Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com Music, culture, gentle sarcasm. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:10:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://milwaukeerecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/cropped-mrapp-32x32.jpg Milwaukee Record http://milwaukeerecord.com 32 32 Abby Jeanne will ring in the holidays with an ‘Isle Of Misfit Toys’ 7-inch http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/abby-jeanne-will-ring-in-the-holidays-with-an-isle-of-misfit-toys-7-inch/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/abby-jeanne-will-ring-in-the-holidays-with-an-isle-of-misfit-toys-7-inch/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:10:48 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58501 How does Abby Jeanne wrap up a year that included a four-show “Fire In February” residency, a WMSE Record Store Day 7-inch, a flurry of high-profile festival gigs, a well-deserved $20,000 Backline grant, a successful “Comic Weekend” in her honor, and the announcement of a January 5 release show at Turner Hall? With a holiday […]

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How does Abby Jeanne wrap up a year that included a four-show “Fire In February” residency, a WMSE Record Store Day 7-inch, a flurry of high-profile festival gigs, a well-deserved $20,000 Backline grant, a successful “Comic Weekend” in her honor, and the announcement of a January 5 release show at Turner Hall? With a holiday release, of course!

With the help of her band of “Hi-Fi Misfits,” Abby Jeanne will release a “wintry” 7-inch called Isle Of Misfit Toys. The two-song release includes the title track on one side, and a French version of the song on the other side. The songs will be available digitally on November 16, and the yuletide 45 will be available on multi-colored (red, white, and green) vinyl on November 23. Limited to just 250 copies, the 7-inch—the first release on “Hi-Fi Records”—will be available at Milwaukee’s Exclusive Company, Rush Mor Records, Luv Unlimited, Bullseye Records, Acme Records. Hi-Fi will also celebrate the release with a party from 3-10 p.m. on November 23.

Before Abby Jeanne releases what she calls “a nice song for the naughty kids,” listen to both versions of “Isle Of Misfit Toys” below.

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Erth Dispensary will bring CBD and hemp to Bay View storefront in December http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/erth-dispensary-will-bring-cbd-and-hemp-to-bay-view-storefront-in-december/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/erth-dispensary-will-bring-cbd-and-hemp-to-bay-view-storefront-in-december/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:08:43 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58487 At the end of September, Canni became the first CBD and hemp specialty shop to open in Milwaukee. Less than three months after the hemp and cannabidiol (better known as “CBD”) retailer moved into its Walker’s Point storefront, Milwaukee will get another CBD shop, when Erth Dispensary opens its Bay View store in early December. The […]

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At the end of September, Canni became the first CBD and hemp specialty shop to open in Milwaukee. Less than three months after the hemp and cannabidiol (better known as “CBD”) retailer moved into its Walker’s Point storefront, Milwaukee will get another CBD shop, when Erth Dispensary opens its Bay View store in early December.

The business, which will specialize in completely legal and THC-free items that are made from the versatile hemp plant and its naturally-occurring cannabinoid extract, recently announced its intentions to host a grand opening event at its 1200 E. Oklahoma Ave. storefront on December 8.

According to signage posted on the front door, Erth Dispensary will sell tincture drops, vape, edibles, pet products, hemp flowers, wraps, cooking implements, topical products, and bath and body goods. Erth’s official grand opening on Saturday, December 8 will feature giveaways and a “special gift” is promised for anyone who shows up before 2 p.m. Erth’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

 

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Stock House Brewing Co. is officially open for business http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/stock-house-brewing-co-is-officially-open-for-business/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/stock-house-brewing-co-is-officially-open-for-business/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 14:26:23 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58471 Following a Kickstarter campaign, considerable construction, various delays, and approval from the City of Wauwatosa, Stock House Brewing will officially open today. Owned by Mark Mahoney and Paul Hepp, the brewpub—located at 7208 W. North Ave.—has been in the works for almost a year. The owners were originally hoping to open the brewery that “will […]

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Following a Kickstarter campaign, considerable construction, various delays, and approval from the City of Wauwatosa, Stock House Brewing will officially open today. Owned by Mark Mahoney and Paul Hepp, the brewpub—located at 7208 W. North Ave.—has been in the works for almost a year.

