Want to get a jump on the holidays right now? If so, you'll be thrilled to know that Milwaukee's MobCraft Beer has kicked off pre-sales for its third annual 24-pack Beer Advent calendar with two dozen unique brews.
This year’s installment includes five flagship brands, four seasonal beers, five limited release beers, four barrel-aged beers and six exclusive collaboration beers made with Pipeworks Brewery (Chicago), Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver), Bottleshare / New Realm Brewing Co. (Atlanta), Radix Fermentation (Milwaukee), Miskatonic Brewery (Darien, Illinois) and Two Brothers Brewing (Warrenville, Illinois).
Calendars cost $65 and can be picked up in the Milwaukee and Denver taprooms beginning in October. The boxes will also be available at select retailers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Colorado around mid-October.
A retailer map will hit the MobCraft website in coming weeks.
“I am so excited to be bringing Advent calendars back this year with yet another awesome surprise - six collaboration beers!” says Henry Schwartz, MobCraft co-founder.
“Scheming up ideas for awesome collaborations with our brewery buddies is always fun, but to do it in a big mix pack that will be available in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois and Michigan is just awesome!”
Each calendar also comes with a chance to win beer for a year. To enter to win, participants must post each of the 24 beers using the tags @mobcraftbeer and #CheersTo24Beers on social media. A winner will be chosen at the end of the holiday season. Details here.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.