Resplendent in his barley-emblazoned boots, pilsner foam cape with hop leaf buttons and tall boy-topped staff, the Beercracker is Miller Lite's malty riff on a holiday classic.
This brewski riff on the Nutcraker – called the Beercracker – is not only a bubbly little decoration, but it has – count 'em! – two beer openers.
One is in its mouth, where you'd typically expect a nut to be cracked, and the other – which opens both bottles and cans – is tucked into his festive hat.
The Beercrackers – stand on a base next to a multi-pack of Miller Lite cans – go on sale at shop.millerlite.com on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and cost $29.95.
But the memories of having a Nutcracker open your beer? Priceless.
The objet d'art is part of the Miller Lite holiday collection, which also includes ornaments, clothing and other items, all found at the same link.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.