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The Fall event features craft beer, food trucks, and live music. The event is open to festival-goers over the age of 21. In 2019, the Rafters welcomed 33 breweries with over 140 different drink selections. This year a few Wisconsin brewery fan favorites include O’so Brewing Company, 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, Titletown Brewery, and Wisconsin Rapids very own 2 Doors Down Brewing. The full list of breweries will be released next month.
Looking to buy your Rushing Rapids Craft Beer Festival Tickets?!
- Rafters Front Office
- @B`s Tap House
- @Richard`s Liquors WI
- 715-424-5400 (Rafters Office)
While the annual festival in Munich, Germany, is canceled this year, that doesn`t mean we can`t celebrate in Wisconsin.
As we get closer to fall, that can only mean one thing, Oktoberfest. While the annual festival in Munich, Germany, is canceled this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in Wisconsin. Grab a brat, a pretzel necklace or a boot of beer and get in the spirit of the tradition at one of these events...
In town for the Ryder Cup? You’re near some great beer destinations.
JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE on a golf vacation doesn’t mean you need to take a vacation from great beer. And of course, you’re here in Wisconsin, where we famously know our way around a brewhouse.
Here is a six-pack of breweries and beer destinations within a reasonable drive (or Lyft!) from Sheboygan. If you’re willing to head to Milwaukee, hit me up on Twitter @WIBeerBaron for some recs....
Ken Notes: I watching the matches as I put this together, what a great day for WISCONSIN... Great List!!!... 3 Sheeps would be a great place to watch the action!..
CEO Says Lawsuit Is Retaliation For Not Laying Off Employees During Pandemic
Some of the original investors in New Glarus Brewing Co., one of Wisconsin’s most iconic craft brewers, are accusing the company’s chief executive of keeping annual profits from them.
In a lawsuit filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court, the investors, Karin Eichhoff, Steven Speer, and Roderick Runyan, contend New Glarus CEO Deb Carey and her husband, Dan Carey, New Glarus’s brewmaster, have bullied minority shareholders while misrepresenting and withholding information so the Carey family can gain more financial power....
Ken Notes: I think Deb is among the greatest marketers in the State and clearly made her investors very very wealthy. She also marches to her own drummer and probably didn`t ask for a lot of "council" when she created Sugar River Distillery, set up her foundation, or made business choices during the pandemic. My guess is an arbitrator could resolve this, but in the courts the real winners will be the lawyers. Deb, Dan and the investors are all millionaires and want to continue to live that lifestyle so they need to continue to "milk the cow" and get along. Too bad they could not invest in Ale Asylum and double down.
...The Wisconsin State Fair starts today, and this week on Tap’d In,
we’re sharing some of our live music picks for the fair. Usually that
isn’t the easiest thing to do: As fun as the State Fair is, it’s never
been first and foremost a music festival, the way Summerfest is. Music
is more of a feature of the fair, not a main draw, so you’ve got to
adjust your standards accordingly...
...It’s easy to miss it on the schedule: The stage is called Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub and Eatery,
and thanks in part to some help from WMSE and Lakefront Brewery, it
boasts a lineup of Milwaukee music that any festival would be proud of,
including lots of 88Nine favorites.... ...more
Ken Notes: Nice to see great music, State Fair, and local beer.
Who needs the Olympics? This is the only gold, silver and bronze award winners we need to know.
... Brace your arteries and get ready to drool like Homer Simpson: Here we go.
In first place, courtesy of Miller Lite Sports Bar & Grill, comes
the The Glazy Boy, featuring slow-smoked brined pork loin, two slices
of Fontina cheese, pickled jalapeños and raspberry whole grain mustard
all lovingly smashed between – prepare yourself – two grilled Grebe`s
Water Street Brewery`s deep-fried Wisconsin fish fry – cole slaw and
French fries rolled in between a slab of cod, dipped in rye-seasoned
batter and deep-fried with lemon and tartar sauce on the side – scored
the silver medal, while the Paradise Po` Boy, stacking deep-fried
coconut shrimp and tropical homemade slaw on a bun and slathered in key
lime tartar sauce with a side of chips, from Tropics nabbed the bronze...
Ken Notes: Smoked Pork and doughnuts what could go wrong...
Central Standard Craft Distillery
is bringing the newest distillery, restaurant, liquor store, wedding and event hall, rooftop bar and offices all to one space downtown as it celebrates the grand opening of its new building on Saturday.
The Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen is a renovated 11,700-square-foot building at 320 E. Clybourn St.
The building features five levels, each offering something different...
Ken Notes: Congrats!!!
My wife and I decided to road trip last Sunday, and after the car show at Bothom Vinyard we decided on lunch at Brix Cider in Mount Horeb. Great live music and very tasty tacos and a brat (locally sourced but just a bit pricey) were accompanied by a flight of house ciders.
All our choices were good, we both agreed on a clear winner, the Lemon Basil Cider
was special. Bright crisp and both the lemon and basil came through both in the nose and on the palate. They sell 500 ML bottles at the site, but I believe this one could find a place in stores and on tap across the state.
Well worth the trip, and Mount Horeb has lots to offer, the Grumpy Troll is also among our favorites...
Based on what I read last Friday, I thought this column would be an obituary for what was once, and perhaps still is, the most important brewery in Madison.
The news was stark: Ale Asylum was seeking a new owner and/or would close by October in a liquidation sale. A headline on the State Journal’s front-page story asked, “The end for a Madison original?” A question mark rarely carries so much rhetorical weight.
Ale Asylum is unquestionably a Madison institution. Founded in 2005 as Madison’s first production brewery (that is, not a brewpub) in generations, it was the author of Hopalicious, the city’s first smash hit of the hoppy era, among other successful beers. ...more
Ken Notes: We hope so!
Two Wisconsin beers won medals at the 35th Great American Beer Festival.Sweet Peel from Stubborn Brothers Brewery in Shawano
earned a gold medal in the American Wheat Beer category. It`s the brewery`s first GABF medal and the first time entering the contest. Aaron Gilling and Erik Gilling opened the brewpub in June 2020 after three and a half years of renovating the historic Crescent Theater.
Stubborn Brothers submitted five beers to be judged in the contest, Aaron said, and he was just as surprised as anyone at the gold medal announced Friday night.
"I`m so proud and so happy," Aaron said. "It`s an incredible beer."...
...Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery took home a bronze medal in the Pumpkin Beer category. It`s the fifth GABF win for Whole Hog`s pumpkin beer, including gold in 2012 and 2019. The multi-award winning pumpkin ale released earlier this month is sold in six-packs of bottles and on tap across Wisconsin.... ...more
Ken Notes: Congrats and I`ll get up to try them both soon...
MADISON (WKOW) --
Bloody Mary lovers and small businesses will gather together Saturday to
enjoy Bloody Marys and find out which bar in Wisconsin can whip up the
Bloody Mary Fest has been happening in the Madison area for the last six
years. It`s put on by 100 Mile Sauce Co., which hosts a number of
Bloody Mary fests throughout the year in multiple cities...
...This year, the fun
returns in-person to the parking lot of Yahara Bay Distillers. So far,
there are 11 businesses competing to win the title of Best Bloody Mary.
