By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 03, 2021 at 12:06 PM

Snuggle up with some holiday cheer as OnMilwaukee shares stories of everything merry and bright in the spirit of the season.

Brought to you by Noel Indoor Light Park & Christmas Market and MillerCoors

Miller High Life is selling kits to make your own gingerbread dive bar. Is there anything more Milwaukee than that?


Who needs some idyllic little winter cottage when you can have a full-on holiday dive bar, complete with Mr. Gingerbread Saloonkeeper, a billiards table and outside on the gingerbread patio, gingerbread bag toss?!


Now, THAT is livin' the High Life.

The gingerbread kits go on sale for $50 each on Dec. 6 at the Miller High Life online shop. They'll be available while supplies last.

The kits have everything you'd expect from a gingerbread version of your favorite neighborhood corner tap:

  • Miller High Life wall art and mini neon signs made of sugar
  • customizable entrance sign
  • a tiny jukebox that surely plays "Sugar Sugar" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and the best of Sugar Minott (OK, it doesn't actually play anything) ...
  • ... but there are actual working lights
  • an edible pool table with pretzel cue sticks and candy balls
  • bar snacks pergola and candy cornhole set
  • bar stools made of hard candy and candy canes
  • maple syrup packets so you can make the floors authentically sticky

Did I mention that the gingerbread is infused with Miller High Life?

You're welcome.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.