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  1. Workout Then A Beer: Shorewood Brew Fitness Plans To Open In June
  2. Milkshake malt porter perfect for chocolate fans
  3. Minhas Kitchen Wine + Spirits + Food = the perfect summer destination (almost)
  4. 40 Milwaukee Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer
  5. Fests, fireworks, fairs and parades: Here`s your guide to summer events in Green Bay
  6. Ledgerock Distillery turns homegrown grains into spirits
  7. Gallo is investing $423M to build a new production and distribution facility
  8. Southwest Wisconsin brewery plans sizable expansion
  9. Summer Fair Cedarburg
  10. Patio Guide 2021 – Shepherd Express – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  11. Under the umbrella: The Cap Times` guide to 250 patios in Madison and beyond
  12. Patio picks: Oak Creek`s The Cellar
  13. Dancing Goat updates village Plan Commission on site work
  14. DOOR COUNTY - Suds With Sophie: Countdown to Beer Fest
  15. Beatles Tribute Band `BriTins` Will Start Brews & Bites Concerts
  16. VIDEO - National Bourbon Day: Great Lakes Distillery`s chief mixologist on how to make a perfect Wisconsin Old-Fashioned
  17. Things to do This Weekend in Central Wisconsin: June 18-19-20
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Craft breweries hurting after a year a slow business and fast growing competition

American Craft Beer Week, hosted by the Small and Independent Brewers Association, encourages all people of drinking age to visit their local small business breweries and support their craft.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Bull Falls Brewery in Wausau will hold events all week long in celebration of the 15th annual American Craft Beer Week.

The holiday, hosted by the Small and Independent Brewers Association, encourages all people of drinking age to visit their local small business breweries and support their craft. The association reported legal drinking age adults in the U.S., 85% live within 10 miles of a brewery. Wisconsin alone has 224 craft breweries.

Michael Zamzow, the owner of Bull Falls in Wausau said the support is important now more than ever, as 2020 hit breweries hard...


Ken Notes: The real challenge is getting people to move from the mega producers to local craft products. The money stay local, provides local jobs, creates great spaces, and bring community together. We hope to bring this message to the State...

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One of Wisconsin’s Best Breweries is Expanding to Milwaukee

Amherst’s Central Waters Brewing will open in the historic former Pabst Milwaukee space later this year.

One of the Midwest’s best craft breweries is opening a new location at ground zero of Milwaukee’s brewing history.

Central Waters Brewing, based in the small Central Wisconsin town of Amherst, is looking to open by late summer or early fall in the 149-year-old former First German Methodist Church at 1037 W. Juneau Ave. in the former Pabst complex just north of Downtown. The space had been the Milwaukee reboot of the historic Pabst brand in Milwaukee from 2017 until it closed last December.

Central Waters brings impeccable brewing chops to the project, particularly with a hugely successful line of high-end barrel-aged beers. It made about 9,600 barrels of beer last year, making it the eighth-biggest independent craft brewery in Wisconsin by production....

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Ken Notes: This will be a great project!!!

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After 10 years and 419 reviews, the Beer Baron reveals his top 10 favorite brews

It’s been 10 years since we had our first beer together.

I thought it was a nice beer, the first of many four-star reviews. And I know you liked it, too, because that new-ish “little IPA” from New Glarus Brewing has been a mainstay of Wisconsin’s most beloved craft brewery in the decade since: Moon Man...

....So, let’s talk about beer. I’ve sliced and diced my body of work a whole bunch of ways to find 10 years worth of highlights. I hope you enjoy reading the Beer Baron as much as I enjoy writing it. My top 10 beers...
  • New Glarus Kid Kölsch (2019)...
  • Bell’s Two Hearted (2012)...
  • Serra Nevada Celebration (2013)...
  • Great Lakes Chillwave (2014)...
  • 3 Sheeps Cashmere Hammer (2015)...
  • Lake Louie Warped Speed (2011, 2019)...
  • Miller High Life (2020)...
  • New Glarus Moon Man (2011)...
  • Dovetail Kölsch (2020)...
  • Epic Big Bad Baptist (2014)...


Garth Notes: "Couldn`t agree more with Chris about the Kid Kolsch. A fantastic brew!" Garth Beyer is Owner/Founder of Garth`s Brew Bar and a Certified Cicerone.

Ken Notes: First we are happy to share CHRIS DROSNE`s Beer Baron column and will include it often, If you do not live in Madison you may not have seen his regular Wisconsin State Journal reviews, but well worth reading. Second Garth Beyer is a partner in WisCraftNews.com and you will be hearing more from him as well.

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TONIGHT! 7 reasons to vroom over to the Milwaukee Car & Truck Show
Get your engines revved up and ready this week for the opening lap of the Milwaukee Car & Truck Show, pulling out of the driveway on Wednesday, May 5 and burning rubber at the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park until the checkered flag comes down on the annual automotive party on Sunday, May 9.

4. Sip & Savor

There will be plenty of Motor City representation on the Expo Center grounds – but what about Brew City? Don`t worry; Milwaukee`s finest export – beer – will also make a glorious and gulp-worthy apperance at the Milwaukee Auto Show as you`re cordially invited to its special Sip & Savor tasting event on Thursday, May 6.

From 6:30-9 p.m., 27 craft brewers – including names like Lakefront Brewery, The Explorium, Mobcraft, New Barons and many more – will serve up more than 70 tasty beers to sample along with dishes and snacks from the likes of Double B`s BBQ, Apple Spice Catering and Carrie`s Crispies. It is a separately ticketed feature with $25 tickets available online through May 6 and $30 tickets available onsite. It`s the perfect way to satisfy your need for feed as well as the need for speed. 

Ken Notes: I put WisCraftNews out early just to remind you that tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. 27 craft brewers will be on tap!

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Is fruited beer for you? Wisconsin craft brewers use fruit to brew more than just `overfruited` sour slushies
GREEN BAY - Fruit and beer have gone together for centuries, but lately fruit infused beers push the limits of what can be considered beer. So how did we get from orange peel in a witbier to 55 gallons of passion fruit puree in a golden ale? (And that`s not even the most fruited of fruited beers.)

It`s a combination of the endless experimentation of brewers, easier sourcing, and an attempt to appeal to new audiences.

This year`s Locals Only beer, a collaboration by eight Green Bay area breweries, is on trend with juice and zest from 60 pounds of limes and 150 pounds of coconut flakes. It`s the seventh collaborative beer released each May around American Craft Beer Week...

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Ken Notes: I once was a don`t fruit the beer guy, but a lot of these sound worth a road trip, and ice cream???...

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New nature spots; café and beer trail await visitors to Beloit over Memorial Day weekend

BELOIT — Whether Beloiters join the 70,000 other Wisconsinites hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend or choose to staycation, there are plenty of options for outdoor recreation, whether it be sipping a beer on a patio or strolling through nature spots.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) expects more than 37 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more between May 27 and May 31, a 60% increase from last year, when 23 million traveled. In Wisconsin, 711,649 residents are forecast to take a trip during the holiday weekend, a big increase from last year, when 455,159 residents traveled....

...People are also invited to pick up a passport to get stamped on a “beer trail.” Participating establishments include: CheezHead Brewing, Artisan Pub, Grand Avenue Pub, Lucy’s #7 Burger Bar, and G5 Brewing Company....

Ken Notes: It is SOOO important that Wisconsin`s tourism industry recovers in a bug way this summer! If your brewery, winery, or distillery can play a part DO IT. Reach out to your local Visitors Bureau, Chamber, or business group and ask how you can help. Host events, let people camp in your parking lots, host a food truck, and make Wisconsin the place to visit.

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(Build Your Own) Brat Fest offers a unique twist for 2021 with plenty of places to go

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us. Around here, the unofficial start of summer brings with it the smell of brats cooking in the air and the feeling of knowing with each bite that you are helping a worthy local charity. That’s right: BratFest is back!

And, after spending last summer cooped up and stir-crazy, the timing couldn’t be better. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently revisions to its COVID-19 protocols opened the door for fully vaccinated people to open their doors and start hanging out again, oftentimes without masks or without worrying about how far apart you were.

Unfortunately, the world may not quite back to cranking out 12,000 bratwursts per hour at the Alliant Energy Center yet, that’s not going to stop organizers from thinking big for 2021. So, instead of one big World’s Largest Brat Fest, how about scores and scores of people and businesses building their own Brat Fests?

That’s just what they are doing. The 2021 Build Your Own Brat Fest will let people buy their own brats which they can grill up on their own in their own mini backyard version. Or, those who don’t feel like doing their own grilling can head down to one of dozens of locations hosting their not-quite-the-world’s-largest Brat Fest....

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Ken Notes: Participant links on both the story and Bratfest link...

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Workout Then A Beer: Shorewood Brew Fitness Plans To Open In June

A Milwaukee-based fitness studio that offers craft beer after workouts is coming to Shorewood this month.

SHOREWOOD, WI—A new fitness studio opening soon in Shorewood on the corner of Oakland and Edgewood wants to incorporate craft beer into its workout programs, according to documents filed with the Village.

"Enjoying a local craft beer with your gym friends after a great workout has helped create the Milwaukee area`s best fitness community," Brew Fitness said in documents filed with the Village.

The allure of craft beer comes in at the end of each workout. The studio filed documents for a Shorewood beer license so the reception desk can sell craft beer to studio members after workouts— the beers aren`t just a quick post-workout thirst quencher, though...


Ken Notes: Did life just get perfect. and think about this line, "honey I am going to the Gym to work out with the guys."

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We`re Open: Become brewmaster for the day at Dead Bird Brewing

MILWAUKEE — Now is your chance to become brewmaster for a day at the Milwaukee vegan craft brewery, Dead Bird Brewing Company.