Most are from Madison, but there is a Milwaukee mix, a Stevens Point
mix, and one from Platteville... ...more
a pioneer in the local craft beer scene that has since grown to be
Madison’s largest brewery, is for sale, and its 45,000-square-foot
brewery, restaurant and brewpub near the Dane County Regional Airport
will close at the end of October, company co-founder Otto Dilba said.
are a variety of scenarios that could play out,” Dilba said. “One of
them would be that somebody is interested in the facility because the
facility is in pristine condition. It’s relatively new. It has a wealth
of capacity available for production as well as future expansion
capabilities on site.”
co-founder Dean Coffey, and a group of investors opened their
multimillion-dollar brewery and tasting room in 2012 at 2002 Pankratz
Ken Notes: This one hurts, and the fact that they are considering breaking up the brand, equipment, and space will hurt even more. Craft brewing should be an asset to Madison tourism, economy, and attractiveness or the region. It may take some visionaries with patient cash to keep it going but as we continue to make a dent in the big beer monopolies they money will come it just take time.
Enjoy a 2-1/2 hour excursion with heavy hors d’oeuvres while tasting a variety of beers brewed today. The beer tasting will be led by an interpreter at Black Point Estate, covering the history of beer, famous beer barons who had homes on Geneva Lake, and lots of interesting trivia about beer.
Presented By: East Troy Railroad Museum
Dates: September 4, 2021
Location: East Troy Railroad Museum
Address: 2002 Church Street, P.O. Box 943, East Troy , WI 53120
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Price: $68 per person
Thanks to the efforts of Central Standard Craft Distillery, Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed Sept. 22 to be Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Day, celebrating the Badger State`s unique twist on a classic American cocktail.
Thanks to the efforts of Central Standard Craft Distillery, Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed Sept. 22 to be Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Day, celebrating the Badger State’s unique twist on a classic American cocktail.
The governor simultaneously declared September to be Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Month.
"Today and throughout this month, the state of Wisconsin joins Old Fashioned-
enthusiasts across our state in reflecting on the rich history of the Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned and in supporting our local distilleries, bars, restaurants, and supper clubs by responsibly enjoying this signature drink," the proclamation says.
JUNEAU — Edwin Brix Vineyard of rural
Juneau, has been notified that two of its wines have been selected for
sale the Wisconsin State Fair Wine Garden. The Wisconsin State Fair runs
from Aug. 5-15 in West Allis.
Brix’s Rose’ and Brianna wines have been chosen by the Wisconsin Winery
Association for the event. The rose’ wine is made from estate grown
Sabrevois grapes and the Brianna from estate grown white Brianna grapes.
the 11 days of the Wisconsin State Fair, the Wisconsin Winery
Association hosts the State Fair Wine Garden. Since it opened in 1996,
it has become one of the favorite attractions at the fair, and is on its
way to becoming a fair-going tradition... ...more
BEER GARDENS ARE A MILWAUKEE favorite
and a great way for eternal hoptomists to get outside for safe
gatherings full of food, friends and family and fantastic brews. Many
beer gardens, new and old, are open now, with new varying health and
safety precautions. Here are some of our favorites... ...more
After two very long years, it is time for the Great Taste of the Midwest again — a smaller, but perhaps better, beer festival.
Last year’s iteration of the region’s premier beer festival was called off amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2021 event on Saturday will not remotely be business as usual.
Among a host of other safety-related changes, its organizers — the nonprofit, volunteer Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild — is cutting the crowd by half, to 5,000, in the event’s usual footprint at Olin Park.
“Safety concerns were No. 1 on our mind, especially as we were making those decisions in the late April time frame,” Great Taste chair Jason Walters said. “But we felt really comfortable doing a half-capacity event with 5,000 people, just to give people some more space.”... ...more
Ken Notes: Event Saturday is sold out... Let us know what you loved most and how you think in went. WisCraftNews@Gmail.com
here was half as much beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest this year, and it didn’t matter one bit.
the Aug. 14 festival’s brewery field cut by 50% to reduce crowding in
Olin Park, I was concerned some of the most popular breweries every year
might be noticeably absent. That did not come to pass.
Great Taste program dropped five days ahead of the event, and all of
the annual heavy hitters were on it: Central Waters, 3 Floyds, Goose
Island, Perennial, Half Acre, Toppling Goliath, Bell’s, Revolution,
Forager, Solemn Oath … the gang was almost entirely together...
...Here were some of my favorite pours from the 2021 Great Taste:
2nd Shift Grace
Lake Monster Como Claw Pilsner
Hubbard’s Cave Rum Barrel Coco Van
Vintage Supa Cuppa
Lupulin BA Snozzberry Lateralus
Working Draft A Pils Is a Pils Is a Pils Is a Pils
Wisconsin Brewing Elements Aged Doppelboc
Bell’s 2015 Third Coast Old Ale
Revolution Supermassive Cafe Deth
Blind Tiger Tmave’ Pivo
Forager Kitten Treats
Ken Notes: Some out of state product for sure, but a perfect Wisconsin event....
Next Door Brewing to become Starkweather Brewing
After eight years in business on Atwood Avenue, Next Door Brewing Company will be closing on Aug. 15. However, it won’t be closed for good. This fall it will become Starkweather Brewing Company, named after the creek that wends its way in several branches through the city’s east side.
Peter Schroder, former brewer at One Barrel Brewing,
and three other investors are purchasing the brewpub. The group plans
to do some minor remodeling of the building, mostly painting and
rebranding fixtures as part of the name change. The brewpub will remain
closed while local, state and federal permits are approved, a process
that could take a few months. The new owners hope to reopen by mid-fall
on a four-days-a-week schedule of Thursday-Sunday.
Ken Notes: More changes but at least here there is a logical transition. WELCOME Starkweather...
THE festival FOR thirsty trolls
September 11, 2021
Grundahl Park, Mt Horeb, WI
Enjoy the best of Midwest Craft Brews in the Troll Capital of the World (Mount Horeb,
BREW FEST DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, September 11, 2021- 1-5 pm (Early entrance at noon for VIPs)
LOCATION: Grundahl Park -600 S. Blue Mounds Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
?COST: General- $45 Purchase Online or $50 at the Gate VIP- $75
September 11, 2021
3:00 pm - 6:30 p
Celebration Place at Harbor Park
Lakefront’s pouring beer at the Great Lakes Brew Fest at Celebration Place on Kenosha’s beautiful lake front Harbor Park. Event details on the Great Lakes Brew Fest website. ...more
Ken Notes: So many event so little time.
Sip your favorite beer and tune in for a jam-packed livestream.
The Badger Beer Hour returned Thursday night with a show jam-packed with news, Wisconsin beer travels and an update on the Central Waters Milwaukee brewery.
The guest on this month’s livestream is Anello Mollica, a Milwaukee native who co-founded Central Waters in 1998 and who is opening a brewery and taproom in the former Pabst Milwaukee space this fall...
The Wisconsin State Fair gets up and running this week, but there are a few other beer-related events to choose from.
Friday, Aug. 6
The weekly release at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is available only on draft. Sunflower Dress is a copper blonde made with sunflower seeds and honey. Head to 1840 at 3 p.m. to try some.
1840 Brewing’s traveling beer garden comes to Frontier Park (5400 N. Park Drive) in Butler.
Saturday, Aug. 7
The Milwaukee County Historical Society hosts a beer garden bike tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It begins at the MCHS (910 N. Old World Third St.) and spends time at beer gardens in Hubbard Park, Estabrook Park and Old Heidelberg Park. Cost is $40 a person.
Honey Creek Park (8405 W. National Ave.) gets a visit from 1840 Brewing’s traveling beer garden. ...more
- Potosi Brewing Company - Potosi, Wisconsin
- O`so Brewing Company - Plover, Wisconsin
- Central Waters Brewing Company - Amherst, Wisconsin
- Port Huron Brewing Company - Wisconsin Dells
- Tribute Brewery and Tap House - Eagle River, Wisconsin
- Pearl Street Brewery - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Ken Notes:Q98`s list, whats on yours...
