Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening in an 8,000-square-foot space that now includes a beer garden and kitchen

Brothers Bar and Grill is new and improved, and ready to reopen in Milwaukee. 



a store filled with lots of graffiti: Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening at 1213 N. Water St. on Oct. 8. It is twice the size of its previous space and now has a full kitchen, 45 TVs, outdoor beer garden and more.


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Brothers Bar and Grill is reopening at 1213 N. Water St. on Oct. 8. It is twice the size of its previous space and now has a full kitchen, 45 TVs, outdoor beer garden and more.

The Water Street bar closed in November to prepare for an expansion that combined its previous space with the next-door space, the former Milwaukee Moulding & Frame building. 

After almost a year it is reopening an 8,000-square-foot space that includes ample seating, an arcade and dance floor. There are 45 TVs throughout the building for game watching and 40 draft lines for beers. A 2,000-square-foot beer garden is outside. 

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“It’s unrecognizable from before,” said Marc Fortney, co-owner of Brothers, 1213 N. Water St. “We’re really bringing everything. It’s the new version of Brothers.”

The bar and restaurant chain is based in La Crosse and has 20 locations across the country. Fortney said Brothers started as a college bar, but its new locations have been larger and more family-friendly. 



a store inside of a building: The second floor of Brothers Bar and Grill overlooks the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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The second floor of Brothers Bar and Grill overlooks the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

“As we’ve gotten older, we’ve thought more about what we would want in a bar, and brought that to Brothers,” he said. “We’re available for family dining, and after 10 p.m. we’ll be 21 and older and focus on that crowd.” 

The Milwaukee Brothers is the first remodeled location in Wisconsin. 

“We don’t have this in La Crosse,” Fortney said. “We thought it was a great opportunity to do this in Milwaukee with the Fiserv Forum right there. It’s really exciting for us to bring this here to Wisconsin. We’re just beaming.”



Brothers Bar and Grill has a custom 40-foot long bar on the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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Brothers Bar and Grill has a custom 40-foot long bar on the first floor. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

Features of the new Brothers include custom wood bars, one 40 feet long on the first floor and a second bar on the second floor. 

The dance floor has unique lighting and a dedicated DJ booth. Pool tables and dartboards are found throughout, as are murals. The second floor is available for renting out and overlooks the first floor. 



a sign on the side of a building: A Milwaukee mural is right outside the new beer garden at Brothers Bar and Grill. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.


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A Milwaukee mural is right outside the new beer garden at Brothers Bar and Grill. It is reopening on Oct. 8, 2020 at 1213 N. Water St.

The beer garden has a retractable roof, heaters, televisions and sliding garage doors. Exposed Cream City brick is throughout the interior and exterior, and the outside of the building also got a remodel. 

“We really pulled out all the stops for this place,” Fortney said. 

The new full kitchen will serve lunch and dinner. Its menu includes burgers, wings, salads and more with daily food and drink specials. 

Fortney said they will monitor

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Drive-In movies coming to Cultura Beer Garden just in time for Halloween

Laredo film lovers have not had much to celebrate recently, with closures announced at two major Laredo theaters — the Alamo Drafthouse and Regal Cinema — and the delay of a number of big-budget movies. However, local nonprofit Laredo Film Society is doing all it can to keep the love of cinema alive in Laredo.

In partnership with Cultura Beer Garden, the organization is hosting a series of drive-in movies designed to give locals a safe, movie-going experience amid restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In celebration of the Halloween season, the movies selected for the series are all designed to get Laredoans in a spooky mood.


On Saturday, October 17, a screening of 1985 Italian horror film “Phenomena”. Directed by horror master Dario Argento and starring a young Jennifer Connelly in the lead role, the film tells the tale of a teen girl who attempts to chase a serial killer after she discovers her psychic powers.

On Halloween night, the group will screen cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  The 1975 musical comedy horror film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick and is a musical tribute to the campy horror and science fiction B movies that populated theaters from the 30s to the 60s. The film’s plot centers around a young couple whose car breaks down, leading them to the wild world of Dr. Frank-n-Furter and company.

In addition to the film screening, Cultura’s food trucks will be in full operation, with many of the trucks offering special movie snacks for the locals in attendance. Note though, that outside food and drinks will be prohibited.

Tickets start at $10 for al fresco seating and are available to purchase at laredofilm.org/tickets. Tickets for the Halloween night screening will go on sale at a later date.

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Market Garden Brewery kicks off 5-day Pumpkin Beer Fest

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Market Garden Brewery’s ninth annual Pumpkin Beer Fest is under way – with a few twists thanks to Covid, of course.

