By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 05, 2023 at 10:03 AM

The free hop-on/hop-off shuttle launched last autumn by the five breweries in Riverwest is swinging back around to offer the service again beginning Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Five-Three-Brew-One-Two Brewery Shuttle makes round trips between all 5 breweries – Amorphic, Black Husky, Company, Gathering Place and Lakefront – from 2 to 7 p.m. every Saturday.

The shuttle route begins at Lakefront at 2 and runs continuously on a 35-minute loop until it makes its last stop at Gathering Place at 7. The shuttle will not return to Lakefront at the end of service.

The shuttle ride is free, but, “ the Syndicate does ask that you treat the driver with respect, consume/discard all alcoholic beverages before entering the vehicle, be cool to their bartenders, and have fun!”

The Riverwest Brewing Syndicate came together in 2019 and has worked together not only on the the shuttle, but also on a number of collab beers, events and a punch card.

“Our goal is to facilitate people enjoying the Riverwest brewery experience,” said Amorphic’s Ron Hockersmith when the shuttle debuted last year. “Between the five breweries that are all putting out high quality products, there are diverse beer styles ranging from european classics and hop-forward creations, to innovative unique beers at all of the taprooms.

“In addition, every taproom has a unique vibe: one being on the river, two in a residential neighborhood, and two an industrial area. We hope to show people what Riverwest has to offer, even beyond the breweries themselves, and continue to draw more people to this exciting area.”


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.