Monday, August 28, 2006

Does this surprise anybody?

The home of Schlitz, Hamms, Miller, Blatz, Pabst, Sprecher...and those are only the ones I remember off the top of my head. Milwaukee has been the "Beer Capital of the World". It's nickname is "The Cream City" for the foam on top of a beer. The Milwaukeee Brewers is its baseball team. One of the most pungent memories I have of driving in Milwaukee is the smell of the Red Star Yeast plant on Highway 94 heading into downtown.

So now it should come as no surprise that it has been named America's Drunkest City:
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee has been ranked by as "America's Drunkest City" on a list of 35 major metropolitan areas ranked for their drinking habits.

Forbes said Tuesday it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall; followed by Columbus, Ohio; Boston; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., in a tie for ninth.

Rick DeMeyer, 28, said Wednesday as he was celebrating his birthday at G-Daddy's BBC he could understand Milwaukee's ranking.

"I have had people stay with me from London and Chicago, and they can't get over how much we drink," he said. "I guess we do."

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