By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 27, 2020 at 10:02 AM

Because everyone knows that #lagerislife, canceling the the second annual Lager & Friends beer festival due to the pandemic just didn’t seem right. So, Gathering Place Brewing’s Joe Yeado – the organizer of the event – has moved it online.

The in-person event had been slated for March 21 at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale.

You can register now for the free virtual event, which takes place Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and includes beer demos, a panel discussion and virtual brewery tours, as well as interactions with brewers from all over the U.S.

The full schedule is here.

Register here. The festival will also be recorded and shared on the festival website.

To prepare yourself, Gathering Place is selling a Lager & Friends bundle of beer and goodies through Friday, May 29 online. To view details or purchase, visit

For $15, you get 15.00 a four-pack of 16-ounce cans of this year’s festival collaboration brew – a Landbier by Riverwest Brewing Syndicate Collaboration – and a 10-ounce commemorative festival glass.

Bundles can be picked up at the taproom between 4 and 7 p.m., and a portion of the proceeds will benefit unemployed local service industry workers.

New Third Space can series

On Friday, May 29, Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., is launching a new series of limited release brews, with a new beer beer coming every few weeks. Each will be available in four-pack 16-ounce cans for curbside pickup at the Menomonee Valley brewery.

The Beers About Nothing Series, says Co-Founder Andy Gehl, is a chance for our brewers to play with fun styles that we might not otherwise brew as main releases. It is also a great chance for customers to try some delicious new brews.

The Beers About Nothing Innovation Series kicked off in 2018 with a changing lineup of limited draught beers – most recently Frog Weiss Fruited Sour and Nordic Sunrise Kveik IPA – available in the Third Space taproom, but COVID-19 has quashed that approach, leading the brewery to can the beers instead.

The first in cans is a kettle sour called Paloma Sour, brewed with grapefruit, lime peel and Himalayan pink sea salt. It has a beautifully bright citrus/grapefruit aroma and a nice sour

Limited 4-packs are $15 each and go on sale online Thursday May 28 at 5:15 p.m. and pick up begins Friday at 2 p.m.

My Third Space Club members get first dibs, with sales for them beginning an hour early. Members, get the code to enter early from the My Third Space Club Facebook Group. Wannabe members can find details on joining at the Third Space website.

Coming the week of June 1 in the series is Flaming Globes of Sigmund, a hazy IPA brewed from a base of flaked and malted oats and hopped with Lotus, Citra and Experimental Hop 10416.

A couple weeks later, expect Honey Haze, a hazy, dry-hopped IPA brewed with honey and honey malt. Due the week of June 15.

Faklandia is getting fired up

Or at least the wood-burning oven is. A few weeks ago, the St. Francis brewery – which hosted the first Beer Drive-Thru in late March – got the OK to start brewing in its new home at 3807 S. Packard Ave. – the former 42 Ale House – and now it’s been permitted to fire up the kitchen.

That means you can now get pizzas to go! The details are here below in a Facebook post:

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.