"We’ve put donuts and coffee in a beer. We’ve done a bunch of fresh fruit. We have a wild forager on our staff," Nick Kocis, the owner of Dead Bird Brewing, said.

Like Willy Wonka, if you can dream it, the team at Dead Bird Brewing at 1726 N. 5th St. in Milwaukee can probably brew it.

It`s all part of a fundraising campaign the brewery is doing to help offset costs brought on by the pandemic...


Ken Notes: I`m thinking apple cinnamon with a hoppy finish...

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COVID-19 restrictions

City of Milwaukee to end COVID-19 restrictions June 1


Ken Notes:Yea!

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Geneva Lake Women`s Association to host women`s weekend; women of Topsy Turvey Brewery make special beer for weekend
A weekend event that gives women an opportunity to spend some quality time with their friends and enjoy various activities is making a return this year.

And one of the fun features will be a women-brewed beer for women’s weekend at Topsy Turvey Brewery, where they are also holding a women’s cornhole tournament on Saturday.

The Geneva Lake Women’s Association is set host Women’s Weekend from May 14 through May 16 throughout downtown Lake Geneva....


Ken Notes: Attention ladies, we would love a women`s perspective in WisCraftNews, send us your articles, reviews or comments to WisCraftNews@Gmail.com....

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Mr Brews Taphouse Offers Aaron Rodgers Free Burgers & Brews for Life!
Green Bay, WI  (RestaurantNews.comMr Brews Taphouse has heard the rumors and refuses to stand idly by as a potential disaster unfolds in its back yard.

The popular craft brew pub and restaurant announced today that Aaron Rodgers and his fiancé will be welcome to eat and drink FREE at any Mr Brews Taphouse FOR LIFE if he agrees to finish his extraordinary, Hall of Fame career as a Green Bay Packer....


Lets Notes:We should all get behind this. we should offer free Wisconsin Craft Beer anywhere in Wisconsin as long as he stays. We could also make some environmental efforts for his bride to be, will plant trees, host events, and reduce our use of plastic. Send us your commitment we will try to post it...

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Mr Brews Taphouse Continues Veteran Support through Partnership with Folds of Honor
Birnamwood, WI  (RestaurantNews.com)  Mr Brews Taphouse is continuing its ongoing commitment to support America’s Veterans by raising funds for Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members.

Last month, Mr Brews Taphouse hosted a systemwide fundraiser for the organization and the brand’s leadership team tripled the donation amount. Mr Brews Taphouse will continue to host fundraisers throughout the remainder of the year for Folds of Honor...


Ken Notes: Nice!

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Take A Brewery Tour In Wisconsin Like No Other While Zipping Around On An Open-Air Cruiser

To get a true taste of the city, the Milwaukee Brewery Tour is the way to go. The 3-hour excursion kicks off with a tasting followed by a formal brewery tour, which takes about one hour.

Milwaukee and beer go hand in hand. And one of the best ways to learn all about the city’s longtime hops history is to hop aboard the Milwaukee Brewery Tour. A great way to spend a day, the chauffeured tour includes stops at several microbreweries, a full brewery tour, and plenty of samples...

...During the tour, you’ll be chauffeured through the Riverwest neighborhood, Brewers Hill, the Fifth Ward, and Milwaukee’s East Side. Focused on tasting, the tour includes stops at four microbreweries and samples of eight different beers – but not just any beers. You’ll enjoy unique brews, like Snake Oil Nitro Stout, Harry Cherry, and Spare Time...


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The World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison at the Alliant Center has been cancelled for the second consecutive year.


The World’s Largest Brat Fest is also very excited to announce a new and exciting alternative:


Brat Fest plans to provide Johnsonville Brats to participating sports bars and restaurants across Dane County, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting local Brat Fest charities. The weekend-long brat sales will bring Brat Fest supporters through the doors of these local restaurants and sports bars helping build traffic, raise funds for local non-profits and to help folks find a safer way to kick off summer over Memorial Day Weekend 2021!...


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5 Wisconsin beer gardens worth a stop while traveling this summer
If there`s one thing that six months of winter teaches me each year, it`s how to fully appreciate the simple joy of drinking beer outside in shorts and a T-shirt.

To date, I can`t recall a time I was sipping a crisp beer as a warm summer breeze swirled about while thinking, "Well this sucks." It`s from that place that I offer my best beer advice: If a brewery offers outdoor seating, take it. We`ll be packed into our parkas soon enough.

Here are five beer gardens for your consideration while traveling across Wisconsin this summer....

Badger State Brewing

Central Waters Brewing: barrels of rural vibes

Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall

Fifth Ward Brewing

Fox River Brewing Company


Ken Notes: Seems worth a road trip! These are in the Fox Valley, Green Bay and Door County. Make sure to send us your events especially if you have a calendar, I am building the ultimate resource for events in Wisconsin...

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Please take 2 Minutes to look at the opportunities, email us or call, tell your friends, talk to your bartender, send us you calendar or events or news story or press release, or slip of paper with the pone number you forgot about. Hey we are just here to help.

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Head west to explore three overlooked Wisconsin travel spots
If you want a little taste of the mountains on a getaway, you have to head west. But not as far as you think.

"Who says Wisconsin doesn’t have mountains?” my mom marveled as we traveled down Highway 14 along the bluffs that tower above the Mississippi River.  ...

...The university town on the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers has the amenities of a big city with the creative, friendly vibe of a smaller one. There’s something for everyone, from a great arts and music to trendy restaurants and a burgeoning craft beer scene, plus miles of bike trails to pedal and rivNorth of La Crosseers to paddle....

...Chippewa Falls is also home to the granddaddy of breweries in the area: Leinenkugel’s. Now owned by MolsonCoors, the brewery still holds on to its Wisconsin, family-owned roots in Chippewa Falls. Tours of the historic brewery start in the Leinie Lodge where you can sample a few beers before or after your tour. ...

....Eau Claire has its share of beer, too, including Lazy Monk Brewing, which serves Bohemian and German lagers in German-inspired bier hall and garden along the Chippewa River; and the Brewing Projekt, which offers a range of creative brews including IPAs and fruity sours out of a newer taproom on the river. ...

North of La Crosse...After that hike, you’ve earned a glass of wine from Elmaro Vineyards, just northwest of the park. The winery’s indoor seating is closed, but you’ll want to sit outside anyway and take in views of the vineyard from the patio. ...


Ken Notes: ROAD TRIP!

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Day trip adventures: A journey through the wine and beer of the tri-states
It’s summertime, and the living is getting to be easier again.

While long-distance vacations might not be the way to go for a lot of people, short day trips and local excursions have a lot to offer.

For your wine- and beer-loving pleasure, we’ve compiled a guide to wineries and breweries in the tri-states. The only criteria was that they be within approximately one hour’s drive of Dubuque — perfect for an afternoon adventure, an early evening excursion or a weekend of wandering.

Many wineries and breweries present live music, featuring local artists. Food offerings range from cheese, crackers and charcuterie boards to wood-fired pizzas and pub grub. Those that don’t prepare food on-site encourage guests to order from nearby eateries or bring picnics or snacks...

Wander the wine trail

• Hawk’s Mill Winery, W8170 Pilz Road, Browntown, Wis
• Sinnipee Valley Vineyards and Winery, 4547 Timber Lane, Cuba City, Wis.
• Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery, 16008 Pine Tree Road, Highland, Wis.
• Whispering Bluffs Winery, 196 S. Main St., Potosi, Wis.

Blaze the beer trail

• Potosi (Wis.) Brewery, 209 S. Main St.
• City Service Brewing, 404 Main St., Darlington, Wis.
• Grumpy Troll Brew Pub, 105 S. Second St., Mount Horeb, Wis.
• Minhas Craft Brewery, 1208 14th Ave., Monroe, Wis.


Ken Notes: Details at the link...

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What To Do!!!!
Looking for something to do this weekend have we got a CALENDAR for you. Sixteen of them actually. Click this story link and you will see our new set of 16 Events calendars where we believe we have captured EVERY Craft Beer Wine and Spirit event in the sate. If we missed anything let us know and we will add it.

Who loves you!!!

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Explorium announces launch of barrel-aged HOPE Project collab beer
In the deep dark winter days of the pandemic, The Explorium Brewpub’s Mike Doble wanted his fellow brewers and beer lovers to see some light at the end of the tunnel. So he rallied a group of craft brewers and distillers, as well as some suppliers, to launch the HOPE Project.

“Here`s One for the Pandemic Ending, or HOPE Project, is an all-inclusive craft beer and craft spirit industry collaboration to celebrate the end of the global pandemic that we all know as COVID,” he wrote in an email, proposing a collaboration stout that would rest in barrels from Wisconsin distilleries until it could be tapped to celebrate the end of the pandemic...

The Explorium will release it on Saturday, June 19.

There will be a live Zoom toast at 12:30 p.m. that day to mark the official release. The login ID is 414-423-1365.

Beginning at 1 p.m. both Explorium taprooms will host live music and free glassware and T-shirt giveaways to the first 100 or so people.

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Ken Notes: Time to roll out the barrel... Attention media outlets this is a great story to tell...

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Milkshake malt porter perfect for chocolate fans
The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. - Jun. 16—With summer fast approaching, I looked for something to capture the spirit of the summers I had as a child. This was back when we`d run around outside all day until the streetlights came on, drank from the hose, ate berries straight off of the bush — you know, "the good ol` days."....

...I found a bottle with a label that looked like it came straight out of an old-fashioned malt shop, including a man wearing a little white paper hat: Stevens Point Brewery Milkshake Malt.

The brewery in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, was founded in 1857 and prides itself on supplying Union troops with beer during the Civil War. It shifted production to soft drinks and near-beers during Prohibition and survived both that era and the Great Depression. It continued to innovate and change throughout the 20th century, and in 1973, the beer was rated the best American beer in a taste test...