Wauwatosa beer drinkers, rejoice. A new brewery could be coming your way soon.
The Neenah-based Lion’s Tail Brewing Co. is looking to move into the former Wisconsin Garden and Pet Supply on North Avenue, which closed this summer.
If approved by the city, the brewery would take over 8520 W. North Ave., 8524 W. North Ave. and 2315 N. 85th St. through a land combination. The Wauwatosa Plan Commission will meet Sept. 13 and is expected to consider the land combination and proposal for the brewery.
According to documents filed with the city, the brewery plans to brew 1,000 to 2,500 barrels per year of "high-quality, small-batch craft beer in many different styles." ...
Summers lovers are currently grieving over the fastly approaching official end to their favorite season, while Fall lovers are just gearing up for all the tastes and sights that have already begun during their favorite time of the year.
No matter which side of the season fence you land on, I`m pretty sure these wine and food events happening in Wisconsin soon are definitely something you will want to add to your social to-do list.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest at Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma, Wisconsin
Dixon`s Autumn Harvest Winery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Grape Stomp Festival at Dancing Dragonfly Winery in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Lautenbach`s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Kohler Food and Wine Experience in Kohler, Wisconsin
Ken Notes: Links at the link...
Madison Makers Summertime Market
The Madison Makers Summer Market & Pub-Crawl is taking place
August 7th, 2021
The locations are:
- State Line Distilling
- Giant Jones Brewing Company
- Bos Meadery
- Vintage Brewing Capitol East
- Sylvee (outdoors)
- Brinklounge Madison
This event is free and no tickets are needed to come and enjoy the fun! You only pay for the items you want to buy from vendors, and the drinks or food you want to consume. ...more
(WFRV) – They’re a new vineyard and winery with a focus on Wisconsin grown grapes and fruit.
Local 5 Live says Welcome to the Neighborhood to Winealot Vineyards, Miranda stopped by with a look at some of her inventory.
You can stop by for a sip at 6123 County Trunk Hwy PP in Greenleaf. Their website is winealotvineyards.com and for all the latest, follow them on Facebook....
Sat, 2 – 5 PM
Third Space Brewing, 1505 W St Paul Ave
Sat, 12 – 7 PM
Adams County Fairground
Sat, 1 – 5 PM
Bloomer Fair Grounds, 1609 9th Ave
Sat, 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Veterans Memorial Park, w182s8175, Racine Ave
Saturday’s Wisconsin IPA Fest is one big reason to be glad that you’re a craft beer fan this week.
Friday, Aug. 27
Bring your dog and your thirst to Bark N Brew Fest
this weekend at Hart Park (7300 Chestnut St.). Yappy Hour happens
Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and costs $15. Admission is free on Saturday and
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 28
Wisconsin IPA Fest returns to Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) from 2 to 5 p.m. Check out IPAs from 50 Wisconsin breweries.
Honey Creek Park (8405 W. National Ave.) hosts 1840 Brewing’s beer garden.
here are just two reviews up on Google at the moment for the latest spot in Madison to drink an old fashioned.
“A distillery & cocktail bar shrouded in mystery,” writes one reviewer, waxing novelesque. “You might not even notice it, shrouded in mundane industrial buildings of the isthmus past.
“When does it open? Why is it all white inside? ... Is the grapefruit slushy the drink of the summer?”
Rockin Brews Marathon
Full, Half, Relay, Walk
Marathon & Half Marathon
1011 Nichols Rd
Monona, WI 53716
The Rockin Brews Marathon combines running with a Craft Beer Festival & Live Music. The event is designed for groups, individuals and serious competitors. There is a (Boston Qualifier) Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Walk (timed) and Team Relays.
Musicians will play at the Finish Line Festival. The Finish Line Festival will feature unlimited soda, beer (21+) from 10+ Breweries and of course, live music....
Presented By: Madison Events
Dates: September 4, 2021
Location: Monona Community Center
Time: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Price: $55.00 - $220.00 ...more
It’s almost time for East Tosans to put on their best burger eating pants. That’s because Crafty Cow Tosa is getting ready to fling open the doors to their third location at 6519 W. North Ave.
Starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, the inventive
family-owned burger destination will officially roll out its menu of
appetizers, stuffed and loaded burgers, creative entrees and fried
chicken, along with the craft beer and cocktails for which the brand has
Co-owner Devin Eichler, who owns the Tosa location with
his wife Simone Gaspar, says the restaurant will operate with an
abbreviated menu for the first few weeks, serving dinner only. However,
lunch is expected to be added by Sept. 16 with brunch to follow sometime
in fall. ... ...more
OK, let’s parse this out. Oktoberfest beers are named for the big celebration first thrown in Munich in 1810 for the wedding of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Despite the name, the festival that has become the world’s largest beer party takes place the last two weeks of September and the first week of October.
But here in America, the beers that have adopted this widely recognized name (amber lagers, usually märzen, festbiers or Vienna lagers) usually come out in August or earlier. That owes to modern brewery schedules, typically broken up into quarters. And good luck selling a beer with a name or packaging referencing a season or holiday – spring, summer, Christmas, you name it – after that period has passed. While drinkers think of the appearance of a certain beer, brewers think of “seasons” from the endpoint and work backward....
Ken Notes: And if you LOVE Oktillion you can buy the entire brewery! Send your favorite our way and we will add to the list next week...
Ken Notes: Great article, thanks On Milwaukee!!!!
Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen (320 E. Clybourn St.) opened last month in the historic Wisconsin Leather Building. The 11,000 square-foot restored structure features a tasting room and a gift shop on the first floor. There is private event space and for-lease office space. Topping off the Central Standard experience is The Aviary, a striking rooftop bar and patio.
Upon entering the tasting room, leather-wrapped railings give nod to the building’s history. Deep blue upholstered chairs and benches, and stylish lighting accent the room’s exposed Cream City brick walls. To the left of the bar is a lounge and gift shop displaying Central Standard spirits and merchandise for purchase....
Ken Notes: Now that`s a back bar...
Topsy Turvy Brewery, which opened in July 2020, is
housed in the neogothic former First Baptist Church at 727 Geneva St.,
just a block of the town`s Main Street.
After stopping in at Lake Geneva’s Topsy Turvy Brewery to taste some beer and see the taproom someone in my party said, “now I can say I went to church this week.”
The brewery, which opened in July 2020, is housed in the
neogothic former First Baptist Church at 727 Geneva St., just a block of
the town’s Main Street...
Ken Notes: Great pics at the link...
Each year we look back through every single post in our “Business
& Marketing” tag to pick out our favorite ideas for beer promotion
and beer sales. These can take a variety of shapes, and we’ve divided
the standouts this year into five buckets:
- Contests and Sweepstakes — Customer engagement concepts.
- Sales and Promotions — Deals and special edition goodies.
- On-site (and Online) Activities — Outside the box efforts to get people on premises were rarer this year, so we lumped in some of the online event pivots.
- Charitable, equitable and positive initiatives — Initiatives that are as much / more about the cause being promoted/supported than the brands involved.....
Ken Notes: This is an older article, bet well worth the read if you missed it. Some great ideas that can be "borrowed" are here. I would add beer gardens and festivals to the list for sure and was surprised not to see Mob Craft on the list...
IPA fans should get excited because the brewery and beer list is outstanding.
August 23, 2021
The beer garden at Third Space Brewing
Wisconsin IPA Fest Is Back! Here’s a Taste of 8 Featured Beers
Fifty breweries from across Wisconsin are
converging on Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) this weekend
and they’re bringing their best IPAs with them. The fifth Wisconsin IPA Fest
gives craft beer fans a chance to try standouts of the style from all
over the state. The event is Saturday (Aug. 28) and runs from 2 to 5
p.m. Tickets, and a full list of beers, are available on Third Space’s Eventbrite page.
