A Riverwest Co-op Café Vegan Prefix Meal with Sprecher Beer Pairings

Cooperative neighbor enjoyment – A Riverwest Co-op Café Vegan Prefix Meal with Sprecher Beer Pairings hosted by the Riverwest Public House – Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 6pm.

The Riverwest Co-op Café and the Riverwest Public House with Sprecher brewery will be presenting a vegan beer dinner on Thursday, May 15th.  We are embracing the change of season with the course selections and the pairings, each featuring locally sourced, artisanal ingredients whenever possible.  The inspiration for the event lies in a great working relationship between these local businesses, building communities together.

The Riverwest Co-op Café is creating a four course dinner and each course will be paired with a Sprecher beer. The Public house will be creating a few special craft cocktails for the evening.  We will provide a brief introduction to each course, giving suggested notes of interest, the history, and interplay of the pairings.

The cocktail hour, beginning at 6pm, will feature a variety of beer cocktails and selected craft soda* cocktails that will be available for purchase.  In the spirit of community and cooperation, we are also proudly pouring Great Lakes Distillery spirits in the cocktails.  Look for some interesting creations and twists on classic cocktails.

We are keeping the menu a secret until the day of. The introduction and our dinner will begin at7pm.  We will start off with the Hefe Weiss, a course filter German wheat ale, perfect for warmer weather and pairing with lighter fare to begin.  The All-American Pale Ale is second and has been dry hopped with fresh whole cone Simcoe and Citra hops; this beer was available in only draft. Up next is the Black Bavarian, which has always been a Riverwest Public House favorite. We will close out with the Czar brew 2013, a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, and it will be paired with a sweeter dish.  Several other styles of beers will be available for tasting as well.

Tickets are available at the Public House and are $20 if purchased in advance.  25 seats are available at this event.

*Please note the Sprecher sodas do contain Wisconsin honey

We Turn 3 Years Old on Monday!

To our beloved member-owners,

Thank you for being a member of the Public House! We appreciate your support, and hope that you have enjoyed the many benefits of membership in the Public House over the past three years. Your support as a member and patron has been invaluable as we work toward establishing the Public House as a thriving community space.

As our three-year anniversary is rapidly approaching, this is a reminder that if you joined as an annual member anytime between our Grand Opening in 2011 and now, the time has likely come to renew your annual membership. Don’t let your membership expire – and your member discounts along with it!

As you know, members enjoy a variety of discounts anytime we are open, including a dollar off most taps, $3 rail drinks, $1 off of wine, $1 off of Great Lakes Distillery products, and $1 off coffee and tea.

You can renew at any time, so beat the rush and renew today! Or become a lifetime member, and you will never need to remember to renew again.

Please join us for our Anniversary Party on March 17. The Squeezettes will be playing and all sorts of other strange things are likely to happen…this is a party not to be missed!

Thanks for your support!
Your Riverwest Public House Cooperative

RCA Community Meeting #1 – Sunday 5pm-7pm

Remember when we started the bar? When you became a member before the doors were even open? Before we even had a space! We proclaimed “we’re going to start this bar so it can help operate an umbrella organization to strengthen and grow the cooperative movement in Riverwest.” Well, that organization, the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance has been in development for a looong time. But now it’s finally ready to roll out some ideas and get community involvement. That means you! We’ve come up with a model that is community-accountable and community-guided to meet community needs.  Join us THIS SUNDAY from 5-7pm for the first of many many many community meetings. Together we can build a community-controlled economy.

Saturday Potluck, Art Show, Mac&Cheese Competition – 4pm

On the Full Moon December 28th, 2012 a Barbie Doll was dipped in paint. Every day after that, she was dipped again. Each subsequent Full Moon another Barbie joined in the transformation process until December 17th, 2013- The 13th Full Moon when the 13 Barbie joined the others.

Also Macaroni & Cheese Competition/Potluck
Bring a dish of Mac & Cheese and enter in the competition!
Your most delicious, your most daring, your most avant-garde, your Mac & Cheese with the Most Odd Ingredient!, an appetizer, main course, soup, dessert.

