Wine-lovers rejoice! Jimmy the Brewmaster has concocted a delicious craft beer just for you. Here’s what Jimmy has to say about his latest innovation, “One of the most exciting aspects of being a brewer is the ability to play with ingredients and manipulate the process to yield exciting results. The Brut Wheat Rosé is a fine example of just that. The 'Brut'  part comes from the use of an enzyme that allows the yeast to consume all of the sugars from the malt leaving the beer to finish bone-dry without any residual sweetness. The 'Wheat' comes from the healthy amount of malted wheat we used in this beer to add some character and backbone to the flavor profile. Last, but not least, the 'Rosé' comes from Hibiscus that we used at a rate of over two pounds per barrel split between the boil and 'dry flowering' post-fermentation. The Hibiscus gives this beer a beautiful pinkish-purplish color with a wonderfully tart, berry-like flavor and delightfully effervescent aroma. It is very lightly hopped with late additions of Motueka to lend a natural lime-like flavor. Finally, to accentuate the hop profile, we added a hint of natural key lime extract which rounds this out wonderfully and lends a bit more depth of flavor. To bring these flavors to life even more, the beer is carbonated higher than normal for near champagne-like bubbly goodness. At 5% ABV and only 10 IBUs, it is sure to excite your taste buds and might even make you wonder, 'Is this even beer?'”

The Brut Wheat Rosé will be released in the taproom on Friday, so plan your week accordingly.  And what is the National Anthem of the Millennial generation? It is a slight variation of the Beatles’ classic, “I’ll get by with a little help…from my parents.”

To help you ring in the New Year, City Lights will be open today at 11:00am. City Lights will open New Year’s Day at 11:00am also. If you are Polar Plunging in Lake Michigan on Tuesday, stop in after for a celebratory brew. Our beer is so good it will warm your soul and fire you up for the best New Year ever!

Our entire team knows that everything we do is part of something bigger. Whether it be helping friends re-connect, celebrating family reunions, hosting business planning sessions, shuttling fans to the fun and excitement of the local ball park, providing the perfect ambiance and idyllic river-side setting for summer date nights or a myriad of other activities that weave joy and happiness into the fabric of so many lives; City Lights is grateful for the privilege of serving. We are proud to announce, “Magical Mondays.” Each Monday for the next three months, City Lights will donate 75% of all taproom beer sales to organizations we believe in and who do great things for the common benefit of the human community.

Our partner for the first Monday of each month is MS Run the US:https://www.msruntheus.org . Now in its 7th year, MS Run the US is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research, while also aiding those living with disability due to MS.

Our partner for the second Monday of each month is Project Echelon:https://www.projectechelon.org/. The mission of Project Echelon is to “Educate, Equip and Empower Veterans and Their Communities Through Physical Activity and Self Discovery.”

Our partner for the third Monday of each month is Penfield Children’s Center:http://penfieldchildren.org/. Penfield Children’s Center creates a positive start in life for infants and children, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing early education, health services and family programming.

Our partner for the fourth Monday of each month is the Menomonee River Valley:https://www.thevalleymke.org/. Their mission is to revitalize and sustain the Menomonee River Valley as a thriving urban district that advances economical, ecological and social equity for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community.

Come, join us on Mondays and share the magic!

Saturday evening acoustic troubadour Patrick Van Bibbler https://www.patrickvb.com/takes to the stage at 7PM. Patrick is delightful to listen to and is becoming another City Lights’ favorite.

As we say “goodbye” to 2018 and welcome in the excitement and wonderment that 2019 is certain to bring, I look back and say a profound thank you to: the awesome guests we were proud to serve, an incredible team of talented, passionate and fun-loving bartenders and servers, the professionals in our kitchen who serve up deliciousness every day of the week, the robust community within which we operate, an awesome distributor network, an amazing shareholder and stakeholder cadre, vendors who have become partners and friends, a sales team who works with boundless energy and unbridled enthusiasm, much appreciated retail and on-premise accounts and Jimmy and the City Lights brewing team who make all of the above shout-outs possible.

Here’s to the best New Year ever!

Robin Gohsman