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Kenny Chesney Tickets: Win ‘Em Before You Can Buy ‘Em from Bernie Brewer!

A couple of weeks ago, we announced that Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour is coming to Miller Park on Saturday, May 18, along with country stars Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.

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Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 7 at 9am, but our very own Bernie Brewer will be offering you the opportunity to win them before you can buy them this week via his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer.

So, make sure you follow Bernie closely this week for your chance to win! For complete rules, click here.

If you don’t win, don’t worry. Like I said, tickets will go on sale to the public this Friday, at 9am CT. You can buy them by phone at (414) 902-4000, in person at the Brewers box office, or online at brewers.com/chesney.

Good luck!

-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

Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache Submitted to DearMKE Project

This summer, VISIT Milwaukee, the city’s award-winning convention and visitors’ bureau, teamed up with film producer Jack Turner to produce “DearMKE,” a project they are describing as a “love letter to the city.”


“DearMKE started as a way for all of us to show others what we love about our city. It is growing into a film, twelve documentaries made by local filmmakers, and a citywide contest that lets all of us tell our story like only we can,” says the project’s website. “We all know what makes Milwaukee such a great place. Isn’t it time everyone else did too?”

Jack, who resided in Whitefish Bay as a teenager and boasts an impressive resume, is capturing the best of Milwaukee on film along with other local Milwaukee filmmakers,  but they are also asking for the help of local businesses and residents:

“Every neighborhood in Milwaukee holds memories and promises. Surprises and longtime connections. Revolutionary ideas and reflections. Amazing people and places. Every city block, every corner bar, every park, every school, every brick in every church steeple holds a story. Which one will you share about our DearMKE?”

The project calls for submissions via a video, photo, or written work.

To participate in this project, we compiled a history on the team’s number one fan, our lovable, mustachioed mascot. It’s called: Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache. Think you know the whole story about Bernie Brewer? Think again!


A special thanks to Cory Wilson, Matt Morell and Deron Anderson for their help putting this together and Bernie,  Bonnie, Bango, Robb Edwards, John Axford, Gorman Thomas and Mario Ziino for their time!

The trailer to this video resides on the project’s website, DearMKE.com, where you can also submit your own ideas, which could appear in Jack’s film, or be featured in one of twelve short documentaries.

Jack’s film will premier at the Milwaukee Film Festival later this month (more on that, including John Axford’s involvement, to come!) and each of the documentaries will premier once a month on the project’s website. You could also win a prize package featuring tickets and gift certificates from various Milwaukee attractions. Hurry, the deadline is October 12.

-Cait
JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Ever Wonder What Bernie’s Slide Is Like?

There are many things that make Miller Park unique and Bernie Brewer sliding down his big yellow slide in left field to celebrate a Brewers home run or a Brewers victory is certainly one of them.

Over the years, many people–myself included– have wondered what it is like to slide down the slide.

Well, I finally got to experience it for myself–and now there are two different ways that you can, too!

1. Watch this “Bernie’s-Eye View” as he slides down the slide, holding a camera:

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2. Go down the slide yourself!

Yes, that’s right. Before every home game, you and your friends can join Bernie Brewer up in his dugout and feel the rush as you twist and turn down the slide. At $100 per person, packages are available for 2-6 people per game, offering those over the age of 8 a Miller Park experience like none other!

Last week, I took the slide for a test drive myself—all in the name of blogging.

I must admit, I am a little scared of heights, but I quickly overcame that as the view of the ballpark from up there is breathtaking and the ride on the slide itself was so fun. I felt like a little kid again.

Here, you can watch a video of me going down the slide. It was taken in two different angles–one by Bernie Brewer himself and the second by a roof camera.

This is definitely a unique offering, with amazing photo opportunities and a memory that will last a lifetime. For more information on how you can purchase your tickets for the Bernie’s Slide Experience, visit brewers.com/slide.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Customized Brewers Phone Covers? Good Call!

Calling all Brewers fans- customized phone covers are now available at Miller Park!

The Brewers Team Stores have offered a wide variety of covers for sale that fit many phones (in addition to iPad covers), for awhile now, but one of the cooler new things this season is the Etching Station, located in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner at Miller Park.

The store will etch your existing battery cover on most phones for just $20, or, if you don’t want to etch the phone itself/prefer to have a cover on your device, you can purchase a cover from the shop and have that etched for $30. [Please note that currently, the store only offers covers for the iPhone and select BlackBerrys.]

