Milwaukee: Land of Beer and Cheese
People often ask me why I send greetings from "the land of beer and cheese" in my letters. And I tell them because that is a humorous and affectionate way of describing what is unique about where I live. Unfortunately some folks do not always have a sense of humor.
A news story came across the wire today on Yahoo News titled "Milwaukee is Named 'Drunkest City.'" Here is a link to the headline: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060824/ap_on_fe_st/drinking_ranking_1
A more detailed article can be found in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the following address http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=487336
Now, I have "scientific" evidence to support my greetings (which is always tongue in cheek btw). I have heard it boasted that they spill more beer at Miller than they drink in Canada. We have more bars per capita than any city in the USA and a large number of labels are made here or were in the past (Pabst, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz, Miller, Old Style). Most of your better restaurants have their own microbrews.
Milwaukee certainly has more going for it than beer. We have magnificent parks, great libraries, a world class art museum and a baseball team named "Brewers." Though I live in the land of beer and cheese Milwaukee is not the party town like New Orleans.
As a preacher I do not quite know what to do with our latest honor as the beer capital of the world. I am sure I can work it into a sermon somewhere.