Instead of one day, it’s a week, co-owner Sam McNulty said. The previous fests were held over one day. But to disburse crowds the brewery decided to space this year’s fest over five days, running today through Sunday, Oct. 11.

“With distancing and all the Covid protocols, instead of having one packed festival evening, it’s the entire week,” he said.

On tap:

• Franklin Castle Pumpkin Spice Ale

• Magis Cider with a pumpkin-spice rim

• Magis Peary Cider

• Mulled Magis Cider cocktail (“for those cooler nights around the fireplace,” McNulty said.)

• Market Garden fall seasonal cocktail line-up. He said the brewery is down to its last few kegs of Summer Shandy, so “we’re bridging summer and fall” by concocting cocktails with it.

The brewery launched Magis Cider a year ago.

Also, a surprise guest tap will be poured daily.

“Between the pumpkin beers and the pumpkin cocktails we’re really tripling down the autumnal (flavors) to round things out,” he said.

Chef Andrew Bower is preparing dishes to pair with the seasonal drinks, McNulty said, including:

• Homemade pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream

• Pork belly and pumpkin pizza with black garlic miso, fresh sage and tamari peanuts

• Beet and carrot salad with spiced barley and Boss Amber Lager vinaigrette

McNulty and brewer Andy Tveekrem always get in the spirit of the event. Hay bales and pumpkins for carving were dropped off at the brewpub today.

Market Garden is at 1947 W. 25th St.

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Pawtucket’s Guild brewery now has a pop-up beer garden in Providence – Food and Dining – providencejournal.com

Every great city needs a beer garden, said Jeremy Duffy, co-founder of The Guild brewery in Pawtucket.

“They bring people together and build community,” he said.

Now, he’s doing his part to make that happen introducing The Guild PVD, a weekend-only, pop-up beer garden in downtown Providence that launched Sept. 25 for a six week run.


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The outdoor space with beer poured from a truck, occupies 4,200 square feet in the Providence Innovation District Park, by the pedestrian bridge. It will be open Friday-Sunday, with limited capacity, through Sunday, Nov. 1. There are no reservations, only walk-ins from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Each weekend will also feature different food trucks organized by Smoke & Squeal BBQ and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals.

How did The Guild get here?

It started with Duffy talking to I-195 Redevelopment District Commission last year after the opening of the pedestrian bridge. They discussed The Guild offering some temporary concessions.

“This was all pre-COVID,” Duffy said.

Fast forward to last summer when Duffy was told the park was ready and setting up a beer garden would go well with Governor Raimondo’s “Take it outside” campaign.

And so a public-private partnership between The Guild, Rhode Island Commerce and the 195 Commission was born.

Though smaller than Duffy’s original vision, the space offers distanced seating for 74 people at long tables set eight feet apart, outside.

“The views are phenomenal,” he said. “Everyone seems thrilled,” he said.

The Guild, which brews for not only Guild beers, but also for Wash Ashore Beer Co., Night Shift Brewing, Devil’s Purse, Narragansett Beer and others, serves a sampling from a beer truck manned by Guild staff.

The first weekend, Duffy said they were busy the entire time and served more than 600 people from a wide selection of craft beers from The Guild brewing partners Peak Brewing Company, Monopolio and Willie’s SuperBrew.

Duffy now expects the partnership to do the beer garden on a larger scale in 2021.

In Pawtucket, The Guild never shut down during the pandemic. They did make a change to fill more cans than draft tanks destined for restaurants.

“We are probably only going to be down 10-15 percent,” Duffy said.

Retail on site took a hit, though, he said, being closed from March and opening outside only in May.

They had to cancel a lot of events, including weddings. Now they can do smaller events.

“We expect a great 2021,” he said. “But we have to get out of winter months and flu season and then get a vaccine.”

He’s hoping for a strong second quarter and teased some news.

“We have big plans, on production, with new brewers coming in.”

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society turned a Manayunk parking lot into an awesome Pop Up Beer Garden paradise

MANAYUNK (WPVI) — Travel just a half block off Main Street in Manayunk and you’ll find a lot filled with more than 22-hundred plants, many getting a second life after this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

It’s a space perfect for COVID-19 with 20,000 square feet of open space that can hold up to 150 socially-distanced people.

The cocktails use herbs from the garden and there’s a menu of bar food and a backdrop of urban grit.

