By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 10, 2020 at 4:04 PM

While MobCraft Brewing announces its Black Friday beer today, it has already released a 24-beer Advent Calendar of brews, which is arriving at local retailers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16.

The calendar boxes include six core beers, six seasonal brews, eight limited release beers and four oak or spirit barrel aged beers. They retail for $65.

Though currently sold out online, the boxes are still available at retail says co-founder Henry Schwartz and the taproom is working to put together 90 more for sale at the taproom/website. Check the link below to see when they’re back. A list of retailers is at the same site.

Some of the boxes are laced with MobCraft swag, free beer pint certificates, free brewery tour certificates and MobCraft gift cards.

Folks who purchase a calendar or get one as a gift can be entered to win beer for a year. You must post each of the 24 beers to social media, using the tag @mobcraftbeer and #CheersTo24Beers.  A winner will be chosen at the end of the holiday season.

Complete details on the Advent Calendar can be found at

As for Black Friday, MobCraft is releasing $20 (Kringle Monster is $15) 12-ounce four-packs of four beers (descriptions provided by MobCraft):

Kringle Monster, 9 percent. O’so, MobCraft and Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe present Kringle Monster. Gorge yourself on a scrumptious pastry stout oozing with sea salt caramel pecan kringle goodness!

Kringle All the Way, 10 percent ABV. Kringle Monster blended with our barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Om nom nom nom!!!

Existence Grand Cru, 10 percent. A compilation of '17, '18 and '19 blends of Belgian-Style Sour Ale aged in American and French oak with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus.

Existence Fig, 10 percent. Existence refermented with figs and maple syrup then finished with vanilla and a touch of nutmeg.

MobCraft is also offering some deals, including $5 off mug club memberships from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Monday, Nov. 30, and a free stemmed sour glass when you buy two sours packages (four-packs or 500ml bottles).

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.