The owners were originally hoping to open the brewery that “will never make the same beer twice” in the heart of Wauwatosa back in May, but those plans were delayed. As recently as last weekend, a true opening date wasn’t clear. This morning, Stock House announced on Facebook that it will officially open to the public on Monday, November 12. Stock House will be open from 4p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (later if the Packers play) Sunday.

Stay tuned for our First Impression of greater Milwaukee’s newest brewery. Otherwise, go check Stock House out for yourself this week.

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Hit the beach with Paper Holland’s “Sea [Sic]” music video http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/hit-the-beach-with-paper-hollands-sea-sic-music-video/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/hit-the-beach-with-paper-hollands-sea-sic-music-video/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:55:44 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58452 On June 1, Paper Holland released Galápagos. The long-awaited sophomore album brought out the band’s distinct “trop-pop” style and wisped listeners away on an aural island getaway with smooth vocals, light and breezy instrumentation, and a prevailing sound that’s befitting of the record’s archipelago namesake. The record’s beach vibes are evident from the get-go, as chirping […]

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On June 1, Paper Holland released Galápagos. The long-awaited sophomore album brought out the band’s distinct “trop-pop” style and wisped listeners away on an aural island getaway with smooth vocals, light and breezy instrumentation, and a prevailing sound that’s befitting of the record’s archipelago namesake. The record’s beach vibes are evident from the get-go, as chirping birds and gently lapping waves can be heard at the outset of the album’s true opening track.

“Sea [Sic]” perfectly fits Galápagos‘ getaway theme, as singer Joe Tomcheck’s casually-delivered lyrics about “waves to pull you down, to pull you in, to pull you under” join an equally-relaxed arrangement of guitars, percussion, keys, and horns. Paper Holland’s new video for the standout song further stresses the album’s overriding island motif.

Shot and directed by Joe Ludwig, the “Sea [Sic]” music video features the band letting loose on two different Milwaukee beaches during two drastically different types of weather. Watch Paper Holland play on the sands of South Shore Beach and on the snow at Bradford Beach. If the current conditions have you down, take a four-minute vacation to sunnier times and watch the “Sea [Sic]” video below.

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In case you blinked last week, here’s all the new shit they’re building in Milwaukee: Nov. 4-10 http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/blinked-last-week-new-building-milwaukee-nov-4-10/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/city-life/blinked-last-week-new-building-milwaukee-nov-4-10/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:45:07 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58476 Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new […]

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Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new shit.

• Want another hotel located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee? How about two? How about three? Well, you’re in luck, potential hotel guest and/or hotel fan, because Minnesota-based JR Hospitality plans to build three hotels on the southwest corner of E. Michigan St. and N. Jefferson St. Two Hilton hotels, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Tru by Hilton, will share one 213-room building, while a Holiday Inn Express will have 115 rooms. Each hotel will have six floors. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The state Department of Transportation recently put a high-profile chunk of Milwaukee lakefront property up for sale, in hopes of attracting some serious New Shit. The 2.66-acre site, located near the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, has had many suitors over the years, including Johnson Controls, Foxconn, and Amazon. The price tag? A cool $15.25 million. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• The Couture, the 44-story apartment tower long-envisioned for the former site of the Downtown Transit Center, finally secured a federal loan guarantee. “This is a major milestone for The Couture that enables us to move forward with the final stage of financing,” said developer Rick “No Relation To Tom” Barrett. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A surefire way to irritate a passionate Milwaukee urbanist is to complain about all the new condos being built. “They’re NOT condos!” the passionate Milwaukee urbanist will retort. “They’re apartments!” Indeed, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “there haven’t been any major condo buildings developed in Milwaukee for around a decade.” BUT, the paper continues, “with a stronger housing market, some developers say demand is returning for condos in or near downtown.” Anyway, more condos! [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Those Bay View horse stables for Milwaukee Police Department horses are finally a go. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Ohio-based Woda Cooper Co. wants to buy a 1.6-acre parcel at 100 E. National Ave. and build 100 units of affordable housing there. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