It’s nice to have a brewery closing story with a silver lining, and that’s exactly what Next Door Brewing has delivered.
Isthmus broke the news last month that the 8-year-old Atwood Avenue brewpub would close, with a new ownership group taking over the property and operating it as Starkweather Brewing, named for the creek that runs through the neighborhood.
With Starkweather, one of Madison’s most interesting brewers lands in a permanent home. Peter Schroder, who most recently was head brewer of One Barrel Brewing, is one of four owners of Starkweather and will head up the brewing program....
Octopi Brewing Co. has announced the release of a new beer at its production facility in Waunakee to celebrate the village’s 150th anniversary while supporting economically disadvantaged families.
The Valley Low IPA was introduced on July 27, and offers beer drinkers an India pale ale (IPA) with lower alcohol content than that found in many other hoppy beers. With an estimated 5.1 percent alcohol, the Valley Low IPA has been described as flavorful yet light enough for all to enjoy.... ...more
Ken Notes: Lets start our own list, this gets a vote...
It`s already Willy Street Fair time (?!?) and more Isthmus Picks for Sept. 16-23
...Wauktoberfest, Sept. 17-19, 802 S. Century Ave., Waunakee: We really “wauna” know what is going on in Waunakee! First there was the WaunaBoom fest for the 4th of July; then the big WaunaFest blowout just three weeks later. Now there`s Wauktoberfest, which you may be surprised to learn is not primarily about wauking, but rather a fall beer festival.
Guest brewers and special beers each day, polka bands (including a farewell performance by the Bob Klinger Band at noon on Sept. 19, and more music, too), a limburger eating contest, a sauerkraut eating contest and a dachshund race are just lead-ins to the main attraction, Saturday afternoon`s beer tasting with more than 100 beers. Complete schedule and info at wauktoberfest.com.
...New Glarus Oktoberfest, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 23-26, downtown New Glarus: Celebrate
Oktoberfest in New Glarus, down the road from its iconic brewing
company (but note, the brewery`s public areas are closed until October).
With music, craft vendors, food and fun for the whole family — and, of
course, local beer — the annual New Glarus Oktoberfest celebration goes
all weekend long. Sept. 23 is Dirndl Day, with attendees encouraged to
wear traditional German clothing and polka down with the Steve Meisner
Band from 7-10 p.m. Find the full schedule at swisstown.com.
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...
MILWAUKEE – Great Lakes Distillery, the first distillery to open in
Wisconsin since prohibition, was named the 2021 U.S. Open Whiskey and
Spirits’ Grand National Champion for winning four gold medals in the
The distillery was also listed first in the competition’s list of the top five spirits distilleries.
Great Lakes Distillery received top placement in the following categories:
•Gin for Rehorst Gin
•Liqueurs for Good Land Cranberry Liqueur
•Vodka for Rehorst Vodka
•Vodka Specialty – Flavor & Barrel Aged for Rehorst Citrus Honey Vodka....
Ken Notes: Congrats...
veryone has their favorite local bar or brewery where they sit, relax and toss some beers back with friends, but it never hurts to expand your horizons and try new spots in your area.
If you`re looking for the best beer spot near you, Eat This, Not That! released a list of the best places to grab a cold ale in every state.
"Craft breweries have risen in popularity over the past few decades, which means that many have seriously stepped up their game in order to stand out. From tried-and-true classic IPAs and ales to seasonal brews to unique offerings created by brewmasters, a visit to a brewery has become such a popular experience that many offer tours and tastings to help visitors navigate their expansive beer selections."
So, where in Wisconsin can you find the best beer spot?
Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.
Here is what Eat This, Not That! had to say about the brewery:
"Lakefront Brewery has a popular "My Turn" series, in which a line of brews are created and personally brewed by their staffers. Lakefront also offers a wide variety of ales and lagers, such as the Riverwest Stein and the seasonal favorite Wisconsinite. Lakefront has one of the most popular brewery tours in the state, so be sure to carve out a few hours for your visit."
Ken Notes: A case could be made for several others but Lakefront is pretty special...
Established in 2015, contract brewery Octopi Brewing has become a one-stop shop in Wisconsin for consulting, beverage recipes, supplier selection, design, merchandising, and equipment and construction sourcing. One of their main focuses is filling cans to be shipped.
Octopi built a new can line in their Wisconsin facility that moves cans on a single file plastic flat conveyor belt at 330 cans per minute. After filling and sealing, the cans go through washdown process, using water to remove residual beer from outside of the can. You know the drill.
Octopi had concerns about the drying process though...
Ken Notes: If you can well worth the read...
Thanks to a couple local craft brewers, plus the broader than ever family of hometown brewing giant Miller Brewing Company, Summerfest these days just may have more beer choices than ever before.
If you remember a time when one or two beers basically ruled the foamy landscape at the Big Gig, you’ll be pleased to know that’s ancient history. ...more
Thanks to a couple local craft brewers, plus the broader than ever family of hometown brewing giant Miller Brewing Company, Summerfest these days just may have more beer choices than ever before.
Here’s what beer lovers can expect to find at Summerfest 2021....
As the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and this fall we’re embracing that mantra by sampling hard ciders from local purveyors.From Branch to Bottle
The Cider Farm team is responsible for every step of the cider-making process, including growing all the apples themselves at an organic orchard in Mineral Point.... theciderfarm.com
Walker Fanning has dedicated the past four years to growing apples and making his own cider. Fanning launched Hidden Cave Cidery...
Marie and Matt Raboin experimented with ciders even before they planted their first tree at their orchard, which recently moved from Barneveld to a farm near Mount Horeb where they’re starting a new orchard...
Restoration Cider Co. prides itself on the real apples and fruits in its ciders. Paul Asper?—?who co-owns the business with his wife, Lisa Koop?—?says a lot of other big-name cider brands use cheap apple juice concentrate filled with sugar and artificial aromas and colors...
Sweet As Honey
When he realized there weren’t many local options for cider, Joseph Baird decided to make his own. After perfecting the recipe in a home setting, Baird opened Mershon’s Artisan Cider in 2014 in Stoughton...
Is Wisconsin`s coolest thing made in the North Shore? Here is what was nominated from the North Shore and how to vote for it.
GLENDALE, WI — Over 150 things were nominated to the first round of voting for The Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin contest. The North Shore`s contribution: Sprecher Root Beer.
The local soda staple comes from Sprecher`s brewery in Glendale. Alongside the company`s signature root beer is a host of other sodas and a full lineup of beers. The nomination stands for Sprecher`s root beer.
Sprecher brews all of its beverages with fire. The company initially brewed in Milwaukee starting in 1985 but it later moved to its current home in Glendale....
Vote Here: ...more
Ken Notes: A few other "beers" also mad the list -- Vote at the link above..
The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) recently announced the medalists of the 2021 Heartland Whiskey Competition, which was open to craft whiskeys from all 50 states that incorporate corn in their mash bill. Whiskeys from 17 “Heartland” states also competed for Best of Show and Best in State, and all entries competed in their select whiskey sub-categories...
The 2021 Best in State Medalists:
Wisconsin - Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Driftless Glen Distillery
Friday Night has Live Music at Capital Brewery!
Birddog Blues Band will be playing Friday, August 6th.
Middleton BBQ will serving up some delicious food to purchase.
Be sure to make your way out to Capital Brewery, enjoy an ice cold beer or seltzer and relax to some good ole’ live music.