Ken Notes: We love ot when our products get national press. Congrats Point! WisCraftNews is sent to 100`s of media outlets in the Midwest...

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A reimagined Welcome Experience will turn this beloved history attraction into an unforgettable destination.
A newly constructed Brewing Experience building, combined with relocated historic Wittnebel’s Tavern and a festive outdoor Beer Garden, will allow Old World Wisconsin guests to celebrate Wisconsin’s brewing traditions like never before.

Since its opening in 1976, Old World Wisconsin has become one of the more beloved and popular history attractions in the Midwest. The Wisconsin Historical Society is thrilled to launch ambitious projects that reimagines the history attractions...


The multi-year Master Plan is broken into multiple phases that will move forward only as funds are raised. The first two phases will complete the Brewing Experience building, historic tavern relocation and renovation, and Beer Garden. While Phase 1 construction is set to begin, funds are still needed. You can help complete this exciting project!...


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Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a beer from one of these 25 area breweries

Crack open a cold one from any of these breweries.

It’s American Craft Beer Week, which means it’s time to highlight and celebrate Madison’s breweries. American Craft Beer Week kicked off Monday and extends through Sunday. Ale enthusiasts and lovers of lager are spoiled here on the Isthmus, with 25 craft breweries in or near Madison. Crack open a cold one from any of these breweries...

Ale Asylum

ALT Brew

Delta Beer Lab

Funk Factory Geuzeria

+ 21 more at the link and that is JUST Madison....


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Pint for a Pint: Versiti Blood Center of Ohio taps into breweries to hold donation drives
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Central Ohio breweries have been responding to that need ever since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hit last year.

Heather Sever, vice president and director of donor services for Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, said it might seem like an unlikely pairing – breweries serving as hosts for blood-donation events. But, she said, the brewery community, as well as distilleries and wineries, are known for giving back to the community...

Ken Notes: Not a Wisconsin "note" but this is a great idea. You will get a good deal of free local press, bring new people into your facility, and grow some good will in the community. Plus it is better than cookies...

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Oshkosh dog gets his day on cans of beer after winning NEW Top Dog contest

OSHKOSH — An English mastiff named Bruce pictured on cans of Bruce`s Brew isn`t of legal drinking age — even in dog years — but he earned his day on the label by earning more votes than 279 other pooches. 

Bruce won the 2020-21 NEW Top Dog Champion fundraising contest held last fall to benefit the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. When not mugging for beer can artwork, the 10-month old Mastiff puppy is pretty goofy and likes to play a lot, said his human, Dawn Dettlaff...

...The Top Dog contest has raised $50,000 for children and pets in the Oshkosh community....


Ken Notes: Hmmmm Oshkosh is on my way to Green Bay... and it is for charity...

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National Wine Day In Waukesha: Pop A Cork At These Wineries

More than 900 million gallons of wine are produced in the United States each year. Here`s where to drink a glass or two in Waukesha County.

WAUKESHA, WI— May 25 is National Wine Day in Waukesha, which means there`s no better time to break out that bottle of cabernet you`ve been saving for a special occasion.

While many of us don`t really need an excuse to enjoy a glass of our favorite vintage, that hasn`t stopped wine drinkers from getting creative in finding new ways to celebrate the act of wine-drinking.

Through its 80 wineries, Wisconsin produced about 285,355 gallons of wine in December 2020, according to data available through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. On average, the economic impact of wine production and sales in Wisconsin come to about $ 3.6 Billion....

Pieper Porch Winery & Vineyard

Cooper`s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Apple Works Winery...


Ken Notes: Of course there are some in your area as well, use our resources to find one or two!

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10 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: May 26-29

A long holiday weekend pairs nicely with craft beer events. There are plenty to choose from, including a big release by Vennture Brew Co.

Friday, May 28

Raised Grain Brewing’s Pop-Up Beer Garden... Gathering Place Brewing is opening its pop-up beer garden in Bay View... City Lights Brewing is handing out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha...

Saturday, May 29

Vennture Brew Co. (5519 W. North Ave.) has a big beer release day... The Fermentorium is releasing Music Maker American Pale Ale...


Ken Notes: More at the link..and don`t forget Build Your Own BratFest...

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Here are 6 new things to check out this summer in the Milwaukee area, from beer gardens to outdoor public art

As Milwaukee-area residents re-emerge from more than a year of being cooped up, they are being met with new places to eat or drink and new experiences to have. 

From beer gardens to outdoor public art, here are six new local things to check out this summer.

1. Photo op mural

2. Rooftop bar, lounge with city views

3. Summerfest`s format

4. Beer gardens

5. Outdoor public art...



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Dubuque brewery plots expansion into southwest Wisconsin
A Dubuque brewery soon will open a new location in southwest Wisconsin, kicking off a broader expansion plan that could see the business establishing roots in other communities in the coming years.

Keith Gutierrez, the owner of 7 Hills Brewing Co., said the business aims to open a facility in Platteville in August. It will occupy the former location of 2nd & Main at 92 E. Main St....

Ken Notes: Welcome!

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Column: Stop what you’re doing and try this hard seltzer

Hard seltzer doesn’t have to taste like soda water with only a whisper of flavor. 

I’m looking at you, White Claw. 

This style of alcoholic beverage can sing as loudly and vibrantly as a fruited craft beer.

When I reluctantly dove into the world of hard seltzer, which has continued to trickle into beer aisle territory, I was met with a bit of disappointment. For years craft beer has offered bold notes of nearly every flavor under the sun. If you’ve read my column, you’ll know that I’m not exaggerating. I’ve tried brews with fish notes, cheesy nuances — you name it.  And, until recently, I found hard seltzer downright boring and just, you know, blah.

Each time I’ve visited Downtown Drafts, I’ve noticed the fruit-printed cans from Untitled Art and heard one or more comments about how “amazing” they are. Normally I like to write about Georgia-brewed beer, but I had to make an exception with this Waunakee, Wisconsin, hard seltzer.

And I’m glad I did.

I admit, I’ve hit a bit of a lull with craft beer, cider, hard seltzer and other types of brews. Sometimes I just feel uninspired. Thankfully, the spark has come back...


Ken Notes: Always nice when other markets recognize our products...

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Minhas Kitchen Wine + Spirits + Food = the perfect summer destination (almost)

Minhas Kitchen Wine + Spirits + Food in Monroe is as well-rounded as a restaurant can be, with the irony that it can’t serve beer, the beverage that made the Minhas family famous.

Across the street from the restaurant is Minhas Craft Brewery. Founded as Monroe Brewing Co. in 1845, three years before Wisconsin statehood, the brewery has gone by different names over the years, including Blumer and Huber.

The brewery claims to be the second-oldest in the country, and Smithsonian Magazine says many people may be less familiar with Minhas because the company produces beer brands for companies like Trader Joe’s and Costco...


Ken Notes: Great review. You can also try the trifecta tour (brewery, Winery, Distillery), just make sure you have a designated driver...

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Great Taste of the Midwest to cut attendance in half this year
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Finding tickets for the Great Taste of the Midwest wasn’t easy already, but getting your hands on them this year may be even tougher. On Tuesday, organizers released more information about when they go on sale and revealed that only half as many will be available.

The popular craft beer festival, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, will return to Olin-Turville Park on August 14, organizers announced last month. Tickets go on sale via mail order on June 7 using the event’s traditional mail order process. More information on how that works is available here.

However, whereas in a typical year 10,000 beer lovers would come to sample brewers’ latest concoctions, that number has been slashed to 5,000 for this year. Organizers explained in a letter on the event website that the decision was made to reduce the number of people in the park at a given time and for safety’s sake...


Ken Notes: Good luck!

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Stock House Brewing purchase turns brothers` beer-making hobby into a business

When brothers David and Aaron Morrill began brewing beer, it was a hobby and a way to spend time together. Then late last year, they bought Stock House Brewing Co., 7208 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa.

Aaron had already been working there as a brewer. David’s day job is as a pharmacist in northern Illinois. The science behind the sips holds a lot of appeal to the duo, who gathered feedback by handing out samples to neighbors and friends. Bar manager and owner Lori Sommerfeld rounds out their team, handling the website and creating her own brew: Beginner’s Luck. ...


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40 Milwaukee Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer

Your guide to Milwaukee’s return to festival season.


Ken Notes: And 35 More! Thank you Milwaukee Magazine!

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Fests, fireworks, fairs and parades: Here`s your guide to summer events in Green Bay
The summer calendar is quickly filling up, and doesn`t it feel, oh, so good?

After most major events were forced to sit out last year, the summer of 2021 is shaping up to look a whole lot more like the season of outdoor fun we all know and love.

Not everything has been penciled in yet, as organizers are still working to find ways to bring back old favorites or map out new new offerings. Remember, good things come to those who wait. Here`s a guide by date to get you started, but check back often as other events pop up...


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MobCraft Beer and 414 Flowers: To team up for pop up beer garden at 414 Flowers new Walker’s Point location

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MobCraft Beer and 414 Flowers are working together to host a pop up beer garden on Thursday, May 27 from 4:00-7:00pm.  The beer garden will be hosted at 414 Flower’s newest pop up garden and greenhouse located at 209 E. National Avenue (across the street from Allie Boy’s Bagelry & Luncheonette).  The pop up beer garden will feature MobCraft Beer, plant shopping, music from Milwaukee Airwaves, food from La Merenda, and ice cream from Purple Door Creamery.

MobCraft Beer has resided in Walker’s Point since the summer of 2016.  This is the first year 414 Flowers has a Walker’s Point location.  414 Flowers also operates two locations at the Wauwatosa and Bayview Outposts. When asked about why 414 Flowers decided to establish a pop up in Walker’s Point, owner George Holtz responded, “Choosing to add our third location to Walker’s Point was simple.  Walker’s Point is a fast growing, diverse neighborhood known for its nightlife scene. It’s the exciting place to live and visit in Milwaukee.” ...


