Quick Bucks- Thanks for Progress

It would be very easy to write about all the things Bucks fans should be thankful for in this space. Frankly, there’s a lot to write about, but I wouldn’t be doing my job as a consumer and purveyor of all things Bucks if I allowed the masses to enjoy their happiness peacefully. The Bucks’ great start to the season is going to come to a screeching halt in December. As many have noted, the Bucks have a ridiculously difficult December schedule. The schedule: Dec. 2: at Cleveland Dec. 3: vs. Dallas Dec. 5: vs. Miami Dec. 7: at Dallas…

Giving Thanks for Beer

                                                    Photo via Shutterstock Foamy Thanks Beer lovers have plenty to be thankful for this week. Black Friday is synonymous with bargain-shopping miscreants slugging it out over fleece blanket specials at department stores. But it has also become a big day for beer. In Milwaukee, there’s plenty to do for most of the week. The Milwaukee Beer Society kicks things off with a bottle share on Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 26). From 6 to 9 p.m.…

Braise to Serve Thanksgiving Meal to Local Homeless

                                                 Photo courtesy of Braise On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), Braise Restaurant (1101 S. Second St.) is serving 40 residents of Hope House Milwaukee, a homeless shelter located three blocks from the Walker’s Point restaurant. Members of Braise’s staff – as well as family members and friends – are part of the volunteer cooking and serving team. The menu includes turkeys from Yuppie Hill Farm, squash gratin, creamed leaks, and pumpkin pie made with freshly roasted pumpkins.…

Quick Bucks- Kidd’s Novel Approach Minute by Minute

The Bucks’ insane triple-overtime victory last night featured big games from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, clutch baskets from Brandon Knight, an offensive boost off the bench from O.J. Mayo and big-time contributions in the extra periods from Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova. When Brandon Knight missed a layup that would’ve won the game at the end of the second overtime, people around the Internet lauded his teammates for coming to pick him up after the tough miss. Throughout the season, everyone has talked about the chemistry of this Bucks team and how great this team plays together. Everything mentioned…

Beer Therapy

                              Photo via Shutterstock Lakefront is Big in Europe Last week, the winners of the European Beer Star competition were announced. A fair amount of craft brewers from the U.S. took home medals from the big international competition, including Lakefront Brewery. Eastside Dark landed Lakefront a gold medal in the Bohemian-Style Schwarzbier category, and Holiday Spice Lager (one of my favorites) claimed a silver in the Herb and Spice Beer category. Winning a pair of medals at the competition that includes more than 1,600 entries isn’t easy.…

Quick Bucks- Mayo’s Second Chance on the Second Unit

McDonald’s All-American. First-team All-Rookie. Blossoming Star. Talented Malcontent. Rejuvenated Scorer. Overweight Bench Player. Sixth Man of the Year? Throughout his career, O.J. Mayo has played many different roles, but the last one on the list might not be as far-fetched as it may seem. Mayo has come off the bench for all eight Bucks games this season and scored 12.1 points per game, making him just one of 21 players averaging double-digit points primarily off the bench. He’s been consistently attacking the basket and not settling for mid-range jumpers. According to basketball-reference.com, Mayo is shooting a career-high percentage of his…

On the Growl

Growler Gallery After just five months of operation, it’s clear that the guys at Ray’s Growler Gallery (8930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa) are onto something. Tap takeovers and unveilings of proprietary beers have become events, a fact clearly illustrated recently during the introduction of RAY-ley’s Comet a few weeks ago. When the doors opened at 11 a.m., a crowd was waiting and ready to fill empty growlers with the new stuff from Karben4. A solid beer selection is part of the draw, but the proprietary beers, created by area breweries especially for Ray’s, are what makes the place unique. Ray’s beer…

Grand Design

Milwaukee’s Downtown mall, the Shops of Grand Avenue, describes itself as a historical landmark. But unlike other highly visible city landmarks – the Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum addition or the Miller Park dome – the little-advertised mall seems in danger of becoming more of an urban legend than a destination. Adding insult to injury are the various proposals to tear down Boston Store, or the entire mall, to make room for an arena.  Once heralded as the key to reviving Downtown, the 32-year-old mall struggles, despite an overhaul that added offices, apartments and a YMCA. All downtown malls aren’t dying,…

Living in the Past

Story by Julie Mautner Inset photo by Mark Hunsberg When the Lake Park Pavilion opened in July 1903, the main floor was used for indoor summer concerts and the lower floor as a changing room for lake swimmers. That same year, a local photographer captured a photo of concert-goers set just west of the pavilion, where a gazebo, torn down in 1954, once stood. A copy now hangs in Lake Park Bistro, the upscale eatery restaurateurs Joe and Paul Bartolotta opened in the pavilion after signing a 20-year lease in 1995 and completing a $1.3 million renovation. At some point…

Quick Bucks- The Power Forward Problem

The Bucks have a power forward problem and it needs to be addressed. They simply have too many people that could fill the role. The Bucks started rookie Jabari Parker at the 4 spot in their first three games, and he’s played a majority of his minutes at that position. In the last two games, veteran Ersan Ilyasova has been the starting power forward, but only played 42 total minutes. Many predicted a possible breakout season for John Henson this season, yet the 23-year-old, who plays both power forward and center, has seen his playing time nearly cut in half.…