By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 16, 2020 at 8:21 AM

Fish fry? Sure.

Malty, barrel-aged liquid gold? You betcha.

But wings? Nope, not something you’ll find at Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St.

Except, that is, on National Hot Sauce Day.

In honor of this joyous national hotliday, Lakefront is dishing up wings with five different Buffalo sauces and hosting its debut Hot Wing Challenge, on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Lakefront’s kitchen, which has nabbed the Beat Heat category title two years in a row in WMSE’s Rockabilly Chili event has cooked up an especially flaming "Sign This Waiver" hot sauce and anyone who can finish five wings doused in this five-alarm house fire of a sauce in five minutes will earn free beer and swag.

Did I mention that you’ll take the challenge on the Beer Hall stage where you’ll be hit with a quintet of rapid-fire trivia questions? Get at least three right and you’ll earn the right to try your hand – or your taste buds – at those five flaming-hot wings.

You don’t have to try and burn yourself alive onstage, however, to enjoy the five new sauces – available on their own or as a flight that you can opt to pair with five beers. These are the sauces and the paired brews:

  • Peach BBQ paired with the Proper Porter
  • Verde Sauce paired with New Grist Gluten-free Gose
  • Buffalo Sauce paired with Lakefront LagerKveik IPA with Mango and Guava
  • Asian Ginger paired with the New Grist Gluten-free Pilsner

If meat’s not your thing, you can substitute vegan breaded cauliflower, but those, while surely tasty, ain’t wings any more than "boneless" tenders are. Just sayin'.

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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.