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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

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Milwaukee Cocktail Week will dish up delectable food and drink.
Milwaukee Cocktail Week will dish up delectable food and drink. (Photo: Facebook )

4 tasty Milwaukee Cocktail Week events

Milwaukee's one and only spirits -- and no, I don't mean the Halloweeny kind -- festival kicks off this Sunday at Horny Goat Hideaway and runs through Sept. 27, 2014. For the kick off event, you can eat your way through artisan sausages and tailgate "ish" food from restaurants such as Maxie's, Morel and Trocadero as well as cocktails from Blue Jacket, Bryant and Goodkind.

The good folks over at Alcohomanac, Bittercube Bitters and MKEfoodies -- who put on the yearly event -- have not skimped on a delicious and drinkable kick-off event and events held throughout the week to celebrate the "craft cocktail." Don't fret, you'll be able to catch the Packers vs. Lions while attending. 

The calendar for the week is jam-packed with events to attend and enjoy -- what a challenge to pick and choose! But, alas, a girl must do what she has to do, so here are my top 3 to attend:

1. The Heart of Mexico @ Cempazuchi Comida Brava

I'm a lover of all things tequila. So, this dinner of 5 courses paired with a cocktail - one Sotol, two Tequila, two Mezcal - caught my eye right away. I'm not a huge fan of Mezcal, so this could possibly make me into one. There's a bonus: an assortment of regional Mexican cuisine and street food will be served -- and Cempazuchi has never let me down. 

2. ÆppelTreow Winery & Distillery 4-course Dinner @ Blue Jacket

ÆppelTreow Winery is a small distillery from Burlington and they focus on the long lost forgotten cider heritage. This pairing of Blue Jacket, one of my top restaurants in the city, for 5 cocktails with 4 courses is a sure win for me! Not only do I get to indulge in trying ÆppelTreow -- I get to eat Blue Jacket's amazing food too. 

3. St. George Cocktail Dinner @ Locavore at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Locavore is the newest restaurant at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and has been on my "must-try" list since they opened. For Milwaukee Cocktail Week they've partnered up with St. George Spirits on a four-course dinner that had me at sa…

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Hey there, Santa!
Hey there, Santa! (Photo: rodgersphotobomb.com)

Aaron Rodgers: king of photobombing

I love Aaron Rodgers for many reasons. First and foremost, of course, is his ability to lead the Green Bay Packers. I'm a huge fan of his philanthropic endeavors including his partnership with David "One Call, That's All" Gruber and the commercials surprising kids all over Wisconsin in the "It's Aaron" spots that benefit local non-profit organizations. How could you not? 

And then ... there are his photobombing skills. He's been bombing Green Bay Packers captain photos since 2006! I didn't realize they dated that far back, though I do follow this site dedicated to sharing all of Aaron's talent in the photo-bombing business. Win or lose, they almost always make me smile. 

Now, NFL Films has taken notice that Aaron is more than just one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the country as well. You can watch their video on "Aaron Rodgers, The Photobomber" here

Go Pack Go! 

That arch would look gorgeous on our Milwaukee lakefront, don't you think?
That arch would look gorgeous on our Milwaukee lakefront, don't you think? (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

5 things we'd want from St. Louis if they take (buy) Miller Coors

Even though I'm not a huge beer drinker, I would still hate to see Miller-Coors leave Milwaukee. How dare St. Louis brewer Anheuser-Busch try to purchase a brand that is distinctly Milwaukee? 

This slightly snarky office conversation of course led to the following question: What would Milwaukee want from St. Louis in return?

So, here are five things we will gladly take in return from the fine folks in St. Louis:

1. The Gateway Arch

I really don't need to explain this, right? The arch, designed by Eero Saarinen (who also designed Milwaukee's War Memorial Center), is a symbol – a very beautiful one at that – of St. Louis. Our lakefront is gorgeous already, but the Gateway Arch would be a great addition, don't you think? It'd certainly be an upgrade from The Calling. 

2. City Museum 

Many have said St. Louis's City Museum is indescribable and unlike anything you've ever seen in your life. The museum / theme park / aquarium keeps on getting better when you visit – so let's add it to our collection of amazing museums! 

3. Fried ravioli 

Photo: onelittlelist.wordpress.com

St. Louis invented this specialty fried ravioli that is now a pretty common restaurant staple. However, we'll gladly take the rights to inventing it (along with the city's best recipes), right? It seems only fair.

4. 1982 World Series ring

Photo: ringsthatbling.com

You know what they say: If you can't beat them, wait several decades until they want to take a beloved beer company away from you and force them to trade their championship title in response. I may have taken some liberties with that quote. 

Of course, I wouldn't trade the Milwaukee Brewers (win or lose) for anything, but ... that 1982 World Series ring sure would be nice to have. I mean, if we had to take it ... 

5. Provel

Photo: northlightfoods.com

Wisconsin is the Dairy State. Land of cheese. Purveyors of delicious milk. So, it makes tons of sense to put Provel -- invented here anyway -- on our list. T…

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Camp Bar will be packed for the opening game of the Green Bay Packers. But -- don't worry -- bring a chair and watch on the jumbo tron outside!
Camp Bar will be packed for the opening game of the Green Bay Packers. But -- don't worry -- bring a chair and watch on the jumbo tron outside! (Photo: Eron Laber of Front Room Photography)

3 places to watch the Packers' opener

Who's ready for some football? I am!

There are plenty of options for you to party with fellow Green Bay Packers fans and watch the game. Here are three that are at the top of my list:

1. Ugly's

I've written a few times about Ugly's (which seems to have dropped the "pub" which makes sense to me) for brunch and happy hours. If you haven't stopped in yet, tomorrow is a great time to do so. It'll have multiple 55-inch LED TVs with two large projectors, too, so you don't miss a play. If you have on the green and gold (or NFL apparel) you'll get $2 Miller products, $3 Fireballs and $5 Talls. You never know, you may even win a prize for being one of the best dressed fans.

2. Camp Bar (Shorewood)

Kick off the Packers season with a big outdoor party! Camp Bar is a great place to watch any game -- but it isn't a huge space -- so an outdoor party is the perfect solution. The party will get started at 4 p.m. Watch on the jumbo trons outside -- bring a chair and settle in -- or watch the game inside. BelAir Cantina will be on hand with a taco tent plus you can enjoy drink specials (and hopefully touchdown shots) all night long.

3. The Garage

The Garage is getting the season started with a Packers Pig Roast. It'll have 13 HD TVs for you -- two will be on the Parkhaus Patio. If you haven't been by to check out the rehab of The Garage, this is the perfect opportunity. You can enjoy a cheap but delicious pork plate with beans and slaw along with $3 Miller Lite and PBR Tall Boys. Or go big -- drink the Tune-Up Special for $5 (but don't blame me when you regret that 4 Roses Bourbon shot that next day).

If you aren't in the mood for one of these -- take a look at our Packers Bar Guide for other local ideas. Go Pack Go!  

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