Good Times: Abita Month Rolls On

Abita Abbey Ale

Laissez les bon temps rouler! If you’re already missing the Mardi Gras fun we had at Maxie’s, check out some considered selections from our “Brewery of the Month” for February: the Abita Brewing Company. We’re taking a buck ($1) off any shop sale of a 6-pack, growler or bomber of Abita this month.

Abita started brewing in Abita Springs, La. in 1986, using the town’s artesian springs to provide a pristine water for the brewing process. Cold-filtered, and using no preservatives or stabilizers, Abita beer has grown to become an exceptionally popular regional crafter brewer. It’s distributed in almost all states, and listed 15th in a recent ranking of breweries’ size, edging Wisconsin’s beloved New Glarus Brewery by a couple of spots. Like New Glarus’ Spotted Cow or Lakefront’s Riverwest Stein in Wisconsin, Abita Amber is an ubiquitous everyday craft beer in New Orleans.

Skillful with the classics, Abita has also shown a deft touch with all-natural fruit-flavored beers. Story Hill has four taps of Abita beer, also available in growlers, and all $2 off during Happy Hour, Tuesday-Saturday, 2-6 p.m.:

The shop is stocking 6-packs of: Bombers available in the shop:

Valentine’s gifts at Story Hill BKC

truffles giftbox   Grab the gift boxes, growlers and bottles you need to make an exceptional weekend. Complement the lushest red or a beautiful bubbly with Indulgence Chocolatiers‘ Aphrodisiac Truffle Collection. Sensual truffles of Ginger Passionfruit Caramel, Balsamic Fig, Rosewater Pistachio, Smoky Pomegranate, Bananas Foster, and Citrus Basil Honey are a sumptuous beginning – or end – to an evening.

Simple, but Significant — 36.00

fourmillesophoraIndulgence Chocolatiers’ Aphrodisiac Truffle Collection with:

Four Mile Creek, North Coast Red Wine, 2011 – an inky ruby red with a dark fruit and silky olive nose. Blended from syrah, zinfandel and grenache, it’s vibrant and straightforward. Mouth-warmingly plump, with jammy berry and bitter cherry flavors, and a peppery, smoky finish.


Sophora, Sparkling Rosé, New Zealand – Pretty in pink with delightful floral aromas and juicy red berries. Made from the big champagne grapes, chardonnay and pinot noir, for a beautiful blush color, luscious palate of pink grapefruit, and a creamy, decadent finish.

Elegant, extravagant — 48.00

peakjIndulgence Chocolatiers’ Aphrodisiac Truffle Collection with:

Queens Peak, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2011 – An enchanting dark crimson red with aromas of blackberry cobbler and a bangin’ body. Rich dark fruit is followed by cocoa and ripe, velvety tannins.


 J Cuvée 20, NV Brut, Russian River Valley, Calif.– The special occasion sparkling, with crisp and lively green apple and cream notes. Bright tropical fruit and a hint of spice make it a great pair for opulent seafood like scallops or lobster.

Foods to Try in 2015

In 2014, we picked a name for the ownership of these great restaurants: Black Shoe Hospitality. It symbolizes the hard work needed every day to show our guests genuine hospitality at Story Hill BKC, Maxie’s and Blue’s Egg. But the fun is in trying new things, discovering flavors and enjoying truly delicious food. We love trying new things, and we’re thrilled when an “I’ve Always Wanted to Try…” turns into a “Best Thing I Ever Ate!”

Here are some dishes to check off your list in 2015.


Outstanding comfort food with Middle Eastern origins, Shakshouka poaches eggs in a zesty tomato sauce spiced with cumin. At Story Hill, we add smoked lentils, goat cheese and sumac mayonnaise. It’s a piping hot hearty breakfast with flatbread to sop up the sauce.

IMG_0630Oysters Rockefeller

New York via New Orleans, these babies were invented at Antoine’s, the oldest running restaurant in the U.S., to honor John D. Rockefeller. At Maxie’s, they’re decadent treat in which delicious oysters are topped with spinach, parsley, cream, Herbsaint and Parmesan. Baked Oysters Rockefeller and a Sazerac can make any occasion feel like a true celebration.

Fisherman’s Coffee

It’s Redemption High Rye Bourbon, espresso, milk and sugar – and it’s one of Blue’s most popular drinks. This may be the best coffee drink you’ve ever had.


