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Experience A Beer Lover’s Dream Vacation!

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

 

Have you entered to win our Milwaukee Brewcation Sweepstakes? This is your chance to win a trip to “the city that beer made famous” and find out exactly why!

We’re giving one lucky person the chance to visit Milwaukee with a guest this fall to experience a beer lover’s dream vacation that includes a stay in a boutique hotel that was once a famous brewery, VIP brewery tours and tastings, luxury beer dinners and more.

Here are just some of the highlights of the package:

Roundtrip airfare for one winner and his/her guest, courtesy of Southwest Airlines® from any published Southwest Airlines city to Milwaukee. We're connecting more people to more places. Book now online only at southwest.com. We are Southwest. Welcome aboard.

See the full prize list, details and official rules here.

How can you enter the Milwaukee Brewcation sweepstakes? It’s easy. Just visit www.visitmilwaukee.org/brewcation to enter. You can also enter one additional time on our Facebook page.

Even better, you can earn additional entries in the contest by sharing with your friends and family. After you enter, send the sweepstakes to everyone you know who would be interested in entering themselves. Tell them to list you as their “Referral Name” when entering their information. When they do, you will get three extra entries in the sweepstakes! There is no limit to how many extra entries you can earn by being listed as a referral name, so don’t hold back from telling everyone you know!

Enter now and get ready to experience a getaway to Brew City!

 

 
Dear MKE Film Series Taps Into MillerCoors

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee


Latest release goes behind the scenes with an American brewing icon

Frederick J. Miller founded Miller Brewing Company in 1855, using yeast that he carried in his pocket from Europe. Adolph Coors stowed away on a ship to America to realize his dreams of becoming a brewer, tapping his first barrel in Colorado in 1873. “The Right Ingredients” takes an inside look at an American brewing giant, MillerCoors, and follows the 21st-century brewmaster who is passionate about carrying on their legacy.

“In the 1970s I visited the U.S. and Miller Brewing,” said Dr. David Ryder, MillerCoors Vice President of Brewing and Research, also known as chief brewmaster. “I thought it would be a neat job to have someday.” Ryder, who is originally from England, has made a lifelong career in the brewing industry. It’s a journey that has taken him from his native England to Africa, Belgium and France, before he realized his dream at Miller Brewing in 1992. “You can never get bored with brewing because it’s a blend of science, engineering and all sorts of different things,” Ryder said. “You’re always learning something.”

Click below to join Dear MKE’s film crew and Ryder on a behind-the-scenes tour of MillerCoors that includes a visit with Archivist Dave Herrewig to look at vintage memorabilia, a trip 60 feet underground to the Miller Caves, and an introduction to Hans, the piano-playing ghost who can’t get enough of the good times at the Miller Inn. 

Cheers to Milwaukee!

And, of course, beer.


Details:
www.dearmke.com
www.youtube.com/dearmke

The Dear MKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispelold perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to Dearmke.com.

Dear MKE is on Facebook (Facebook.com/DearMKE) and Twitter (Twitter.com/DearMKE).

 

 
The Wisconsin State Fair is Back!

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee


Our State Fair is a great state fair
Don't miss it don't even be late
(our State Fair is great)
It's dollars to doughnuts at our State Fair
It's the best State Fair in the state

Rodgers & Hammerstein

Wisconsin State Fair is here! Loosen up your pants for the next eleven days, people. It's time to eat.

Anyone up for joining me in beer battered macaroni and cheese bites with Jack cheese and bacon on a stick? Or country fried bacon on a stick with gravy? Or deep fried bacon wrapped tator tots on a stick? No? You prefer sweets? What about cherry pie, root beer float cookies, beer donuts or a chocolate-dipped cruller on a stick?

That’s just the warm up for the Granddaddy of them all….the Cream Puff! There is nothing like watching the progress of a freshly-made Wisconsin State Fair cream puff making its way from the assembly line to the finish line…i.e…. my mouth.

Speaking of finish lines, I can’t wait to watch the racing pigs decked out in competition jerseys as they zoom around the track in pursuit of cookies. This year, the Fair has added aquatic sports in the form of a duck race, which should be super cute as well.

Remember farmer in the dell? You know, quack quack here, moo moo there? There’s no shortage of barnyard buddies to see, from cows to chickens to rabbits to horses, to sheep to goats to….you get the idea.

