A local couple has been supporting Milwaukee restaurants from 2,000 miles away. And they hope their actions will inspire others to do the same.
Nearly four decades ago, Sprecher Brewery was a small start-up tucked away on the Burnham Canal in Walker's Point, trying to figure out how to make its mark on the beer industry in a brewing town still ruled by Miller and Pabst. Now, Sprecher is moving into the future with new owners.
West Bend's Lithia Beer - which once had the tagline "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Jealous" - was founded in 1848. In 1999, Gunter Woog, who was born in Germany but moved to West Bend in 1952, bought the trademarked name and recently partnered with Sprecher Brewery to reintroduce the beer.
Randy Sprecher, who opened Sprecher Brewery in 1985, started making soda in 1988 because so many adults brought their kids on the brewery tour. Today, soda makes up a large portion of sales, thanks to the popular root beer flavor, as well as seasonal flavors like the recently-released blueberry.
It's nearly May and this means the Sprecher family will soon return to its home base in Milwaukee to enjoy another busy summer at the brewery in Glendale. Randy Sprecher and his wife Anne spend the winters in the Central Coast region of California, a warm, sunny spot that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
The Sprecher Brewing Co. and Miss Pole, a New Berlin-based pole dancing instruction group, teamed up for another event in Sprecher's "Share the Passion" series that offers classes celebrating craft beer and passion.