Tap Cocktails

You shouldn’t have to wait to drink a better cocktail. That’s why we batched ‘em and tapped ‘em. Story Hill has eight craft and classic cocktails on tap, ready to enjoy in a few seconds. A Good Ol’ Fashioned, for example, combines Korbel Brandy, Luxardo Maraschino cherry puree, clarified orange juice reductions, citrus syrup and Bittercube Trinity Bitters. It takes four or five hours to batch, and only four or five seconds to pour. Starting Jan. 5, all Story Hill’s tap cocktails will be $2 off every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Happy Hour. Come in to try The Quarry Hill, Cane’s Mark, The Tart’s Cosmo, Mulled Rum Sangria, A Forest in the Orchard, Pineapple Paloma or a Two-Wheeled Sidecar.

IMG_2228Hoppin’ John

A classic Southern side dish made with black-eyed peas, rice and pork. The black-eyed peas are a symbol of prosperity and good luck, and Hoppin’ John is enjoyed around New Year’s. Maxie’s includes smoked pork, peppers, onions, herbs and tomatoes – enough to make Lil’ John-Boy jump for joy.


Kinda tastes like chicken, but better; earthier, sweeter, and more tender. A very lean meat, it’s great to slow-cook. Maxie’s braises all-natural De Bruin rabbit in stock, herbs and madeira. It’s pulled and tossed with house-made fettuccini, baby kale, Sugar Bee Farm mushrooms and butternut squash for a delicious winter dish.


They’re not sweet, and they’re not breads. It’s thymus of veal, and if you’ve ever tried it, you know this decadent example of “head-to-tail” cooking gives foie gras a run for its money. Especially when it’s butter-poached with hearty Sugar Bee Farm oyster mushrooms, thyme and homey pan sauce like at Story Hill.


This rustic Swiss dish is basically potatoes and melted cheese. The name comes from the French word “racler” (to scrape). At Story Hill, we scrape melted cheese from a wedge of Saxon Creamery’s Saxony-Alpine Cheese to your plate. Served with tender, roasted new potatoes, pickled seasonal veggies and house-made tomato jam.

Corned Beef

It’s not just for Reubens anymore. Corned beef takes the same cut as brisket and cures it in seasoned, salty brine. Blue’s uses it in the classic breakfast dish Corned Beef Hash, on the Dubliner Benedict and on a Toasted Rye with beet slaw and Russian dressing.

Oxtail Stew

You don’t have to go to Walden Pond to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” Oxtail is slow-cooked until it’s more tender than short ribs, and the browned beef and marrow enriches the sauce. Story Hill adds some sweet pearl onions, seasoned breadcrumbs and alphabet pasta, and you’ve got comfort food for kids from 1 to 92.


A big, German-style dumpling or noodle, Schnupfnudel isn’t as famous as gnocchi or spätzle, but it’s just as delicious. Story Hill plates it up with Butter Poached Bell & Evans Trotters – pulled  chicken with baby kale, oyster mushrooms, cracklings and chicken jus to make an ultimate comfort food.


Barbecue means something different to people all over the world, and all over the Southern U.S. Maxie’s features an amalgam of great barbecue traditions, including Eastern North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork, St. Louis-Style Spare Ribs, Memphis-Style Baby Back Ribs and Black Angus Beef Brisket. Coated in Maxie’s dry rub and smoked in a hulking Southern Pride smoker, it comes out melty-tender and smoky.


Traces it’s origins to the Hôtel Ritz Paris, but you don’t have to be Auguste Escoffier to know that bubbly and O.J. just tastes good. Blue’s also features the no-less-delightful bubbly breakfast drinks Bellini (prosecco, peach puree), the Man-mosa (O’so’s The Big O Wheat Beer, orange juice) and Blue’s Fizzy’s (sparkling with a shot).


Fresh-Shucked Oysters

Belly up to the bar after a hard day’s work for a refreshing treat of a platter of oysters and a frosty pint of beer. Enjoyed on the half-shelf, oysters offer a taste of the sea they grew up in. Fix ‘em up with cocktail sauce, fresh-grated horseradish, mignonette, lemon or hot sauce, or slurp ‘em as-is. Maxie’s brings them in 6 days a week from some of the best purveyors on the East Coast, and they’re each $1 off every day from 4-6 p.m.

