Milwaukee February 13, 2018
11 Things Milwaukeeans Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else
It’s no secret, people from Milwaukee are a strange bunch. We use words no one understands, drink cheap beer with great enthusiasm, and have a strange relationship with cheese. We’re a rare breed that
might be a little insane, but also completely lovable. If you see anyone do any of these eleven things, you’ll know you’re definitely in Milwaukee—and yes, we’ll admit that we are a little nuts.
1. Drive in weather that others would fear for their lives in.
Most people are used to the term "snow day." Us Milwaukeeans, however, use no such term. Two feet of snow? No biggie, we’re still getting to work on time.
2. In fact, we’ll probably be wearing shorts.
If it’s above 20 degrees out, that means there’s a heatwave in Milwaukee. Break out the tank tops and shorts!
3. Eat fish
every single Friday night.
Fish frys aren’t just a meal, they’re a community-wide event. We all get together, eat fried fish dinners, and dance to polka music. Yes, it’s a little odd. No, the tradition will not be broken.
4. Consume "cannibal sandwiches" on New Years.
Milwaukee is full of strange traditions, but this one tops the list. Cannibal sandwiches, similar to steak tartare, is served as an appetizer. It consists of raw ground beef and onions on a cracker. It's sometimes modified to a sandwich typically using rye bread. Though this unusual sandwich is a tradition for some Milwaukeeans, the Centers for Disease Control put out a statement in 2013 to not consume these sandwiches (or any raw meat).
5. Check to see if our cheese squeaks.
A true cheese curd is only a cheese curd if the cheese
squeaks. It's a requirement.
6. We wear cheese on our heads, too.
Whether you’re a Packer fan or not (and who isn’t?) you definitely own a cheesehead.
7. We turn Bloody Marys into a full meal.
A Bloody Mary anywhere else isn't even comparable to a Milwaukee Bloody Mary. Milwaukeeans have a tendency to turn this spicy drink into an entire meal, including cheeseburgers and fried chicken as part of the elaborate toppings.
8. Tailgate for hours on end.
Honestly, the pre-game
is the game. Make sure to show up to the stadium at the crack of dawn, because that’s when the real party starts!
9. Watch people in sausage costumes race around a baseball field.
After tailgating, it's game time. No Brewers game would be complete without the racing sausages. You better believe a Milwaukeean will turn to their neighbor and bet on the race!
10. Drink PBR like other beer doesn’t exist.
Milwaukee is full of great local breweries and we love every single one, yet somehow we never turn away from a good ole' PBR. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and honestly, we enjoy it.
11. Party every night (or day) of the week.
It might seem irresponsible to outsiders, but we’re pros at partying. No matter if it’s a Monday and we have to work the next morning, or the middle of a weekday, Milwaukeeans party like it’s the weekend... especially if there's a pedal tavern involved.
These are just eleven of the unusual things Milwaukeeans do. What else do you think we do that would seem insane to an outsider? Share your ideas in the comments!