By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 18, 2024 at 1:28 PM

Bay View’s Torzala Brewing and Oconomowoc-based Steel Tank Brewing have collaborated on a beer with Illinois’ Mikerphone Brewing that celebrates the breweries’ shared roots in Mukwonago.

“We got together to brew a beer because we realized five of us all graduated from Mukwonago High School around the same time,” says Tricia Torzala, noting that her colleagues Jake Palubicki and Renee Martinez, as well as Steel Tank’s Jason Radosevich and Mikerphone’s Mike Pallen are all grads of the school.

To that end, the group gathered at Steel Tank to brew a 7 percent ABV West Coast IPA called Wona Go West that they’ll release at an event at Eagle Springs Golf Resort, W352 S10355 Tuohy Rd., in Eagle, on Friday, May 10.

While you await the arrival of that beer, note, too, that Torzala, which is located in the Lincoln Warehouse, 2018 S. 1st St., in hosting an NFL Draft Round 2 watch party in its taproom on Friday, April 26 with former Packers stars LeRoy Butler and Gary Ellerson, who record their Leap 36 Podcast at Torzala each week.

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The hosts will be on hand for a meet and greet at the ticketed event, which is limited to just 20 lucky fans, who will get to taste some special Torzala beers, take part in a Q&A and be at the recording of one of the episodes of the podcast, which can be heard on Spotify, Apple and other outlets.

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online here.

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