By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 08, 2022 at 4:32 PM

MobCraft Beer is collaborating with the City of Oak Creek on a winter popup event are hosting a free winter pop up this weekend.

The Warming House at Drexel Town Square, 8040 S. 6th St., is a family friendly, indoor and outdoor event with live music, games and free BelAir Cantina and Cubanitas appetizers from 4-9 p.m. daily.

Additional food (at town square restaurant locations), as well as beer from MobCraft, will be available for purchase, as will hard seltzer, kombucha and soda.

The event runs Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 10-12, from 4 until 9 p.m. weekdays and 1-9 p.m. Saturday.

MobCraft will serve tap beers inside the old Pizza Man spaceand six varieties of canned beer at a 12-foot outdoor ice bar with an ice luge.

The ice luge, made by Art Below Zero, is a sled for drinks, says MobCraft Event Coordinator Elise Strupp.

"We're planning to serve a high ABV apple pie a la mode beer on the ice luge with fresh cinnamon on top--our play on apple pie!"

There will be fire pits with free s'mores, ski lodge-style furniture, a 12-foot ice sculpture and Gigi's will be closed to accommodate a variety of games.

Warming House hats will be available for purchase for $20, and says Strupp, "we will be selling custom-branded plastic pint glasses for $3 each.  If someone gets a pint refill using the cup, they'll get $1 off."

There will be inflatables, too, including the huge Snowzilla, open to kids and adults.

Carol and the DV8’s play live from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, while Michael Sean entertains at the same time Friday. On Saturday, enjoy a DJ and karaoke from 1 to 3 and live music by Category X from 4:30 to 8:30.

“Oak Creek doesn’t mess around when it comes to planning fun events for their residents," says Strupp. "I have been so impressed with their organization and attitude towards creating an event that is inclusive and fun for all ages. 

"We know cold weather doesn’t stop Wisconsinites from having a good time, and we can’t wait to see Oak Creek show up for this party!  I hope this is our first of many events together."

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.