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Odd Duck will open this spring.
Odd Duck will open this spring.

Odd Duck bar / cafe coming to Bay View

Ross Bachhuber and Melissa Bucholz hope to open a new bar and cafe called Odd Duck in the old Future Green space, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The two worked together at Cafe Centraal, 2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., where Bucholz served as the cafe manager and Bachhuber was the chef.

I spoke to Bucholz today and she shared basic information about the new bar and cafe.

The cozy restaurant will have 15 tables and a bar that will accommodate 20. Odd Duck – which was the nickname of Bucholz's little sister – will also have a patio.

The food will be a mix of meat and vegetarian / vegan small plate options and "super rad sandwiches," according to Bucholz. The menu will change daily.

Bachhuber and Bucholz hope to open by April 1.

"Fingers crossed," says Bucholz.

Love Rock lager: Milwaukee history in a bottle.
Love Rock lager: Milwaukee history in a bottle.

Have you tried a Love Rock lager?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Hornitos, OR-G, Party Armor, Red Stag, Absolut, Fireball and Malibu – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

This weekend, I sampled a Love Rock beer from Milwaukee Brewing Co. for the first time. (It was formerly called Flaming Damsel, but I never had one of those, either). I was drawn in by the name, a tribute to the massive rock in Lake Michigan that had the word "love" spray painted on it.

For a while, Alterra had a Love Rock sandwich on their menu, also a nod to the rock.

Personally, I have fond memories of the rock, which was a water intake that was demolished in 1986, and always wanted to swim out to it as a kid, but never did. So when I saw this beer on tap at Caroline's, 401 S. 2nd St., I had to sample it.

In theory, I love a beer that tributes Milwaukee's history. It turns out, I really liked the taste, too, and these days, I'm super picky about beer. Love Rock, a Vienna-style lager, has a hint of sweetness and a hint of hoppiness without being too overpowering in either direction. Beer enthusiasts, what are your thoughts?

I plan to pick up a sixer of Love Rock soon. Perhaps for Valentine's Day – it seems an appropriate time to drink a beer with the word "love" on the label – and definitely one to drink with friends at Bradford Beach this summer while looking out on the lake where the rock once stood.

Watch commentary on the Love Rock by Milwaukee composer Mike Mantel here:


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Me faking it like I know anything about fronting a band.
Me faking it like I know anything about fronting a band.

Think you might suck at it? Do it anyway

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing local musician Lauryl Sulfate. She is currently fronting her second band, called Lauryl Sulfate and Her Ladies of Leisure, and recording an album that's due out this summer.

She told me it took her years to allow herself to make music because she didn't have any formal training and therefore didn't believe she belonged on stage. She loved to sing and craved performance and yet talked herself out of it in high school because she wasn't in a choir like other friends.

Later, she found out more about punk rock and new wave and began to realize that anyone can make music. Anyone.

I can relate to all of this. I had the same thoughts as a high schooler. I wanted to be in a band but because I had tried out for a choir in grade school and didn't make it, I carried the misinformation with me for 25 years that I couldn't sing. Finally, when I was in my 30s, I caught a clue and co-founded a pop punk band. It was my most artistically satisfying experience to date.

The same thing, I realized, happened to me with art. I have been drawing since I was a small child, a quality I passed on to my son, and I took four years of art in high school which was an elective at my high school. However, I didn't move forward with it, even though it allowed me to experience a total loss of space and time (this is now how I identify the things that I need to do as often as possible). 

I believed I wasn't as good as two other people in the class who were "known" as the best artists in the school. But even if I wasn't as talented, and I don't think that I was, why did I stop? Isn't there room in this world for artists of all skill levels?

I had started on what would become a long journey of telling myself I wasn't good enough without even knowing I was doing it.

How do we stop talking ourselves out of the things we really want to do? How do we help our kids not do this? How many times can we read "The Little Engine That Could" until they (we) rea…

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The Bull and Bear in Chicago has table-top tappers.
The Bull and Bear in Chicago has table-top tappers.

Is Milwaukee's bar scene ready for self-serve taps?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Hornitos, OR-G, Party Armor, Red Stag, Absolut, Fireball and Malibu – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Yesterday, an OnMilwaukee.com reader shared a link to a Huffington Post article about a sports bar in Chicago that features pay-by-the-ounce beer taps that are attached to the tables. There are two taps, one for domestic beer and one for imported, along with a screen that tracks ounces poured.

Other cities have 'em, too. San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle, to name a few. Would this be a good idea for Milwaukee?

We can check out our own groceries and library books now, why shouldn't we tap our own beers at bars, too?

Even though I think it's an interesting concept, I'm wondering if the pour-your-own option would put bartenders out of jobs if it really caught on? And would it be "dangerous" to let Milwaukeeans, who according to certain surveys are more inclined to binge drink, have control of the tappers?