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1. Phoenix Lounge takes over Duplex space
Robert King and Ryan Bonen will soon open The Phoenix Lounge in the former Duplex, 785 N. Jefferson St. King and Bonen also own the Bad Genie, which is next door to the future Phoenix, and the kitchen inside Yield Bar, called Comiskey's, 1932 E. Kenilworth Pl.
2. Cloud Red forms in old Village Pub space
Next month, Rebecca Goldberger and Lis Duggan plan to open Cloud Red in the former Village Pub space, 4488 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood.
3. Water Street Brewery mixes it up with swing top bottles
Twenty years ago, Water Street Brewery started offering its beer to go in growlers, and recently introduced 16-ounce swing top bottles. They are for sale at all four locations: Downtown, Grafton, Lake Country and Oak Creek.
4. Milwaukee Beer Week events continue
Milwaukee is in the thick of Beer Week, and while you may have missed some of the over 100 events that are part of this celebration of one of Brew City's greatest contributions to humanity, there are still plenty of chances still left.
5. Silk Exotic wins federal court appeal in battle for Downtown strip club
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago Wednesday ruled, 3-0, in favor of Silk Exotic in its lawsuit against the City of Milwaukee over denial of a license to operate a strip club Downtown.
6. Is it illegal to serve drinks in copper mugs?
About a year ago, Guy Rehorst - owner of Great Lakes Distillery - received a bit of surprising news during a routine health inspection.
7. Warning: This podcast might inebriate you
Yesterday, I stopped in at Blackbird Bar for a casual-yet-recorded conversation about bars with Tyler Maas from Milwaukee Record for his podcast, "On The Record."
8. And the worst bar name in Milwaukee is ...
It's not easy to name a business, but this bar name suggests headaches, vomit and all things vile about the day after overindulging.
9. Tickets on sale for Kohler Festival of Beer
Signs of summer are here; in fact, it's time to start thinking about beer festivals. Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual Kohler Festival of Beer, which takes place from April 29 to May 1.
10. Video: Leslie Cadillac explains how she makes Amilinda's unique Old Fashioned
Milwaukee loves a great Old Fashioned and there are some really great options out there, including these two killer versions. But Spanish and Portuguese-inspired restaurant Amilinda, 315 E. Wisconsin Ave., has a version made with Bulleit rye that offers a different twist.
11. The joy of the showerbeer
I have taken a bath with a glass of wine before, and I have drank coffee while showering, but last night I joined the ranks of millions (?) and experienced my first showerbeer.
12. Chef Talk: Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
In the latest episode of Chef Talk Kyle Cherek heads over to Bryant's Cocktail Lounge to chat with owner John Dye and see what's being served up.
13. Update on Westallion Brewing Co.
Last fall, OnMilwaukee first reported that West Allis would welcome its first brewery, Westallion Brewing Co., in April 2016. Here's an update.
14. Rumor Lounge is closed
According to a Facebook post, Rumor Upbeat Lounge has closed.
15. Beer garden's opening and German Beer Day fall on same Saturday
Saturday, April 23 is the first day of the season and it's also German Beer Day, which celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the Duke of Bavaria proclaiming that a drink can only be called "beer" if it's made from water, barkey, and hops.
16. Unplug and celebrate Burns Night
Each year on Jan. 25, Scotland and Scot-o-philes and poetry fans celebrate Burns Night to mark the birthday of the legendary voice of Caledonia, Robert Burns. Get in the spirit with some single malts from Islay.
17. Walker's Point welcomes The Sangria Bar
After a successful six months of hosting weddings, parties and corporate events, the owners of the event venue The Point decided to develop the 5,000-square foot patio attached to the north side of building into The Sangria Bar.
18. Rest in peace, Angelo of Angelo's Piano Lounge
Angelo Martellano, longtime owner of Angelo's Piano Lounge, 1686 N. Van Buren St., peacefully passed away from natural causes this week in his Greenfield home.
19. Village Pub becoming something new
The former Village Pub in Shorewood, which closed in 2014 is about to be transformed.
20. Local beer collaboration goes beyond just the ingredients and brew day
Barley's Angels, a Milwaukee women's craft beer enthusiast group, is going to be collaborating with Company Brewing to bring an exclusive beer that will be sold during Riverwest FemFest 2016.
21. How I ended up with my dream job in beer
Three years ago, if you would have explained to me what I would be doing for a living now - working as a trade brewer for Tenth and Blake Beer Company - I would have thought you were pulling my leg.
22. Catch 22 Bar & Grill is closed
According to a sign on the door, Catch 22, 770 N. Milwaukee St., is closed.
23. Burke's Irish Castle now closed
We've confirmed the news that Burke's Irish Castle - the popular Irish Pub on 53rd and Bluemound Road - has officially closed. Its last day of business was Saturday, Dec. 5.
24. Red, White & Blue country bar will come to Old World 3rd Street
This morning, Mike Zimmerman and the Dehne Brothers, who own and operate The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin, as well as Upper 90 and The Pub Club in Downtown announced a new country bar will open in the former Buckhead Saloon space at 1044 N. Old World 3rd St.
25. Last Fink's mural update ... for now
The blank wall on the North Water Street side of Fink's on the East Side has been replaced with the beginnings of a new mural. Owner Scott Johnson says it will be the last one ... at least for now.