Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mitten Fest Seeks To Conquer The Cold

It may seem like another feat of strength for Milwaukeeans to show our moxy by partying in the cold, but Mitten Fest seeks to conquer the cold in another way. Saturday, Feb. 8 Burnhearts in Bay View (2599 S. Logan Ave.) hosts an outdoor party to benefit Hunger Task Force. In addition to food donations though, they are also accepting warm clothing for those in need during this most cold and snowy winter. Last year, Mitten Fest brought in 1,125 pounds of food, 50 bags of clothing and more than $1500 in cash donations. 

The party features beer and live music to warm the soul from the Fatty Acids, The Whips, Midwest Death Rattle, and Heavy Hand, but it may be the delicious house crafted Bourbon Barrel Korbel Brandy Old Fashioneds & Ginger Brandy that warm up party goers the most. There is also a cold weather craft fair and food. 

“We want to use the event as a platform to bring awareness to the fact that while we are partying in the cold, there are others struggling to make ends meet,” says Burnhearts owner B.J. Seidel. “We partnered with Hunger Task Force and asked customers in lieu of a cover to bring nonperishables and warm weather clothing to donate to our neighbors who need a little extra help to make it through the winter safely.”

While many, including myself, will enjoy the old fashioneds, the beer selections will approach mini-brewfest proportions with rare beers and even firkin tappings.

So far they have announced the following selections above and beyond the bar's offerings.

Rare beer selections include:

Central Waters Brewing Company 
- Riviere Coulee
- Space Ghost
- Bourbon Barrel Stout
- Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
- Peruvian Morning
- Brandyland Barley Wine
- Coffee Stout 

Founders Brewing Co.
- Breakfast Stout firkin
- Sweet Repute
- Backwoods Bastard 
- Boylr Maker
- Devil Dancer
- Harvest Ale 
- Bolt Cutter
- Rübæus
-Imperial Stout