Today we made the annual pilgrimage up to Sister Bay, Wisconsin to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik. I was excited for this visit because in June they opened up the Stabbur Beer Garden at Al Johnson’s. This is an outdoor beer garden next to Al Johnson’s restaurant. If you’ve ever been to Al Johnson’s you know that there is usually a wait to get your table. In the past we used to walk over to the beach; however, this year we headed over to the Stabbur Beer Garden!
The Stabbur Beer Garden is an entirely outdoor space with plenty of shade. The bar seats approximately 30 people and there were additional tables throughout the space. It was great to see a variety of outdoor games to include: oversized Jenga, goat ring toss, dice, and Ladder Ball.
They had approximately 20 draft beers, a wide variety of regional beers in bottles/cans, a selection of hard ciders, and mixed drinks. You can see a sample menu they posted to Facebook. I’ve heard they will have Scandinavian food; however, I didn’t see the food choices today.
It was interested in learning a little about the Stabbur. “Stabbur” means storehouse and is the name of the building style. It is my understanding this type of building would be found on a Norwegian farm and was used to store a family’s food and protect it from the elements and rodents. This particular Stabbur was brought to the United States in 1974 and was handmade with rosemaling carvings. It used to be a dark brown and located in the back of the property by some of the other out buildings.
For those that fly regularly or pay attention to the news, you may remember that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been modifying security checkpoints to accommodate three separate categories of travelers. From the TSA website:
“The self-select pilots are comprised of a series of lanes designated by signage that directs passengers based on their travel needs and knowledge – Expert, for the business traveler who flies several times a month; Casual, for passengers who travel less frequently, but are familiar with the security process; and Family/Special Assistance, for passengers traveling with small children or strollers, elderly passengers and passengers who may need special assistance.”
On my recent travels to Las Vegas, I departed from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport which utilizes the new lanes. As I approached the checkpoint I noticed that the “Family/Special” lane was closed and that there were approximately 20 people in the “Expert” lane, with no one in the “Casual” lane. All the lanes converged onto one x-ray and metal detector line. I thought I was pretty experienced with flying but I figured I would take the “Casual Traveler” line as I wasn’t in a hurry. I expected to have to wait until the “Expert” line cleared out, but that wasn’t the case. As soon as I hit the front of the “Casual” lane, the TSA employee stopped the “Experts” and waved me through. I basically skipped in front of 20 air travelers by picking the lane that was empty and ignoring the signs.
At that point I decided I was indeed an “Expert” traveler…
I was able to stop by the Midwest Tradefest today for a brief period of time. It was great catching up with some of the Scouting people I haven’t seen in a while. I wish I would have been able to spend a little more time socializing (read: looking for the few holes in my Four Lakes CSP collection) it would have been great!
For those of you who don’t know the Midwest Tradefest is a regional Boy Scout Trade-O-Ree sponsored by Tichora Lodge #146. It looked like Kurt and the gang put together a good show. It seemed like the crowd was light like the last couple of years but there was more action, people were making deals and finding needs, which is always good to see.