By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 26, 2022 at 4:26 PM

Perhaps you’ve enjoyed the Doughnut Don beers made by Vennture Brew Co. in collaboration with Cranky Al’s, and quaffed the Grebe’s cruller stout over at East Troy Brewing. You can keep it all going with a beignet beer.

Crawdaddy’s on Greenfield has done a Strawberry Cognac Beignet Ale collab with West Allis’ Westalion Brewing Company.

The 7.2 percent ale is available at the West Allis Cajun, Creole and barbecue restaurant, 9427 W. Greenfield Ave., as well as at the brewery, 1825 S. 72nd. St.

“The concept of the beer relates to our dessert which are Beignets served with a fresh strawberry sauce infused with Cognac,” says Crawdaddy’s owner Troy Meyer.

“They first brewed it for a fundraising event we had last July called the Hog of all Hogs, with proceeds going to The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. We will be have a second annual of the event this year as well in August.

The collaboration is just one of a number that Crawdaddy’s does.

“We enjoy doing collaborations,” says Meyer. “Becher Meats also makes andouille just for us seasoned to our specifications in over 10 different menu items, so kind of a collaboration. Next week we will be putting out a special menu entree collabing with Egg & Flour.

“(Egg & Flour owner) Adam (Pawlak), our chef Gaudencio Vera and myself have gotten together and put something together that we feel speaks to both of our restaurants. We will be using Egg & Flour’s pasta and combining it with a couple of our staples.”

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.