The site holds a community garden, part of the PHS Harvest 2020 program to help feed families in need. Harvests are being donated to Manayunk’s Northlight Community Center. To volunteer in the garden, email Cristina Tessaro: [email protected]

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Beer lover brewed uncanny condo decor

As Amelotte’s personal representative, Johnson took on the task of selling the man cave after his friend died. And here we are.

Listing agent Jesse Kearney, of Kearney & Associates Realty, recalls Johnson’s phone call. “I have this condo of a friend who passed away,” the caller said. “He covered the walls in Budweiser cans.”

“How did he get Budweiser wallpaper?” Kearney wondered. Then he visited the property. “As soon as you open the door, you are overwhelmed. Seeing the pictures is nothing like walking in. That’s an entirely different experience.”

I can only imagine. “Did it smell funny?” I hold my breath as I ask, though I am hundreds of miles away.

“Actually, the place smelled of cigarettes, not stale beer.”

“Oh.”

“He was particular about the cans’ cleanliness,” Kearney said. “After he emptied a can, he would clean it, and let it dry before mounting.”

“And he mounted them, how?”

“He attached them to the walls and ceilings with caulk, and to each other with hot glue.”

“I see.”

“When you take a close look, you see how much time and effort this took. The attention to detail is amazing,” he said.

Indeed, Amelotte used different size cans to go around outlets and vents, created crown molding, and oriented each can so labels faced the same way.

Though unique properties like this can be a sales challenge, Kearney priced it to factor in possible renovations costs. Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser’s brewer, sweetened the deal with this offer: “You buy it, we’ll supply it. As long as you don’t renovate.” If the new owner maintains the decor, the beer maker will provide a year’s supply of Budweiser.

Kearney listed the place for $100,000, and got six offers. The property sold in three weeks, which just proves what my mother used to say about odd people who find love: “There’s a lid for every pot.”

Asked about the challenges and strategies for marketing unique properties, Kearney had this advice:

Play up, don’t hide, the uniqueness.

“Rather than play down a unique feature that would not appeal to most buyers, we lead with it,” Kearney said. “What most people see as a defect, like deciding to make the living room floor into an aquarium, we put in the forefront. By doing so, you put the uniqueness out there so going in buyers will know it’s there to either work around or embrace. The United States is full of eccentric people. You never know who is looking for a beer-themed condo.”

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A beer lover went crazy with his condo decor

You might be amused. You might be aghast. But you will not be the same after reading about the King of Beers condo. I wasn’t.

When I first heard about this beer-lover’s condo for sale in Lake Worth, near Florida’s West Palm Beach, I had two thoughts in rapid succession: I can’t write about this. I have to write about this.

In a tribute to his best Bud, the owner had covered the walls and ceilings of his residence with Budweiser cans. The beholder of the beverage-inspired vision, Mike Amelotte, died in June at age 69 of cancer. His condo went up for sale six weeks ago.

I had to see the pictures. Then I had to get the scoop: Who was this guy? Was this a getaway or a full-time residence? What did it smell like? And why didn’t he just get kegs?

A U.S. Navy veteran, Amelotte later worked as a pool man and a waiter. He bought the two bedroom, 815-square-foot condo in 1986, and lived there full time. And his custom décor idea began to brew in 1990.

According to his close friend Kris Johnson, Amelotte had a towering stack of Budweiser cans on his dining table. Rather than squire them to the recycle bin, he told Johnson that he was going use them to cover the walls. (Notably, he did not have a wife to knock him to his senses.) He finished the project 16 years later. (At least he didn’t drink all that beer at once.)

“He placed every can himself,” Johnson said. “If you dented a can, he would give you hell, and replace it.”

As Amelotte’s personal representative, Johnson took on the task of selling the man cave after his friend died. And here we are.

Listing agent Jesse Kearney, of Kearney & Associates Realty, recalls Johnson’s phone call. “I have this condo of a friend who passed away,” the caller said. “He covered the walls in Budweiser cans.”

“How did he get Budweiser wallpaper?” Kearney wondered. Then he visited the property. “As soon as you open the door, you are overwhelmed. Seeing the pictures is nothing like walking in. That’s an entirely different experience.”

I can only imagine. “Did it smell funny?” I hold my breath as I ask, though I am hundreds of miles away.

“Actually, the place smelled of cigarettes, not stale beer,” Kearney said. “He was particular about the cans’ cleanliness. After he emptied a can, he would clean it and let it dry before mounting.”

“And he mounted them, how?”

“He attached them to the walls and ceilings with caulk, and to each other with hot glue. When you take a close look, you see how much time and effort this took. The attention to detail is amazing,” he said.

