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Beer + shower = awesome
Beer + shower = awesome
Multitasking.
Multitasking.

The joy of the shower beer

Editors' note: This story originally ran March 3, 2016. Only applicable links and lead intro have been changed. 

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

I have taken a bath with a glass of wine before, and I've drank coffee while showering, but last night I joined the ranks of millions (?) and experienced my first shower beer. 

Turns out, everything that’s been written and said about drinking a cold beer in a hot shower is true – it’s completely fun and refreshing. Unexpectedly, it was also inspiring – I shaved my shaggy winter legs for the first time in two months because, quite frankly, I didn’t want the sudsy party to end.

Best of all, I learned a few things during my shower beer, too. I think my choice of a can – a delicious Miller Lite – was a good one because there's no fear of breakage. I also realized that the fact beer makes me have to pee is not a problem in the least when shower beering. I was, after all, standing over a drain.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really don’t drink beer naked often enough (probably because I’m not and have never been a nudist, the Hamm's bear or a frat boy) and, as long as I don’t step on a bottle cap or overdo it and slip in the tub, there's absolutely nothing wrong with mixing hygiene with getting slightly hammered.

There are a lot of shower beer selfies out there, but I made a showerbeer vid. Also, the first person who comments that my tub really needs to get caulked is automatically volunteering to come over and do it. 

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Jason McDowell: karaoke ninja.
Jason McDowell: karaoke ninja. (Photo: Andy Tarnoff)

What are your karaoke go-to songs?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Whether buzzed on Miller Lite and belting out "Pour Some Sugar On Me" or completely sober and crooning "Let’s Get It On," karaoke is a crapton of fun for many people.

Even Tonic Tavern bartender Mark Waldoch got into it. Although, when he first heard that karaoke was happening every Tuesday night during his shift, he was less than enthused.

"At first, I thought a karaoke night would make me want to kill myself," says Waldoch. "But it turns out, people are genuinely happy singing karaoke and we all need that now so hard. Sh*t, I need that."

Some karaoke-ers are adventuresome and regularly try new tunes; others stick to the same ol’ songs. Here’s what the OnMilwaukee staff likes to belt out – some buzzed, some sober.

Jimmy Carlton
Sports writer / editor

"I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys
"Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers
"Bust It Baby Pt. 2" by Plies (featuring Ne-Yo)
"Drunk on Your Love" by Brett Eldredge

Lori Fredrich
Senior writer

Various songs by Ani DiFranco
"Let’s Dance" by David Bowie ("I love to pull out my man voice," she says.)

Jason McDowell
Creative director

"Orange Crush" or "Losing My Religion" by REM.

Jeff Sherman
President

"Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks
"Drunk on a Plane" by Dierks Bentley
"Parachute" by Chris Stapleton
"My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown

Molly Snyder
Senior writer / Editorial manager

"Crimson & Clover" Joan Jett version
Anything by Johnny Cash
"Islands In the Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton ("Only when I can duet with Andy Tarnoff.")

Carolynn Buser
Editorial director 

"Bitch" Meredith Brooks
"Party in the USA" Miley Cyrus  ("Don't judge, she says.")
"No Scrubs" T…

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Heck, it's a dime cheaper than Three Buck Chuck.
Heck, it's a dime cheaper than Three Buck Chuck.

Cheap wine uncorks a new winner

As a consumer who has purchased cases of Charles Shaw "Three Buck Chuck" wine from Trader Joe’s, I was certainly willing to give a couple of bottles of Winking Owl – available only at Aldi for a mere $2.89 – a taste test. And since Saturday is National Wine Day, here’s my "two cents" on the bargain vino.

I was skeptical at first because the wine is made by Gallo, which is one of my least favorite cheap wines – second only to Boone’s Farm. Both were repeat culprits in sloshy high school drinking experiences and even their labels make me wince. (And, simultaneously, crave Duran Duran songs.)

Conversely, Winking Owl's label is very appealing. In fact, it's possibly the most adorable wine label I've ever seen. And that's important to those of us who don't have bathtubs of knowledge when it comes to wine. We pick by price, recommendation, intuition and the label.

I bought a few bottles of Winking Owl wine: chardonnay, merlot and shiraz. There’s also a cab sav and a pinot grigio. Like Charles Shaw wine, I found all three of them to be a very drinkable. They were also a little watery, but The Shiraz – which was particularly good – had the most body.

I would certainly buy Winking Owl again, but before I do, I must get to the bottom of my latest burning question: do owls wink?

Almost time to get jerky.
Almost time to get jerky.

The Standard hosts city's first "jerk off" contest

MKE Underground is a series that focuses on the grittier aspects of life in Brew City. In respect to younger readers, OnMilwaukee will publish these sassier stories after 9 p.m.

No, it’s not that kind of contest. Geez, people, get your minds out of the sewer. This contest is all about a different kind of meat … jerky!

"This event was created with a couple of guys, drinking some beers and talking about their love of jerky, so we decided, what the hell, let's give it a whirl," says event organizer and bar manager Heidi White.

The event takes place on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Standard, 1754 N. Franklin Pl.

Participants can dry or smoke jerky from any kind of meat, but it must be made from scratch – no store-bought jerky allowed. They must also make enough for people to sample.

To sign up for the contest, go to this Facebook page and leave a comment for White or Standard co-owner Steve Gilbertson.

As White says, "Who doesn't love jerky?"