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Local breweries are `brewing` up mental health awareness this May
MANITOWOC (NBC26) — This Mental Health Awareness Month, breweries all over the world are joining the Things We Don’t Say project.

The IPA originated at a Eagle Park Brewing in Milwaukee, coming in a can with mental health hotlines on the label. This month, craft brewers will be able to take the open-source recipe and put their own spin on it. A few local Northeast Wisconsin breweries have joined the project, including newly opened Sabbatical Brewing in Manitowoc...

Things We Don’t Say Project


Ken Notes: Speaking for my wife, a Mental Health Professional, the pandemic has had an impact on many and the Things We Don`t Say is a great cause, your brewery can participate as well -- check out the link.

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Beer fests are back in force, with world-class sours, block parties and collaborative brews

As temperatures rise and mask mandates begin to drop, Hampton Roads can welcome back a sight it hasn’t really seen in a year: The in-person beer fest....

Things We Don’t Say Beer Release at Smartmouth Brewing

Friday, May 21, during open hours. smartmouthbrewing.com....

...In a perhaps provocative move, suicide-prevention nonprofit Hope for the Day has partnered with craft brewers to bring out a countrywide collaboration IPA called “Things We Don’t Say,” made at breweries nationwide according to a recipe template designed by Wisconsin’s Eagle Park Brewing. The beer will be made with donated hops and malts, with profits going to local mental health charities....


Ken Notes: These are Virginia events but I tip my cap to Wisconsin’s Eagle Park Brewing for creating the recipe working around the world to recognize suicide prevention and mental health care!

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Lakefront Brewery: Releases non-alcoholic version of Riverwest Stein
MILWAUKEE – In 1987, Riverwest Stein Amber Lager began its rise as the best-selling amber in Wisconsin and the flagship beer that built Lakefront Brewery. And now, there’s a non-alcoholic version of the much-loved brew in the market.

“Trends in the marketplace continue to shift. Currently, folks are looking for a refreshing, low to no alcohol beverage, so we formulated a non-alcoholic version of our flagship, Riverwest Stein,” says Lakefront Brewery President, Russ Klisch. “We’re thrilled with the result of our Riverwest Stein N/A and feel it’s the best tasting N/A craft on the market.”...

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Suits to a “tea”

Hard kombucha is the latest lighter alcohol drink to hit the market, and Lake Louie is in on the craze

Lake Louie`s initial hard kombucha flavors.

Tom Porter, who created the Lake Louie Brewing Company in his Arena, Wisconsin, garage in 2000, is known for his Scotch ales, porters and IPAs. But now he’s making kombucha — hard kombucha.

Kombucha is tea fermented with bacteria and yeast. It’s slightly fizzy and naturally has a low alcohol content, usually less than 0.5 percent ABV. The drink has been growing in popularity in the U.S. and it is often touted as a probiotic beneficial to gastrointestinal health.

Porter wasn’t immediately keen on the idea when his distributor approached him and asked what he thought about hard kombucha.

“I said what? Are you nuts? But then I looked into it and saw how much people love it,” says Porter....


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Beer Glossary
It’s important to know the language of beer! Use this glossary of common beer and brewing vocabulary to help you on your craft beer journey. #dictionary #terms #language


Ken Notes: Remember all our articles are searchable so if you need this in the future we are there for you!

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Destination Drink: Prairie Du Sac and Sauk City
Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, Wisc. are my Twin Cities (twin towns, if you will). The general term for the two close river towns (they blend together seamlessly) is Sauk Prairie, but I prefer Prairie Du Sauk.

While this area of Wisconsin may be known for Madison and all it has to offer, Sauk Prairie is actually quite the heavy hitter in terms of drink, food, and activities considering its size. First, the town has plenty of projects like libraries and an upcoming massive park that is funded in part by Culver’s, which is headquartered here (and founded here). The Great Sauk State Trail is an amazing place to bike alongside the Wisconsin River, through farmland, and straight to Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo. Plus, we have pelicans, eagles (tons in the winter), and a number of other birds and even foxes that you may be able to see....


Ken Notes: Some of my favorites...

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1840 Brewing reopens taproom, Lakefront resumes tours: Beer Biz MKE

1840 Brewing reopens taproom, Lakefront resumes tours: Beer Biz MKE...


Ken Notes: Alas a paywall denies me from sharing more!!! You have four shots at reading this so choose wisely grasshopper....

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Wisconsin Rapids (OnFocus) – In a Witter Field first, Central Standard Craft Distillery co-founders, Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan are bringing a whole new spirit to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters home. On opening day, May 31, Rafter’s fans will be able to enjoy for the first time ever a full-service, in-stadium bar.

Named the Central Standard Cocktail Cabin, after the team’s newest sponsor, the bar will be located in left field down the third baseline and will be in prime-time foul-ball-catching territory....


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Ledgerock Distillery turns homegrown grains into spirits

Jay and Heidi Retzer put a lot of spirit into their farm’s production. “From Seed to Spirit” is a slogan at Ledgerock Distillery, the value-added idea the Retzers have put into place with a line of vodka, gin, bourbon and corn whiskey.

They use all homegrown grains from their 470-acre farm south of Fond du Lac, Wis., and that’s a source of pride for Jay.

Farm-based distillery

“We are one of just a few distilleries in the state that does every aspect of the process here on the farm, from growing the grains to distilling the alcohol into a salable product and then marketing it,” Jay says.

Jay, a University of Wisconsin-River Falls agronomy graduate, came home to Fond du Lac County to manage a large farm and later to work for a co-op before adding the distillery to his own farm operation. He and Heidi farm on part of the land he once managed. They consider the limestone-filtered water there “perfect for the distillation process, high in calcium and low in iron.”...



Ken Notes: GREAT READ!

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Madison’s breweries give back with new beers

These new beers are putting autism awareness, brain cancer research and mental health education at the forefront.

A handful of local breweries are selling pints for a couple good causes. Working Draft Brewing Co., Young Blood Beer Co., Vintage Brewing Co., Karben4 Brewing and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. have all partnered with initiatives dedicated to autism awareness, brain cancer research, suicide prevention and mental health education.

A portion of the proceeds from each brewery’s beer will be donated to nonprofits...

Ken Notes: Not that we need an excuse to buy local craft beer, but we highly recommend picking up one or more of these!!!!

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Where to find live local entertainment from April 29-May 6, 2021
Slowly we are returning to normal! Send us your area events calendar and we will try our best to keep you in the loop...


Also of Note:

Starlight Distillery Component Tasting Friday, April 30, 6 to 9 p.m., Baker House, 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Features a glass of Stillman St. Chardonnay, appetizers, a 30-minute component tasting seminar and a four-course dinner. Cost $95. Visit bakerhouse1885.com for details.


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Do you have a link to your events...

WiscCrantNews is developing a list of event calendars from across the state that feature Breweries Wineries of Distilleries and their related events. We will make this a permanent part of WisCraftNews so you can always find what going on in real time...


Ken Notes: By the way we recommend adding your event to eventbrite...

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Gallo is investing $423M to build a new production and distribution facility
...In April, Gallo also acquired Agave Loco, the maker of cream liqueur brand RumChata. The acquisition was aimed at expanding Gallo’s premium spirits offerings, according to vice president and general manager of the brand’s spirits segment, Britt West. The purchase also included Agave Loco’s RumChata production facility, Midwest Custom Bottling, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, as well as brands The Tippy Cow and Holly Nog....   ...more

Ken Notes: Interesting... I see more "cream" products coming out of the Wisconsin Craft market...

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ProBrew’s ProCarb Systems Make Tiny Bubbles for Giant Results

Here’s how science, technology, and the need for stable beer transformed the carbonation game.

Significant advancements in technology over time have changed the way brewers carbonate beer—and keep that carbonation. The implementation of inline carbonation equipment has allowed brewers to save space and time by carbonating at incredibly fast speeds in comparison to carb stones. Inline carbonation also grants a higher level of quality control, thereby producing more consistent and repeatable results...

...One of the more recent and revolutionary advancements in inline carbonation comes from ProBrew, a leading craft beer and beverage processing equipment supplier based in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2016, its parent company, TechniBlend, launched ProBrew as a brand extension to introduce the ProCarb™ inline carbonation system to the craft brewing market....


Ken Notes: Now I have Tiny Bubbles as an ear worm...

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Legislation allowing large Minnesota breweries to sell growlers fails

Minnesota`s largest craft breweries have lobbied for a change to the state`s laws regarding growler and to-go sales, so far, without much luck this legislative season. 

"The `Free the Growler` movement was started by six of the most popular breweries in Minnesota," said Dan Schwarz, co-founder of Lift Bridge Brewing Co. "What we wanted to do was raise awareness that there was a production cap in Minnesota on breweries." ...


Ken Notes: We should encourage Minnesota residents to come and spend some time in Wisconsin. Have we got a Growler for you!

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La Crosse Distilling Co. raising brain cancer research funds through beer sales
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The La Crosse Distilling Co. is joining a nationwide campaign to fund brain cancer research.

The distillery will be joining over 175 craft breweries around the country in the #BrewStacheStrong campaign.

The collaboration is supporting StacheStrong, a nonprofit devoted to raising funds and awareness for brain cancer research.

A limited-edition beer will be on-sale at La Crosse Distilling Co. beginning May 1, with $1 from every can sold during May being donated to the campaign.

La Crosse Distilling Co. Co-founder Chad Staehly says the campaign provides a great opportunity for the La Crosse community to help out a larger cause...


