EN­VI­RON­MENT

We don’t just know our home by its sights and sounds – we also know it by its odors.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Content - BY MATT HRODEY

There’s some­thing in the air.

SMELLS GOOD

YEASTY BEER

No smell is more es­sen­tial – eau de Mil­wau­kee – than the yeasty, hoppy slap in the face of a brew­ery at work. Two ma­jor pro­duc­ers of this per­fume: Miller and Lake­front.

YEASTY BREAD

This one’s easy to catch. You don’t have to be out that late on Brady Street to en­counter the va­pors that leak from the back door of Peter Sciortino Bak­ery, where bak­ers with off-kil­ter sleep­ing habits pro­duce sig­na­ture Ital­ian breads.

SMOKY EDNA

The throb­bing heart of Iron Grate BBQ on South How­ell Av­enue is a be­he­moth cus­tom-made smoker, Edna, who spends her days puff­ing on the back pa­tio.

CU­DAHY BA­CON

Even when it caught fire, the Pa­trick Cu­dahy fac­tory (which nor­mally has great nose) still smelled kind of good. Con­sider it an ex­am­ple of in­dus­trial odor done well.

SMELLS BAD ALEWIFE MAS­SACRES

These sil­very her­rings are mak­ing a come­back and be­gan to wash up on area beaches last sum­mer, af­ter spawn­ing, to rot and ruin more than one ro­man­tic stroll.

STINKY STINK

All cities have sewage, but ours turns it into the Milor­gan­ite fer­til­izer sold world­wide. Tech­ni­cally, it’s not made di­rectly from doo-doo, but when the wind blows the right di­rec­tion, it can sure smell that way in the Third Ward and Walker’s Point.

SCENT MASTERS

There are some strange ex­per­i­ments go­ing on in­side the Mil­li­pore Sigma (formerly Sigma-Aldrich) plant in the Menomonee Val­ley, which man­u­fac­tures a num­ber of chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal prod­ucts and has been re­spon­si­ble for some un­usual smells, in­clud­ing that of over­pow­er­ing pan­cake syrup.

MON­STER AL­GAE

Var­i­ous kinds of Lake Michi­gan al­gae can stink up your af­ter­noon at the lake, but per­haps none is more feared than the ver­dant Cladophora, a plant-like or­gan­ism that grows on the lake’s bot­tom and oc­ca­sion­ally washes ashore in great gobs to emit a nox­ious odor.

Jones Is­land

Wa­ter Recla­ma­tion Fa­cil­ity

Iron Grate BBQ

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