I never miss the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, which shows you how our state really kicks butter when it comes to treats like cranberries, maple syrup, cherries, sausage, cheese, milk and more.

You’ve gotta wash down those curds with SOMETHING, and the Fair doesn’t disappoint. My vote goes to the Herb’s Super Bucks Milk House, where you can get ice-cold fresh milk flavors such as banana, root beer and cherry vanilla. 

And if you’ve never met an infomercial you didn’t like, you need to check out the Exposition Center. I’m a sucker for a good ShamWow demonstration, and I can honestly say I have never walked out of a Fair without something I absolutely had to have that I never knew I needed.

Ride fans will love the Fair’s midway, dubbed “Spin City.” A word to the wise: head there BEFORE your magnificent, deep-fried food frenzy. Just sayin’.

I typically cap off the night by visiting a few of the many entertainment stages located around the grounds with one overarching goal in mind: to dance long enough so that I can actually re-button my pants.

Details:
Wisconsin State Fair
August 1 – 11, 2013

  • 8 am – 11 pm Sunday – Thursday
  • 8 am – 12 am Friday & Saturday
  • 8 am – 10 pm Final Sunday

 

 
Dear MKE Sets Sail on Lake Michigan

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

When you’re located on one of the largest freshwater bodies on the planet, you’re bound to have a storied maritime heritage. “Come Sail Away” finds Milwaukee’s love of the water still going strong - with a 21st-century twist - as Dear MKE profiles one of the few local women skippers sailing Lake Michigan.

Cate Muller started sailing when she was eight years old. Today, Muller, who has made a career out of selling sailboats when she’s not at the helm, says the sport has “pretty much turned into my life.” A former Chicagoan who came to Milwaukee to attend college, Muller fell in love with the city and its laid back, friendly vibe. The fact that it had an active sailing scene and what Muller calls “amazing” access to the water was icing on the cake. 

Dear MKE’s film crew joined Skipper Muller and her crew in one of the Milwaukee Yacht Club’s Wednesday night races to see her skills in action. While flying along at speeds of up to 20 mph, the film captures the visually stunning lakefront and the friendly, but competitive, nature and teamwork necessary to command a 24-foot sailboat across the water.

I caught up with Cate between sails to get her take on what makes Milwaukee and the Lake so special.

You’re a transplanted Chicagoan. What makes Milwaukee feel like home:

I love downtown, the East Side. I came here to go to Marquette, and it’s so laid back and just an easy place to hang out. It’s easy to make new friends. If I’m in Chicago for more than a week it’s “get me back to Milwaukee.”

How big an impact did the sailing scene have on your decision? How easy is it for the average person to get into sailing?

Milwaukee has amazing access to the water. There’s the Milwaukee Yacht Club, the South Shore Yacht Club, the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, which is one of the top community sailing programs in the nation. It makes sailing a viable option for people who think they may not have the money or the skills. Sailing doesn’t have to be expensive. It takes one person to own a boat, but you need several who are willing to crew.

How unique is it to be a female skipper on the Lake?

There are definitely not a lot of girls out driving boats in the Midwest. It’s few and far between but I think it’s changing. I’m seeing more and more women excited about sailing, who want to learn and understand more about driving and being in charge of their own boats. Girls should feel just as empowered as men do.

What does it feel like to be sailing Lake Michigan?

The Lake is really a natural wonder of the world. It’s hard to describe the feeling of being out on the water and looking back on the city and thinking “I live here. This is cool!” Not a lot of people get to do that, view the city from that perspective. Once you realize you’re making this boat move with your skills, the wind and the water, it’s freeing and calming at the same time. It changes you. It’s a sense of freedom that few other things in our everyday lives can offer.

I hear last summer you made a dinner deal with the crew. Tell me about that.

I offered a $12 dinner if we won, but if we lost it was a $2 hot dog. That really got me in trouble for  a few weeks because we kept winning!

Besides a hearty appetite, what does it take to make Cate Muller’s crew?

To be on my boat, you need to be excited about it, be willing to make the extra effort, to ask questions, to learn. I love getting people stoked about getting on the water. It’s the tie that ties everyone together, whether in competition or just out for fun. It’s all about the stoke.


Details: www.DearMKE.com | www.youtube.com/DearMKE

The Dear MKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispel old perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to DearMKE.com.

