Words and Photos by: Nick Novak
Intro by: Andrew Smith
Introduction by Andrew: This past weekend had two awesome shows in the Milwaukee area. Brandon was down in Kentucky for Import Alliance, and I was booked with Family plans, so I used it as the perfect opportunity to get two more guest contributors some articles on the website. I put up a Facebook post, and within an hour or two had over a dozen people reach out to me asking to contribute. I wish I could have had everyone help out, but I was only able to have two people. I want to first thank everyone who reached out, your support and willingness to contribute is amazing. It’s all of you guys who make this possible. Next I want to thank both Nick and Matthew for providing the stories and the photos. Their willingness to help out is what you see below. Check out the below for Nick’s coverage of the 2016 Lower Standards Brewhaus show!
While only in its second year, Brewhaus is probably one of my favorite shows overall and is definitely my favorite local show. Lower Standards hosts Brewhaus at Schlitz Park in Milwaukee, a group of historic buildings that used to house the Schlitz brewery. Lower Standards focuses on primarily lowered European cars, especially Volkswagens and Audis so it was only natural that a good portion of the cars that attended were Euro cars. Last year the show was almost strictly Euro, however this year they opened it up to all makes and models as well as bikes.
The morning of the show was a nice refreshing 85 degrees and was so humid I felt like I could drink the air. When I first got to the show I was having issues with my lenses and camera fogging up but eventually they adjusted and I was able to start shooting in between slamming water bottles and Gatorade. As the pre-registered cars started rolling in, I was amazed by the number and quality of cars that were showing up. Everything from minty Mk1 Volkswagens to a track ready Porsche GT3RS, bagged VW’s and Audi’s, static Hondas, and classic muscle. There were groups of cars from Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana with some even coming from as far as Nebraska. One of the vendors, Eurotrash Apparel, made the trip from Kentucky and brought some impressive cars with them.
Some of my personal favorites were Sam Khan’s supercharged K20 Miata which was revealed at the show, Josh Bauer’s bagged, right hand drive, R32 swapped Mk2, and Tan Gunes’ bagged S4 on Rotiform DSC’s. Kyle Gessler also brought his car out for the first time in two years, and Manny Roque’s unicorn coupe made an appearance as well.
As the weather changed from tropical to rainy, the rush was on to try to get the awards done before the rain. There were 40 trophies ranging from Best Engine Bay to Lowest Static as well as Best of Show. There was also a surprise birthday celebration for AJ Konkol complete with a birthday cake and the crowd singing “Happy Birthday”.
It was refreshing to attend a show with such a wide variety of cars, trucks, and bikes but none of the issues that sometimes plague those shows. There was definitely a “family” atmosphere to the show and it was cool to see so many different parts of the car community coming together in one place. During and after the show, I heard nothing but positivity and people saying that they can’t wait for next year. It’s easy to see why Brewhaus is growing so fast and I know I’m already looking forward to next year. I want to thank Lower Standards for putting on a great show as well as Andrew Smith and Midwest Automotive for giving me the opportunity to present this coverage. Thank you!