Something in the Water

The first time I came to ‘tosa to visit, Bigg brought me to the local wine and Spirit shop, Ray’s.

I was so enamoured by the Whiskey corner that I barely noticed the incredible beer selection. Then I moved here and wanted a good beer. And boy does Milwaukee deliver.

After being stuck in small town Texas where beer selection is between Sam Adams (which is fine for an every day beer), Shiner Bock (which is less than fine but you adjust when it’s the best on tap most places), or corporate shit beer; you come to appreciate the large selection of craft breweries here in SE ‘sconsin.

I quickly picked a favorite, Milwaukee Brewing Co. Why? They have a wide variety of beers and each one is unique in flavor; has depth with a smooth finish; fun packaging (yes, it matters) and is local. ‘Nuff said. These guys are good. They have tours that is on the ‘to do’ list this summer but in the mean time, we are frequent fliers to their beer. My favorite? Black Iron of course…

Last night a few of my favorites (Ray’s; MKE; Bigg) came together for an awesome event. We went to MKE’s beer class.

Mike and Jim from MKE gave a great presentation on the history of the brewery and their beers. They talked story on how some of the beers came to be named along with an interesting history lesson of local brewing in general. When I made the comment that I’d been here for a year and the people of Milwaukee are VERY SPOILED with good beers, Jim (part owner) says, “Yes, because the water is so good here. Good beer comes from good water.” Huh. Makes sense.

Yes, I realize that good hops; malts; blueberry tea (Weekend @ Louie’s) helps, but good water is key. As if I needed another reason to love Lake Michigan.

If you’re in the area, I can’t recommend Ray’s tasting events enough. Very economical and we even came home with MKE prizes. Score!

Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger 

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For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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