Shorewood's Big Bay Brewing Co. has just launched its third limited edition brew and this one is perfectly timed for winter.
"Portside: A Little Left of Porter" debuted last winter, when Big Bay offered it on draft. But this year marks the the porter's first appearance in bottles. It's available all winter long.
I tried it over the weekend and it's a malty dark beer laced with chocolate and coffee flavors, but it's also smooth and sweet, so even if you don't normally like porters, you might give this one a try. It's medium bodied and will go great with that Christmas goose.
"We know that craft beer drinkers actively seek out new flavor profiles and ... Porters are a good fit for long, cold winters like the ones we have in Wisconsin," said Big Bay co-founder and managing partner Jeff Garwood.
The company's other limited edition craft beers were Long Weekend IPA and a wheat beer called Summer Tide.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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.