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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Mmmmm ammmmmmber.
Mmmmm ammmmmmber. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
From the street.
From the street. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Mike Brenner, beer baron.
Mike Brenner, beer baron. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Shiny and new.
Shiny and new. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Merch. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Background barrels.
Background barrels. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Hi, Milwaukee musician Heidi Spencer.
Hi, Milwaukee musician Heidi Spencer. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
You can never have too much Fred.
You can never have too much Fred. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

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. 

The Walker's Point-based brewery will open to the public in a couple of weeks (permits pending) and will offer tours, growlers to go and a tasting room. The brewery currently has four beers on tap. 

"We’ll be adding more pretty regularly," says Brenner, who received the title of master brewer after completing an international training program at Siebel Institute in Chicago and the Doemens Akademie in Munich, Germany.

Brenner also opened an art gallery and 20 artists' studio spaces in the adjacent building called The Pitch Project.

Brenner beer is available at many local liquor stores and bars including Sugar Maple, Palm Tavern, Anodyne Coffee Roasting, Blackbird, The Garage, Thief Wine Bar. Wolf Peach and Odd Duck

I sampled an amber last night and had absolutely no complaints. Stay tuned to for more information about Brenner Brewing Company, including the exact opening date.

Global Union brings musicians from all over the world to Bay View.
Global Union brings musicians from all over the world to Bay View.

Help Global Union raise $15,000

Alverno College’s Global Union, a free world music festival that started in 2006, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Humboldt Park. 

Today, the organizers launched a campaign to raise $15,000 in 15 days to offset costs. BMO Harris Bank and the Helen Bader Foundation will match the gifts dollar for dollar, up to $15,000.

"As you can imagine, ‘free’ world music festivals actually cost a lot of money, and it wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of you that make a gift every year," said David Ravel,  Alverno Presents artistic director in a statement.

If you've enjoyed Global Union as much as I have over the years – I am forever indebted to the festival for introducing me to the Swedsh hip-hop group, Movits – consider an online contribution. 

Antigua Coffee House joins Antigua Restaurant and Antigua Catering.
Antigua Coffee House joins Antigua Restaurant and Antigua Catering.
The large coffee shop is available for rentals.
The large coffee shop is available for rentals.

Antigua Coffee House now open

Eight years ago, Citlali Mendieta-Ramos and Nicholas Ramos opened Antigua Latin Restaurant, 5822 W. Burnham St.

Recently, the couple opened a new coffee shop, called Antigua Coffee House, at 813 S. 60th St.

"Our two business are near one another, but they are both different," says Mendieta-Ramos. 

The restaurant serves Latin, Cuban, Purto Rican and Spanish food. I've been there; it's good – but more relevant, an food writer went and liked it, too.

Antigua coffee house serves "American food" breakfasts and lunches, Monday through Friday, including breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, wraps, pastries, smoothies and Valentine coffee.

On weekends, the large cafe space is available for private parties and special events.  

The couple also provides catering and cooking classes for corporate team building.

It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee.
It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
A view from beyond.
A view from beyond. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen.
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Classic beer garden entertainment.
Classic beer garden entertainment. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Light or dark?
Light or dark? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than her head.
Bigger than her head. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than his head?
Bigger than his head? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Happy customers.
Happy customers. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The free-beer line.
The free-beer line. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Beer garden summer fun.
Beer garden summer fun. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The beer garden is dog-friendly.
The beer garden is dog-friendly. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Fun for all ages.
Fun for all ages. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Tappin' the goods.
Tappin' the goods. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Say no more. Just enjoy.
Say no more. Just enjoy. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

First look: Humboldt Park beer garden

The beer garden at Humboldt Park opened tonight – just south of the bandshell – in a fashion similar to how the other local gardens have opened: with free beer.

At 6 p.m., Scott Hettig – the brewmaster at Saint Francis Brewing Company – tapped the ceremonial keg which resulted in steins of complimentary beer for a hundred-plus Milwaukeeans.

The craft beer menu includes Lust weissbier, Envy I.P.A., Wrath amber ale and a Gluttony seasonal which will change, aptly, with the season. A half-liter is $5; a liter is $10. Wine and maple root beer are also available.

Unlike other community beer gardens, visitors cannot bring in steins or glassware and there is a $6 per stein refundable deposit required. Hettig says he hopes this will change in the future.

Food is also available including a Bavarian cheese soup, Bavarian pretzel, hot dog, veggie dog and bratwurst. Guests can bring in their own food.

The beer garden will be open during Chill On The Hill, but guests cannot bring beer garden beer to the band shell area.

The Humboldt Park beer garden, which is a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and Saint Francis Brewing Company, will be open weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"We’re really excited to have this happen," says Hettig.

Hettig started out as a home brewer 17 years prior to becoming a professional brewmaster. He apprenticed at Rock Bottom Brewery in Milwaukee.

"At that point I realized there was not one aspect of this job I did not enjoy," he says.