MobCraft Beer, MKE Black: Host next installment in virtual panel in Lager and Listen Series focused on race and politics

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MobCraft Beer and MKE Black are continuing their virtual conversation series called Lager and Listen. The virtual round table discussion will feature a panel of three panelists and focus on race and politics.  Volume 6 will be held on Zoom at 7:00pm CST on Tuesday, June 8th.  The event is free and open to the public.  Anyone wishing to attend the event can RSVP and pose questions to the panel at

The session will be co-moderated by Henry Schwartz, President and Co-Founder of MobCraft Beer and Ayrton Bryan, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for MKE Black

This month’s panelists include JoCasta Zamarripa, City of Milwaukee Common Council Alderwoman for District 8, Rick Banks, Executive Director of MKE Black, and Solana Patterson-Ramos of MKE Black.

Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, graduated from St. Joan Antida High School, and holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. She previously worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and was active in the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women. She has also held board positions with 9 to 5 Milwaukee and Equality Wisconsin, and currently serves on the boards of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Emerge Wisconsin. JoCasta’s public service career began in 2010 when she made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature. She served in the Legislature for five terms before making history once again in 2020 by becoming the first Latina and the first openly LGBTQ member of Milwaukee’s Common Council.

Banks is a Milwaukee native who’s worked as an activist and an organizer since 2010. He is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of MKE Black. In 2018 Rick ran unsuccessfully for a State Representative seat in the 16th Assembly District. Most recently, Rick served for two years as the Political Director for Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for Black residents through training and advocacy. During this time Rick was also one of the founding members of the LiberateMKE Campaign.

Patterson-Ramos was born and raised in Milwaukee. She has more than 10 years of experience in community outreach focusing on youth, LGBTQ, and civic engagement in the Black Community.

MKE Black, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating, promoting, empowering, and advancing Black businesses, events, and culture in the greater Milwaukee area by providing resources, connections, and awareness in everyday life.  MobCraft and MKE Black began their partnership in the fall of 2020 when they hosted the first Lager and Listen and brewed Black is Beautiful. In addition to hosting regular installments of Lager & Listen, the two will be brewing another beer together for the upcoming Love MKE project.

Join MobCraft and MKE Black for Lager and Listen Volume 6 on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00pm CST on Zoom. RSVP here

MobCraft Beer was founded in 2013 by Henry Schwartz and Andrew Gierczak.  It is the world’s first crowdsourced brewery.  MobCraft’s taproom is located at 505 S. 5th Street in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI. Each month the crowd submits and votes on beer ideas. At the end of the month, the winning beer is brewed and available for all to enjoy. These crowdsourced beers are served in the taproom with MobCraft flagships, beers from their Wild & Sour Program, and more.