The annual Erv-toberfest is, like everything else, adapting to the troubled times.
But don’t worry, even though you won’t be able to enjoy Erv’s 10th annual Marzen-mania in a crowded space with like-minded beer lovers, you can enjoy the first annual Erv’s Home-toberfest instead.
Erv’s Mug, 130 W. Ryan Rd. in Oak Creek, will put together a limited number of mixed cases of Wisconsin-made Oktoberfest brews.
There will be 70 cases – likely a mix of cans and bottles – for sale, each with 24 different Oktoberfests, brewed in the Badger State at the breweries listed below.
The case costs $40, which feels a bit like you’re stealing, since that’s $1.67 a beer.
That also means you’d better act fast if you want one. You can buy a ticket for a reserved case in person Erv's – where some Oktoberfests have begun appearing already – or over the phone with a credit card, at (414) 762-5010.
Cases are expected to be available for pick up no later than Wednesday, Sept. 9 (two days after Labor Day).
Here’s the list of breweries anticipated to be included in the Oktoberfest cases:
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.