Dear MKE is on Facebook (Facebook.com/DearMKE) and Twitter (Twitter.com/DearMKE).

 
Milwaukee’s Most Famous Cab Driver – New Dear MKE Film

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

A lot of people claim to know their home town “like the back of their hand.” Rory Orgill does. Rory’s been a Milwaukee cab driver for more than 16 years and he loves what he does. He’s an unheralded ambassador for the city, unabashedly proud of Milwaukee – and in particular Milwaukee’s music scene. The latest in the innovative Dear MKE series features his story, and shows how the view from the backseat can be surprisingly entertaining, enlightening and purely Dear MKE.

Milwaukee director, Frankie Latina, and cinematographer, Vinnie Besasie, spent an evening riding with Rory. Along the way, they discovered just how passionate he is about live music. He’s the kind of guy who’s kept every ticket stub to every concert he’s ever been to in Milwaukee and no matter what kind of music you like, he’ll know just the place to catch a live set. Although his “office” is a little different than that of most people, Rory wouldn’t have it any other way. He likes the freedom of being his own boss, meeting new people every night and sharing the wisdom earned from almost two decades behind the wheel.

The film is the fifth in the acclaimed Dear MKE series, and features music by local musicians Eugene Rueter, Kyle Feerick, and the band Collections of Colonies of Bees.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to www.DearMKE.com.

Let us know what you think of the film on Dear MKE’s Facebook and Twitter!

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Let’s Celebrate Milwaukee Day

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

Sunday is April 14 and you know what that means. It’s 414 and that’s the code, as in area code, for MKE. It’s a day to celebrate the city we hold dear, so put on your thinking cap and get out there and find an “only-in-Milwaukee” way to enjoy your favorite place on the planet!

I’ve got a few ideas to get you started, but the key to doing it right is to make the day your own. What do you love about Milwaukee? What are some of your favorite ways to spend time here? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

  • Start a blog about why you love Milwaukee
  • Enjoy all four food groups in a Bloody Mary Milwaukee-style
  • Start the day off with a big cup of Joe at Alterra
  • Learn about new restaurants and cool neighborhoods on a Milwaukee Food Tour
  • Walk through the Milwaukee Public Library
  • Take your best friend out for frozen custard
  • Go for a stroll along the lakefront
  • Share the Dear MKE feature film with someone who doesn’t live in Milwaukee
  • Take your pic with the cow at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart and post to Facebook
  • Have brunch at a new restaurant
  • Instagram from atop the Pilot House at Discovery World
  • Visit a neighborhood you’ve never been to
  • Take a Miller Park tour
  • Have a drink, an appetizer, a sandwich, a stroll with your best friend – anything. Just do it on Milwaukee Street.
  • Bike the Oak Leaf Trail
  • Go bowling!
  • Take someone from the burbs on a tour of Milwaukee and post all your pics online
  • Have a Milwaukee microbrew from your favorite watering hole  
  • Grill a bratwurst
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The Dear MKE Film Series Goes Behind the Scenes with Bill Davidson and Willie G. Davidson

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee


Highlights include rarely-seen Davidson family home movies and photos

“All in the Family” is the latest film in the Dear MKE series and it goes behind the scenes with a father and son who share one of the most recognized names in the world. Willie G. Davidson, chief styling officer emeritus, and his son, Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum and VISIT Milwaukee board member, give viewers an unprecedented glimpse into their personal story through family photos, home movies and a visit behind the doors of the Harley-Davidson Museum® archives. Along the way, they trace the path of one of Milwaukee’s most famous legacy brands in the latest release in the acclaimed Dear MKE Film Series.

This film, along with three previously-released films in the series can be found on the Dear MKE YouTube channel and on DearMKE.com.

“Milwaukee has always been a city that values hard work, ingenuity and creativity – we make things here,” said VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Paul Upchurch. “The story of Harley-Davidson epitomizes those characteristics that built this city and that continue to shape who we are today. 110 years ago Harley-Davidson put Milwaukee on the map. We’re proud more than a century later to be home to this internationally-recognized brand and the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum.” 

Dear MKE’s film crew joined Bill Davidson and his father, Willie G. Davidson, on a journey through Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum, which for Bill and Willie G. reads like a well-loved family album. From Willie G. pointing out dozens of his designs along the Museum’s tank wall, to Bill reminiscing about one of his favorite motorcycles, “All in the Family” tells a heartfelt, made-in-Milwaukee story.

