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Grab your friends and go check out "adult tubing" at The Rock Sports Complex.
Grab your friends and go check out "adult tubing" at The Rock Sports Complex.

Adult tubing at The Rock

Last weekend, I headed with a few friends to The Rock Sports Complex for a night of "Adult Tubing." What is adult tubing you wonder? Well, for $30 you get unlimited tubing and unlimited tap domestic beer from 8 to 10 p.m. The Rock has other tubing times for you to bring the family and hang out – this is for the late crowd. Or later crowd I should say. Fun times ahead. 

Pick a lane

There are about eight to choose from. They will fill up and you will wait briefly to go again, but that is part of the fun and where the beer comes in. 

On your mark, get set, GO!

He will keep the beer ready for you ...

... and the dance music is kept loud to keep you moving while you are drinking the beer he keeps on pouring.

Don't worry, you don't HAVE to walk back up the hill

You can ride the conveyor lift up. (They should have beer at the bottom, too.)

Afterward, head in for a drink at Tap Works

A good crowd of tubers and non-tubers had it full last Saturday. Plus, there is a pour-your-own tap wall. 

Tomorrow, The Rock hosts Ruckus @ The Rock which is an end of season snow party. You can still do adult tubing tomorrow night, the last night on the calendar to do it. Unless of course winter stays around for a while yet, then check back in. You can get your tickets here

You can still have fun doing this for now:

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Pabst Blue Ribbon is indeed part of our history. Should it be part of our future?
Pabst Blue Ribbon is indeed part of our history. Should it be part of our future? (Photo: Brewhouse Inn & Suites)

Should Milwaukee buy PBR?

Pabst Brewing Co., the 170-year-old company that makes Pabst Blue Ribbon— which has always been known as "PBR" to us Milwaukeeans — is for sale, Reuters reported over the weekend. It could be sold for as much as $1 billion.

A new Facebook page promoting that Milwaukee should buy Pabst Blue Ribbon is making the rounds, with hundreds of likes in just a few days.



I do agree on a number of fronts with whomever is behind the Facebook page. Milwaukee is, and has always been known for beer. The Pabst sign still hangs stately above the old complex. You can take the Best Place Tour in the old Pabst complex and learn more knowledge on Pabst and Milwaukee’s storied history with breweries than you will ever need. You can stay at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites and SEE the history there. Milwaukee is the in PBR logo! 

Could buying Pabst bring more tourism here? Could Milwaukee MAKE money off of buying and bringing home PBR in some kind of municipal capacity? Does it give Milwaukee more credibility somehow? Should we want to see more of these buses promoting a brand built here in Milwaukee back on our streets? 

Photo: directmediausa.com

Well, Milwaukee is already known as a "beercation" capital, and wouldn't Pabst coming back home to Milwaukee only increase the tourism angle? IF that did happen, would it be worth Milwaukee paying $1 BILLION for it? Would the additional jobs? PBR itself isn't brewed by Pabst Blue Ribbon (it's brewed in six Miller-owned breweries around the country), but certainly to have the brand headquartered back here would show something for Milwaukee.

That isn't for me to decide, and indeed, that sounds ridiculous right now in pothole ridden Milwaukee. Even if an amazing Kickstarter campaign happened, that is still a lot of dough.

But, if you’d like to see PBR come home to Milwaukee and make it the beer capital it once was (like these guys), chime in with your opinion. And, if they do indeed start a Kickstarter, I will be sure to contr…

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Milwaukee isn't lacking ways to get your beads tonight!
Milwaukee isn't lacking ways to get your beads tonight!

5 places to get your Mardi Gras on tonight

No, Milwaukee is certainly not New Orleans. But, the spirit of Mardi Gras will spread throughout the city tonight, and here are five places to take it all in.

1. 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Mardi Gras Party
Turner Hall,
1034 N. 4th St.


Milwaukee’s largest Mardi Gras celebration will take place at Turner Hall tonight. Herman Astros and Extra Crispy Brass Band will keep you movin’ and groovin’ all night. Your $14 admission will also get you dinner provided by Maxie’s and the city’s largest King Cake.

2. Maxie’s
6732 W. Fairview Ave.


Sample flavors from throughout the region all night tonight plus all the Hurricanes, Abita Beers and bourbon you can handle. Maxie’s will be open at 2 p.m. for you to start your party early in the heated outdoor tent with live bands and plenty of beads.

3. Riverwest Mardi Gras Parade Pub Crawl
Uptowner (starting bar)
1032 W. Center St.

If fire dancers and a band of costumed merriment makers is your thing, then the Riverwest Mardi Gras Pub Crawl could be the place for you tonight. It kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Uptowner, moves to the Gig, then Milwaukee Beer Bistro, over to Linemann's and ends at Art Bar.

4. Black Sheep
216 S. 2nd St.


The party gets started around 4 p.m. at Black Sheep in Walker's Point. Black Sheep will be serving locally sourced Jones Island Jambalaya and King Cake while you jam out to the sounds of ‘Nawlins. Try the Southern Comfort Hurricane drink or take advantage of beer specials all night.

5. Vitucci's
1832 E. North Ave.

The North Avenue bar Vitucci’s has decided to bring the Mardi Gras feeling to you in its newly updated bar. You can enjoy drink specials all night such as $4 Bacardi Mixers and $4 Soco Hurricanes.

Have fun, and be safe! 

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