City Lights brewery to give away 2,200 brats on opening day

City Lights Brewing, 2200 W. Mount Vernon Ave., will celebrate the Milwaukee Brewers' opening day by giving away 2,200 bratwursts.

The brewery in the Menomonee Valley — a stone's throw from Miller Park — sweetens the deal with live music, shuttle service to the game and the tapping of a new brew. Think of it as a brewery triple play.

The new brew is Lemon Grass Wheat, a re-interpretation of a 200-year-old recipe for lemongrass ale, according to David Ryder, the chief innovation officer at the brewery. The beer has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 5%.

City Lights chose 2,200 brats as the number to give away because of the brewery's address, said brewery president Robin Gohsman.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and live music begins at 10 a.m. with the Stage Hoggs. At 4 p.m., the Kelsey Miles Band performs. Shuttle service (free with beer purchase) to Miller Park begins at 11 a.m. and continues until the third inning.

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