Just a week before Black Friday, Walker's Point-based baseball-themed brewery, Broken Bat, will release a quintet of new beers on tap and in cans.
When the brewery – and Wiffle Ball diamond – at 135 E. Pittsburgh Ave., opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 17 it will have five new brews on tap and available in 12-ounce cans to-go.
One of the brews is what owner Tim Pauly calls, "the long-awaited return of 'Straight Chedd,' our Apricot Pale Ale.
"We let our once flagship beer get some much needed refining done over the last 18 months, and it's finally back. With new branding, a slightly lower ABV, and downright insatiable flavor profile, we cannot wait to have this beer available to you 24/7/365 from here on out."
The others – which include a few more returning brews – are (with descriptions from the brewery):
Tailgate Culture – A crisp apple pilsner that'll remind you of eating the last few delicious bites of a caramel apple.
Magellan – A cinnamon vanilla porter that used 100 percent fresh ingredients that is sure to warm up even the coldest of Wisconsin winter nights around the fire.
Batter's Rye – Making its second visit to the Broken Bat roster, this silky smooth and slightly dry IPA is the perfect winter IPA for your beer fridge
Darryl – A strawberry kettle sour, Darryl is also making its long-awaited return to the lineup! Our Head Brewer Karl dug into this recipe for months to make sure this beauty is a go-to for sour fans for a long time to come.
Broken Bat has not yet announced any Black Friday beers, but if it does, we'll add them to our ever-evolving Guide to Milwaukee Black Friday Beers, which you can find here.
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.