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Weird Al’s “Strings Attached Tour” is coming to Miller High Life Theatre July 27 http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/weird-als-strings-attached-tour-is-coming-to-miller-high-life-theatre-july-27/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/weird-als-strings-attached-tour-is-coming-to-miller-high-life-theatre-july-27/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:25:31 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58484 et’s face it, “Weird Al” Yankovic fans: If you’ve seen one “Weird Al” show, you’ve seen ’em all. Well, unless you saw last year’s “Ill-Advised Vanity” shows at Pabst Theater, which featured oodles of deep cuts and original songs. And, well, unless you plan to see the just-announced “Strings Attached” show coming to Miller High […]

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Let’s face it, “Weird Al” Yankovic fans: If you’ve seen one “Weird Al” show, you’ve seen ’em all. Well, unless you saw last year’s “Ill-Advised Vanity” shows at Pabst Theater, which featured oodles of deep cuts and original songs. And, well, unless you plan to see the just-announced “Strings Attached” show coming to Miller High Life Theatre Saturday, July 27, which will feature Al’s “usual big production—costumes, props, video wall—supported by his band, background singers, and…a full symphony orchestra!” YES.

“I wanted to follow up my most bare-bones tour ever with my most elaborate and extravagant tour ever,” Yankovic says in a press release. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one.” Do we smell another Weird Al Week here at Milwaukee Record? Yes, yes we do.

Per the rest of the press release:

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammy Awards® and fifteen career nominations. The legendary musical satirist follows his sold-out 2018 tour of intimate venues—where he played deep cuts for his hardcore fans—with his biggest show ever. Weird Al is back to playing the hits and classics with his Strings Attached tour, a high-energy rock and comedy production, coming to Milwaukee for one night only, featuring his original band, costumes, props, a video wall and—for the first time—background singers and a full symphony orchestra.

Tickets are $33, $38, $58, $68, and $78, and go on sale Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. A VIP package is also available. FINGERS CROSSED FOR A FULL ORCHESTRAL VERSION OF “JURASSIC PARK.”

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Thrice casts a spell on The Rave http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/thrice-casts-a-spell-on-the-rave/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/thrice-casts-a-spell-on-the-rave/#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 16:44:16 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58443 Rock and roll was alive and well at The Rave Friday night when Thrice came to town with a pair of bands from Los Angeles, Teenage Wrist and The Bronx. Teenage Wrist kicked things off with a promising and confident half-hour set, mostly drawing from their ’90s alt-rock worshiping debut, Chrome Neon Jesus. Even bassist […]

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Rock and roll was alive and well at The Rave Friday night when Thrice came to town with a pair of bands from Los Angeles, Teenage Wrist and The Bronx. Teenage Wrist kicked things off with a promising and confident half-hour set, mostly drawing from their ’90s alt-rock worshiping debut, Chrome Neon Jesus. Even bassist and vocalist Kamtin Mohager dressed the part, sporting a tucked in print long-sleeve T-shirt. The quiet and reserved Mohager, as well as the rest of the band, seemed eternally grateful to be on this tour, and looked like they were having a blast on stage.

Next came their antithetical counterpart, The Bronx. Fronted by perpetually smirking madman Matt Caughthran, who opened the show by declaring, “It’s cold as fuck, let’s do this,” the hardcore punkers sprinted through a vicious 40-minute set, where every song was introduced by a rousing scream of, “Let’s go, Milwaukee!” Referring to the crowd several times as “motherfuckers,” Caughthran jumped, bounced, and danced wildly around the stage, drawing from a seemingly inexhaustible energy supply. Late in the set, he fearlessly took that energy into the crowd and performed a pair of songs in an instantly formed circle pit. Whether that’s showmanship or spectacle, it was something to be witnessed.

Then it was Thrice’s turn. Throughout their 20-year history, the band—singer-guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist and keyboardist Teppei Teranishi, and the rhythm section of brothers Ed and Riley Breckenridge on bass and drums, respectively—has always been introverted, both musically and lyrically. Their post-hardcore-turned-art-rock style has consistently had a direct feeling of connectivity between the band and its fans, and especially between Kensrue and the fans. His lyrics have an outside-looking-in kind of introspection to them: “Do I trust my heart or just my mind?/ Why is truth so hard to find in this world?” from highlight and fan favorite “Stare at the Sun.”

