I can't believe this. Just a few hours before yesterday's first Friday, the city informed Mark F;ynn, owner of D.P. Wigley Co., 234 Wisonsin Ave., that they could not serve beer. "Hop To It" is a business within D. P. Wigley that caters to home brewers and wine makers. The Belle City Brewers group was going to hold a fundraiser there for the Racine Urban Garden Network yesterday. They meet at Hop To It to compare their homemade brews. They are the backbone of the Great Lakes Brew Fest, which draws tourists and money to Racine. The fest is now in limbo.
I know Mark and Chris Flynn at D. P. Wigley. I don't think you could find two bigger boosters for the city of Racine. What they have done with the business and building since they took it over is remarakable. They are always postive about Rcine. always promoting the city, always trying to engage their customers in positive action. Even their politics are "right" for the current adminstration. I just don't understand why they're being targeted. Shops and galleries throughout downtown offer wine and beer at events on Frist Fridays and at other times.
Mark Flynn's Facebook page on the beer bust: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/notes/mark-flynn/beer-the-brew-that-made-milwaukee-famous-soon-to-make-racine-wisconsin-infamous/205516592800250
RacineUncovered's story: http://racineuncovered.org/?p=33165
And, as always, the Journal times is completely MIA on stories of local merit. They might catcvh up in a day or two after asking lying John what they should write . . .