Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
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We are heading towards Milwaukee Terry has noticed the beer of choice according to the number of billboards is Busch lite!!
I think they are working on every road and bridge in Wisconsin. Terry is having a rough time driving as the wind is blowing and gusting. We made it to the campground west of Milwaukee and we are high on a hill.
This is the first trip we have made that we have not put out our awning
Thursday - today was tour day. We went into Milwaukee to Miller Vallèy. We got there in time for the 10:30 tour. First we saw a film about the beginning of Miller beer in the US then over to the packaging area. Today no cans were running but a local beer Leinenkugels was being bottled. Then it was to the warehouse. Since they merged with Coors this plant Only distributes to a 4-5 state area but especially Chicago which drinks 49% of the beer made at this plant. It is also the official beer of the Packers. In the warehouse they hold 500,000 cases of beer which is emptied and refilled every day.
We then walked across the street and up 64 stairs and 100 degree temperature to the brewing area then back across the street to the caves where they use to store the beer before refrigeration and then to the most important place....THE TASTING ROOM. Terry was ready to switch to Miller when he thought it was an American company. However he was informed that Miller/Coors is owned by a South African company.
We then traveled north to the Harley Davidson power train plant for the tour
We then took a driving tour of Milwaukee shoreline. They have an incredible amount of parks with museums and attractions.
We then meandered home via the grocery and pizza store.
Friday - we took the back roads into the south section of Milwaukee better known as the historic third ward. They have a local distillery that has tours but they were not doing any bottling so we decided to visit some of the antique malls in the area. We found one that was in an old warehouse and was three stories. We got over antiqued or rather hungry so we went to the public market. This is like the landing but indoors (due to winter weather conditions). We got a dog and brat and a cookie to go. Went to the park downtown at the marina and at ate and watched the guys fish. In fact they were catching fish about 18" and more than 5 lbs. and this was in an inlet from the lake.
After some food fortification we hit a few more antique stores and then headed toward home. We noticed this morning there was a Moose lodge on our way home but we were ready for our warm motor home so we didn't stop.