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1. Updated: Yield bar is closed
According to a source, Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Ave., closed last night and once word spread through social media, so many customers showed up it turned into a "borderline block party."
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2. Milwaukee bars left off new Esquire "Best Bars in America" list
The "Best Bars in America" feature has been around since 2006. And - of course - a lot has changed on the drinking scene here and in every city in America. One change, no Milwaukee bars appear on this year's list.
3. Gen Longoria named lead bartender for Tre Rivali and The Outsider
The Journeyman made its next big move toward opening this afternoon, hiring Gen Longoria as lead bartender for both its Tre Rivali restaurant and The Outsider rooftop bar and lounge.
4. Sprecher brews three new "hard sodas"
In late May, Sprecher Brewing Company will introduce three new "hard sodas": Hard Cherry Cola, Hard Orange Cream and Hard Cola. The local brewery already offers Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Ale and Hard Apple Pie.
5. Urban Bay View set to soft open next weekend
After a year of hard work, Paul Jonas is ready to share his new bar, Urban Bay View, 2301 S. Logan Ave., with the public.
6. What happens when a distillery and a roastery partner?
Coffee + vodka = delicious. Who knew? Well, apparently Central Standard Distillery and Anodyne Coffee did.
7. Nick's House shuts down
Nick's House, 1864 E. Kenilworth Pl., will close for good after this Saturday, May 7. The '70s-themed bar was remodeled in 2014 by the Spike TV reality show, "Bar Rescue."
8. Great Lakes Distillery celebrates 10th anniversary with 10 new spirits
Wisconsin's first craft distiller is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the release of 10 brand new spirits, including four new fruit-based brandies, which will be released in May of this year.
9. Cocktails for Cinco and beyond
It's Cinco de Mayo and now that I'm back on tequila - thanks to a switch to much higher quality tequilas than I used to taste - I've got a trio of Milagro Tequilas to sample and three recipes to make it happen.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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."
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Rumor Lounge is closed
According to a Facebook post, Rumor Upbeat Lounge has closed.
24. 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.
25. 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.