Accordingly, upon returning to The Rave for the 10th time Friday night, the band opened with the first song from the recently-released Palms, “Only Us.” And for the 21-song, 90-minute show, Thrice made sure that band and audience were indeed a single entity. Kensrue only spoke a handful of times, each instance having an “aw shucks” sort of earnestness, and using only a handful of words between songs: “Thanks, We’re Thrice,” and a reminder that they were selling tour-exclusive vinyl. That may have come off as clock-punching sterility, or it could’ve been hesitation to speak to the crowd out of fear of breaking the spell the band was casting.

A big part of Thrice’s performance was the band’s precision. Aside from a few audience-led singalong codas, the quartet rarely veered from studio versions of songs, opting instead to let the songs carry themselves. This was helped along by the light show, which made the compact section of the multi-stage venue seem larger than it was. Mostly cued to the band’s underrated drummer, the lights added a level of immersion and color. During “Red Sky” and “Firebreather,” for example, the room was bathed in red, while a rainbow flourish was used when Kensrue sang, “I like all the pretty colors” from “Black Honey.” Similarly, the band was turned to silhouettes during “The Dark,” only to be flooded with light for the chorus of “I’m not gonna sit in the dark anymore.”

As for the setlist itself, the band drew from almost every corner of its expansive catalogue, only ignoring their first (and, at this point, least representative) album, Identity Crisis. Interestingly, the six songs pulled from the latest, Palms, weren’t front-loaded in the set—like vegetables to justify dessert. Rather, the band gambled by sprinkling them throughout the show, including ending their main set (pre-encore) with Palms’ closer, “Beyond the Pines.”

Thrice is a people-pleasing band. They played longtime fan favorites like “Image of the Invisible” and “Deadbolt” just as intensely as anything from Palms, both suggesting that they weren’t yet sick of the classics and that the new material can stand right beside the time-tested material. Kensrue didn’t have to speak much–Thrice’s performance did that for him.

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State board wants to eliminate Milwaukee’s restaurant grading system, Milwaukee not amused http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/state-board-eliminate-restaurant-grading-system-milwaukee-not-amused/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/food-drink/state-board-eliminate-restaurant-grading-system-milwaukee-not-amused/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:44 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58420 ack in January, the City of Milwaukee unveiled its Sanitation Grading System, a program designed to hand out letter grades of A, B, or C to area restaurants based on health inspections. The not-so-scarlet letters proved popular with businesses and consumers. They seemed like a good idea. They are apparently in danger of being scrapped less […]

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Back in January, the City of Milwaukee unveiled its Sanitation Grading System, a program designed to hand out letter grades of A, B, or C to area restaurants based on health inspections. The not-so-scarlet letters proved popular with businesses and consumers. They seemed like a good idea. They are apparently in danger of being scrapped less than a year after their launch.

According to a press release from Ald. Michael J. Murphy, a state board is “poised to take action next week that could eliminate the City of Milwaukee’s successful food grading system.” Why? According to Murphy, in order to bring Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter ATCP 75 into “substantial accord” with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 2013 Model Food Code, which “prohibits the application of grades or scores to retail food establishments based on inspection reports.”

Murphy, who helped develop and launch the program, will host a news conference next Monday at 3 p.m. The conference will take place at Ward’s House of Prime, 540 E. Mason St.

Here’s the full press release:

Businesses and officials: Keep Milwaukee’s popular food grading system
State board poised to eliminate popular grading system for food establishments; news conference set for Monday

A state board is poised to take action next week that could eliminate the City of Milwaukee’s successful food grading system, which has been popular with consumers and establishments. Business owners will be joined by city officials during a news conference on Monday, November 12th, to voice their strong opposition to the system’s possible elimination.

On Thursday, November 15th the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will vote on draft administrative rules recreating Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter ATCP 75 to bring it into substantial accord with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2013 Model Food Code. The proposed draft includes language which prohibits the application of grades or scores to retail food establishments based on inspection reports. The board meeting will be held in the DATCP Boardroom (Board Conference Room 106) at 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison.

