By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jul 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM

August has traditionally been a huge month for food and beverage openings in Milwaukee. And this year, some of the city’s most beloved institutions are celebrating landmark anniversaries. Check out what’s in store for Sprecher, Anodyne and MOVIDA.

Sprecher celebrates 30 years

Sprecher Brewing Company, Milwaukee’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, was founded by Randal Sprecher in 1985. To celebrate 30 years of hard work creating award-winning craft beers and soda the brewery is throwing a 30th Anniversary Bash on Aug. 28-29 at Juneau Park.  This free event will feature Milwaukee County’s Traveling Beer Garden (for which Juneau Park is the last stop for the summer) plus two other Sprecher tap fire trucks will be in the park for the bash. 

The brewery will also partner with WKLH, another Milwaukee institution celebrating 30 years in business. During the two day event, DJ Marilyn Mee will broadcast live from Juneau Park on Friday, Aug. 28 from 2 to 7 p.m. On Aug. 29, WKLH will broadcast live from noon until 5 p.m.

In addition, there will be plenty of great music, including a performance from X, the the original groundbreaking Los Angeles punk band – popular in 1985, when Sprecher opened – and featuring John Doe, Billy Zoom, Exene Cervanka and DJ Bonebreake.

Friday, Aug. 28:

4 p.m. – The Ladders
6:15 p.m. – The Grovelers
8:15 p.m. – X

Saturday, Aug. 29:

Noon: Christopher’s Project
2:30 p.m. – Robert Allen Jr.
5:15 p.m. – Living Statues
7:30 p.m. – De La Buena

Sweet 16 for Anodyne

Founded in 1999, Anodyne Coffee Roasters began with a small cafe on Bay View Cafe on KK and Trowbridge.  Now, 16 years later, it has grown in spades! From wood-fired pizza at the Bay View store to two additional cafes at Milwaukee Public Market and in Walker’s Point, the Milwaukee-proud coffee company has plenty to celebrate.

"Coffee and Milwaukee have been very good to us," says owner Matt McClutchy.  We invite all of our customers, friends and the public generally to celebrate their part in the past 16 years of Anodyne success!"

The free five-concert series will be held Aug. 5-14 at the Walker’s Point Cafe and Roastery at 224 W. Bruce St. All concerts will begin at 8 p.m.

Aug. 5 – T. Hardy Morris

Aug. 6 – Wooldridge Brothers with special guest Adam Levy (Honeydogs)

Aug. 7 – Piles, Redstuff, Liar’s Trial, Luxx, Soft Targets and Wolfgang Schaefer (All Anodyne staff showcase)

Aug. 8 – Trapper Schoepp

Aug. 14 – Town Mountain with guest Jesse Walker’s Hitch

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MOVIDA turns 1

It’s tough to believe that it was just last August that MOVIDA opened its doors at 524 S. 2nd St. But, here it is, just one year later, and the restaurant has continued to bring authenticity and Spanish style to the Walker’s Point neighborhood. From paella and to smoked suckling pig and braised octopus, MOVIDA has set the bar for Spanish cuisine in the city. And soon, it will launch a brand new endeavor with the Hotel Madrid.

"I am so happy with how Milwaukee has been so supportive of our vision," says co-owner Aaron Gersonde.  It's great to see the interest is tapas, Spanish cuisine and craft cocktails! We look forward to keep providing our city with delicious food and drinks for many more years."

In celebration of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, MOVIDA will offer a special eight-course dinner on Thursday, Aug. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or $100 (plus tax and gratuity) with cocktail pairings. Reservations are required and can be made online.  

The menu includes:

  • Foie gras with black peppercorn brioche, charred orange, pomegranate and Marcona almonds

  • Gazpacho with cherry, pistachio and ginger cream

  • Heirloom tomatoes with sherry vinegar, olive oil, Maldon sea salt, 12-month Manchego and garlic croutons

  • Fresh pasta with langostines, goat cheese and citrus rosemary browned butter.  

  • Beef tartare with quail egg yolk, white truffle, shallot, Dijon mustard and crostini

  • Quail with blackberries, balsamic vinegar, Guindilla pepper, Tuscan kale and duck fat roasted potatoes

  • Cheeses:  Cabrales and Basque with seasonal fruits

  • Trio of Sweets: churro with chocolate, cantaloupe sorbet with Serrano ham and a white peach tartlet with basil

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.