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The 8th annual Fred Usinger Day at the Old German Beer Hall takes place on Monday, Feb. 23 which means it’s a day to celebrate the legacy of Usinger's sausages by consuming free sausages and beer.
It’s true – in honor of the successful business that started in 1880, the Old German Beer Hall – located across the street from the original Usinger’s store at 1009 N. Old World 3rd St. – will serve up free sausages from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. or while supplies last.
At 6 p.m. Frederick "Fritz" Usinger IV will tap a keg of Hofbräu Märzen beer to continue the celebration for those 21 and over.
The event will also include live music from Ferdinand Buchel & Tony Gorenc at 11:30 a.m. and the Brewhouse Polka Kings from 4:45 to 8 p.m.
"The Usinger family and their sausage are iconic in the city's history. They embody the perseverance and success of German immigrants in Milwaukee," says Hans Weissgerber III, owner of the Old German Beer Hall. "Usinger's is an international brand, visitors from around the world make a visit to Old World Third Street in large part because of their outstanding sausage."
Should be lederhosen fabulous. See you there?
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.