Fall Into Fun!



 Congratulations to the Milwaukee baseball team for an amazing season! Thanks to so many of you who chose City Lights for their pre-game and post-game headquarters. With all of the entertainment and hospitality options in Milwaukee, we were profoundly proud to have the privilege of your business.  And just as the hometown nine will tweak their roster in the off-season in preparation for another World Series run in 2019, the City Lights team will work with passion, zeal and professionalism to brew and serve incredible beers and magical experiences.

Our uber-convenient shuttle service returns Wednesday for the Ed Sheeran concert.  So no matter the “Shape of You,” drop in at City Lights, enjoy a refreshing beer and delicious food and ride in style.

We love our guests of all ages – especially millennials. And just for them, we have a station where they can charge an iPhone. I call it “Apple Juice.”

Please join is this Saturday for our annual Halloween Party. Fun, fun and more fun. Prizes for Best Costume, Best Make-up and Best Couple/Group will be awarded at 8PM.  The evening promises to be fun and our team will be dressed in their Halloween finest, though I doubt I can top my last year’s costume when I went as Batman’s companion “Robin.” Blackthorn Folly takes to the stage at 7PM. 

Occasionally I buy natural almonds when I want a healthy snack and don’t want $11 in my pocket anymore.

Jimmy the Brewmaster’s Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake Stout sold out in record time and he will be brewing a double batch for your enjoyment. Could the Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake Stout match Coconut Porter’s and Mexican Lager’s status as specialty favorites?

We had a guest inquire about a Holiday party for fifty people with appetizers, food and beers. She keeps calling me asking for a quote. What is the best way to tell her that I am not a motivational speaker?

 A special shout-out to our distributor network who work tirelessly to ensure your beverage of choice is available at your favorite bar, restaurant, grocery or liquor store in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. City Lights is grateful for our partnerships. And “thank you” to the bars, restaurants, grocery and liquor stores who feature City Lights beers. We understand how many beer options are available and we are proud that you have made City Lights available for your patrons. Thank you.

Have the best week ever when we're not in the World Series!

Robin Gohsman

Most Important Update Ever


One of our shareholders recently moved back to Wisconsin from Florida’s Panhandle. Shortly after the hurricane, he drove to Florida with a trailer loaded with much needed supplies. In place of the usual weekly update, I am sharing his Facebook post from earlier today:

“Help Ohana Institute (my daughter Hailey's old school) support our neighboring residents of Lynn Haven FL. Ohana had over 100 volunteers and served 10,000 hot meals today alone in addition to supplying basic hygiene essentials, water, tarps, baby formula/food, and gasoline to power generators. This has been 100% volunteer run and all supplies have been donated. I have worked in Lynn Haven the past 2 days and these people desperately need help. There is no electric, water, city sewer with most homes severely storm damaged. Government help is invisible for many of these folks. They might be here and around however I have not seen it. For anyone looking to help this is the spot to do it! No donation is too small $10, $20 or whatever you choose to donate will go to good use.”

Here is the link to donate: 


For more information please visit www.hopepanhandle.org .

Thanks for your consideration. City Lights will be donating a portion of all taproom revenue this weekend.

Robin Gohsman

Whole Lotta Brewing Going On!



Jimmy the Brewmaster and his team are brewing up a storm to keep pace with the bourgeoning demand for delicious City Lights beers. A triple batch of Coconut Porter will be in the fermenters tomorrow. Rinse and repeat for next week.

We are also releasing Jimmy’s Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake Stout this weekend. So creamy and delicious, we may serve it with (politically correct, of course) straws. This tasty sensation is packed with oats, lactose and 6 pounds of strawberry purée per barrel. At 6% ABV and 32 IBU’s, Jimmy has perfectly married flavor and balance.

The invention of the shovel was groundbreaking.

Who’s looking for the consummate post-Oktoberfest brew? This weekend, Jimmy’s Coffee Porter will make its inaugural appearance at City Lights. Jimmy took his Coconut Porter base beer and added locally sourced and freshly roasted coffee beans to create something special. And because we love you, we are nitrogenating the Coffee Stout for a 5.3% ABV and 35 IBU pint of heaven.

Anyone up for a little Octoberball this weekend? Friday’s first pitch is at 7:09PM and Saturday’s is at 3:09PM.  Though not artful like Dicken’s Oliver Twist, these Dodgers are the only ones standing in between a World Series appearance for our beloved home town nine. Come, have a pint, grab some eats, shuttle in style and keep the streak alive.

Is there a better way to start out Friday than with our delicious fish fry? Ben the Chef will be serving up both cod and perch fries with all the fixins all-day on Friday. What a great way to start off the weekend!

Saturday at City Lights will rock! In addition to the afternoon baseball game, pregame eats and some of the best beers around, the Badgers play Michigan at 6:30 PM and Bucky will be looking to dominate Jim Harbaugh, his khakis and the Wolverines. 

Our spacious, heated and fall decorated tent will feature Derek Byrnes and his talented Paddygrass crew: https://www.paddygrass.com/ Saturday evening at 7PM. How about a little Irish dancing to add to the ground stomping, hand clapping and toe tapping merriment?

Sunday morning, City Lights is proud to host the Milwaukee Rowing Club. We’re open at 10AM. Come watch the skulls and the incredible athletes who human-power these majestic crafts down the idyllic Menomonee River. 

We’re honored to have the privilege to brew awesome beer and host gatherings of friends, families and co-workers. We are also privileged to have the honor to partner with such an incredible network of distributors that work tirelessly to bring your favorite beers to your preferred establishments throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Greater-Chicagoland area. And our Illinois distributor network is expanding again as the demand for City Lights continues to grow. Special thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the remarkable men and women who sell, deliver and merchandise City Lights beers for your enjoyment.

Have the best “We’re on our way to the World Series” weekend ever!

Robin Gohsman

Best Week Ever!

Thanks to all who visited City Lights last week. The weather was glorious, the beer delicious, the patio idyllic, the entertainment magnificent, the food sumptuous, the hospitality welcoming and the vibe chill.

What a week ahead at City Lights!

What a week ahead at City Lights! The excitement begins today with Happy Hour from 3-6PM. The Minnesota Twins are in town for a three-game series.

$1 if by land. $2 if by sea

$1 if by land. $2 if by sea. There are a myriad of ways our guests arrive at City Lights (Uber, automobile, motor coach, etc.) We recently opened our river-side dock…