Local Bars to Celebrate Premiere of WPT's Bottoms Up Documentary and Book

November 4, 2012

For More Information:
Lynn Brockmeyer, WPT publicist, 608-263-3364, lynn.brockmeyer@wpt.org
Michael Harryman, WPT Director of Communications, 608-265-3855, Michael.harrymay@wpt.org
David Hestad, WPT producer, 608-262-6825, david.hestad@wpt.org

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), Milwaukee’s MPTV, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Press invite Wisconsinites to a statewide celebration of Wisconsin's storied bar and brewing history at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.

Come together to cheer the inaugural airing of Wisconsin Public Television's documentary "Bottoms Up: Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries" at one of dozens of premiere parties planned at bars and breweries throughout the state. (See list below.)

WPT’s hourlong documentary is based on the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries" by Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz. Both the documentary and the book explore the architecture and social history of Wisconsin’s bars and breweries.

The documentary debuts on the Wisconsin Public Television Flagship channel and Milwaukee Public Television channels 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The community is invited to watch the documentary with friends at one of dozens of Premiere Parties.

Many are listed below. In addition, featured bars and Tavern League of Wisconsin member bars have all been encouraged to turn on the show that night.

Check with your favorite local bar or brewery; or, just join in the historic celebration at home. Remember, Watch Responsibly!
 

Premiere Party Sites
Meet the author or producer at these special premiere party sites.

Fall Creek/Eau Claire — 7-10 p.m. Big Jim's Sports Bar, 102 E Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek, Featured in the book and documentary, Book Photographer Mary Fay will be signing books. Drink specials. Books for sale.

Green Bay — 6-10 p.m. JD’s Bar, 715 S. Broadway, Featured in the book. WPT Producer David Hestad will be present at 7 p.m. Free Hor d'oeuvres and Happy Hour drink prices. Books for sale.

Green Bay — 7-10 p.m. Titletown Brewery, 200 Dousman Street, WPT Producer David Hestad will be present at 7:45 p.m. Happy Hour prices. Books for sale.

Milwaukee — 7-9 p.m. Best Place Bar at Pabst, 901 W. Juneau Ave., drink specials, Featured in the book and documentary, Author Jim Draeger will be presenting and signing books. Books for sale.

Sheboygan — 7-9 p.m. Legend Larry's (The Old Wade House), 733 Pennsylvania Ave.
Celebrate two featured bars - Legend Larry's and The Old Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, House staff attending in period dress. Books for sale.

Waterford — 7-9 p.m. DMZ Bunker, 29224 Evergreen Dr., Author Mark Speltz will be presenting and signing books. Featured in the book and documentary, Books for sale.

Black River Falls — 7-9 p.m.
Cozy Corner, 43 Main Street, Books for sale.

Cottage Grove — 7-9 p.m.  Doubledays, 4586 Baxter Rd., drink specials

Fountain City — 7-9 p.m. The Monarch Public House, 19 N. Main Street, Featured in the book

Fox Lake — 7-10 p.m. Hayes Resort, W10551 Blackhawk Trail, $3 retro cocktails. Books for sale.

Green Bay — 7-9 p.m. The Den, 1623 Cass Street, Green Bay

La Crosse — 7-9 p.m. Glory Days Sports Pub, 324 S. Fourth Street, Drink specials ($2 16-oz. silos of select beers, 2 for $5 Packer bombs, $5 fried cheese curds, $2 brats, Franziskaner on tap).

Madeline Island — 6-10 p.m. Tom's Burned Down Cafe, 234 Middle Road (at Beach Club dining hall) potluck dinner party before the documentary airs. Bring a dish to pass; call 715-292-4800 for details. Featured in the book

Madison — 7:30-10 p.m. Brocach, 7 W. Main Street, Drink specials: $3 Brocach Pale Ale pints (Enjoy the debut of the new House of Brews beer.) $4 Korbel Brandy Old Fashioneds. Featured in the book

Milwaukee — 6-10 p.m. Water Wherehouse, 818 S Water Street, Prohibition swing dance party. Drink specials.

Nashota — 6 p.m. Hollywood's Roadhouse, W332N6629 County C, Drink Specials — $5 Call Talls, $2 Apple Pie shots, $5 Martinis

Prairie du Chien  — 7:30 p.m. Frazier's Old Faithful, 157 N. Illinois St., Door prize and drink specials. Books for sale. Featured in the book

St. Germain — 6-8 p.m. Sisters Saloon, 8780 State Highway 70 W, Celebration dinner and cocktail specials! Books for sale. Featured in the book

Steven's Point — Club 10, 1602 County Highway E, Featured in the book Books for sale.

Stevens Point — 7-9 p.m. Rusty's Backwater Saloon, 1715 West River Dr., $2 bottles of Point Special beer

Sturgeon Bay — 7-9 p.m. Institute Saloon, 4599 State Hwy 57, Featured in the book

Three Lakes — 7-9 p.m. Pine Isle Sports Bar & Grille, 1261 Pine Isle Road

Watertown — 7-10 p.m. Silver Eagle Saloon, 207 S. 2nd Street (Happy Hour Prices; Half-price Appetizers)

Wautoma — 7-9 p.m. Blader's Dakota Inn, W9501 County Rd JJ

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