Fried Catfish

An extremely delicate and tender white fish, catfish gets a little crunch when it’s dredged in cornmeal and fried. Try a great big ol’ filet on a Po’Boy dressed with lettuce, tomato, tartar and Cajun fries, or on a plate with veggies and Red Beans & Rice. Maxie’s also serves it up as the superb classic Blackened Catfish Creole.

Fried Green Tomatoes

What is that, exactly? It’s Fried. Green. Tomatoes. It’s a traditional Southern snack, and yes, a great book and movie. At Maxie’s, slices of green tomatoes are dredged in egg wash and breadcrumbs seasoned with tarragon and lemon zest, served on a bed of greens with remoulade.

IMG_9152Head Cheese

Head Cheese is a delicious bit of charcuterie, not unlike a country pâté or meat terrine. Formed and sliced in big slabs like a cheese, it can be enjoyed like a cold cut or as an appetizer and is often made a little spicier in the Deep South. You’ll see it featured at times on Maxie’s Daily Preserved Board. Watch Chef Joe talking about Glorious Malone’s Head Cheese, Milwaukee-made for 40 years.

Pimento Cheese

Ubiquitous as a Southern snack or a spread, pimento cheese has been called “the caviar of the South.” It’s made with sharp cheddar or processed cheese, mayo and pimentos. Maxie’s secret? This is Wisconsin – we have way better cheese. We mix in Hook’s Two Year Sharp White Cheddar and roasted red peppers, and we always serve it on Derby Day.

Eggs Benedict

Like the immigrant cooking and diner food that inspires Blue’s modern American brunch, this classic first came together in New York City. From luxurious hotels and fine restaurants, “Bennys” have become a classic breakfast food. Blue’s serves up at least four daily, including the Dubliner, Old English and the Florentine. Blue’s Classic is house-made poached eggs, pulled ham, English muffin and Hollandaise.


It’s an elementary particle and basic component of all matter. It’s a German-style fresh-set cheese. It’s both. Story Hill uses Clock Shadow Creamery’s Quark in it’s House Special Crêpe, with jam and honey on Quark and Bread, and whipped in a Taste plate with carrot sauce, cranviar and nuts.


You know, just to put this out there, I had a whole mess of crêpes this morning. They’re just like really thin pancakes, Ricky Bobby, maybe even better. Story Hill serves up a Daily Special every day, plus the Crêpe Monsieur, House Special and Berries, Bananas & Cream, and a plain ol’ Crêpe and Syrup.

Gift Set: Michter’s Whiskey

michters As if you needed more reasons to love whiskey. This three-bottle collection of small batch whiskeys offers a unique opportunity to taste and compare different styles of whiskey. Michter’s traces its legacy to 1753 and the very first whiskey company in America. Today, it continues as one of America’s most respected distilleries. Drawing from the distillery’s US✭1 expressions series, these are excellent examples of rye, bourbon and unblended American whiskey. Packaged in a handcrafted wooden tote, with tasting and distillation notes included.

Holiday Hours at Story Hill BKC

We’ll be CLOSED on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that we may celebrate the holiday. Our SHOP will be OPEN on Dec. 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM for gift cards, gift sets, wine, beer, spirits, and holiday cheer.

We will be OPEN on New Year’s Eve, with the kitchen serving 7 AM to 11 PM. Reservations for dinner can be made starting at 5 PM. Enjoy a complimentary bubbly toast on arrival, and again at midnight!

We will be OPEN for BRUNCH ONLY on New Year’s Day, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Reservations can be made for parties of 8 or more.

Our Private Dining Room is available for reservation on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Click here for more information. To make a reservation, please call 414-539-4424 or email [email protected].