7734 Terrace Ave.
08.06.21 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm ...more
(Poynette, WI) – Rock N Wool Winery announces that the “Taste
Wisconsin®” Festival will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 12:00
PM to 5:00 PM at Rock N’ Wool Winery.
The “Taste Wisconsin®” Festival features an array of Wisconsin-based
small businesses showcasing their foods, drinks, artisanal crafts, and
other goods and services. It is an excellent opportunity to sample and
purchase Wisconsin-made products from a diverse mix of Wisconsin local
businesses. The event will feature a festive vibe that will include
snow cones and cotton candy for the children. Additionally, there will
be live music featuring the wonderful music of Lou Shields from 1 pm to 4
Shaun Lapacek, Rock N Wool Winemaker and owner is excited to debut this festival....
Peas and carrots. Sonny and Cher. Peanut butter and jelly. Ron and Hermione. Your right sock and your left sock. Some things just go well together and hopefully don`t get lost in the laundry. Like pizza and beer (don`t put those in the laundry). Inseparable and delicious...
...You love to eat food while you drink beer, and we happened to meet a guy with a mobile woodfired pizza oven, and he`s coming to our biergarten for the next couple of Mondays while we staff back up. So swing on by to check it out, eat some pizza, drink some beer, and enjoy the company of whomever you invite. We`ll provide good beer. Oley`s will provide good pizza....
Copper State Biergarten
Monday, August 23 5:30-8:30pm
Monday, August 30 5:30-8:30pm
313 Dousman St, Green Bay, WI 54303, USA
Ken Notes: I want to meet a guy with a mobile woodfired pizza oven...
It is absolutely no secret that people from Wisconsin love to drink. It`s one of the few things I actually like about Wisconsin. They KNOW how to have a good time. One of my favorite "maps" is the one that shows how many bars per person each state has.
Wisconsin more than doubling Illinois is very funny. Sure, Montana and North Dakota check in with higher numbers but that`s because there`s like 7 people living there. 2 or 3 extra bars will throw things out of wack. I`ve never been to either of those states but from what I`ve heard, the drinking there is more functional because there is literally nothing else to do, and not many people to not do things with. I still firmly believe that there is no good reason for us to have 2 Dakotas. I`m big Team Megakota.
But Wisconsin is mostly fun drinking. It can certainly be overdone, but I`ve never had a bad time going out in Wisconsin.
How`d they get so good at drinking? Their state was literally founded on it. Wisconsin has 5 of the 10 oldest breweries in the country. You can get to all of them from Rockford in a day. Let`s take a virtual tour from youngest (154 years old) to the oldest (187 years old.)...
5. Leinenkugel Brewing Company - Chippewa Falls, WI
4. Stevens Point Brewery - Stevens Point, WI
3. Miller Brewing Company - Milwaukee, WI
2. Minhas Craft Brewery - Monroe, WI
1. Pabst Brewing Company - Milwaukee, WI
It’s easy to work up a thirst in the Wisconsin Dells – there’s so much to do in this Wisconsin vacation Mecca. There are water parks, golf courses, zip lines, woodland trails, boat rides, souvenir shops, and more. While it’s all a blast, at some point you need to relax and enjoy something cool and refreshing. Enter Fawn Creek Winery, a shady spot with a wine slushie waiting for you. Here’s what else you’ll find.
Fawn Creek Winery is close to all of the attractions in the Wisconsin Dells. It’s located east of the Wisconsin River, about 10 minutes from the heart of the Dells....
September 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Too Sick Charlie is BACK! Drop in for #rooftopfun and enjoy The Lone Girl Sunday Summer Sessions.. ...more
What does German beer brewed especially for Oktoberfest taste like?
It depends on who you ask.
"It is a darker beer; it is more sweater than general beer ... more like dark caramel and like dark chocolate," said Tej Singh, owner of The Bottle Shop of Grafton.
Marty Johnson, owner of Main Street Liquor in Mukwonago, said that German Oktoberfest beer has different hops and grains and a different taste compared to the ones brewed in the U.S.
"It is hard to answer what it tastes like," he said.
Probably your best bet would be to head out to taste them for yourself. ... ...more
Ken Notes: In Madison I would add Steve`s and Cork `n Bottle. I would also mention Woodman`s. Finally invest is a couple of good stainless growlers and visit the breweries direct.
Rhinelander - This year`s US Open Beer Championship recognized two Rhinelander beers as winners. The Rhinelander Brewing Company entered five beers into the contest with more than 8,000 other entries. Ultimately, it was their Magnum XL bourbon barrel-aged double IPA that took gold and the Hodag Irish Red Ale that took silver. The Magnum XL is unique as an IPA while the Irish Red Ale is special for sentimental reasons.
"We`re really proud of our brew team," said George-Anna Karl, the general manager at the Rhinelander Brewing Company. "We`re also really proud of the Irish Red Ale, especially because that was our former brewer`s recipe, Al Ewan, so we are really happy that we are able to carry that on and get an award for that beer specifically for him."... ...more
The city`s first
annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature local craft beers, food,
many contests, and the Brewers Racing Sausages to town
BROOKFIELD, WI — Prost! On Oct. 9, the Town of Brookfield will host its first annual "Brooktoberfest" festival that will bring the fun of Oktoberfest to Brookfield.
The celebration will feature beer from Wisconsin`s world-renowned local craft breweries, including the Gathering Place Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery, and Raised Grain Brewery, served by members of the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. If you`re not too tipsy, try your hand at a beer stein holding contest to see if you`re the strongest person in Brookfield. The winner will receive a gift card to Stefans Soccer and a custom Discover Brookfield beer stein.
Oktoberfest 2021 in Heidelberg Park at the Bavarian Bierhaus will celebrate over 60 years of great music, great bier, great food and great weather and now open THURSDAY-SUNDAY!
Address: 700 West Lexington Blvd. Milwaukee, WI, 53217
Free Parking - A midway for kids and plenty of tables makes Oktoberfest at Heidelberg Park a fun place to be!
Thursdays 4pm: FREE admission!
Fridays 4pm $5 or FREE with Bavarian Bierhaus mobile App
- Menu for Friday: FISH FRY & RAINBOW TROUT IN ADDITION TO REGULAR MENU
Saturday 11am $10 or $5 off with Bavarian Bierhaus Mobile App
- Deal of the day: Half off liter Bier 11am-2pm
Sunday 11am - FREE Admission & Half off Liter Bier 11am-2pm?Sept. 3rd Alpine Blast @ 6pm
Sept. 4th Biermen@ 3:30pm Alpine Blast trio @ 7pm
Sept. 5th Polka Steve @ 1pm
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- September is bourbon heritage month!
Ross Salchow is the marketing director at Milwaukee`s Great Lakes Distillery
. Salchow joined CBS 58 on Sept. 2, 2021 to talk about the connection between bourbon and Wisconsin!
Soak up the history of the all-american drink when than when the weather cools down! ...more
A classic Wisconsin cocktail
This recipe, which was originally published in my book “Wisconsin Cocktails,”
is a classic take on a brandy slush. You’re more likely to find a
brandy slush at a summer party than on a bar menu. While you don’t need a
recipe, strictly speaking, this will give you a clear roadmap.
Step 1: Brew the 6 green tea bags in 2 cups boiling water and steep according to directions.
Step 2: Remove and discard tea bags. Stir together the tea, 2 cups brandy, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, 12 ounces thawed lemonade concentrate, 12 ounces thawed orange juice concentrate and remaining 7 cups of water until well mixed.
Step 3: Pour into a container and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Step 4: To serve, scoop one or two scoops of slush into a glass, then top with soda.
