In case you missed it, Milwaukee is set to elect a new mayor—it’s first new mayor in nearly two decades! On February 15, seven candidates will compete in a primary; on April 5, the top two vote-getters will square off in a general election. The candidates on the primary ballot will be (in alphabetical order) Marina Dimitrijevic, Bob Donovan, Ieshuh Griffin, Cavalier Johnson, Earnell Lucas, Michael Sampson, and Lena Taylor.

BUT BEFORE THAT, all seven candidates will be on hand for a mass firkin tapping at Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.)! Yes, on January 29, at 4 p.m., the candidates will “simultaneously pound the firkin faucets” of their individual traditional beer casks outside Black Husky. And everyone’s invited! All proceeds from the $5 firkin pours will go to the upkeep of the River Revitalization Foundation’s Turtle Park. The event is being presented by Black Husky and Lakefront Brewery.

“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,” says Russ Klisch, president of Lakefront Brewery, in a press release.

“This is great fun but it also speaks to the legacy that breweries built this city, and the source of fresh water brought those breweries here. Hosting here at Black Husky in the heart of Riverwest, which is also the center of craft brewing in Milwaukee, is a great honor,” says Tim Eichinger, co-owner of Black Husky Brewing, in the same press release.

“Only in the City of Milwaukee would seven mayoral candidates come together to celebrate the beer culture that is Milwaukee. 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,” says Toni Eichinger, co-owner of Black Husky Brewing, in (you guessed it) the same press release.

Bremen Street will be closed west of Black Husky, and the firkin tapping will be held outdoors. BE THERE.

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