Alderman Michael J. Murphy, who worked with the Health Department to develop and launch the city’s successful Food Sanitation Grading System in January, said if approved the DATCP board’s action “would eliminate the City of Milwaukee’s successful food grading system, which has been widely popular with consumers and establishments while reducing critical food violations for the first time in many years.”

Alderman Murphy will host a news conference at 3:00 p.m. on Monday to address the possible elimination of the food grading system. Joining the alderman will be Mayor Tom Barrett, representatives from the Milwaukee Health Department, other Common Council members and several business/restaurant owners, including Brian Ward of Ward’s House of Prime, 540 E. Mason St. – the location of the news conference.

“This (action by the board) would be state officials reaching in to Milwaukee and ending a food grading system that is not only popular with customers and the public, but also with restaurant and establishment owners,” Alderman Murphy said.

“We feel strongly that our residents and millions of people who visit our city each year should have a clear way to understand the compliance of restaurants and other food establishments. Food grading puts clear and easy to access information in front of consumers, rather than require them to find and interpret technically complicated reports,” the alderman said.

“If you are a consumer who likes and appreciates the city’s food grading system, I invite you to please join us at Monday’s news conference to voice your support,” Alderman Murphy said.

The Food Sanitation Grading System grades food service establishments on the existing Wisconsin Food Code under which inspections are currently conducted, assigning point values to each violation. Violations that most directly contribute to foodborne illness result in higher deductions.

Establishments are awarded an “A” grade for a score of 80 points or more on a 100 point scale. Scores below 60 points result in a “C” grade, and may prompt temporary closure of an establishment if an imminent health hazard exists.

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Remembering (and re-experiencing) Burger King’s “Gilbertburger” http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/remembering-and-re-experiencing-burger-kings-gilbertburger/ http://milwaukeerecord.com/sports/remembering-and-re-experiencing-burger-kings-gilbertburger/#respond Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:43:04 +0000 http://milwaukeerecord.com/?p=58365 Sunday, a listless and banged-up 3-4-1 Packers team that’s lost two straight will host the 5-4 Miami Dolphins. A loss this week could all but guarantee Green Bay will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year and only the fifth time this century. Mike McCarthy seems to be on his way out, Aaron Rodgers […]

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Sunday, a listless and banged-up 3-4-1 Packers team that’s lost two straight will host the 5-4 Miami Dolphins. A loss this week could all but guarantee Green Bay will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year and only the fifth time this century. Mike McCarthy seems to be on his way out, Aaron Rodgers seems frustrated, contributors are being traded and cut at an alarming rate, and dudes like Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are getting regular playing time. In short, things aren’t going great in Packerland.

As we keep our fingers crossed for things to turn around, we can’t help but look back to better times. Sure, there are still a few remnants of Green Bay’s last Super Bowl-winning team on the roster and in the front office, but there’s also an abundance of amazing memories from the Packers squads that appeared in two straight Super Bowls in 1996 and 1997 (and won one of them) to draw from. Plus, there’s one sizeable sandwich from the tail end of the 20th century that Packer Backers might remember eating.

Yes, instead of analyzing what’s likely to be a forgettable Packers-Dolphins game, we’d like to take some time to remember—and to re-taste—Burger King’s “Gilbertburger.” Here’s a quick backstory for those of you who don’t recall the burger chain’s short-lived promotion in northeast Wisconsin and/or who might not remember the Packers player the burger was (briefly) made to honor.

Gilbert Brown might not have the stats to warrant the special place he still holds in the hearts of fans. The former nose tackle amassed just seven sacks and a single fumble recovery over the course of 10 total seasons in Green Bay. However, the 350-pound (his listed playing weight; he was actually much heavier than that) defensive lineman was known to clog the line of scrimmage, force runners outside, and draw double-teams to let the likes of Reggie White, Sean Jones, and Santana Dotson have an easier path to the quarterback. On the rare instances the unselfish Brown would track down a ballcarrier for a tackle or sack, he’d punctuate the play by pantomiming a shovel being thrust into the dirt.

For about a year during the peak of his career and in the middle of Green Bay’s mid-’90s dynasty, “The Grave Digger” became known for one other thing: his love of Burger King Whoppers. Except Brown had a special way of ordering his Whoppers. The regular customer at Green Bay’s Oneida Street location would request a Double Whopper with cheese, along with extra lettuce, extra mayo and ketchup, extra tomatoes, extra onions, and no pickles.

