set up camp in the soft sand, wriggle my toes in the cool Lake Michigan water and egg my friends into singing “Highway to the Danger Zone” at the top of our lungs.

You should try it. It may not have the rush associated with breaking the sound barrier but it makes for one awesome weekend in the wild blue yonder and deep blue sea of Milwaukee!


Details:
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
August 6-7, 2011 at Milwaukee’s Lakefront
Free Admission
www.visitmilwaukee.org/airandwatershow
             
Malibu Open
August 5-6, 2011 at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park
Free Admission
www.theproskitour.com/malibu-open-info
 

 

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