By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 05, 2021 at 8:28 AM

After having to cancel its 2020 event, the annual lakefront craft beer extravaganza is back this summer!

Inferno Marketing Group announced late Friday that Milwaukee Brewfest is on tap for Saturday, July 31, at McKinley Park.

The annual tented celebration of craft beer heritage typically hosts more than 100 breweries and celebrated its 10th year in 2019. It takes place rain or shine.

According to the announcement, there will be some coronavirus-related changes, but those have not yet been specified.

"In recognition of the unique circumstances related to the pandemic," the release noted, "there will be some changes this year. We continue to work with the Milwaukee County Parks Department to determine the safest way to proceed while still offering an enjoyable event. Further communication will follow with specifics but, at this time, we anticipate that we will have limited tickets as compared to past events."

The event runs from 3 until 7 p.m., with VIP admission opening an hour earlier. Last call is at 6:30.

Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the gate. VIP tickets are $85 in advance and $95 at the gate.

Tickets include unlimited sampling of beers, ciders, meads and more, plus live music, exhibits and food for purchase from on-site vendors.

VIP tickets offer the above plus early admission, access to the VIP Lounge, special sampling of specialty and limited edition beers during the first hour, VIP-only restrooms and a collectors' glass.

Tickets and more information is available at

The site also has a range of merchandise for sale.

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.