November 2012

Registration for 2013 Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K Begins Tomorrow!

Today was a very exciting day!

The announcement of the 2013 “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s.”

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Yes, that’s right. New for the second year of the “Brewers Mini” is the addition of a 10K race (6.214 miles) for the event which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Registration will begin this Saturday at 8 a.m. CT at www.brewersmini.com and will include the option to purchase a registration spot as a gift for the holidays.

If you’ve been following the blog this year, you know that this year’s inaugural Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date.  More than 5,000 runners (including us!) represented 32 states.

 The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

 The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available). 

That means, the earlier you register, the more you save!

Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Friday, September 27, 2013. Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

We had so much fun sharing our training with you last year. Look for more to come in the New Year!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Lock Up a Great Gift They Can’t Wait to Open with New Brewers Key Chains!

While you’re here this weekend shopping at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale, don’t forget that sometimes, presentation is just as important as the present itself!

That’s why we’ve come up with a fun use for the new personalized Brewers key chains available in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

For just $5, turn a great gift into something extra special that they can’t wait to open by attaching the key chain to the outside of your gift and using it as a name tag. Voila! Two presents in one!

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Or, Brewers key chains can stand on their own as a gift, too–the key to the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

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So, make sure you stop in at the Brewers Team Store and get yours (available in current or retro logos) while you’re here–they’re made at our etching station (where you can also pick up an etched phone case, or get your phone etched) while you wait!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

100 Readers Selected for Brewers Clubhouse Sale Early Entry

Good Morning!

If you read our annual Brewers Clubhouse Sale preview post last night, you know that we offered the opportunity for 100 of our readers to gain early access to the Brewers Clubhouse Sale tonight.

We had an overwhelming response and those 100 spaces are now filled.

If you were one of the first 100 readers to email us, you will be receiving an email by NOON CT today containing instructions for access tonight.

If you didn’t email us in time, no sweat, you still have all day tomorrow, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 to shop to your heart’s content! Full details on the sale can be found here.

Thanks again for reading  and Happy Shopping!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

John and Cait’s 2012 Clubhouse Sale Preview

The Annual John and Cait Clubhouse Sale Preview is one of our favorite blog post to write each year. With the Christmas shopping season beginning a little early this year, the Clubhouse Sale comes early as well. It is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all of your favorite Brewers gear. The sale is Friday (Brewers Black Friday, or “Blue Friday,” if you will) and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and fans can expect savings of up to 75%!  Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.

Also,this year, we have a special opportunity for our blog readers at the bottom of the page, so read on!

This Visiting Clubhouse at Miller Park is stocked up and ready to go for Brewers fans on Friday morning!

This Visiting Clubhouse at Miller Park is stocked up and ready to go for Brewers fans on Friday morning!

As promised, here are a few of our favorite items available at the sale…

Nike Track Jacket, $60

Nike Track Jacket, $60

This Nike Track jacket was the most popular jacket sold at the store this year and is certainly a steal at just $60.  The royal blue jacket is lightweight and great for late Spring and early Summer tailgates at Miller Park.

Game Worn Hats, $20

Game Worn Hats, $20

As always, there is a great selection of game-used items. Jerseys, hats, bats and balls are all available. Jerseys start at $150. Game-worn jerseys from current Brewers like Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers, former Brewers like Zack Greinke and Mike Cameron, Brewers coaches like Rick Kranitz and Ed Sedar and, one of the most coveted jerseys, the world famous #99 “BAT BOY” jersey! (Cait’s Note: My dad was a recipient of Bat Boy jersey one year and boy was that a hit!)

Game Used Bats, starting at $50

Game Used Bats, starting at $50

Game-used bats in the basket that are available for purchase include Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez, George Kottaras, Mike Cameron, Logan Schafer, Taylor Green, Randy Wolf and even Ed Sedar’s fungo bat!  All were authenticated.

