Back in February, Wauwatosa beverage bastion Ray’s Wine & Spirits and beloved Indiana beer maestro 3 Floyds Brewing joined forces to help metro Milwaukee battle the winter blues with an outdoor celebration of beer in defiance of cold weather. The first-year event, which took place in the parking lot at Ray’s over the course of one windy mid-winter Sunday, was called “Wückfinter.”

Following that successful first installment that consisted of rare tappings and woefully under-dressed drinkers refusing to bow down to the season, Ray’s and 3 Floyds decided they’d boldly take on winter yet again. On Sunday, February 23, the second annual Wückfinter will return to the “Rayborhood” with a winning wintry mix of craft beer, music, food, games, and more.

From noon to 6 p.m., patrons can indulge in more than 20 varieties of 3 Floyds beer, a food truck operated by 3 Floyds chef Cole Ersel (a Milwaukee expat, formerly of Wolf Peach), a specialty slushy made with 3 Floyds beer, an event-appropriate playlist curated by Rushmor Records DJs, oversized games like Jenga and Connect Four, and more. Unlike the first year, Ray’s will also offer Wückfinter attendees at least some reprieve from the elements with a few outdoor heaters scattered throughout the lot.

We’ll get you more info on the beer list and additional vendors as the event approaches. In the meantime, mark your calendar for February 23 and bundle up. Wückfinter is coming.

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