Fans can choose from a wide variety of Brewers logos and mascots. The store also offers all other MLB logos, as well as logos of other Wisconsin teams. Each cover/case can be personalized with up to 15 characters of text, so you can include your name, or a phrase like “Go Brewers!”

The whole etching process only takes about 90 seconds and is fun to watch.

Also, rumor has it that Bernie Brewer has been giving out some cover & etching prize packages via his Twitter account and, I’m told that if you see him at the games against the Reds this coming Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, he just might have some coupons for you!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Please note: Etching is available on both game days and non-game days. Non-game day Brewers Team Store by Majestic hours are: Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, 11am-4pm. For specific questions, please call the store at (414) 902-4750.

Gallardo and Lucroy Trade Places With Southwest Employees For The Day

If you were at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport today and saw some things that were out of the ordinary in Concourse D, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.

Yes, that was Yovani Gallardo guiding a Southwest Boeing 737 into gate D52.  Yes, that was Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages unloading luggage.  And, yes, that was Jonathan Lucroy riding the tug, pushing Southwest flight 584 off to Phoenix.

Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Gallardo, Lucroy, Bernie and the Famous Racing Sausages to help out at the airport for an hour today.  I accompanied Yovani and Jonathan to the airport today for their visit and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

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The entire operation is like clockwork.  The ground crew can’t afford to be late or inefficient with their jobs as getting passengers to their destination quickly and safely is priority number one.

The plane landed in Milwaukee for a brief “stopover” before continuing on to Phoenix (where the Brewers will play this weekend).  When the plane landed Yovani helped the ground crew guide the plane into the gate.  He also later helped with luggage.  At the same time, Jonathan was up at the gate greeting passengers who weren’t continuing on to Phoenix.

When it was time for the next group of passengers to get on the plane, Jonathan was right there making announcements and Yovani was scanning tickets.  After the plane was loaded up, the Brewers battery returned to the tarmac to push the plane from the gate and send it off to Phoenix.  Landed, unloaded, reloaded and back in the air all in about one hour.

“It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes operations here,” Lucroy said of the job shadow.  “I was really amazed at how fast everything went today.”

I’ve always loved airplanes and flying, so this was a treat for me too.  It was great to see what it takes to get a plane to the gate on time and back up in the air. Even with the distraction of Yovani, Jonathan and the mascots, the crew knew where to be and when to be there to carry out their jobs.

Special thanks goes out to the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, the crew from Southwest Airlines and our friends at Gen. Mitchell International Airport for helping with today’s event.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

2012 Single Game Tickets are On Sale Now!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Well, I made it through the night and individual game tickets are now officially on sale as of 9am CT this morning. It’s still a party down here at Miller Park as we celebrate Brewers Arctic Tailgate, so if you’re not purchasing by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at brewers.com, stop down for some fun and excitement!

Here’s the latest slideshow–enjoy!

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To see more photos from last night’s camping experience, click here and here.

Just remember, it may be “arctic” here in Milwaukee today, but Spring Training games start a week from tomorrow and Opening Day is just 41 days away!

Go BREWERS!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Go Brrrr-ewers! Cait Set to Join Arctic Tailgate-rs this Weekend

Pitchers and catchers (and John!) reported to camp in Arizona this weekend, position players are scheduled to report on Friday, and this Saturday, it’s YOUR turn to report to Miller Park for the Brewers Arctic Tailgate as individual tickets go on sale at 9am!

This is the sixth year that the Arctic Tailgate” party will mark the start of individual ticket sales and over the years, in spite of February usually being a cold, cruel month here, it’s become quite the Milwaukee tradition with some fans camping out days in advance (Note: For rules and guidelines, please see safety regulations below).

The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players are always on hand to greet the fans and the first 2,000 fans in line receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt.

The hearty crowd, recalling past Opening Days that have been snowed out, or perhaps used to tailgating before Packers games at the Frozen Tundra, is not at all fazed by temperatures in single digits, snow, or swirling winds.

Indeed. Like the USPS quote, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays” these faithful fans from getting their hands on the hottest tickets before anyone else.

