September 23, 2007


Fans in a Froth for the Mug in Which Bernie Brewer Bathed (VINCENT M. MALLOZZI, 9/23/07, NY Times)

The controversy over Bernie Brewer’s beer mug has come to a head in Milwaukee.

Todd Achtner, a lifelong Brewers fan, is leading an online charge to bring back the beer barrel, mug and chalet belonging to Bernie Brewer. They were a fixture at County Stadium but did not move with the team to Miller Park in 2001.

“It’s a tradition that fans love and want back at the ballpark,” said Achtner, a 27-year-old security guard from Appleton, Wis. “Bernie Brewer’s old routine was one of the best home run celebrations ever.”

Through Friday, the petition had 260 signatures on the Web site The Brewers’ front office is aware of it.

“We’re considering the possibility of bringing back Bernie’s beer mug, but we haven’t made any determinations yet,” said Rick Schlesinger, the executive vice president for business operations with the Brewers. “Quite frankly, we have a lot of other projects that have a higher priority.”

When The Wife was in med school in Chicago I coaxed her up to County Stadium for a game on the basis of four attractions: the classic A&W drive-in that's halfway between the two cities; the brewery tours; Bernie Brewer; & the sausage race. Unfortunately, Pabst Brewery was closed, there was no race, and the Brewers were so bad no one hit a homerun. Only the rootbeer float and the tiny mugs got me off the hook.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2007 8:03 AM

A neighbor who hailed from the Detroit area introduced us to the Brown Cow aka a root beer float. Yummmmmmmmmy.

Posted by: erp at September 23, 2007 9:43 AM

"Ditto" to root beer floats!!! The A&W drive-in in Munising was a regular stop when we went to the UP.

Posted by: Dave W at September 23, 2007 10:59 PM