“I don’t like pickles,” Brown said in an interview with The New York Times leading up to Green Bay’s appearance in Super Bowl XXXI in early 1997. Fair enough.

As Green Bay clobbered opponents en route to the team’s first title since winning Super Bowl II, Burger King locations in Green Bay and throughout the Fox Valley started offering Whoppers made Brown’s way. The Gilbertburger was born.

Prior to Green Bay’s trip to New Orleans to take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in early 1997, Burger Kings in the region also printed and distributed posters at locations that served the dense, messy, and football-focused delicacy. The promotional posters featured the lineman (adorned in an unlicensed number 93 jersey) toting a shovel in one hand and the sloppy Double Whopper modification in the other. “Hey Grave Digger,” the poster begins. “Bury Those Chowder Heads!”

Brown and his teammates made good on Burger King’s request, destroying the Pats and making Green Bay “Titletown” once more. As the Pack worked to repeat in the 1997 season, the Gilbertburger remained on the menu. At the same time, Brown (who probably no longer needed to bother paying to indulge in the sandwich modification he popularized) stayed loyal to Burger King. He was one of the two or three largest players in a comparatively-puny NFL of the 1990s—for frame of reference: Sean Jones was listed at 220 pounds, which is 25 pounds less than Cam Newton’s current listed weight—and there wasn’t nearly as much of an emphasis on putting on weight “the right way” as there is today, so Brown was reportedly given free reign to eat anything he wanted. And he did. He continued to frequent the Oneida Street BK, and brought in sacks of burgers and breakfast sandwiches for teammates.

Of course, any Packers fan worth their weight in Whoopers knows how the 1997 season turned out. The Packers lost Super Bowl XXXII in heartbreaking fashion in early 1998. By the time that calendar year was through, Mike Holmgren and Reggie White were both gone. And so was the Gilbertburger. Brown followed suit after the 1999 season. He came back to both football and the Packers in 2001 and played until 2003. By the time his second stint rolled around, fewer graves were being dug, and local Burger Kings didn’t bother bringing back the specialty sandwich in any official capacity.

Recently, while back in our native Fox Valley, we were feeling wistful for more dominant Packers teams and hungry for forgotten flavors. We went to the Burger King in Menasha and ordered a Gilbertburger.

Of course, we didn’t order it that way. Instead, we risked annoying the cashier by ordering a Double Whooper with cheese and double everything…hold the pickles. With the extras and add-ons, it was $6.81, compared to roughly $4.50 in the ’90s, if memory serves.

While we awaited our off-menu Gilbertburger, we looked around to find the place where we’d enjoyed the now-retired run-stopper’s namesake burgers a few times in our youth had changed. In the last two decades, Burger King went from holding firmly to the second place spot on the fast food burger hierarchy to being a struggling chain with numerous closures and a continually worsening reputation. In desperate effort to reshape its image, many restaurants have been renovated, including the Menasha location.

The place we’d frequented during high school lunches was decidedly different now. Over the years, it apparently became a hangout for elderly folks. Someone was also asleep in a corner. Neither observation is intended to pass judgement on the customers or to disparage a person who might be down on his luck, but the clientele has definitely changed. We hoped that, despite the numerous alterations to Burger King’s look and quality, the Gilbertburger would at least taste the same.

This Gilbertburger was a particularly messy one. The bun was partially torn, the cheese wasn’t melted, and we instantly regretted the double mayo. We also wished we would’ve gone against Brown’s method and just ordered pickles on it. Though it was extremely messy, we (no longer in middle school) made fairly easy work of the burger that seemed to be so behemoth during our adolescence. Sloppiness aside, it was fine, but not quite the way we remembered it looking and tasting.

Time changes things, both the way things actually are and how we choose to remember them. Even though the Packers are no longer the once-in-a-lifetime force they were in 1996, even though Burger King kind of sucks now, and even though the passage of two decades has impacted how things look and feel and taste, it’s nice to know you’re just one special order from a semi-functional portal back to more prosperous times in Packerland. Should you ever decide to take your taste buds on that trip, we recommend going light on the mayo.

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