Many fans do it for the tradition and fun—it’s just like your typical pregame tailgate in the middle of July, with games of bags, brats on the grill, and cold beer (okay, maybe a little colder than normal)— but many also do it for the limited number of tickets for Opening Day that will be available at this event.

That’s right. The Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on February 25; no phone or online orders will be accepted. Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.

Over the years, when I haven’t been down in Arizona during the event, I’ve been to Arctic Tailgate and I’ve talked with and interviewed fans, but I’ve always been there in the daytime, the day before the event; stopping by briefly the evening before; or working during the event on Saturday morning.

This year, I’ve decided to do something just a bit outside my comfort zone—I’m going to spend the night at Miller Park!

Now there have certainly been many late nights here at the office after games and I’ve camped out on the field before for our Field of Sweet Dreams event, but never in February. To be honest, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold, but I want to get the true experience that I’m helping promote to fans (plus it’s been the warmest February on record, so I figure now is the best time to do this!).

It's been warmer than average here in Milwaukee so far this month; however, this forecast still looks pretty Arctic to me!

So, with that being said—if you’re at the event, look for me! I will be roaming around, taking photos, interviewing fans and live blogging from Arctic Tailgate. I might even have some surprises for fans as well!

Of course, if you don’t want to brave the cold, you can always live vicariously through me by following along here online and then get your tickets and parking at brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000 beginning at 9am on Saturday.

The Miller Park Box Office will be open until 5 pm that day.  Normal Box Office hours are 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday (beginning Monday, February 27), 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

For full details on the Arctic Tailgate event, click here.

Who should I look for on Friday night/Saturday morning?

-CAIT

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate. Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon on Thursday, February 23. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood shall be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers. Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only State-Approved gas/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers. The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.                                   

Start Spreading the News! Two Brewers Fans are in the Running for the 2012 MLB Fan Cave!

While John and his team were hard at work on the 2012 Media Guide earlier this week, I headed to New York City for some meetings with MLB.

While I was there, I decided to take a tour of the MLB Fan Cave.

Most of you may recall that last year, MLB ran a contest to select fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records).

Well, this year, instead of having just two people in the space for the entire season, the Fan Cave will start the season with a group of fan contestants  who will get to 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.

Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.

From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer.

And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave. In January, we put out a call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in so Milwaukee could be represented in the Fan Cave….and it worked!

After reviewing more than 22,000 entries, MLB recently revealed the top 50 fans vying to be a contestant in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave and two of them—Kurt Peter and Stephen Sievwright—are Brewers fans!

Now through Wednesday, February 22, fans can view video submissions from all 50 applicants on MLBFanCave.comand vote for their favorites. (There’s more on Stephen and Kurt to come next week, so start voting and stay tuned!)

Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.

These winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media. Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

In 2012, the MLB Fan Cave will return to the same location in New York; however, it is  currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements.

Check out some of the photos from my visit below and then get started voting for Kurt and Stephen!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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FANS WANTED!

Are you a passionate baseball fan?

Do you have strong writing and verbal communication skills?

Are you organized? Do you excel at multitasking?

Are you comfortable in front of the camera?

Are you a social media maverick or maven?

If you answered “Yes” to all of the questions above, you might have what it takes to be the next resident in the MLB Fan Cave in New York!

Yes, the tremendously popular and ultracool MLB Fan Cave is back for 2012!

And this year, MLB is running a contest to select multiple fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records). The 2012 MLB Fan Cave will be upgraded for the 2012 season (more on that next month) and it will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one ultimate winner is crowned before the end of the World Series.

Lucky winners will 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.

Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.

From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer:

And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave, which is why we’re putting out this call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in ASAP so we can represent Brew City in the Fan Cave in New York!

Recently, Kristin Loeser, Director of Suite Services by day and Brewers Fan Cave Scout in her spare time, set out to find some good applicants around Miller Park. You can check out her video search and learn more details about the Fan Cave here.

Unfortunately, she didn’t get too far in her search at Miller Park, so we’re relying on you!

To  enter, you’ll need to click here and fill out the contest form in its entirety. You will be asked to submit writing samples, a video, and a photo.

The top fan-submitted audition videos will be posted to MLBFanCave.com, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for those they find most entertaining in order to select the 2012 Fan Fave contestants. Fans will continue to vote for their favorite Fan Cave inhabitants throughout the season based on the digital content they produce while there.

Submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by 11:59PM ET.

Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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