If you're one of the lager-loving fans of Chicago's Dovetail Brewery that celebrated when the craft beer maker sent up four-packs of Helles and Hefeweizen last month, you can get your mug ready again.
Dovetail's Jenny Pfafflin tells us that the brewery's Vienna Lager should hit Milwaukee on Wednesday, with most of the cases landing at Ray's in Tosa and Discount Liquor. (Alas, this one will not be at Downtown's Tourist Convenience, which was the first store to get the other two brews.)
The Vienna Lager is one of Dovetail's four core brews. That means that the kölsch is the only one that hasn't gotten here in cans yet.
"There's kölsch on draft at Draft and Vessel and Drunk Uncle," she says. "Not sure when kölsch cans will start heading up there, but I imagine it will happen.
"We're still very excited to be in Wisconsin!"
I'm eager to try the Vienna Lager, about which I've heard good things.
The copper colored brew is malt-forward, brewed with Vienna malt and Styrian Golding hops, with 5.1 percent alcohol by volume.
Alas, says Pfafflin, there's no Festbier coming to Milwaukee this year.
"We sent everything out to the Chicago market," says Pfafflin.
There's always next year ... and a lot of Wisconsin-brewed marzens to try in the meantime, too.
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.