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Dairyland named anchor tenant at forthcoming 3rd Street Market Hall

Guests can look forward to Wisconsin classics and small-batch frozen custard, plus a new bakery concept and vegetarian and vegan options at the forthcoming food hall.

The word “grand” may have been removed from the name, but the vision for The Avenue has remained as grand as ever, with development moving forward at a swift pace in recent months. That includes plans for the much anticipated 3rd Street Market Hall, a project fueled by the hope and promise of revitalizing an historic section of Milwaukee Downtown...


Ken Notes: A note to our producers, Food Halls are the new thing in restaurants and dining. Think mall food court but with much better local fare. I am including it here because many of these new offering include beer, wine and spirits. This could be a great outlet for your product, check into it...

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Save the Grandstand Art & Craft Festival

May 22, 2021 to May 23, 2021

Columbia County Fairgrounds, Portage 1 Fairgrounds Road, Portage, Wisconsin 53901

Save the Grandstand Inc.is a non profit organization who`s mission is to repair and restore the Portage Wi Grandstand. The Grandstand was built in 1935 and is one of the only two art-deco buildings left in the state of Wisconsin. Our organization will be holding an Arts and Crafts Festival. May 22-23,2021, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. 

Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 9am-6pm


  • Beer Garden open both days, Saturday 9am-10pm and Sunday 9am-6pm.


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Cooking with Beer: Spondue (& You)

In which we ride an unhealthy fascination with melted cheese to a wild-beer frontier ... because nobody’s ever thought to combine beer and cheese, right? (Well, maybe not like this.) Prepare yourselves for a new portmanteau...


Ken Notes: Full disclosure the authors and breweries are from Chicago yes fibs (lovers of fine Italian beef sandwiches) but the recipes are darn good and well worth Wisconsifying... In fact if anyone is interested I would love to create a WisCraftNews Cookbook featuring recopies from across the State using Wisconsin Beer, Wine and Spirits -- not to mention cheese!!!

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Drink like a local with the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport

Summertime as kids screamed adventure and excitement. But as grown-ups, we quickly find responsibilities and to-do lists in a season that was once filled with wonder. Alas, we never stop longing for fun.

This season, Walworth County is bringing grown-ups some long-awaited adventure and exploration in the form of a passport – one that unlocks the area’s best craft breweries and wineries – giving your palette the perfect sip at every location, with discounts and prizes meeting you at each spot. The Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport launched Wednesday, May 26.

Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail Passport participants:


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Grown Up Movie Night Could Come To Waukesha

The Common Council will consider a contract on Tuesday between the city and a beer brewery for the event.

WAUKESHA, WI— The City of Waukesha Common Council will consider a contract between the city and Mob Craft Beer Inc. for beverage services at Cutler Park for the Grown-Up Movie in the Park event on August 19...


Ken Notes: Brilliant!

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Remember summer festivals?

They`re back, along with more Isthmus Picks for June 10-17

Mount Horeb Summer Frolic, Thursday, June 10-Sunday, June 13...
Natalie Frank, through Oct. 3, Madison Museum of Contemporary...
Madison Jazz Festival, Friday, June 11-Sunday, June 20, various venues/times...
Perfect Harmony, Friday, June 11, 7:30 p.m....
Friends of Schumacher Farm Music Fest, Saturday, June 12, Schumacher Farm County Park, Waunakee...
CVQ, Saturday, June 12, Rennebohm Park, 7 p.m...
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Saturday, June 12, 7:30 p.m...
Madtown Mannish Boys, Tuesday, June 15, Capitol Square, noon...
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes & Jeremy McCarter, Tuesday, June 15, 7 p.m...
An Improbable Fiction, Thursday, June 10, American Players Theatre, Spring Green, 7:30 p.m....


Ken Notes: More at the link...

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Southwest Wisconsin brewery plans sizable expansion
POTOSI, Wis. — A southwest Wisconsin brewery next week will implement the first phase of a multi-million dollar expansion project that could create as many as a dozen new jobs...

Paywall at the link... Sorry

Ken Notes: My guess is that this is a great article alas a paywall prevents us from reading it... I know Potosi is adding a new can line but would love to know more...

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Summer Fair Cedarburg
Come to the first ever outdoor Summer Fair @ Cedar Creek Settlement, in Historic Cedarburg, Saturday, June 26, 10-6 & Sunday, June 27, 11-5.  The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement are home to charming boutiques, three restaurants and Cedar Creek Winery.

Cedar Creek Winery’s delightful Strawberry Blush Wine is the signature summer wine that smells and tastes like freshly picked strawberries.  Visit the Winery’s booth for wine by the glass.  The Courtyard Food Booths will feature grilled foods – including Strawberry Brats, nachos, beer, soft drinks, lemonade, strawberry shortcake and Cream & Crepe’s delectable desserts.

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If you are near Ripon this Weekend!

c hosts concerts Friday and Saturday

Local musicians Dan Braaksma and Al Muenchow will play a blend of country, blues, jazz, and rock cover music Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vines & Rushes Winery.

Country and bluegrass duo Mike Wheeler and Racyne Parker then will follow Saturday with a concert from 2 to 5 p.m.

"Select your favorite wine, cider or Knuth Brewing Company craft beer, custom order a wood-fired pizza, and sit back and enjoy the music," the Vines & Rushes website said, noting pizza is served from noon to 8 p.m. both days.   ...more

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Inoculator 24.8
The strongest beer ever produced by an Oshkosh brewery is about to be "unleashed." Bare Bones Brewery`s Inoculator clocks in at a walloping 24.8% ABV. There`s no formal record-keeping for this sort of thing, but Inoculator may very well be the strongest beer ever produced by a Wisconsin brewery.

The idea came from Dan Dringoli, who launched Bare Bones with his wife Patti Dringoli in 2015. His thoughts began to drift in the direction of strong beer last year while his stepson Jared Sovey was working on the launch of Tight Barrel Distillery in Menasha. "Spirits have always intrigued me," Dringoli says. "I began thinking about how strong can you make a beer and I wondered why no one in Wisconsin was trying to make a super high-gravity beer. So, I challenged Jody to create `the strongest beer` in Wisconsin. He did not let me down."

Ken Notes: 24.8% that`s 50 Proof, they should call it Pirates Blend. I would be interested to here from some who have tasted it. This story was sent to me by Dan and was posted in the blog by Lee Reiherzer Oshkosh Beer (Brewing, Pouring & the History of Beer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin) a fun read! I am sure we will include stories from here in the future...

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Watch now: A tavern hits the road and adds to the Old World Wisconsin collection
The Wittnebel family is accustomed to gatherings here, but never like this.

There were the usual donuts, homemade cookies and even a plate of cheese and sausage.

But unlike other family get-togethers, this one featured an escort to the county line by the Ashippun Fire Department, a balloon release and bottles of A&W Root Beer (it was too early for a beer) affixed with cards bearing a green “W” and the words “One for the Road.”...


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Why Milwaukee ranks in U.S. News & World Report`s top 5 weekend getaway cities in the Midwest
Milwaukee ranked No. 4 in the best weekend getaway cities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report...

"Because Milwaukee sits almost 100 miles from the great city of Chicago, you might wonder if Wisconsin`s largest city is worth the extra journey north? But it is," the U.S. News & World Report article read....

...Other Wisconsin cities included in the list were Madison (No. 11), Green Bay (No. 12) and the Wisconsin Dells (No. 21)....


Ken Notes: Come sip with us....

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Find fun in the sun all summer long
The fair and festival season is officially underway in Wisconsin. All across the Badger state there is an event to appeal to everyone.

Feel like flying a kite or dancing a polka out in the street or checking out that hot rod from your teen years? Well, there`s likely a festival for you.

And Wisconsinites know how to throw a good party with great music, cold drinks and plenty to eat from hot, pipping ears of corn slathered in butter to delectable cream puffs served at the Wisconsin State Fair...

Ken Notes: A number of beer and wine events in the events list....

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Milwaukee`s Craft Beverage Warehouse LLC To Expand

CBW was founded at the start of the pandemic to better provide small-time beverage producers with the distribution materials they need.

MILWAUKEE, WI — Craft Beverage Warehouse LLC will expand its footprint at the Century City Business Park to continue distribution of craft beverage packaging products, according to a press release.

The company will now occupy 9,000 square feet in the Century City 1 building. CBW currently employees three people, but a few new job openings are possible with the expansion....


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New Businesses Open Door in Door County!

When we support local businesses, we strengthen our communities

Talking with new business owners ranks highly on the list of uplifting conversations. People who are realizing dreams and putting passions to work express an abundance of genuine enthusiasm and creative energy. Hearing them speak about it acts like an injection of vitamin C or pure adrenaline...


Bad Moravian, 3055 Church St.
The craft beer room’s name is a nod to Ephraim’s settlers, Norwegian Moravians who were responsible for the alcohol ban in the village that lasted until a few years ago. Bad Moravian serves up a variety of taps and packaged beer from all over the United States and beyond.


Door County Cherry Hut, 8813 Hwy 42
Playing homage to the building’s original inhabitant, Ray’s Cherry Hut, this new beer and wine garden from Bridge Up Brewing Co.’s Trent Snyder also offers canned jams and jellies, pies, a deli and a makers’ market.

Shiny Moon Cafe, 4164 Main St.
Angie McMahon’s new cafe resides in the longtime Mr. Helsinki’s location above the Fish Creek Market. It serves breakfast and lunch with a full-service coffee bar, beer and wine. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Fish Creek Market, 4164 Main St.
Owners Steven and Cristina Jones continue the family-run general store that has spanned more than 125 years of continuous operation in the same location. Carrying a modern array of local goods, gifts, supplies, artisanal foods and grocery essentials, plus a diverse inventory of wine, beer and fine spirits.

The Ginger House, The Settlement Shops, 9114 Hwy 42
A picnic and wine boutique featuring themed picnic baskets with an eclectic mix of international goods and flavors.


