By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published May 03, 2021 at 1:30 PM

In late February, we told you about a Milwaukee-born initiative to launch Things We Don't Say, a collaborative IPA brewing project to help raise awareness of mental health issues as well as funds for the Chicago-based Hope For the Day.

The project was started by Nicole Henzel, who works at Malteurop in Milwaukee, which supplies malted barley to brewers, distillers and other sectors, and the brewers at Eagle Park Brewing.

Things We Don't Say
Nicole Henzel, holding a pair of Things We Don't Say brews.

Nearly 200 breweries nationwide have signed on to create brews based on – but not a slave to – the recipe, and now, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month, the beers are beginning to emerge.

You can find a complete list of participating breweries at the website, but here's a little update from Henzel about the ones being produced locally.

  • 1840 Brewing – brewed this week, out in roughly two weeks, draft only
  • Company Brewing – out now
  • Component/New Barons – IPL (lager), out soon
  • Eagle Park – out now
  • Faklandia – with added hibiscus, due out this weekend
  • Gathering Place – dry-hopped IPL, out May 8
  • Good City Brewing – out this week
  • Third Space – hazy IPA, brewing May 14, releasing May 28,

As part of the launch, a number of fundraising events featuring different versions of the brew will be held featuring the beer, including at Champps in Brookfield (dates TBA), at Three Cellars (May 19), featuring EP, Mikerphone and Phase 3 versions; and at Drunk Uncle (May 23).

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.