By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 28, 2021 at 3:31 PM

While some of you are grilling your sausages this holiday weekend, you want to consider washing them down with the five Sausage Series Wisconsin craft brewery collaboration brews.

While the Sausage Series – which includes brews from 1840 Brewing, Explorium Brew Pub, Hacienda Beer Co., Lone Girl Brewing and Working Draft Beer Co. – are inspired by cased meats from around the globe, 1840’s Kyle Vetter assures me no sausages were involved in the brewing process.

Here are the beers:

  • Chorizo – Mexican Lager, 1840 Brewing Company (Milwaukee)
  • Hot Dog – American Lager, Explorium Brew Pub (Milwaukee/Greendale)
  • Bratwurst – Kölsch-Style Ale, Hacienda Beer Co. (Bailey's Harbor/Milwaukee)
  • Italian – Italian Pilsner, Lone Girl Brewing Company (Waunakee)
  • Polish – Grodziskie, Working Draft Beer Company (Madison)

“We created/organized this five-way collab,” says Vetter, (and) it’s a fun one!

“I reached out to Clint (Lohman) from Working Draft about collaborating on a Grodziskie, 100 percent smoked wheat Polish beer. That was in the works at the same time as my team had a Mexican Lager on the schedule.

“One night I was grilling a brat and texting with Clint about our upcoming brew, and the idea just hit me. He loved the idea so we both started reaching out to other breweries to see if we could get all five ‘sausages’ brewed.”

Each brewery is releasing their sausage beer on their own schedule, so check their respective social media accounts for details,

But since 1840 created the concept, Vetter had each brewery sell him cases so he can release a mixed five-pack.

The mixed packs will go on sale at 1840 Brewing, 342 E. Ward St., in Bay View, on Friday.

So, ahem, race on over to grab some.

While you're there, pick up a five-pack of pre-cooked Usinger's sausages – one to match each beer. There is no pre-sale for the meat; it's first come, first served.

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.