Little Vegas, 10566 Country Walk Dr., #32
Gaming, cigars and beer. Opening in July in the Country Walk Shops in the former location of Tea Thyme.

Twelve Eleven Wine Bar, 10339 N. Hwy 57
Twelve Eleven and Thyme Cuisine are collaborating in a full-service restaurant to offer indoor and outdoor dining, private events, a wine bar and a provisions shop. 


Ken Notes: Road Trip!!!

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Lake City Social opens at former Sprecher’s building in Wisconsin Dells

A new restaurant has opened in the former Sprecher’s Restaurant and Pub building in Wisconsin Dells.

Lake City Social opened at 644 Wisconsin Dells Parkway May 26. While the menu will feature many types of well-known food like burgers, pastas, salads and sandwiches, Co-Owner Susan Getgen said the establishment will also offer its own unique signature items...


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Central Standard`s new bourbon tasting table made from Pabst Mansion`s historic ash tree
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A historic ash tree that stood outside the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee for more than 100 years has a new home.

The 20-foot long, 3,000 pound bourbon tasting table made of the historic tree was brought to the Central Standard Craft Distillery`s new downtown Milwaukee location.

The tree was planted in 1908 and stood outside the Pabst Mansion until it fell in 2019 from a lightning strike.

That`s when the search for a new home began.

The distillery`s co-founder called Monday`s move a big day...

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Fans of Racine Brewing Co. have been `screaming for a lager.` Thanks to a new collaboration, they have one

RACINE — Customers of Racine Brewing Co. have been “screaming for a lager” ever since the business opened, according to its owners. However, the brewery had not been able to provide, because it was not equipped with the proper accessories

Angie Molina, who owns the brewery along her husband, Andy, said the large interest was probably because “it’s a good, classic-style beer.”

However, thanks to a collaboration with Verona-based Wisconsin Brewing Co., those customers will soon get their wish.

In its first collaboration, Racine Brewing Co., 303 Main St., has brought a Racine native back to his hometown as well as RBC’s first-ever German lager to its taps. Additionally, a hazy IPA is a part of the collaboration; a dual release is planned for both beers in mid-June at WBC, RBC and RBC’s beer garden....


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Spirits of Norway Vineyard owners push to have Wisconsin wines ranked among the best
You won’t find Spirits of Norway Vineyard, 22200 Six Mile Road, Town of Norway, if you’re not looking. Tucked alongside fields in Racine County, the small vineyard and winery is on a dead-end road next door to the home of its owners.

When Randy Larson found this land, he knew he wanted to do something agricultural. He also loves wine. In 2012, he planted his first wine grapes. It started as a hobby, but in 2016 he started selling wines with Wisconsin-grown grapes. Today, he and Cindee Henrichs have 2.5 acres and produce around 2,500 cases each year with their grapes and other varieties imported from Europe and Chile.

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OPINION: Yes, it`s a good idea to bribe people to get vaccinated

Over the past few months, public and private innovation in America has coalesced around one goal: bribe people in order to get them vaccinated against Covid-19. Getting people vaccinated is lofty and noble, necessary for public health, necessary to defend those who can`t be vaccinated, and if bribery gets us there, I`m all for it...

...A brewery in Buffalo may have been the first to cleverly give new life to the old "shot and a beer," when they offered a free drink to anyone who got vaccinated at a pop-up clinic on site. Others have followed, including a Cleveland brewery that charged only 10 cents for a brew on proof of vaccination. Combined with a Cleveland cinema`s promise of free popcorn, Ohioans could have a pretty good and cheap night on the town thanks to the miracle of vaccines. And if they`re really lucky, thanks to the latest escalation in incentive programs, they could win $1 million....


Ken Notes: An idea well worth stealing, free press, new customers, and good will. Put together an event with your local health care providers...

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Live is life Remember concerts? They`re gradually returning

For live music enthusiasts, there`s nothing quite like feeling the music flowing around and through you. After a seemingly interminable past year, shows are returning, both outdoors and indoors.

Thanks to the early arrival of mild weather, the Harmony Bar and the Cider Farm began hosting music by mid-March. Since then patios have continued to fire up around Dane County, including long standing outdoor concert series at Tyranena Brewing and Bowl-A-Vard Lanes...

...Capital Brewery, Middleton: Beer garden open; some nonprofit events will be happening but music is on hold for the time being...

...Bos Meadery: Patio music kicks off June 5 with an album release show by Dana Perry...

...Hop Garden Tap Room, Paoli: Hosting music outdoors in adjacent Mill Park, Thursdays through Sundays...

...Lone Girl Brewing Company, Waunakee: Music at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays, starting May 16, on the rooftop...

...Tyranena Brewing Company, Lake Mills: Music outdoors in the beer garden at 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays....

...UW Memorial Union Terrace: Reopened to the general public on May 10; summer events TBA....


Ken Notes: Much more at the link... Slowly we emerge from the deep sleep of the Pandemic...

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Happenings: Food in Elkhorn, trucks in Delavan, beer in Burlington
...May 28-31: Beer tent in Burlington

The four-day Burlington Jamboree Beer Tent is set for Friday to Monday, May 28 to 31, at 680 Maryland Ave., Burlington.

Rides, carnival games, music — and, of course, the beer tent — are part of the event, presented by the Burlington Lions Club and North American Midway Entertainment.

Event starts May 28 at 5 p.m., then at noon May 29 through 31...

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Time of year for beer gardens to pop up

Area counties partner with breweries in local parks

As the summer season gets into full swing, beer gardens will be back throughout southeast Wisconsin.

In Waukesha County, the park system is partnering with both Raised Grain Brewing Company and Brewfinity Brewing for a series of beer garden events.

“Waukesha County started partnering with Raised Grain in 2017, so that was the first year they traveled the park system. It was really successful; super well-received,” said Emily Heller, public communications coordinator for Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use....

This year, in Waukesha:...

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New IPAs, Ales And More From Superior Brewery

We (WPR) discuss new and upcoming beer creations by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior. Then we hear how the pandemic is affecting the marketplace for craft beer sales.

Also Note:

Sunday, May 23 & Monday, May 24

Superior: Duluth Dylan Fest Bash,  Earth Rider festival grounds. For more info, visit earthrider.beer/brewery/events.

Ken Notes: We need to do a podcast, let us know if you are interested...

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From Oshkosh to Oak Park — The Latest Chapter in the Saga of Peoples Beer
In August 2020, a legendary, long-extinct beer returned to the market—and it did so some 2,000 miles away from where it was born.

In 1970, a group of Black businessmen from Milwaukee purchased Peoples Beer—a brewery that was founded in the small town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1913. When they did, Peoples became one of the first African-American-owned beer brands in the country. But that distinction was not to last: Ultimately, Peoples closed in 1972, following racist backlash, financial difficulties, and logistical challenges arising from ill-timed expansion. The brand has remained dormant since then, its storied past now found mainly in archives and the odd Oshkosh local’s memories...

Ken Notes: Interesting read Oshkosh Peoples beer has moved to California. We should invite the team to visit to get a feel for the way things were...

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Lakefront Brewery: Releases #10 Small Tank Series- Pink Boots IPA
MILWAUKEE (May 3th, 2021) – Lakefront Brewery’s 10th Small Tank Series beer is a collaboration with the women’s organization, Pink Boots Society®. Pink Boots’ mission is to assist, inspire, and educate women to enter the world of fermented/alcoholic beverages.

Lakefront’s collaboration for 2021 is an India Pale Ale, using a special Pink Boots hop blend from Yakima Chief Hops that imparts generous tropical fruit and citrus flavor. More specifically, this hop blend includes Cashmere, Ahtanum, Citra, Loral, and Sabro hops. Pink Boots IPA is 6.7% alcohol by volume...

...For more information, visit http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com or call (414) 372-8800.

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Milwaukee is Getting a New Wine Tasting Store
2A Wine Merchants has taken its home in the Third Ward capturing a modern yet rustic style that is completely its own. While it is a store, the owner Rob Levin wants to make a space that anyone can feel comfortable going to and break the somewhat snobby stigma behind wine culture...

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Tonight! What`s happening in Ripon this weekend? BikeFest, movie night, brat fry, live music, farmers market and more

...Live Music at Vines & Rushes Friday and Saturday

Kylar Kuzio will perform at Vines & Rushes Winery Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Vines & Rushes was one of the first places Kylar started performing at as a teenager and she`s excited to go back after several years at college.

Kylar will play original material mixed in with rock, country, blues, pop/hip hop songs; she may even introduce listeners to a couple new favorites....


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Former Sprecher`s re-opens as Lake City Social
The former Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub has new life now that it has re-opened as a new dining establishment.

Lake City Social, 111 Center St. in Lake Geneva, opened for business May 5. The restaurant— which is connected to the Cove of Lake Geneva— features similar items as the former Sprecher’s including sandwiches, burgers, steaks, seafood, chicken, soup and salads.

However, co-owner Stephen Schroeder said they have added some twists to several of the menu items. For example, the restaurant offers an appetizer called “social devils,” which are fried deviled eggs with seasoned filling, bleu cheese and bacon...

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Indeed opens panoramic rooftop beer garden at Clock Shadow Building
In collaboration with the Clock Shadow Building next door, Indeed Brewing in Walker’s Point is launching a rooftop patio with a panoramic view.

Indeed has been in the news recently as co-founder Rachel Anderson recently posted about her toxic experiences at the brewery, leading COO Kelly Moritz to issue an open letter last week. You can read more in this in-depth Brewbound article.

Indeed at el Jardín has a desert garden theme, thanks to its location on the green roof and presence alongside the CORE/El Centro rooftop herb garden and apiary....