Indeed, Amelotte used different sized cans to go around outlets and vents, created crown molding and oriented each can so labels faced the same way.

Though unique properties like this can be a sales challenge, Kearney priced

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Trillium Beer Garden reopening on Greenway

The Trillium Garden on The Greenway in Boston is reopening this weekend, but it will look very different than in previous years.



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Trillium says they’re offering a 100% contactless ordering for food and beer, social distancing and cleanliness protocols. Tables will be spaced a minimum 6 feet apart and party sizes are limited to six.


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Under current state and municipal regulations, customers are required to order food from one of the on-site Greenway food trucks.

The beer garden will be open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6p.m., weather permitting.

Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance via resy.com.

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Trillium beer garden reopens on The Greenway, with a few new guidelines

It may be fall, but the chance to have a beer outdoors on the Greenway isn’t over yet.

The Trillium Brewing Company beer garden has set up shop on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the fourth year in a row, starting Friday at noon. Under pandemic-era guidelines, Trillium Garden on The Greenway will require advance online reservations, contactless ordering, and strict social distancing protocols. Customers must also purchase food from nearby trucks — like Zaaki, Pennypacker, and Bon Me — alongside their drink order in accordance with state guidelines.

“Since we first opened the Trillium Garden, my summer in Boston isn’t complete without beers under the sun in our special home on The Greenway,” Trillium Brewing co-founder Esther Tetreault said in a statement. “While opening later than we would have liked, watching the seasons change in the heart of our city will be a great way to extend the summer outdoors and transition into a classic New England autumn.”

The garden now brews a small batch of beers onsite at the intersection of High Street and Atlantic Avenue. This will include special season releases for the Greenway location.

“Brewing and creative inspiration is at the heart of everything we do,” Tetreault said. “Collaborating with our friends at the Greenway Conservancy, in concert with state and local agencies, has allowed us to bring the beer garden concept to the next level, providing our guests a special, sustainable experience.”

Trillium Garden will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. Reservations for parties up to six people can be made up to seven days in advance through www.resy.com.

City Winery on the Greenway, at Dewey Square, closes for the season on Sunday.

The Trillium Brewing Company locations in Fenway and Fort Point are open during normal hours. City Winery on the Greenway, at Dewey Square, closes for the season on Sunday.

Diti Kohli can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @ditikohli_.

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Trillium Brewing reopens its beer garden on the Greenway on September 25

Summer may technically be over, but tell that to Trillium Brewing. The powerhouse brewing company announced that downtown favorite Trillium Garden on the Greenway will return to the Rose Kennedy Greenway at noon on Friday, Sept. 25, bringing back a summer tradition just in time for the start of fall.

“Since we first opened the Trillium Garden, my summer in Boston isn’t complete without beers under the sun in our special home on the Greenway,” Esther Tetreault, co-founder of Trillium Brewing, shared in a press release. “While opening later than we would have liked, watching the seasons change in the heart of our city will be a great way to extend the summer outdoors and transition into a classic New England autumn.”

Trillium Garden will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at the intersection of High Street and Atlantic Avenue. Operating during a pandemic will come with a few new changes: reservations are encouraged, contactless ordering is enforced, and there are strict social distancing and cleanliness protocols.

In order to fulfill the state’s guidelines that require food to be ordered with the first drink, guests must order food from one of the Greenway’s on-site trucks, which might include Bon Me, Pennypacker, or Zaaki. As for the beers, this year’s starting lineup features the Arnold Arboretum IPA, Black is Beautiful, Fated Farmer Fruit Salad, Heavy Mettle, Mosaic Cutting Tiles, and more.

For the first time since it debuted in the summer of 2017, the garden will also include an on-site brewhouse, where Trillium will be able to brew small batch special releases on the Greenway. On-site brewing will begin in the coming days.

“Brewing and creative inspiration is at the heart of everything we do,” Tetreault said. “Collaborating with our friends at the Greenway Conservancy, in concert with state and local agencies, has allowed us to bring the beer garden concept to the next level, providing our guests a special, sustainable experience.”

Reservations can be made up to seven days in advance on Resy (there will still be space set aside for walk-ins). Each table can be reserved for up to 90 minutes, and can hold a maximum of six people.

In addition to the Trillium beer garden, visitors can stop by City Winery on the Greenway, a wine garden that first debuted in 2019, or stroll through Chin Park at night to take in the Greenway Conservancy’s newest art installation: “Lantern Stories” by Boston-based artist Yu-Wen Wu.

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