By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 21, 2022 at 12:01 PM

Back for the ninth year is the Milwaukee PubPass, a beer passport that gets you a free pint of beer at 26 Brew City-area brewery taprooms and bars.

“We’ve been in MKE since 2015, connecting craft beer enthusiasts to all the new, unique spots in the city,” says Milwaukee curator Diane Dowland. “This year new spots include 3 Sheeps Brewing, AJ OBradys, Wisconsin on Tap, Amorphic Beer, Big Sky Country, Brewski’s, Camino, Central Waters, Dugout 54, Great Lakes Distillery, Indeed Brewing, Perspective Brewing and Torzala Brewing Co.

“So it’s almost a brand new book.”

And since the pass costs just $25, that’s less than a buck a beer! (Please not that the bars determine which beers are available to PubPass holders.)

Here's a complete list of participants:


"Milwaukee is a fantastic beer city with great energy and we love the unique mix of bars," co-founder Jake Nyberg told our Molly Snyder.

"We are not aiming for the 'where can I get a free beer' crowd. The PubPass is for people who love mixing up where they go for a drink, meeting new people and tipping their bartenders."

You can order the book here.

There’s also an app to which you can subscribe for $5 a month that can be used in any of the PubPass cities around the country, including Madison, Des Moines, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Denver, D.C. and more.

Details on the app are here.

If you’re a bar or brewery owner and want to take part in PubPass, email Dowland at

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.