I visited Summerfest three times so far this year, and each time, I noticed that fewer people were drinking from a stack of beer cups. In fact, on Monday night, at the raging Matisyahu concert, I didn’t see a single soul slurping beer from a stack.
Is cup stacking out?
In case you don’t know what I’m talking about: In the past, lots of party-hardy Summerfest-goers stacked their empty beer cups, keeping the full one on top, to show off the number of brews they’ve already consumed.
Cup staking became a part of the Big Gig's culture (there’s even a cup stacking T-shirt for sale) like Venice Club’s fried eggplant or that ubiquitous Ecuadorian band or getting spit on when walking beneath the Sky Glider. (Yes, this happened to me once. Luckily the loogie landed on my shoe.)
Maybe the next couple of days – since it’s a holiday and all – will generate more cup stacking. I hope so. Even though I myself was never a stacker of the beer cup, I miss seeing it.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.