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A guide to summer 2021 dining and drinking in the Milwaukee area
Enough, already, with sitting at home and the endless cooking and takeout. It`s summer, we`re vaccinated (right?) and we`re daring again to meet up with friends and even go inside restaurants and bars. We`re seeing what`s new, and we`re revisiting what we`ve missed.

Read on for our coverage of the Milwaukee-area dining and drinking scene, and check back often as we add more to do (and eat, and drink) this summer.

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Patio Guide 2021 – Shepherd Express – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
It’s hard to remember, but for many years Milwaukee rarely had a restaurant with outdoor seating. Since the 90’s patio, food has exploded and there is no turning back. Milwaukee’s patio may be busier than ever this summer when the world returns to normal. Here are some of our favorite dining out places....

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Ken Notes: Save this article... Of course you can always search WisCraftNews anytime for any article. So patios will ALWAYS be available...

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Under the umbrella: The Cap Times` guide to 250 patios in Madison and beyond
We hear about it every time a friend returns from a trip to a vibrant city in Europe, Asia or South America. “We ate every meal outside!” they muse. “You know, they really know how to live there, with all these incredible outdoor dining spaces.”...

Ken Notes: This article has an interactive map with photos...Got a patio list? Send it our way...

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Patio picks: Oak Creek`s The Cellar
If you’re looking to enjoy a great fish fry or a beer on a patio surrounded by history, look no further than The Cellar, 812 Oakwood Rd., in Oak Creek.

Built in 1863, the Cellar is surely among the oldest taverns in the area. But, as we speak, this vintage landmark is getting one the area’s newest patios. ..

Ken Notes: Great Article!!!!

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Comparing Riverwest Stein NA to R.L. Stine YA
Last week, the fine folks at Lakefront Brewery officially announced the release of a non-alcoholic version of Riverwest Stein, the delicious flagship beer it’s been making for 34 years. The new release, Riverwest Stein NA, is the brewery’s maiden voyage into “near beer” territory and is one of the first (if not THE FIRST) of its kind in the Milwaukee craft beer market. Not only is Riverwest Stein NA a revolutionary new product for one of the state’s longest-running breweries, it’s also a great low-alcohol take on Lakefront’s iconic amber lager and one that can be enjoyed by both drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

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Farming for Craft: New Barley & Malt Varieties Respond to Brewer Demand
We all know how profoundly the types of malt we use can change what we brew. Less obvious is how independent brewing is changing how barley itself is being grown—leading, eventually, to exciting new options for brewers.

Dan Carey, brewmaster and cofounder of Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewing, doesn’t like recipes that simply call for “pale malt” without specificity. Nor does he like it when people describe base malt as “a blank canvas.”

American craft beer came of age when the barley varieties available were bred for the big brewers. They emphasized mash efficiency and enzymatic power for adjunct brewing; flavor was not a consideration. Because that was the only readily available malt, it was the malt that most brewers—even craft brewers—used. Carey, however, has always gravitated toward beers of deeper malt character, such as those of Northern Bavaria.

“Barley malt is an important ingredient in beer,” Carey says, “and we are always wanting to get maximum flavor from all of our ingredients.” As a result, he and New Glarus have always experimented with new and interesting barley varieties to ensure that their base malt is not a blank canvas—it must contribute flavor...


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Dancing Goat updates village Plan Commission on site work
Dancing Goat distillery is continuing to finalize landscaping and other site elements after opening the first of a series of envisioned rickhouses this spring east of State Highway 134.

Dancing Goat Director of Operations Mike Reiber updated the Cambridge Plan Commission on June 14, saying the site work has been ongoing since the rickhouse, used for storing and aging whiskey and spirits, opened in March.

The 8,750-square-foot rickhouse can house up to 7,800 barrels of whiskey and spirits. It was built by Buzick Construction of Bardstown Kentucky and is the first non-climate controlled rickhouse in the state of Wisconsin....

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Fruit beers for summer

Shandies, and shandy-adjacent beer, from local breweries to enjoy as the weather gets warmer

...In fact, shandy pioneers Leinenkugel — the Wisconsin-based brewery (which is well worth a stop for a tour if you’re ever in north-central Wisconsin) — bases its much ballyhooed Summer Shandy on the original, which was produced by Franz Kugler in 1922. Needing to accommodate a mass of cyclists after a bike race, tavern-owner Kugler cut his beer with lemonade and soda so supplies didn’t run out. It was a hit (still is) and so Leinenkugel replicates this by taking its Weiss beer and cutting it with lemonade to produce the Summer Shandy. It also makes a grapefruit shandy with, you guessed it, grapefruit juice...

Ken Notes: Nice nod to Wisconsin from a Colorado article...

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Tuesday is National Wine Day. Here are 7 Milwaukee-area wine bars and shops to celebrate with.
Sure, Milwaukee is known for its beer. But it`s not going to say no to a glass (or bottle) of wine. 

Especially on National Wine Day, which is Tuesday. 

Cue the copious amounts of "rosé all day" and "you had me at merlot" Instagram captions. 

Whether you plan to sip and relax at home or grab a glass with friends, here are a handful of Milwaukee-area wine bars and shops to celebrate the holiday with

  • Thief Wine Shop & Bar...
  • Vintage 38...
  • Corvina Wine Company...
  • Crush Wine Bar...
  • Twisted Vine Wine Shop & Bar...
  • Tabi`s Lake Country...
  • The Ruby Tap...



Ken Notes: We may have missed the day but hey they are open all year...

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Madison Jazz Festival



Ken Notes: Many more events at the link!

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America’s 40 Most Delicious Beers

Our love for wine in this country grows all the time, and both cocktails and spirits (both well-known brands and regional craft offerings) are gaining an ever-increasing market share. But we are still, as a whole, a nation of beer drinkers...

Click here to see America’s 40 most delicious beers

38. Ardea Insignis
> Style: Imperial stout
> Brewery: Central Waters Brewing
> Location: Amherst, Wisconsin
A rich, intensely flavored one-of-a-kind stout, aged for more than three years in 25-year-old bourbon barrels.


Ken Notes: We should have far more on the list, but we need to tell our story a bit better AND we will...

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DOOR COUNTY - Suds With Sophie: Countdown to Beer Fest

I recently talked to Kait Shanks about the Door County Beer Festival, to be held June 19 in Baileys Harbor. She works with a team from the Peninsula Pacers to put on the event, and her responsibilities include selecting, coordinating and organizing the many breweries that will showcase their beers. But Shanks takes the role to the next level by making sure the brewery mix includes old favorites and new experiences while keeping the quality and variety at a maximum...

While tickets to the Beer Festival are now sold out, Festival organizers are still looking for volunteers to help set up, pour beer and clean up. To volunteer, email jordan@peninsulapacers.com.


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Craft beer sales and production by state, breweries per capita, economic impact of craft breweries and other statistics as gathered and maintained by the Brewers Association.

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Ken Notes: 2.4 Billion, that is a lot of capital, jobs, and growth for our state...

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Northeast Wisconsin “New Top Dog” contest release craft beer for the current winner
(WFRV)- If you are looking for a new summertime drink, and to give back to local animal shelters you’re in luck.

The “New Top Dog” animal contest is held to benefit an annual Northeast Wisconsin charitable dog contest benefiting Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club and other animal shelters. The current “Top Dog” Bruce is receiving his own personal craft beer.

Fifth Ward Brewery and Bare Bones Brewery are collaborated to craft a raspberry blonde ale named after the winning English Mastiff titled “Bruce’s Brew.” $1.00 will be donated for every pint and four-pack solid of the beer at either taproom....

Ken Notes: This is a bit of a rerun, but the takeaway is that sharing news in WisCraftNews.com means that other media outlets can "pickup" a story for their outlet. And that is a good thing....

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Franklin Beer Garden Now Open Every Thursday Night

The Croatian Park Beer Garden is kicked off its first Thursday of the season with an offer of free beer, live music and unique food.

FRANKLIN, WI — The Franklin Beer Garden is reopened Thursday night for its 7th year at Croatian Park with free beer, a happy hour and live, local music, according to a press release.

The beer, food and music will start flowing tonight at 5 p.m. Hungry kids or adults can select from a host of European foods or food trucks from the Milwaukee area such as Milk Can, Café Corazon, Rose Mob and Mr. Green`s BBQ....


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Edgy Prank Channel Nelk Launches ‘Happy Dad’ Hard Seltzer Brand

Nelk, the YouTube collective known for their boundary-pushing pranks and party animal hijinks — netting over 20 million views a month — is set to release their own hard seltzer brand, which the guys created from scratch and has been a year in the making...

....and manufacturing at a brewery in small-town Wisconsin....


Ken Notes: The Nelk Boys Happy Dad seltzer is made at Minhas Brewery in Monroe.

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Area Sales Manager - Wisconsin Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing is sells tasty beer all across the wonderful state of Wisconsin, and are hiring an Area Sales Manager, traditionally based in Milwaukee. In this role you’ll visit both on and off premise accounts to sell our tasty beer, resulting in management of our sales and inventory levels directly with distributors. This position will be working primarily in Milwaukee and visiting account/distributor warehouses throughout Wisconsin. You guessed it - a license and vehicle is required for this role...


Ken Notes: Another out of state brewer looking for a Wisconsin sales manager. We may need to set up a craft sales network to make the marketed a little tougher to enter...

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Lead Brewer Hacienda Beer Company Door County, WI
Hacienda Beer Co. is seeking an experienced brewer for immediate hire to join our production team in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. We are looking for someone with uncompromising commitment to quality and continuous improvement with exceptional motivation, work ethic, and professionalism.

