Former Drink Wisconsinbly sales rep Andy Braun and Craft Apparel’s Joe Royten recently combined forces to create a disc golf apparel company called Midy Disc Golf, which will launch its online store next month selling Midwest-focused disc gold apparel using sustainable materials as much as possible.
At the same time, the two are combining their love of the sport with a passion for beer – Royten’s Craft Apparel makes gear for numerous area breweries – and creating an indoor disc golf putting league this winter that will take place in four area craft breweries.
The league takes place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 1, at The Explorium Downtown, Broken Bat in the Third Ward, Faklandia in St. Francis and Eagle Park in Muskego.
“We were looking for places with plenty of room and immediately thought of local breweries,” says Braun.
“We know the pandemic has devastated a lot of the local restaurant and bar scene. We felt it would help our local establishments, while following COVID regulations. Not to mention, having fresh local brew and tossing a frisbee is outrageously fun.”
There is no pre-registration for the league. Each session will be $5 per player on a first-come first-serve basis up to 50 players (which could change based on health and safety protocols).
The $5 entry fee will be split between the breweries and league director/brand ambassad0r Jake Helling, says Braun.
Prizes will be awarded for each session as well as to the overall points winner at the end of the year. All skill levels are welcome, and the league is beginner-friendly.
In addition to drink specials at each event, there will be disc golf equipment for sale from Play It Again Sports in Greenfield and disc golf gear from Midy Disc Golf.
Here’s the complete schedule:
WEEK 1: Wed, Jan 13, 5 p.m. / Explorium
WEEK 2: Sun, Jan 24, 5 p.m. / Broken Bat
WEEK 3: Wed, Jan 27, 5 p.m. / Eagle Park
WEEK 4: Sun, Feb 7, 1 p.m. / Faklandia
WEEK 5: Wed, Feb 10, 5 p.m. / Explorium
WEEK 6: Sun, Feb 21, 5 p.m. / Broken Bat
WEEK 7: Wed, Feb 24, 5 p.m. / Eagle Park
WEEK 8: Sun, Mar 7, 1 p.m. / Faklandia
WEEK 9: Wed, March 10, 5 p.m. / Explorium
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MidyDiscGolf.
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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.