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12 Days of Christmas at Story Hill

12daysStop by Story Hill in the next 12 days for brunch specials based on a favorite holiday carol. Story Hill’s Chef I A.M. Rachel, our daytime kitchen leader, created outstanding dishes that will leave you humming a happy tune. Count down with us, and sing along!
  • 12 Drummers Drumming,” Friday, Dec. 12 – Buffalo Drummies Drumming – buffalo chicken drummies with blue cheesy hashbrowns, poached egg and buttermilk ranch.
  • 11 Pipers Piping,” Saturday, Dec. 13 – Chocolate Mousse Crêpe – with “Pipers piping” whipped cream and peppermint candies.
  • 10 Lords a-Leaping,” Sunday, Dec. 14 – Frog Legs – pan-fried frog legs with cheddar hashbrowns, poached egg and gremolata.
  • 9 Ladies Dancing,” Monday, Dec. 15 – Ladies’ Salsa Dancing Huevos Rancheros – two baked eggs, salsa, tortillas and cilantro.
  • 8 Maids a-Milking,” Tuesday, Dec. 16 – Eight Maids a-Milking Dulce de Leche Panna Cotta – bacon crumble and chili anglaise.
  • 7 Swans a-Swimming,” Wednesday, Dec. 17 – Cream Puff Swans – a-Swimming in Chicken à la King.
  • 6 Geese a-Laying,” Thursday, Dec. 18 – Golden-wrapped Goose Sandwich – stuffing, lettuce, tomato, cranberry-orange dressing and your choice of side.
  • 5 Golden Rings,” Friday, Dec. 19 – Five Golden WINGS – scallion hash browns, baked eggs, blue cheese, celery, buttermilk ranch dressing.
  • 4 Calling Birds,” Saturday, Dec. 20 – Four Bird Cassoulet – cassoulet with chicken, duck, goose and quail.
  • 3 French Hens,” Sunday, Dec. 21 – Chicken Francaise – pan-fried battered chicken in a light lemon sauce.
  • 2 Turtle Doves,” Monday, Dec. 22 – Mock Turtle Dove Soup – inspired by Creole turtle soup
  • And a Partridge in a Pear Tree,” Tuesday, Dec. 23 – Quail with Pear Cornbread Stuffing frisée and cranberry salad, beurre rouge.
Story Hill BKC will be open for SHOPPING ONLY  on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to pick up a gift card and a bottle of holiday cheer!

Four Roses Bourbon Legacy Set

fourroses Four Roses makes some of our favorite bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Four Roses Yellow Label is a great go-to for creating cocktails (especially sidecars, old fashioneds and mint juleps). Four Roses Small Batch is an expertly selected and married blend of four original and limited bourbon whiskeys. Four Roses Single Barrel is a special treat – at times bold, bright, sweet, spicy – and a pure example of a distiller’s skill. Packaged in a handcrafted wooden crate with two our Roses T-shirts, coasters, bottle opener and tasting notes, this package is the perfect gift for the true bourbon enthusiast.

12 Beers of Christmas

  beer This is a great set to give the hophead on your gift list, or to pick up and bring to a holiday gathering. The Twelve Beers of Christmas – we filled a handcrafted wooden 12-pack with one dozen selections of craft beer’s ultimate holiday brews. Currently includes, subject to availability:

Moscow Mule Gift Set

moscow It will be Spring soon, and what better way to celebrate than with a Moscow Mule party? This gift set is packed in a wooden pie crate and includes all the local ingredients you need to make this extremely popular refreshment. We included a liter of award-winning Pür Class Vodka, crafted at the Hendricks Family Distillery in Eureka, Wisc. (20 miles West of Oshkosh), which is naturally gluten-free. Mix at your leisure with a 4-pack of Belfast Ginger Beer, handcrafted in Janesville, Wisc. Pour it all in 4 copper mugs so you can enjoy your Moscow Mules in style.
  • 1 liter Pür Class Vodka
  • 4-pack Belfast Ginger Beer
  • 4 copper mugs
  • Tasting notes
  • Available in the Shop at Story Hill
  • 100 + tax

Gift Set: Coffee Lover’s Collection

coffee At Story Hill, we partner with Milwaukee’s own Valentine Coffee Roasters to provide the best coffee experience possible. Give the coffee fanatic in your life a thoughtful selection of Valentine’s most delicious roasts with a cup to enjoy them in. Packaged in a handmade wooden pie crate. We’re happy to grind the coffee, before or after you give, for any brewing method.
  • Bali Blue Moon – the house blend at Blue’s Egg
  • Papua New Guinea – the latest coffee featured at Story Hill BKC
  • Royal Select Mayan Decaf – a decaf with superior flavor
  • Espresso Dolce – balanced as a shot, great in coffee drinks
  • Available in the Shop at Story Hill
  • 22.00 + tax


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