By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Lakefront Brewery’s tank series turns 6. Or maybe 1, depending on how you're measuring.

The sixth installment in the brewery’s Small Tank Series, which launched just over a year ago, is here and it’s a riff on the Rendezvous French biere de garde style.

"We took our Rendezvous," says Lakefront Brand Manager Michael Stodola, "and let it age for three years in brandy barrels. "This traditional farmhouse ale is brewed with a special French ale yeast, giving it a subtle, yet delightful ester fruitiness. At 11.6 percent (ABV), it’s a bit boozy, but an excellent barrel-aged liquid."

Like its predecessors, the barrel-aged Rendezvous arrives in an extremely limited run of 500ml EuroBottles. It arrives on Tuesday, July 7 at $10 a bottle.

Lakefront will open sales online at 8 a.m. that day and you can select a pickup appointment time between 3 and 8 p.m. the same day. You can also order any Lakefront to-go beer and crowlers, as well as food from the regular take-out menu, too.

Previous beers in the series have included a Belgian quad, a Belgian strong golden ale, a "small beer" made from the second runnings of Black Friday imperial stout, a British strong ale and a Norwegian kveik farmhouse IPA.

For more information on Lakefront and to order, visit or call (414) 372-8800.

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 has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.