Another big week in craft beer includes an anniversary party at
Vennture Brewing Co., and a beer release by Broken Bat with an
many more at the link!
Botham Vineyards & Winery
8180 Langberry Road, Barneveld, Wisconsin
Sunday, August 15, 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For 25 years this event has celebrated the finest in vintage sports cars, race cars, touring sedans and trucks. We’ve celebrated the classic, the exotic, the iconic and the survivors. In honor of the event’s 25th anniversary we’re bringing them all together again for an unforgettable celebration of vintage cars and wine. Join us.
A new beer-centric bar and restaurant, called On Tap, will soon open in the former Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub space at The Brewery District in downtown Milwaukee.
The operator behind On Tap is Oregon, Wisconsin-based real estate development firm Gorman & Co., which owns the historic North 10th Street building — part of the former Pabst Brewery complex — and its hotel tenant, the Brewhouse Inn & Suites.
Jackson’s Blue Ribbon closed in September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Gorman, the decision to take over the space and develop its own gastropub concept was a no brainer, said Robert Sikkila, the company’s director of food and beverage.... ...more
The owners of Central Standard Craft Distillery (which specializes in small-batch vodka, whiskey and bourbon using locally sourced ingredients) have some good news for fans of spirits and food. They’re opening their urban crafthouse and kitchen (320 E. Clybourn St.) on Saturday, Aug. 14.
The location is the renovated 1874 Wisconsin Leather building. The three-story, 11,700-square-foot space features a tasting room, tour operation, restaurant, private-events space and rooftop patio. It also will house a 100-gallon pot still that’ll produce all spirits served and sold on site. ...more
MALLERSDORF, Germany — The village church bells chime 11 in the morning and Hermann Zausinger has decided he needs more beer. He`s a farmer, and by midday, he has worked up a thirst...
...Sister Doris Engelhard, a 72-year-old Franciscan nun. She claims to be the world`s last nun brewmeister, and woe unto anyone who would argue that title.
Sister Doris has strong opinions about her beer and when people should drink it. In short: Always, especially during the 40-day penance period leading up to Easter. "During Lent, fasting is difficult for me," she says. "Eating one meal a day is tough. But beer is liquid — it doesn`t count as food when you fast. A strong beer gives me strength!"
For 50 years, Sister Doris has been master brewer at the Mallersdorf Abbey brewery in northeastern Bavaria...
Ken Notes: Road Trip???
On Saturday night, 311 will make its way to Summerfest for a headlining performance at the Generac Power Stage. While the Omaha, Nebraska rock outfit has managed its fair share of hits through the years (including radio regulars like “Down” and “All Mixed Up”), it’s pretty safe to say 311’s biggest song and the track with the most mainstream crossover appeal is “Amber.”...
...n honor of the band’s upcoming Summerfest show AND as a means of showing some appreciation for the oft-overlooked type of beer, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up 20 locally-brewed ambers that we personally feel are the color of 311’s energy. Cheers!
- Big Head Brewing Co. — Crew Cut Amber
- Brewfinity Brewing Co. — LaBelle Lager
- City Lights Brewing Co. — Amber Ale
- Delafield Brewhaus — Delafield Amber
- Eagle Park Brewing — Gene-O
- Enlightened Brewing Co. — Kettle Logic
- Faklandia Brewing — Electri Visio Amber Ale
- The Fermentorium — Firemen’s Park Red
- Lakefront Brewery — Riverwest Stein + Riverwest Stein NA
- Layman Brewing — Muldoon’s Amber
- Melms Brewing Company — Woodshed Imperial Amber Ale
- ?Milwaukee Brewing Company — Louie’s Demise
- Raised Grain Brewing Company — Boxcar English Amber
- Sahale Ale Works — 1896 Amber Ale
- Sprecher — Special Amber
- Stock House Brewing Co. — Special Agent X Amber
- Urban Harvest Brewing Company — Old Towne Amber + Espresso Amber
- Water Street Brewery — Victory Amber
Local purveyors excel at these alcohol-based works
of art, which elevate both familiar liquors and less familiar aperitifs
to new heights
Simplicity, complexity, passion, creativity, quality ingredients and, of course, consistency?—?these are the key elements of a truly great craft cocktail. Local purveyors excel at these alcohol-based works of art, which elevate both familiar liquors (gin, whiskey, tequila, etc.) and less familiar aperitifs to new heights. Madison has a thriving community of craft cocktail creators who come up with drinks that startle in flavor and dazzle in presentation. These eight drinks will give you a good taste of what the Madison craft cocktail scene is all about....
- The Antay-tu-koompo, Gib’s Bar
- Bad Bad News, Bar Corallini
- Corsicana Lemonade, The Weary Traveler Freehouse
- J. Henry Bourbon Old-Fashioned, AC Lounge
- Left Handed Smoke Break, Sweet Home Wisconsin
- The Lucia, Red Sushi
- Scandinavian Summer, Doundrins Distilling
- When Doves Cry, Mint Mark
Ken Notes: We encourage local establishments to include local product in their concoctions. I have to get out and try the Yogurt and Gin thing at Gibs....
MINOCQUA – A Minocqua businessman is planning to turn an historic downtown building that once housed a gasoline station from the 1930s into a retail outlet for his craft brewery operation.
Kirk Bangstad, who owns Minocqua Brewing Company, saw his request for an administrative review permit (ARP) pass the Minocqua plan commission on a 4-2 vote Tuesday, but some hurdles remain for the former Texaco Oil Company station on 329 Front St., Minocqua... ...more
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (WMTV) - Wollersheim Winery and Distillery announced Monday that they have completed another harvest of their 30-acre vineyard.
According to Wollersheim, much of the distillery’s vineyard is picked by machines. The grapes are then transported to be destemmed and crushed or pressed, depending on the wine being made.
Though most of the vineyard is picked by the grape harvester, the steepest slopes of of Maréchal Foch grapes are harvest by hand and are used to make Wollersheim’s finest red wine, Domaine Reserve. Philippe Coquard, owner and winemaker, said this wine is special to him.
“Domaine Reserve is one of a kind. It is the best representation of what the Wollersheim estate can do,” he said. “It would be difficult to find a wine as unique as Domaine Reserve. It’s one field, it’s one slope, a very specific Wisconsin terroir.” ...more
A craft distillery with an events center could be coming to a former West Allis industrial building.
Kenosha-based Witico Development Corp. hopes to develop that project at a former Kearney and Trecker Co. building, 6771 W. National Ave. — next to a craft brewery that`s under development.
That’s according to documents filed with the West Allis Community Development Authority, which has been negotiating a possible sale of the city-owned property to Witico since last November...
Domaine Reserve uses grapes from the oldest vines, which are nearly 50 years old.
n a Saturday morning in September, a group of people woke up early to harvest Maréchal Foch grapes for Wollersheim Winery’s finest red wine, Domaine Reserve. ...more
While there is a machine that will drive over most rows in the vineyard at the winery to harvest the grapes, the steepest slopes of grapes are still harvested by hand every year...
ELKHORN — Don your dirndl and break out the lederhosen.
A new German festival is coming to the Walworth County Fairgrounds Friday to Sunday, Aug. 13 to 15.
Hosted by the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Walworth County, DAS Fest USA is a celebration of German culture that organizers hope will become a new area tradition.
Beer and food feature into several festival activities, as does dancing, live music, carnival rides, games and dog races.
At DAS Fest, there are three entertainment areas — the Oktoberfest Tent, DAS Biergarten and Heritage Haus....