Each entrant gets to pick the category which best suits their Mac & Cheese! Be creative! 10 entrants… = 10 categories….. = 10 prizes!

Suggested $5 donation per entry. Everyone who enters gets to be one of the judges.

Enter to be a Judge with out making Mac & Cheese! Suggested $5 to be a Judge!

To be a part of the competition arrive between 5:30pm and 6pm to register. Tastings will start at 6:15pm

General Potluck at 6:45pm. $5 suggested donation.

Lots of prizes!!! Every dish will be documented and if you like will be included in a Zine to be published at the end of the year!!!

“The entity known as Barbie is actually an inter-dimensional being who appeared in our world over 55 years ago and was quickly caught and enslaved by the hetero-normative, gender binary powers that be and put to work doing their nefarious bidding. Barbie at first was honored to be so embraced by so many in our world but as she quickly learned it was rather restrictive and oppressive. Over the years and decades she worked to free herself. Convincing at one time a group of activists to switch her voice box with that of G.I. Joe’s and when she was cast as Karen Carpenter in the movie Superstar. She has inspired artists around the world to challenge the perceived notions of what is possible and is allowed. Whether as an Astronaut, actor, Race Car Driver, etc. she has always pushed the boundaries while working within the system she found herself in. Though her greatest work has always been the interpersonal adventures she enticed her human counterparts to embark upon. Each Barbie became unique as she lived through and with the human. Now she is asking for a collective organized effort to free herself completely from her servitude because she truly desires to be revealed in all her potential glory and be allowed to have all the fun and frolic that is possible. Barbie wants to party with all of humanity! She has appeared to many humans over the years who have taken up the call to help. For about the last year and half she has come to to inspire others by the name Audacious Year. She has traveled and presented herself to a fair number of folks and started to tell more of her story. Now on this next Full Moon, Barbie will begin a process of Transformation. Audacious Year invites all to follow along and be moved by this process. Blessed Be~Divinely Doo-doo” —christian xtn hansen

New Year’s Eve Service Industry Breakfast 4am-7am

So let’s say it’s 4, 5, 6AM and you are finally done with work (or the last party just ended). None of the good brunch places are open till 10am. You could shell out the last of your cash for some mediocre eggs and toast somewhere OR

You could stop by our New Year’s Eve Service Industry Breakfast. Because as a service industry pro, you just had a hell of a time making sure everyone else had a hell of a time. Now it’s your turn to enjoy the holiday. Join us for a breakfast featuring the following high quality meal:

-Organic Blueberry French Toast bake
-Biscuits & Gravy (meat + vegan)
-Organic Local Bacon
-Free Range Organic Local Scrambled Eggs
-Free Range Organic Local Omelette Bar
-Tofu Scramble (vegan)
-Breakfast Potatoes, Fresh Fruit, Toast

+++Free Mimosa with your food

Catered by our friends at 7 sisters 7 suns catering 

*4am to 7am*
new years day mornin’

Free Mimosa with your food
$10 advance, $13 NYE
Limited space is available, so grab your tickets soon! Advance tickets on sale till Dec 27th.

DJ set from The French Connection


Night School: 3 Part Series – The Intersectionality of Homelessness

Part I: Sunday, December 8th at 4pm 

In Homelessness You Find all of the Ills of Society

Part One of the Series, “In Homelessess you can find all of the Ills of Society,” will be a discussion surrounding the problem of homelessness in Milwaukee and will feature speakers from various backgrounds who are currently struggling or have struggled with homelessness. The conversation will also include the most updated information surrounding the Step by Step Collective’s current Drop-In Center Initiative and how we as a community can address these issues collectively and holistically.

**Part II: Sunday January 12th
Homelessness and Sexual Assault

**Part III: Sunday February 9th
The Working Homeless

The Step By Step Collective is a group of community members focused on bringing awareness to trans and cis women’s issues in Milwaukee. The current Community Housing Inititative aims to reclaim a vacant, public space and to transform it into a drop-in center for single trans/cis women and families struggling with homelessness. We are focused on creating community-driven, sustainable homeless solutions in the city of Milwaukee while simultaneously addressing the root causes of the issue on a political and cultural level.

