By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jan 05, 2024 at 3:56 PM

Will Duffman be replaced by Vetterman in honor of 1840 Brewing’s upcoming pop-up inspired by television’s “The Simpsons”? We can only hope.

You can find out by heading over to the Bay View brewery, 342 E. Ward St., Wednesday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 21 as 1840 goes all Moe's Tavern for The Springfield Connection.

The pop-up takes over the taproom with art by local artists, themed trivia, games, contests, photo booths and Simpsons-inspired beer.

“We are excited to put the ‘Spring in Springfield’ and bring some Simpsons flair to Bay View.” says 1840 owner Kyle Vetter.

“We’ll have two special beer releases, Fudd Lager and Stupid Sexy Saison, to commemorate our inaugural pop up event.”

Here’s the schedule:


  • Twisted Plants will be serving vegan Krusty Burgers, 5-8 p.m.
  •  Fudd and Stupid Sexy Saison draft release
  •  Simpsons Trivia, 7-9 p.m.
  •  Marge’s Pretzel Wagon with Milwaukee Pretzel Company pretzels


  • Twisted Plants on site, 5-8 p.m.
  •  Marge’s Pretzel Wagon
  •  Simpsons Game Night:
  • ‹ Bingo 6-7 p.m.
  • ‹ Pictionary 7-8 p.m.
  •  Vincent Price’s Egg Magic decorating station


  • Twisted Plants on site, noon-5 p.m.
  •  Marge’s Pretzel Wagon
  •  Fudd and Stupid Sexy Saison bottle release
  •  All-day "The Simpsons" marathon
  •  Squishee beer tapping, 3 p.m.


  • Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, noon-5 p.m.
  • Barney belching contest, 5 p.m.
  • ‹Marge ‘annoyed grunt’ contest, 5:30 p.m.
  • Homer ‘D’oh’ contest, 6 p.m.


  •  K&L’s BBQ, 3-6 p.m.
  •  Marge’s Pretzel Wagon
  •  Simpsons Marathon


  • Barney belching contest, 2 p.m.
  • Marge ‘annoyed grunt’ contest, 2:30 p.m.
  • Homer ‘D’oh’ contest, 3 p.m.
  • Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, 3-6 p.m.
  • TGI-McScratchy’s New Year's Hour, 6-7 p.m.
  • Late night costume contest, 7 p.m.
  • Dance party featuring Simpsons music and music videos from Australian artist Dankmus, 8 p.m.


  • Simpsons Makers Market with local artists, 11 a-.m.-4 p.m.
  • Kelly’s Greens will be serving infused and non-infused pink donuts and coffee, 11 a-.m.-4 p.m.
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.