Wine & Cheese Festival
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
DANCING DRAGONFLY WINERY
2013 120th Avenue | St. Croix Falls, WI
Time: Noon - 7:00 p.m., Live music Noon-3:00p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Price: Open to the public
Enjoy sampling premium cheeses expertly paired with DDW wine on our beautiful festival grounds. Shop a variety of local vendors and groove to live music by Soul Shack Acoustic Quartet and Charmin & Shapira.
Cheese samples are complimentary with the purchase of a wine tasting. Additional food and wine is available for purchase. ...more
What could be better for beating the heat than ice cream or ice cream drinks?
Oh yeah, boozy versions of those treats.
You can find them at ice cream shops, supper clubs, restaurants and bars across the state. Here are 11 to get you started.... ...more
BLAIR — Jon and Kim Sylla have expanded the Tenba Ridge Winery several times since buying it in March 2015 from John Patrick Gill, who had opened it in 2004 atop a ridge in rural Trempealeau County.
The winery’s production had peaked at about 13,000 bottles a year before the Syllas bought it, Jon recalled. It now produces about 30,000 bottles a year and the Syllas want to boost that even more by building a new production facility in the next few years...
The Ryan McGrath Band will be playing Friday, August 20th @ 6pm.
Middleton BBQ will serving up some delicious food to purchase.
Be sure to make your way out to Capital Brewery, enjoy an ice cold beer or seltzer and relax to some good ole’ live music. ...more
The sun had barely risen at the Kickapoo Valley Ranch near La Farge, and I was already tempted to abandon my plans for the day and instead spend it rocking away on my cabin’s porch.
I cradled a cup of coffee and watched the sun slowly cover the hills to the north in golden light, the only sound a couple of birds in trees nearby and horses in the stables below...
The village touts itself as the country`s first solar village — a return-to-the earth theme that’s common in the Driftless Area.
Soldiers Grove earned its title in the ‘80s, when they decided to stop fighting the Kickapoo and moved the entire downtown out of the river`s floodplain and closer to Highway 61. They got a federal grant to do so by mandating any new buildings be energy-efficient and solar-heated.
Driftless Brewing is one of those solar-powered buildings. It began in 2013 as a one-barrel facility, recently expanded to a 15-barrel system and opened a tap room earlier this year...
Door 44 and Parallel 44 wineries pair wine with weekly vinyasa yoga classes, suitable for all levels of yoga experience
You’d think the rows of grapevines at Door 44 winery were designed exactly for practicing yoga. On a recent Friday morning, just as the winery opened, yoga class began in the vineyard at the bottom of the hill from the parking lot. My purple mat on the green grass fit perfectly between two vineyard rows, with just enough room on both sides for even the lengthiest of yoga poses.
“Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life,” was one of instructor Allie Pedretti’s mantras throughout the class. She shared a contagious energy through that positivity – a sunniness that seemed to keep the rain away as gray clouds lingered over the class...
Site will host wedding ceremonies, other events too
GRAFTON — Anton Vincent Winery has received approval to open up shop in the Town of Grafton, with a vineyard and winery operation scheduled to be ready in 2022.
The conditional use permit for Anton Vincent Winery is for the 19-acre property at 967 Ulao Parkway, off Highway 32.
Permit applicant John Weber received a partial permit in June to allow the winery and for him to begin construction on the site; grapevines are already planted and growing there. With the permit approval issued last week at the town Plan Commission, the winery also has the all-clear for small events such as wedding ceremonies, farmers markets, live music or hosting food trucks....
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MobCraft Beer is hosting their fourth annual Mobtoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 3 from 12:00-7:00pm. The street fest will take place on Virginia Street directly to the north of MobCraft’s taproom located at 505 S. 5th Street. The party will feature live polka bands, German inspired fare, Oktoberfest themed games and competitions, and of course, German style beers.
The festivities kick off at noon with a three hour set from the Mike Schneider Trio. The music continues with a traveling set from the Accordion Gal at 3:00pm and a three hour set from Ray Koncar and the boys beginning at 4:00pm.
Throughout the afternoon, there will also be various competitions including stein racing, stein holding, beer chugging, sausage sculpting and a polka dancing contest. .. ...more
Franksville Craft Beer Garden
9614 Northwestern Ave
Franksville, WI 53126
The Real Racine Live Music Series at the Franksville Craft Beer Garden brings great Live Music to the FCBG Stage Weekly!
The Real Racine Live Music Series at the Franksville Craft Beer Garden brings great Live Music of all varieties to the FCBG Stage every Friday & Saturday Night.... all season long!
August 7 - Mar`lo & Nicolette
RACINE — The Racine Brewing Co., 303 Main St., announced Wednesday it will be permanently closing shop on Sept. 30.
The owners said their decision came as the result of the long-term “catastrophic” effects COVID-19 has had on the business, and countless other local businesses nationwide.
“We’ve loved observing how RBC took on a life of its own, transforming into a place that people loved not just to enjoy a great beer, but to meet friends, bring their families and hold events,” owners Angie and Andy Molina said in a statement shared on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “We love that people feel like they are at home here.”...
...The 2020 Annual Production Report
from the Brewers Association, a nonprofit trade organization for
small/independent brewers, found that “The number of operating craft
breweries continued to climb in 2020, reaching an all-time high of
8,764, including 1,854 microbreweries, 3,219 brewpubs, 3,471 taproom
breweries and 220 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there
were 716 new brewery openings and 346 closings. While openings decreased
approximately 30% compared to 2019, only half of this drop is
attributed to COVID.”...
Ken Notes: NOT AN EASY BUSINESS, but worth the effort, because where else can you have this much fun going broke. Read the report....
Badger State may not spring to mind as a vacation hot spot or
bucket-list destination, but frankly, it should. Wisconsin has plenty to
offer every type of traveler, with tons of geographic diversity,
excellent mid-sized cities, gorgeous natural wonders, a bevvy of notable
culinary traditions, and more. If you’re headed to America’s Dairyland
for a long weekend getaway or a quickie day trip,
the state is sure to shine with Midwestern charm. Here are the 14 best
things to do in Wisconsin, whether it’s your first or fiftieth time
WAYSIDE – A monument to the Wisconsin Ledge AVA was completed at the end of July and its map of wineries already is out of date. That`s a good thing.
The Wisconsin wine industry no longer is just a hobby for a few dedicated enthusiasts, and, as the monument attests, it hasn`t been for quite a while.
Steve DeBaker, owner of Trout Springs Winery, was the driving force behind the federal recognition of Wisconsin Ledge as an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, and the creation of the monument. When DeBaker opened his winery in 2005, there were about eight wineries in the AVA, compared with 25 today.
As the U.S. Department of the Treasury explains, an AVA, is a grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from surrounding regions and affects how grapes are grown. An AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to describe more accurately to consumers the origin of their wines and helps consumers identify wines they purchase. So they can go back and buy them again.... ...more
What: "Buzzed for Bees"
Where: Public Craft Brewery, 628 58th St. in Downtown Kenosha
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24
Details: The Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network is raising funds for the group`s Pollinator Patch Program, which aims to restore habitat for Wisconsin`s native pollinators — including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. During this event, visitors can purchase and enjoy a special "Bombus Brew," handcrafted from the Wisconsin native Sumac plant, served in a "Buzzed for Bees" pint glass! Participants can also use the photo booth and dance to the local band Frogwater while enjoying "a night of drinking and dining in celebration of these cool and critical creatures!" ...more
Ken Notes: Not that we need an excuse...
As family farms drop from the Wisconsin landscape, Laura Johnson took a look at the farm where she grew up in Elkhorn.
