By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 13, 2024 at 1:16 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

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If you're eager for local beer while you're enjoying the Big Gig, Milwaukee's own Lakefront Brewery not only pours some of its favorite brews this year, but also brings back its special daily firkins.

Lakefront's regular tap list includes the beloved Riverwest Stein amber lager, IPA, Hazy Rabbit IPA, Chilly Rabbit cold IPA, Dive Beer lager, Brewsicle peach mango wheat ale, New Grist Gosa Rita gluten-free margarita-style ale and Riverwest Stein NA.

Then, each day at 4 p.m., Lakefront will tap another firkin, a small keg of a special brew available only until that keg runs out.

Here's the list:

Lakefront Summerfest firkinsX

Thursday, June 20 – IPA dry-hopped with Idaho Gem hops, 6.7 percent ABV.

Friday, June 21 – Gluten-free Raspberry Margarita-Style Ale aged on tequila-soaked American oak, 4.6 percent.

Saturday, June 22 – Hazy IPA with Blackberry, 6.6. percent.

Thursday, June 27 – Milwaukee Lager with Lime Sugar, 4.2 percent.

Friday, June 28 – Brown Ale with Hazelnut, 5.8 percent.

Saturday, June 29 – Lemonade IPA, 6.7 percent.

Thursday, July 4 – Amber Lager with Vanilla Bean, 5.6 percent.

Friday, July 5 – Hazy IPA infused with Terpenes (Gelato, Blackberry Kush and Super Lemon Haze), 6.6 percent.

Saturday, July 6 – IPA with Pineapple aged on gin-soaked American oak, 6.7 percent.

Lakefront has also cooked up a spare firkin in case something should go awry with one of the others and that one is a Double Dry-Hopped Milwaukee Lager with Perle Hops, 4.2 percent.

These beers are $11 each.

The firkins are not a new idea for Lakefront, which has been doing them for a few years now.

This is a great way to explore some interesting beers at Summerfest, and I'm especially excited for the brown ale with hazelnut, which is totally my jam.

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.