A Conversation About Placemaking with Linda Pollack and Sara Daleiden

Tuesday, December 3rd at 6pm, FREE, 21+ (unless accompanied by a parent)

The Riverwest Public House Cooperative, Greater Milwaukee Committee, and
MKE<->LAX present a conversation between Linda Pollack and Sara Daleiden, who both have practices based in Los Angeles that focus on the arts, the economy and cultural exchange. Linda and Sara will explore national tendencies with placemaking through major funders such as ArtPlace America’s Innovation Grants and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)’s Our Town Grants. Linda will share a Midwestern iteration of her project My Daily Constitution generated in Indianapolis as a case study of placemaking in extension of a public art dialogue. With My Daily Constitution, Linda generates an expressive public platform for conversation about democracy, where an active interpretation of the U.S. Constitution connects to the values of a local place.

Linda Pollack is the creator of My Daily Constitution which was initiated for the “Democracy When?” exhibition at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in 2002. The project came as a response to the political and cultural climate in the United States after the initial shock of 9/11 and the passage of the USA Patriot Act. Continuing her investigation into the culture of democracy, Linda brings together innovators, the People, and the U.S. Constitution into public conversations to explore the U.S. Constitution as a living document that affects our daily lives.

Sara Daleiden is the director of MKE<->LAX which investigates cultural exchange between two American regions, with Milwaukee and Los Angeles as epicenters, through residencies and public programs focused on the arts in both places. MKE<->LAX creates conditions for social interactions in developing landscapes with an emphasis on regional poetics and expansion of market. She currently works as a consultant for the placemaking initiative ‘Creational Trails funded by ArtPlace America. ‘Creational Trails has an open Call for Performance Ideas available to residents of Harambee, Riverwest and nearby neighborhoods.

Taco Tuesdays! 9pm every Tuesday

This Tuesday and every Tuesday at Riverwest Public House Cooperative The Cream City Cabaret and House of Dimera have a new weekly variety show!

9-10pm The Tassel Society (open mic burlesque*, brain child of Kim Miller-Anderson)
“The society will focus on burlesque and variety performance and will provide a no drama/no snark atmosphere. Its a place to test some out new routines, acts, and costumes and to create and inspire new ideas.”
*how this works: show up before 9 with a device to play your song and sign up!

10-11pm The Cream City Cabaret hosted by Ricky Royale featuring Dora Diamond

11-12pm Dj Rocka will spin tunes to make your booty move.

12-2am House of Dimera Drag show hosted by Milwaukee’s own Chad Clark Carroll Dimera

$5 cover. Come on down and support Milwaukee’s thriving performance scene, see a great show, and get buck wild.

$2 TACOS!! Every Tuesday!

Two More Common Ground Healthcare Co-op Info Sessions

Monday, Nov 11 at 6pm
Thursday, Dec 12 at 6pm

We had a good turnout for the first info session, held on October 27th. Johnnie Williams gave us a nonpartisan overview of how the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would impact us, and what we could expect from the new Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, which serves a big chunk of eastern Wisconsin. If you missed it, or know someone who could use the info, come learn more on Nov 11 and Dec 12.

“Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is a non-profit, member-governed health insurance cooperative that believes in transparency. Any profit we make goes directly back toward lowering premiums and improving benefits — for you, your employees, or your customers.

Common Ground is a community organization that works toward igniting positive change within the greater Milwaukee area. With the power of the collective voice, we have a strong history of facilitating significant and meaningful improvements within our community.

Our most ambitious effort to date: create a health insurance cooperative that puts people before profits and gives its members a voice — just like Common Ground. 

Five years and thousands of hours of hard work later, we are very pleased to announce the opening of the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative.

Enrollment started October 1, 2013 Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative will begin enrollment in 19 counties in Eastern Wisconsin, with insurance effective on January 1, 2014.