The buildings on the 150-year-old farm were run down, no longer used. She had a vision for what the farm could offer. It wasn’t agriculture she saw as the future. It was a taproom.
Brewing beer has long been a hobby for her husband, Ben Johnson. He freely admits he spent several years in college at UW-Madison making not-so-great beer from kits.
Ken Notes: GREAT STORY!
Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 2PM – 6PM
Taste your way through nearly 100 beers and ciders offered by some of
the best brewmasters while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lake
Michigan. Savor the flavors with your very own souvenir pint glass and
roam through the Zoo. Visit the giraffes, rhinos, lions, and more with a
glass in hand! Food available for purchase. ...more
Over the last six years The Brewing Projekt has fought through
federal government shutdowns, BS state legislation, and oodles of
bureaucracy and red tape. Over that time, we’ve grown from a small
garage brewery self-distributing locally from the back of a pickup truck
into a 36K Sqft destination brewery with distribution in 17 states,
England, the EU, Australia, Japan, China and still growing. The
struggles have been great, but the journey sure has been a ride and
we’re not done yet… In 2020 The Brewing Projekt produce 147 unique
products so changing things up and pushing the boundaries are what we’re
built on. If you’re looking to be a part of a team making the
“standards” we’re not going to be your cup of tea. If you’re interested
in messing around and taking that tea and blending it into a beer… You
might be in the right place...
The Head Brewer is directly responsible for the daily support of the brewing teams, including brewhouse, cellar and batching/blending. This role requires strong communication skills and a strong teamwork-based approach to our daily operations and deep knowledge of all aspects of the brewing process. The HB also works directly with our clients and across all teams internally. An open, solution-oriented mind and positive attitude are a must as our diverse set of products and processes is ever changing. Interactions with many different departments is required daily, and the HB is a pivotal facilitator of all brewing operations. The HB reports to and is supported directly by the Brewing Director. The following is a list of responsibilities and this will undoubtedly evolve:...
Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire Wisconsin is a three-day music & camping festival featuring Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music.
Ken Notes: Wow this one was not on my radar screen, bu I wish I could go.. I may have to pencil this in for next year...
Milwaukee may not be the first place you think of when you look for a foodie city — but that needs to change.
As a native-born Midwesterner, I grew up going to Wisconsin on a
semi-regular basis to visit family. And lately, I’ve been hearing
Milwaukee touted for its up-and-coming food-and-drink scene.
So on a recent visit, I decided to scout out some new tastes of
Milwaukee and discovered a great mixture of Central European fare, fine
dining, breweries and dive bars scattered throughout the city... ...more
Ken Notes: A GREAT list and most include craft BWS products as well as local food... Save and share this story...
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: Alas you need a subscription to read the article...
, an unusual Wisconsin brewery that builds its recipes based on customer votes and gained notoriety with a 2017 appearance on Shark Tank
, is moving into the former Liberati Brewing space at 2403 Champa Street. The high-profile building has been empty since March 2020 when Liberati closed
, leaving behind a short but delicious legacy of Italian food and beer/wine hybrids dubbed "oenobeers
Henry Schwartz, who co-founded MobCraft in 2013, grew up in Lakewood before his family moved to Wisconsin when he was a teenager. But with family members and friends still here, he’s been wanting to open a Denver location; in fact, he’ll partner with his cousin, Justin Weber of Highlands Ranch, on the project. "My roots are in Denver and I`ve missed Colorado ever since I moved in 2003," says Schwartz, who returns often for beer events. "I also loved the thought of being in a beer Mecca." ...
MINNEAPOLIS and MILWAUKEE – Indeed Brewing Company is distributing Boon Hard Kombucha in 16-ounce cans. Boon: Blueberry Basil was released on draft in the Minneapolis and Milwaukee taprooms in January, where it has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from patrons. Cans will be appearing in Twin Cities-area liquor stores as early as August 30, with cans appearing in Wisconsin later.
Boon is Indeed’s latest innovation in the beyond beer category and the first hard kombucha made in Minnesota. It is also the brewery’s first gluten-free alcoholic offering. In July, Boon: Blueberry Basil was awarded Gold in the Hard Kombucha category of the 2021 Can Can Awards.... ...more
Visit Rock N Wool Winery on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Stomp Fest, a celebration of the upcoming harvest season.
Attendees will be able to stomp on grapes using the "old world” method ... using your bare feet! Mini pools of water will be provided to rinse feet off. Enjoy wine tastings and food at Joe`s Dinky Diner. Rock N Wool Winery is the 2021 People`s Choice winner for Best Winery by Madison.com and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Stomp Fest, at Rock N Wool Winery, will take place at W7817 Drake Road, Poynette, Saturday, Sept. 11.... ...more
Date + TIME Saturday, September 25th, 2021
General Admission: 2pm-6pm
Location: Hometown USA Community Park
451 East Verona Ave, Verona, WI 53593
Parking:FREE! Parking Lot or Neighborhood Street
Please keep them clean!
• General Admission - $50 ...more
Souvenir Glass & Unlimited Samples
• VIP - $75
Early Entrance (1PM), Food Voucher, Souvenir Glass & Unlimited Samples
• Designated Driver - $10
Unlimited Water or Soda
STEVENS POINT – Members of the Portage County Business Council
gathered with city leaders at the new Stevens Point Brewery Point Patio
on Sept. 4 for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening.
The new patio is slated to stay open as long as weather permits and is open Mondays through Sundays.
“We are going to try and stay open as long as possible, I would love
to see it go all the way to Thanksgiving, but you never know in
Wisconsin,” said Point Beer Social Media Manager Melissa Wysocki.
“People grill out all winter, right?”... ...more
Sat August 7, 202
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Fox Run Tavern
1515 South 65th Ave
Eau Claire, WI US 54703
The Eau Claire Beer Mile is back for our 7th year!!
We will once again feature 4 races:
1. Traditional Beer Mile (4 beers + 4 laps)
2. Half Beer Mile (2 beers + 4 laps)
3. Open Beer Mile (you decide # of drinks + equal # of laps)
4. Four-Person "Tower" Relay Race (teams of 4: shot/lap + wine/lap + mixed drink/lap + beer/lap)
-2:00pm-- Arrive at Fox Run, sign up for your races, buy your drinks, mingle.
-2:50pm-- Announcements, Rules, National Anthem
-3:00pm-- Full Beer Mile race
-3:40pm-- Half Beer Mile & Open Mile races
-4:20pm-- 4-Person Tower Relay Race:
-4:45pm-- Awards Ceremony
Ken Notes: WHY???
September 10, 2021 – West Bend, WI – Day No. 2 of demolition of the West Bend Brewery and the most common question has been, “Can I get a brick.”
Neighbors are looking to salvage a bit of history as the landscape is changing from when West Bend was known as the City of varied industry, to the current development of 3-story apartment complexes. ...more
Venice, FL (RestaurantNews.com) Once Mr Brews Taphouse entered the Florida market in April, fans couldn’t get enough of its gourmet burgers and locally sourced craft beer, which is why the rapidly growing brand is expanding throughout The Sunshine State!
Mr Brews Taphouse Founder and CEO Steve Day announced today that the company signed an area development agreement with Franchisee Brad Potts to fuel the brand’s Florida footprint with the addition of five locations. The first restaurant is slated to make its Venice debut in spring of 2022...
About Mr Brews Taphouse ...more
Founded by Steve Day in 2013, Mr Brews Taphouse is headquartered in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. Mr Brews Taphouse is a full-service craft brew pub and restaurant known for its gourmet burgers and wide-selection of locally sourced craft beer....
See what Badger State Brewing events have to offer! ...more
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