Inky Beer Factoid: September 1

On September 1, 1900, four of the local breweries in La Crosse, Wisconsin, were consolidated into one huge brewery, named the “La Crosse Brewing Company.” The local breweries consolidated were the C & J Michel Brewing Company, the G. Heileman Brewing Company, the Franz Bartl Brewing Company, and the Zeisler and Sons Brewery. Currently, the…

Inky Beer Factoid: August 21

On this day in 1950, Schlitz Brewing Company out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin released an advertisement in Newsweek Magazine involving the growing popularity of square dancing.  Unfortunately, many square dancers were not too pleased that an alcoholic beverage was tarnishing their image because dancers depended on using spaces such as churches and schools to participate in…

Beer Factoid: July 12

On this day in 1919, Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Brewing Company introduced a “near beer” called PEP to the public just 12 days after beer became illegal due to the Wartime Prohibition Act. Even though Oshkosh tried to promote and sell this new product to the public, it wasn’t a huge hit by beer lovers.

Beer Factoid: July 5

On this day in 1996, Lakefront Brewery brewed the first government approved gluten-free beer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They named this organic beer the New Grist.  What’s in this gluten-free beer? New Grist contains “water, rice, sorghum, hops, and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses”.

Ink: Collins’ Sisters

A long time ago, my sister Carly mentioned that she would not get a tattoo unless all three of us got the same one. (Thanks for making this happen, Carly!) Around Thanksgiving weekend of 2006, my two sisters (Lisa and Carly) and I headed over to Lake Geneva Tattoo to get matching ink. Thanks to…