Clubhouse Name Tags, starting at $20

Clubhouse Name Tags, starting at $20

The locker name plates included plates from the Brewers 40th Anniversary season and from the 2011 NLDS and NLCS.

St. Patrick's Day Jersey, $50

St. Patrick’s Day Jersey, $50

This St. Patrick’s Day jersey would be great for your trip to Spring Training in 2013!

Italian Heritage Day Cap, $20

Italian Heritage Day Cap, $20

There were a number of Brewers Italian Heritage Day caps available for sale. Perfect for John, or any fan who wants to appropriately fit in at Milwaukee Bucks games with the proper colors!

Green and Gold jersey, $30

Green and Gold jersey, $30

Speaking of some Wisconsin Sports Pride, this jersey is perfect for a Brewers fan who wants to support their favorite football team and ball team at the same time. No need to choose between your Brewers jersey or Packers jersey when you come out to Miller Park on a Sunday in September or October. Wear this instead, people will know you’re rooting for both teams!

90s Retro Shirt, $20

90s Retro Shirt, $20

This great t-shirt features one of John and Cait’s favorite Brewers logos. The shirt has a soft feel and a great price.

Patriotic Brewers Caps, $15, $20, $10 (from left to right)

Patriotic Brewers Caps, $15, $20, $10 (from left to right)

These hats allow fans to show pride for their team and pride for America. A great addition to the hat collection of any Brewers fan.

Nike Milwaukee shirt, $15

Nike Milwaukee shirt, $15

This Nike t-shirt is features one of John’s favorite Brewers logos, the Milwaukee script.  At only $15, it cannot be beat for value.

Grill Cover, $10

Grill Cover, $10

Milwaukee Brewers Fan Brand Grilling Iron (for steak, chicken or pork), $8

This Brewers grill cover and Fan Brands Grilling Iron are perfect special gifts for your favorite grillmaster in your tailgate group!

Milwaukee Brewers Cooperstown Collection purses, $20/$30

For the female fan who has everything, these Brewers purses will help her travel to the game in style!

Brewers retro & current logo Adidas Tracksuits, $25

Cait was on the lookout for the perfect gifts for her goddaughter, Makena. There were many children’s items to choose from, including this adorable tracksuit that she had to snap up!

Cutter & Buck sweatshirt dress, $40

Another option for the female fan, this Cutter & Buck sweatshirt dress is comfy, cozy and stylish!

Rising Stars jerseys, $75

Serious sports memorabilia and jersey collectors will want to check out this Rising Stars jersey!

There are also a lot of specials going on during the sale to make things even more fun!

Every 25th customer to make a purchase during the Clubhouse Sale will receive a free authenticated champagne bottle from a 2011 Brewers Postseason celebration (one per customer while supplies last). Additionally, a more-you-spend-the-more-you-save coupon will be offered. Coupons of 10/20/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.

The Brewers Kids Club is the perfect gift for any little fan on your list!

In addition to the merchandise, you can also purchase Brewers Kids Club packages at the sale (or online here) for just $25; sales reps will also be on hand to take your order for Brewers Holiday 4-Packs–the Brewers Clubhouse Sale truly is your one-stop shop!

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on November 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge. Note: The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.

And last but certainly not least….we mentioned earlier in this post that we had a special opportunity for our readers. Here it is: We are offering a special opportunity to gain early entry into the sale! That’s right, the first 100 readers to e-mail us at johnandcait@brewers.com will have the opportunity to come to Miller Park on Thursday from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. We know how a lot of these items are limited and the line is pretty long on Friday morning, so we wanted to show our readers how much we appreciate their support by extending this offer to them.  Send your e-mail to us and we will have your name on a list at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and you and one guest will then be able to visit the Clubhouse Sale on Thursday night.  Update: Sorry, friends, this opportunity received overwhelming response and entries are now closed! If you were selected, you’ll receive an email containing instructions by NOON CT today. If you didn’t email us in time, no sweat, you still have all day tomorrow, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 to shop to your heart’s content!

