By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 01, 2024 at 1:01 PM

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Paul and Liz Alexander of The 024 Taproom in Grafton will host the first of what they hope will become the annual St. Patrick's Day Beerfest on Sunday, March 17.

The event, which will feature live music, food and, of course, beer, will take place from 2 until 5 p.m. in the Arts Mill parking lot, 1300 14th Ave., in Downtown Grafton.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation, which supports Childhood cancer research.

“This the 10-year anniversary of me being cancer-free,” says Paul Alexander, “and every year I have shaved my head for the foundation. This year we going to party!”

In addition to an on-site pig roast and sides from M&M Eats, The Tom Mahan Band will play live.

Tickets – which can be reserved here – are $100 and include lunch and unlimited beer samples from what Alexander calls, “12 of my favorite breweries, including  local favorites Amorphic, 1840 and Eagle Park.”

The other participating breweries include Revolution, Trillium, Pipeworks, Drekker, Brewing Projekt, Toppling Goliath, More, O'so and Sullivan’s.

The 024 Taproom – the name of which is a nod to Grafton’s ZIP code – is located at 1300 14th Ave.

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.