This film is the fourth to be released in The Dear MKE film series, a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to dispelold perceptions of Milwaukee, drive brand awareness, entice new talent, attract new businesses, and bring more visitors – and remind locals why we embrace the essence of what makes life good here.

To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about Milwaukee, go to DearMKE.com.

Dear MKE is on Facebook and Twitter.

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Take a Top Five Family Vacation without Your Wallet

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

Voted by the travel experts at ShermansTravel.com as a Top Five Family Vacation, Milwaukee is a fun-filled, affordable and easy-to-get-to destination for families. With spring break on the horizon and gas prices and flight costs on the rise, finding a fun family vacation spot can be challenging. But Milwaukee is pulling out all the stops and offering a chance to take the whole family on a getaway – for free.

From a ride through space in a virtual reality chamber to family-friendly competition at one of the nation’s most popular game and restaurant experiences, there’s plenty to explore no matter the time of year. Now families can win a package to do it all FOR FREE by entering our “Great Milwaukee Family Getaway.” Click here for details on the package worth more than $1,000.

Stay in the City
The Hilton Milwaukee offers a family-friendly getaway in the heart of the city. Everyone will enjoy spacious rooms and casual dining at The Café and parents may be tempted to sneak away to the Monarch Room, a cool lounge with a Madmen vibe.

Where the Wild Things Are
See the king of the jungle, a sea of colorful butterflies, and slithering, swimming and swinging creatures at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Take a ride on the Safari Train and don’t forget to get a heaping scoop of Wisconsin ice cream at the Dairy Store located in the Family Farm area before you go! 
 
Discover the Possibilities
Transport the family from Portugal to outer space in seconds in the virtual reality chamber at Discovery World, featuring interactive exhibits that fuse innovation, science and education. See the inside of a nuclear reactor, view life under the sea at the aquarium and feel the sensation of flying an airplane.
 

From Jurassic Park to Edge of the Universe
See the kids’ faces light up as they see larger-than-life dinosaurs, brilliantly-colored butterflies and ancient mummies at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Treat them for good behavior at the candy shop in the Streets of Old Milwaukee on the way to a showing of the stars and planets in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium, Wisconsin’s largest.

Get Ready to Rumble
The world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum offers something for the entire family through its exhibits and interactive experiences. Kids of all ages will have a blast sitting on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles ranging from the World War II era to present, or using touch screen technology to hear the signature sound of Harley-Davidson engines. Kids must stop by the Imagination Station Kids Area that includes a coloring table, motorcycle-themed books and dress-up biker clothes. After getting dressed in their riding gear, kids can hop on the kid-sized motorcycle and (pretend to) leave their parents in the dust!
 
Fun Under Glass
Walking in to three, 85-foot high, glass domes is an experience in itself, but once you get inside – a world of nature’s wonders awaits! Visit the jungle, the desert and see a blanket of spring color in a sea of tulips, all indoors at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, known lovingly as the Milwaukee Domes.
 
 
Mom, I’m hungry!
After you’ve worked up an appetite visiting Milwaukee’s most active attractions, refuel at family-friendly dining spots throughout the city.
 
Dave & Buster’s serves up a variety of dishes like steaks, ribs and pasta that please adult palates as well as a special kids menu full of favorites. And that means everyone leaves happy. With a game arcade, shuffleboard, bowling, billiards and more, it’s a great place for an afternoon or evening of family fun!

Got picky kids? No problem! The Milwaukee Public Market’s nearly 20 specialty food vendors offer something for every taste from grilled cheese and made-to-order deli sandwiches to a full lobster dinner and Mexican fare.
 
After you visit hog heaven at the Harley-Davidson Museum, head to MOTOR BAR & RESTAURANT for some American Classic dining. Enjoy a bowl of Motor’s award-winning chili, house smoked BBQ pork sandwich or the monstrous bacon stuffed burger. Any choice will be a great choice within the communal atmosphere that Harley enthusiasts are known for.
 
Breakfast is what we’re talking about at The Original Pancake House. Its signature items include the Apple Pancake, a single large pancake smothered with sautéed apples and cinnamon sugar baked to perfection to create a deliciously rich cinnamon sugar glaze.
 
For details on how to experience these great family-friendly experiences in Milwaukee on us, click here
 
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