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

Cheers!

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Get in the Holiday Spirit with Holiday Lites and Holiday 4-Packs!

The MillerCoors Holiday Lites display returns to the Miller Valley beginning this Friday, November 30 and who better to help kick off the event than our very own Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages? Yes, that’s right, the Brewers mascots will be on hand for Opening Night of the Lites show and they’ll even have your chance to win Brewers Holiday 4-Packs!

The MillerCoors Holiday Lites. (Photo Courtesy: Miller Brewery Tour Facebook Page)

The Lites show, now in its eighth year, will feature over 300,000 LED lights, synchronized to a medley of traditional and modern holiday music. It is the largest show of its kind in the Midwest, and the lights, if laid out, would stretch nearly 15 miles.

The outdoor light show begins this Friday with free, family-friendly mini-tours of the MillerCoors Brewery and Lite Show starting every 20 minutes from 4:40 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The free tours start at the Visitor Center (4251 W. State Street in Milwaukee) and include:

  • Opening Miller Valley Video featuring the Girl In The Moon
  •  4 block outdoor walk to view the Holiday Lites Show (approx. 7 minutes)
  • Miller Valley Caves
  • Beer Sampling in the historic Milwaukee Stables

For this Friday only, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will be on hand with your chance to win Brewers Holiday 4-Packs!

Here’s how:

  1. Attend one of the MillerCoors Holiday Lites Tours this Friday, November 30.
  2. When you get to the Stables, look for Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. [Note: The mascots will be on hand during the following times for picture-taking: 5:30-6:00 pm; 6:15-6:45pm; 7:00-7:30pm; 7:45-8:15pm; 8:30-9:00pm.]
  3. Use your camera/phone to take a photo with one or all of the mascots.
  4. Tweet your photo to Bernie Brewer (@Bernie_Brewer) using the hashtag: #HOLIDAY4PACKS.
  5. Next week, we’ll pick one lucky winner to win a pair of Holiday 4-Packs! Additional winners will be selected to win Brewers gear! Complete rules can be found here.

The tours will continue each Friday and Saturday through December 22 with participation from other community partners.

Visitors  are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to support the annual Toys for Tots drive or a non-perishable food item Hunger TaskForce.  Gifts can be dropped off at the MillerCoors Visitor Center throughout the month of December.

For details about the tour, call (414) 931-2337.

We look forward to seeing your photos, so make plans to stop at the tour (after you hit the Brewers Clubhouse Sale of course)! Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Happy Thanksgiving, Brewers Fans!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Brewers fans!

How are you spending this holiday?

Wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful day–Cheers!

 

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Community Foundation Teams Up With Community Groups to Deliver 500 Thanksgiving Meals to Area Families

A Thanksgiving tradition continued this morning in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation partnered with 1290 WMCS-AM, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Feeding America and the Hunger Task Force to make sure 500 area families had everything they needed for Thanksgiving dinner.

Milwaukee Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson, Brewers alum Larry Hisle and Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore joined 1290 WMCS Operations Manager TJ Jackson, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and representatives from Feeding America and Hunger Task Force for a press conference outside the 1290 WMCS headquarters on Sherman Blvd. and Capitol Dr. in Milwaukee.

Following the press conference, the group traveled with a number of baskets to the Guest House, a Milwaukee homeless shelter for men, and the Meta House, a substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women.  Later in the morning, the rest of the Thanksgiving food baskets were picked up by families who registered with the radio station to receive the meals.

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Photos from today’s event were taken by Michael Goelzer, Milwaukee Brewers Photos.

This is the 18th year that the radio station has held this special holiday meal program and the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up with 1290 WMCS to help solicit funds, food and family recipients.  Families are identified through letters and e-mails sent to the radio station.  Local community service organizations can also recommend people in need.

