By Renee Lorenz Special to Published Nov 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Hunger Task Force is teaming up with 12 Milwaukee bars to bring you and Milwaukee's hungry a little extra holiday cheer this season.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23 and continuing through New Year's Eve, select bars will create signature holiday-themed drinks in support of 12 Drinks of Christmas, a delicious new benefit for the Hunger Task Force.

Bel Air Cantina, Blu, CLEAR, Distil, Flannery’s Bar and Restaurant, Hi-Hat Lounge, Smyth, Taylor’s, The Belmont Tavern, Trocadero Gastrobar, Von Trier and Whiskey Bar are all mixing up original libations for the festive fundraiser.

Patrons can visit any (or all) of the bars to try each one's unique drink, and visit the Hunger Task Force website to cast their votes for their favorite cocktail.

A portion of the proceeds from 12 Drinks of Christmas sales will help benefit the Hunger Task Force, so drink and vote early and often (and be safe, of course).

Renee Lorenz Special to

Contrary to her natural state of being, Renee Lorenz is a total optimist when it comes to Milwaukee. Since beginning her career with, her occasional forays into the awesomeness that is the Brew City have turned into an overwhelming desire to discover anything and everything that's new, fun or just ... "different."

Expect her random musings to cover both the new and "new-to-her" aspects of Miltown goings-on, in addition to periodically straying completely off-topic, which usually manifests itself in the form of an obscure movie reference.