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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

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1. 4 tasty Milwaukee Cocktail Week events
I typically don't need a special event to get me out and enjoy a great cocktail. But, Milwaukee Cocktail Week is a sure-fire reason for YOU to get out there and try one too.
2. Libby's Lounge closes
Libby's Lounge, a bar and grill located at 1682 N. Van Buren St., has closed.
3. The Malt Shoppe to open soon
The Malt Shoppe - a store that sells bottles and growlers of beer, along with specialty glassware - opens Friday, Oct. 24 at 813 N. Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa.
4. The Curve Bar to close
After less than a year in business, Dan Fitzgibbons was asked to close The Curve by mid-October.
5. District 14 Brewery & Pub swings open its doors
District 14, located next door to Cafe Lulu, will have a soft opening tonight, starting at 7 p.m. OnMilwaukee.com stopped by three hours early to get a sneak peek.
6. 3 places to watch the Packers' opener
Still wondering where to watch the Green Bay Packers open their season against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night? Here are three great options.
7. Duck vodka? Yes, Duck vodka
For many years, I would drink whatever vodka was in front of me cut, of course, with the finest sugary fruit juice. I didn't ever really get excited about vodka. But the moment Aylesbury Duck Vodka graced my lips two years ago, I knew my cheap booze swilling days were over, and for the first time in my life, I became excited about vodka.
8. The 10 best shots to buy when you lose at bar dice or liar's poker
After decades of playing both games and being on both sides of the winner/loser equation, I've determined the top 10 shots to buy when you lose at either bar dice or liar's poker.
9. Lakefront Brewery plans to expand on Commerce Street
Lakefront Brewery announced today it has an accepted offer to buy land at 1890 N. Commerce St., which is next door to the current facility.
10. Updated: Club Anything transitioning into The Local
Todd Novasic, the owner of Club Anything, 807 S. 5th St., is converting the gothic / industrial bar into a new concept.
11. Another World Of Beer
Another local World Of Beer (WOB) will open on Monday, Aug. 25 at 418 N. Mayfair Rd. in Giuseppe's Plaza in Wauwatosa.
12. First look: Brenner Brewing Company
Last night, Brenner Brewing Company, 706 S. 5th St., opened its doors to Facebook friends (and real friends) of owner Mike Brenner.
13. Talking beer with UBrew
Want to know how to brew beer in the comfort of our your home? There are classes around town and a start up called UBrew that offers hands-on homebrewing classes.
14. Village Pub in Shorewood will reopen
The Village Pub, 4488 N. Oakland Ave., remained closed this week as the bar looked to renew its liquor license with the Village of Shorewood. A Twitter update says the bar will reopen soon.
15. First look: Humboldt Park beer garden
The beer garden at Humboldt Park pavilion opened tonight - just south of the bandshell - in a fashion similar to how the other local gardens have opened: with free beer.
16. Welcome back, Brown Bottle
Downtown Milwaukee's Schlitz Park has the energy and rebirth needed to bring back a Milwaukee institution, The Brown Bottle, 221 W. Galena St. And that's exactly what's happening.
17. Club Tap in Wauwatosa closes, but will reopen under new ownership
Club Tap, which opened in 1939, closed its doors last night in Wauwatosa. But, the tavern will reopen in mid-July.
18. First look: Hubbard Park Beer Garden
The Hubbard Park Beer Garden opened this afternoon at 3 p.m. for the first time and celebrated with what has become beer garden protocol - free beer.
19. Thrilllist lists one Milwaukee bar in its "33 best beers bars" feature
Thrillist, the city centric site and email with 21 editions, is out with its "33 Best Beer Bars in America" feature and only one Milwaukee bar made the cut.
20. Sprecher wins big at International Beer Competition
Sprecher Brewing Company brought home eight awards in this year's Los Angeles International Beer Competition, which took place on June 7-8.
21. Nomad's World Cup parties kick off Thursday
The World Cup begins this week, and Milwaukee's ready. And, of course, Nomad World Pub is ready, too. The Nomad, 1401 E. Brady St., has month-long celebration on tap and it begins Thursday, June 12, and doesn't stop until the final match on July 13.
22. Sprecher's traveling beer garden sets route for summer tour
For the first time since the 1800s, a traveling beer garden will soon be making the rounds - and undoubtedly serving up a few - throughout Milwaukee. Sprecher and the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture have teamed up to bring the fire truck-turned-suds slinger to a total of six parks throughout the summer, starting June 4 with a stop in the Root River Parkway South Picnic Area 1.
23. Distil launches new spring and summer cocktails
It's a new week, and Distil has launched a brand new craft cocktail menu to welcome spring and look ahead to summer.
24. Water Street Brewery opening in Oak Creek in summer 2015
Oak Creek is getting a taste of Milwaukee beer, and its first brew pub, as Water Street Brewery announced today that it's building in Drexel Town Square, just east of the interstate at the intersection of Drexel and Howell Avenues.
25. Ray's Wine and Spirits to open new Growler Gallery
Growlers, 64-ounce jugs for filling with craft beers, is a hot trend, and now Ray's Wine and Spirits is jumping on board. The Milwaukee liquor store, established in 1961, is expanding by opening Ray's Growler Gallery.