By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 23, 2023 at 1:28 PM

Mystic Knot is back again in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

This limited edition barrel-aged Irish coffee stout release has become an annual tradition at Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., and this year’s is the sixth iteration.

This year’s version, which will be released on draft and in cans starting at noon on Saturday, March 11, is a 10.5 percent ABV Imperial Cream Stout that was aged seven months in ex-Heaven Hill barrels and then steeped with Stone Creek Coffee.

“Mystic Knot is my favorite Barrel-Aged release that we do each year,” said Co-founder and Brewmaster Kevin Wright. “There is something magical about the combination of the sweet stout base, the bourbon barrels and the fresh coffee from our friends at Stone Creek.”

There are three variants this year:

  • Mystic Caliente: inspired by the flavors of a Mexican Hot Chocolate with additions of vanilla, cacao, chili peppers, and cinnamon, along with Stone Creek 3 Volcanoes coffee.
  • Mystic Dude: inspired by “The Dude’s” favorite beverage – the White Russian, created with an extra dosing of lactose, along with Stone Creek 3 Volcanoes coffee.
  • Mystic Double Shot Rum: aged first in Bourbon barrels, then finished in rum barrels for an intricate, layered flavor, that is then steeped with Stone Creek’s Green Bike Espresso Blend Coffee.

“I'm really looking forward to the Double Shot this year as it was aged in Bourbon and then Rum and dosed with twice the coffee,” said Wright.

“One of our favorite parts of Mystic Knot's return is the fun we have creating new limited variants of this popular barrel-aged stout,” added Co-Founder and President Andy Gehl.

"As a huge fan of 'The Dude,' I'm particularly excited for the White Russian-inspired, Mystic Dude – I think it really ties the series together!"

Mystic Knot, Mystic Caliente and Mystic Dude will be available in 12-ounce four-packs and Mystic Double Shot Rum will be sold only as 16-ounce singles. Pre-order at and pick up any time when Third Space Brewing is open, Saturday, March 11-Sunday, March 12.

A Mystic Knot release party starts at noon on Saturday, March 11, at the taproom and includes live Celtic bluegrass by Derek Byrne and Paddygrass accompanied by Irish dancers, from 1 to 4 p.m., and food from the Roll MKE food truck from noon until 5.


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.