In addition to Brewers Community Foundation and 1290 WMCS, Feeding America is donating food boxes which include fixings for the families (dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned yams, corn, green beans, fruit, applesauce and cake mixes).  The Hunger Task Force is donating turkeys and fresh produce.

For more information on how you can give back to Brewers Community Foundation and other projects BCF does in the community click here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Clubhouse Sale Scheduled for Friday, November 30 & Saturday, December 1

The Annual Brewers Clubhouse Sale will take place on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park. The sale, which will take place in the visiting clubhouse, includes savings up to 75% on sale merchandise items. Fans can save on Brewers apparel, souvenirs and specialty items as well as rare, game-used merchandise, including jerseys and bats. Brewers sales representatives will also be available to handle requests for Holiday 4-Packs.

John and I will follow up next week with our annual Clubhouse Sale preview, but we wanted to let you know about the dates now so you can factor that into your holiday shopping season, which will officially kick off this week on Black Friday.

Other details to note for 2012:

  • Every 25th customer to make a purchase during the Clubhouse Sale will receive a free authenticated champagne bottle from a 2011 Brewers Postseason celebration (one per customer while supplies last).
  • A more-you-spend-the-more-you-save coupon will be offered this year. Coupons of 10/20/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.
  • Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
  • In addition, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on November 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge with any purchase.

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.

Can’t make it to the store? Don’t forget that brewers.com has lots of great holiday gift ideas, too!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

What’s New at Miller Park!? A Look Ahead at Ballpark Improvements for 2013

Since I have worked here at Miller Park, it seems every off season, the ballpark becomes somewhat of a construction zone.  The team has always done a great job of keeping Miller Park fresh and up to date with features like the Associated Bank Kids Zone or renovations to the suites and the addition of the new HD scoreboard.  The Brewers today announced plans for two renovations at Miller Park, both of which will enhance the fan experience for 2013.

“Every year, we formally survey fans to get a better understanding of their changing tastes and preferences,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “National surveys of fans and media consistently rate the Miller Park fan experience among the very best in all of sports, but we don’t take that for granted. We are committed to enhancing the facility and experience every year to remain a top destination for fans.”

Projects for 2013 include the following:

Dew Deck Renovations

  • The Dew Deck, a seating area above the right field bleachers that dates to Miller Park’s opening year, will be renovated during the off-season. The signature addition to the area will be a 25-foot high rock climbing wall, designed in the shape of a can of Mountain Dew. The wall will be open for approximately three hours every game day, and will be designed to accommodate up to four climbers at a time. Other improvements to the area will include new lighting, new ceilings, installation of flat panel televisions, repainting, and new signage.  The Dew Deck accommodates groups of 25 to 260 people (no individual ticket purchases are available).  The area features stadium seating, a private bar, and private restrooms. Tickets to this affordable party space include an all-you-can eat pregame tailgate buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Individuals interested in hosting events at the new Dew Deck may call 414-902-GRPS for more information.

Home Plate Lounge Renovations

  • Following the addition of a new Brewers Team Store retail location on the Club Level last year, the Home Plate Lounge will be enhanced this winter. The Home Plate Lounge is located on the concourse of the Club Level behind home plate and is open to Club Level Suiteholders and all fans who have Club Level seating. The project includes the removal of an existing concessions stand, storage area and restroom, allowing for the creation of a new fixed “Chef’s Table” counter. Featured upgrades include a new Concierge counter, new carpeting, and new furniture (modular seats, ottomans, bar stools, dining chairs, and tables). In addition, there will be new lighting throughout the space.

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Design work for the projects was handled by Uihlein/Wilson.  Both these projects will be ready by Opening Day, 2013.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Meet Cait: Cait Interviewed for MLB.com’s Meet the Bloggers

While I was in New York at the Ivy Sports Symposium, I met up with Mark Newman from MLB.com. Mark interviewed me for a segment called “Meet the Bloggers” and I thought I’d share it with you here. Rumor has it John will be interviewed for part 2 in December. Enjoy!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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