February 24, 2015

The Midwestival Blog: The Wisconsin Old Fashioned: An Abridged History

I came across a fantastic article about the history of the old fashioned in Wisconsin.

Find out how German Immigrants, the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, and Korbel put Wisconsin at the forefront of the old fashioned drinking capital of the world.


February 23, 2015

February 8, 2015

Pubhaus at 600, De Pere - February 6, 2015

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale: 5 points out of 5, a Classic Wisconsin fish fry.

Service: Excellent
Wait Time: Arrived at 6:00pm, 4 in our party, no wait
Food: Excellent

Price: Perch (2 full perch) for $10.95, Double Perch (4 full perch) for $15.95

Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1 point, served brandy old fashioneds, and they were muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered perch and other options
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of potato options
Cole Slaw: 1 point, served with meal
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point, served with rye bread and white raw onion

Pubhaus at 600
600 George St
De Pere, WI 54115

We made plans with friends to meet at Pubhaus at 600 at 6:00pm. I hadn't heard about this place before our friends recommended it, but as we were walking up we saw the green sign advertisting Fish Fry, I was getting a good vibe already.

We walked in, and it's a tavern type setting, the true roots of a classic Wisconsin Fish Fry, but the place wasn't overly busy and most people were at the bar for drinks. Immediate seating was available so we found a pub table to sit at, then headed to the bar to order a round of brandy old fashioneds.

I was delighted when I saw the bartender drop some cherries into an empty glass, then some orange slices, a packet of sugar, and some bitters and muddle it all up. I specifically ask for Korbel brandy so I don't get the rail brandy, it's a much smoother taste. The old fashioneds were delicious! I took a picture of Chad's old fashioned because I've started ordering my old fashioneds without the soda (but only when they muddle it), and you really get the flavor of the muddled items and brandy and has it has a great flavor when mixed correctly.

Our friends arrived and we placed our orders, and opted for the hand battered cheese curds for an appetizer. They arrived at our table soon enough and were phenomenal, this tavern is really hitting all the right marks for a great experience so far. We devoured the cheese curds and got another round of drinks.

Our food came next and the presentation matched my expectations from this tavern. I got the double order of perch and they gave me 3 full perch that were a pretty good size filet. The perch was fried perfectly and tasted great. I'm thinking the tartar sauce was homemade, and had the right balance of flavors and accompanied the perch filets perfectly. For my potato I opted for the baby reds, they were baked or roasted I think and when smashed with some butter and sour cream were good. The cole slaw was a creamy variety and had a good flavor, and finally the meal was fully complete as a Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry with rye bread with white raw onion.

I was excited that Pubhaus 600 not only offered a full Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry experience in a tavern setting, but everything tasted great too! They've earned a spot on our Top 5 Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry's in NorthEast Wisconsin. Looking for a fish fry at a local tavern that truly embodies what the Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry is all about? Look no further than Pubhaus at 600 in De Pere.