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Guido, the Milwaukee Brewers' Italian Racing Sausage, is missing.
Guido, the Milwaukee Brewers' Italian Racing Sausage, is missing. (Photo: Jim Owczarski)

The Italian Racing Sausage is missing!

UPDATE: The Sausage has been found!

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Klement's Racing Sausages have a long history of promotions including one where one of the iconic sausages "goes missing" but in this case - at least for now - it seems like Guido, the Italian Racing Sausage, is actually MIA.

It was last seen in Cedarburg, but not since.

And, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a Pleasant Prairie mustard company is willing to give the person who returns Guido a year's supply of mustard.

For those wondering, no one is quite sure where Randall Simon is at this time or if he's a prime suspect in this caper.

 

Brian Zbichorski of The Hotel Foster and Boone & Crockett.
Brian Zbichorski of The Hotel Foster and Boone & Crockett. (Photo: McKenna Marie Shaffer)

Bartender Olympian: Brian Zbichorski of The Hotel Foster

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round – brought to you by Aperol, Pinnacle, Jameson, Fireball, Red Stag and Avion. The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its fifth annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been talking to the participating bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St., on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Drink in the fun as your 2013 competitors go head to head in a recipe competition in which the final results are tasted and voted upon by the audience and select celebrity judges. Watch as Milwaukee’s favorite bartenders compete in the yearly favorite Pabst Can Stack and finish off the night with the ever-popular Bartender Karaoke.

Special guests include 102.1's Kramp and Adler.

The event is free and features drink specials like $3 shots and small cocktails featuring sponsored brands, $3 Pabst Tall Boys and $5 regular-sized cocktails made with sponsored brands.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Brian Zbichorski of The Hotel Foster and Boone & Crockett.

OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?

Brian Zbichorski: Five years.

OMC: If you could only pick one bar to hang out at (outside of work) where would it be and why?

BZ: Burnhearts. Low-key, amazing selection of beers and craft cocktails. Best of all, the bartenders.

OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot right now?

BZ: The Noble. Always a different selection of dishes. Small and great food.

OMC: What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed in your bar?

BZ: A dance party that turned into everyone getting naked in their underwear. Lots of love happened that night. Oh, also the cops showed up (nothing happened).

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Mark Fisher of redbar.
Mark Fisher of redbar. (Photo: McKenna Marie Shaffer)

Bartender Olympian: Mark Fisher of redbar

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round – brought to you by Aperol, Pinnacle, Jameson, Fireball, Red Stag and Avion. The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host its fifth annual Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians.

We've been talking to the participating bartenders over the last two weeks in preparation for the big night at Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St., on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Drink in the fun as your 2013 competitors go head to head in a recipe competition in which the final results are tasted and voted upon by the audience and select celebrity judges. Watch as Milwaukee’s favorite bartenders compete in the yearly favorite Pabst Can Stack and finish off the night with the ever-popular Bartender Karaoke.

Special guests include 102.1's Kramp and Adler.

The event is free and features drink specials like $3 shots and small cocktails featuring sponsored brands, $3 Pabst Tall Boys and $5 regular-sized cocktails made with sponsored brands.

Here's a quick Q & A with bartender Mark Fisher of redbar.

OnMilwaukee.com: How long have you been tending bar?

Mark Fisher: Nine years.

OMC: If you could only pick one bar to hang out at (outside of where you work) which bar would it be?

MF: Cactus Club. Good tunes, good people.

OMC: What's your favorite brunch spot right now?

MF: Does a bowl of Cheerios on my couch count as brunch? If not, Honeypie.

OMC: What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed in a bar?

MF: A dude kick through a glass door after I threw him out.

OMC: If you could open up a bar in Milwaukee tomorrow, what type of bar would it be?

MF: Punk rock sports bar.

OMC: Who are some of your favorite bartenders to visit in Milwaukee?

MF: Lee, Brain Ch…

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Nick Offerman offers a night of storytelling and song

On Saturday night, "Parks and Recreation’s" Nick Offerman (the actor behind the show’s amazing character Ron Swanson) appeared at the Pabst Theater in front of a full house not exactly sure what they were about to get. Luckily, their instincts to come were rewarded with a terrific night of storytelling and song.

Emerging from backstage shirtless, Offerman stated that "minor nudity was advertised…minor nudity was achieved." With his stomach extended, he then thanked Mader’s for a delicious dinner and pointed out how his evening’s meal had contributed to this bloating. "If I lived here, I’d be the next John Candy." After covering his torso with a gawdy Western-style shirt that resembled the American flag, Offerman addressed the elephant in the room about what the show’s content would be. "Thank you for coming out in this cold weather for seeing me do…you have no idea what. You must love that television program."

Offerman’s show was called "American Ham" and consisted of his ten tips for prosperity. After listing each tip, Offerman would tell a story from his life that added depth to this list. On a few occasions, such as his tip of "eat red meat," no additional details were necessary and he would move on to his next lesson. He also had a guitar with him on stage and would cap some of the tips with a song of his own that tied into the theme.

There are several similarities between Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman, including a shared love of woodwork and the aforementioned red meat.
Offerman also possesses a very rare gift in that his own laugh is able to make the audience follow suit. The best classification of his laugh is that it is a delightful giggle that doesn’t seem to match the human being where it came from. While glimpses of this have been seen and heard on "Parks and Recreation," there were several moments where Offerman couldn’t maintain the stern façade he often employs and would break by laughing.

The riskiest moments of the show were…

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