By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 21, 2021 at 2:42 PM

Central Waters – located in Amherst in north central Wisconsin and the state’s first green-powered brewery – is subleasing the former Captain Pabst Pilot House, 1037 W. Juneau Ave., OnMilwaukee was the first to report in June.

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After hiring veteran Eric Gutbrod as general manager and an experienced brew team, Central Waters recently repainted the Captain Pabst mural on the side of the building with a new one depicting its logo, and work is ongoing inside the taproom (we're getting a peek soon!).

Today, the brewhouse was fired up as brewers got to work making beer – a light lager – in preparation for its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 16.

A couple soft opening dates will precede the official opening.

Co-owner Anello Mollica said the beer is the, "first trial brew – an homage to the district and building we are in!"

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.


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.