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  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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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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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.

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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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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....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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