All 7 Mayoral Candidates Will Attend a Beer Tapping This Weekend

Only in Milwaukee …

Lakefront Brewery and Black Husky Brewing are teaming up to bring all seven candidates in the Milwaukee mayoral special election together for a cordial mass beer firkin tapping on Saturday.

All the candidates have accepted the invitation and each will have their own traditional beer cask outside Black Husky’s brewery in Riverwest, where they will simultaneously pound the firkin faucets at 4 p.m.

“Being a great brewing center, it will be nice to have a Milwaukee mayor who can perform ceremonial tappings at openings of festivals and events. But most importantly, our event shows that these candidates are all willing to come out, meet the people and have some fun,” Lakefront Brewery President Russ Klisch said.

All proceeds from the $5 firkin pours will benefit the upkeep of River Revitalization Foundation’s Turtle Park, located at the bend in the Milwaukee River that serves as a transition between the Downtown Riverwalk and an 800-acre natural river valley upstream.



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“Only in the city of Milwaukee would seven mayoral candidates come together to celebrate the beer culture that is Milwaukee,” Black Husky Brewing co-owner Toni Eichinger said. “This speaks to the community that is Milwaukee and we thank each of the candidates for their good-natured participation in what we hope will become another great Milwaukee tradition.”

The seven candidates running in the special election are (in alphabetical order): Milwaukee Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic; former Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan; community activist Ieshuh Griffin; Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson; Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas; entrepreneur Michael Sampson; and State Sen. Lena Taylor.

The candidates are vying to complete the final two years of the term of former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who resigned last month to start a new role as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. A primary election will be held Feb. 15 with the top two candidates advancing to the April 5 general election.

Black Husky has a special event permit to close Bremen Street west of the brewery. The firkin tapping spectacle will be held outdoors and socially distanced, according to event organizers.

The inaugural Milwaukee mayoral firkin tapping is being held in conjunction with Lakefront’s My Turn: Tyler Grand Cru release party, which begins at noon at Black Husky’s brewery.

“Hosting here at Black Husky in the heart of Riverwest, which is also the center of craft brewing in Milwaukee, is a great honor,” Black Husky Brewing co-owner Tim Eichinger said.



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.