This is a multifaceted position. The Lead Brewer’s primary role will be to lead all wort production on our 2-vessel 15-barrel QTS brewhouse and work directly with our Director of Brewing Operations to develop new recipes, improve quality and consistency, and manage our oak cellar (including a koelschip, 3 foeders, and 60+ oak barrels). The candidate will also be expected to assist in cellaring, canning, bottling, and warehouse management on a weekly basis...

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Beatles Tribute Band `BriTins` Will Start Brews & Bites Concerts

Greenfield`s Brews & Bites Concert Series starts a week from today. Here`s your guide to all the music and food at the series this summer.

GREENFIELD, WI— This summer`s Brews & Bites Concert Series, eight live music shows accompanied by beer and food, is returning to Konkel Park next week- the first show is next Tuesday, according to the City of Greenfield website.

The series will bring live music back to the AMP theater at Konkel Park almost every Tuesday night from June until August.

This year the series will offer a rotation of food vendors and musicians, but the drink menu will remain consistent throughout the summer. Music will range from comedy bands to locally-based rock groups, the city website showed...


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VIDEO - National Bourbon Day: Great Lakes Distillery`s chief mixologist on how to make a perfect Wisconsin Old-Fashioned

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- National Bourbon Day is Monday, June 14 and we must celebrate in style!

Brendan Cleary, the Chief Mixologist at Great Lakes Distillery, joined CBS 58 Morning News virtually to show us how to make a perfect Wisconsin Bourbon Old-Fashioned.


Ken Notes: What no Brandy???

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Pups and pilsners: `The Boneyard` Dog park & bar to open in Madison
A Madison industrial lot will soon be a spot where pups can play, and their owners can enjoy a beer. On the East side of the city, behind the Nakoosa Trail Walmart, there’s a building under construction. That’s the future home of The Boneyard, a dog park and bar.

“This is an idea that I`ve had in my head for about 10 years now,” said Jeff Kuhl. Kuhl is the co-owner of The Boneyard.

He spent all that time casually brainstorming, hoping after his son graduated from high school, he’d get to start his dream project.

“I visited a couple places in Austin, and a place in Dallas that were doing [dog park bars] really well,” he said. “And I thought, ‘oh my gosh, I gotta figure out how to do this in Madison!’”


Ken Notes: Another Great idea!

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Extreme bar games, `wacky challenges`: Daleiden`s The Hive hopes to be buzz of Fond du Lac
FOND DU LAC - Erika Daleiden started working at her dad`s ice cream shop in the tiny northern Wisconsin village of Cecil when she was just 12 years old.

When she moved to Fond du Lac to attend Marian University she got a job at a local dinner, and then at Red Lobster through graduate school.

On weekends you could find her at Wendt`s on the Lake, where she`s considered the "right-hand woman" at the family-owned restaurant on Lake Winnebago.

And, for the past 21 years, Daleiden has been a fixture in English classrooms at Fond du Lac High School and now at Fondy Central — a passion she loves more than anything.

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Leinenkugel`s brand ambassador on what to expect for the brand post-Covid: Beer Biz MKE
The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Beer Biz MKE blog looks at every corner of Milwaukee’s beer industry from distribution and canning to production and beer events. Follow along for updates on breweries coming and leaving town and the biggest trends in craft beer....

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Your Region-by-Region Guide to Up North Wisconsin


West of the north-south State Highway 13 and south of Lake Superior is an area dominated by national forest, scenic rivers running toward the Mississippi rather than the Big Lake, and a plethora of little lakes that almost rivals the Minocqua area. At the heart is Hayward, a former lumber industry mecca that now courts vacationers – just as likely to be from Minnesota as Wisconsin – instead of loggers...


This region, anchored by Minocqua, is perhaps the quintessential Up North experience. To the north and west of that “island city” is a vast and pristine wilderness with lakes more densely packed together than any other part of Wisconsin. And expansive state and tribal lands are well preserved so that the green space keeps up with the blue. ...


The most developed section of Wisconsin’s Northwoods still has plenty of pockets of wilderness and the bonus of a lot to do. Small towns are scattered throughout the forest, many along the vacationer-pumping arteries of US 141 and US 8. The vibe here is casual and familiar, with most amenities geared more toward cottage-owning residents of eastern Wisconsin than shorter-term visitors...


Ken Notes: WOW!! Bookmark this Page!!!!

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Square adds to-go alcohol delivery feature

Dive Brief:
  • Square has expanded its on-demand delivery feature to enable restaurants and bars to offer customers alcohol from their website and have it delivered through DoorDash, according to a press release.

  • A DoorDash courier picks up and delivers the order once it`s placed through Square Online. The driver also verifies the customer`s age. The service is commission-free, while the order will be fulfilled through DoorDash for a $1.50 flat fee. The Square feature is available in Washington, D.C., and 15 states so far.

  • "We`re excited to offer a new way for restaurants, retailers and alcohol sellers to get the most out of their current inventory. Whether that`s a restaurant monetizing its wine cellar, a grocery store supplementing their on-premise sales, or a local brewery introducing old favorites to a new crowd, we`re proud to provide our sellers with a new way to make more money," David Rusenko, head of e-commerce at Square, said in a statement.
Several states allowed off-premise alcohol sales during the pandemic to boost revenue for struggling restaurants and bars. Demand for alcohol delivery existed prior to the pandemic, however. In 2019, the National Restaurant Association found that 56% of adults said they would order drinks with their food delivery order from a restaurant....


Ken Notes: Not a bad idea. I wonder if Dash drivers will need to be licensed an easy enough process...

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Milwaukee Brewing expands production capacity, Black Husky offers free beer with vaccine: Beer Biz MKE

The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Beer Biz MKE blog looks at every corner of Milwaukee’s beer industry from distribution and canning to production and beer events. Follow along for updates on breweries coming and leaving town and the biggest trends in craft beer...


Ken Notes: I have a love / hate relationship with Milwaukee Business Journal, Great articles - Paywall restricted. You may be able to see this if you have not seen too many articles this month.

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JOB POSTING Masterbrewer, Sprecher Brewing Co, Milwaukee WI

Sprecher Brewing Company


  • Lead the brewing team and uphold the quality, consistency, and production requirements for all Sprecher products
  • Work towards achieving departmental goals around efficiencies, yields and cost
  • Follow brewing and cellaring Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Manage, train and provide feedback to the brewing team and ensure a safe and effective work environment
  • Maintain a clean work environment through Clean in Place (CIP) procedures and general housekeeping practices
  • Participate in the daily testing and analysis....

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Sprecher® Craft Sodas to Sponsor ARCA Menards Series Event at Milwaukee Mile
Sprecher Brewing Company, Track Enterprises, and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Sprecher® Craft Sodas will sponsor the ARCA Menards Series race event at The Milwaukee Mile.

The Sprecher 150 is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m. CT, with live flag-to-flag broadcast coverage on MavTV Motorsports Network. The race will also be streamed on the NBC Sports Gold “TrackPass” streaming service...

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Wine drinking in America today
What beverage has grown continuously in consumption for the past 20 years in America? Wine.

According to the Wine Institute, in 1993 Americans only drank 1.74 gallons of wine per capita. In 2013 that figure had risen to 2.82 gallons. This makes the US the largest wine consuming nation in the world at over 329 million cases of wine sold in 2013, according to Impact Databank....

...The geographical range of those early American wineries is wide. The Wollersheim Winery in Wisconsin was originally established in 1842 by Count Harazathy from Hungary, before he headed west to start California’s oldest premium winery Buena Vista in 1857...

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Market Representative - Midwest

Atwater Brewery

Atwater Brewery is looking for a Market Rep to join their sales/marketing team to cover the midwest states of OH, IL, IN, and WI. The Market Rep will work directly with the State Manager, Wholesaler(s), and their sales team to promote sales of Atwater’s entire portfolio. They will be required to achieve distribution and volume goals as well as attend events and tastings. The Market Rep will need to establish and maintain a professional working relationship with our wholesaler partners and key retailers both on and off premise.

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Brew Pipeline Announces New Senior Division Manager Dane Voeltz

Pewaukee, Wis. – Brew Pipeline, a turnkey national distribution platform, announced its welcoming Dane Voeltz as senior division manager to its growing leadership team. In his new role, Voeltz will build and lead national brand strategies and key account programming for nine Midwest states including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky.

“We are excited to add Dane and his distributor relationships to our Brew Pipeline team,” says Steve Kwapil, CEO and co-founder of Brew Pipeline. “While solidifying and growing our Midwest region, we look forward to Dane sharing his knowledge and best practices with our brands across the country.”...


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Get a farm-to-table dinner at Fond du Lac`s church-turned-restaurant revival

FOND DU LAC - An historic stone church and landmark in the city`s downtown will once again be the setting for a new eatery.

The Cellar District restaurant plans to open in August in the former Immanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, which offers a towering dining space, backlit by stained glass windows that stretch to the steeple of this converted chapel.

Partners and Fond du Lac natives Sarah Palas and Brandee Alexander are readying the location, at 40 E. Division St., for a culinary revival using their combined 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry...


Ken Notes: Best way to enjoy craft products is combining them with a great dining experience.

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Things to do This Weekend in Central Wisconsin: June 18-19-20

The last weekend of “Spring” is here and there’s plenty of things to do in the area. Check out some of these area events! (Should we add something to this list? Send us a message at news@onfocus.news!)





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Territory Sales Manager - Wisconsin

Deschutes Brewery & Public House

At Deschutes Brewery, we unapologetically make award-winning, damn tasty beer. We are determined to innovate, challenge the status quo, and be thought leaders at every turn. Our company culture bonds us together and creates conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of core values: Love It or Dump It, One Team One Dream, Blow Our Customers` Minds, Time for Better Is Now, Celebrate, Crafted for Community and Own It! If you are on our team, it means you are part of creating something extraordinary. You`re part of Deschutes.


Ken Notes: Another West Coast product coming to Wisconsin. We need to head west...

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