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Commerce Street Brewery is located in the hometown of White`s late husband Allen Ludden.
The Commerce Street Brewery in Mineral Point, Wisconsin has allowed both regulars and first-timers to buy a beer in advance for a friend, which could be collected on their next visit to their pub. The bartenders kept track of everyone who had a brew waiting for them in a charmingly analog way: by writing their name on a giant chalkboard hanging on the wall.
For the past several years, the top name on the list has been Betty White, who had more than 40 beers waiting for her if she ever happened to be in the area. The idea that the beloved Golden Girls star, who died last week at age 99, might make her way to southwest Wisconsin wasn`t that far-fetched: her late husband Allen Ludden was originally from Mineral Point and is buried in the city`s Graceland Cemetery...
Ken Notes: Here`s to Betty, Blonds, Beer and all those who will be road tripping to Graceland (in Wisconsin) to have a drink with Allen....
Madison, WI: Caramel Apple Pie Beer Coming Soon To Delta Beer Lab
In the middle of January 2022 Delta Beer Lab will be releasing it’s newest brew known simply as ?. Pronounced Pi, this release is described as a Caramel Apple Pie Cider/Beer hybrid made from half barley and half apple cider. This new brew is fermented with Ale and Wine yeast simultaneously.
This unique beer is brewed using three different types of caramel. Head Brewer Pio (Tim Piotrowski) uses as much caramel malt as possible with just a small amount of base malt to provide the enzymes necessary for sugar extraction.
The finished product finishes semi-sweet after being back-sweetened with cider. See attachment for label design.
The Greatest Show on Earth
Beer & Cheese Fest returns to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, for year 12 on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022! Meet and mingle with brewers and cheesemakers from around the state (and beyond) and sample hundreds of delicious creations in the midst of your bleak Wisconsin winter. This event is for attendees 21+ years of age....more
RED CLIFF - Curtis Basina knew he needed something more to help his business, Copper Crow Distillery, the first Native American-owned distillery in the country, thrive.
It wasn’t enough that he offered a nice place to relax and enjoy spirits near the shores of Lake Superior deep in the Wisconsin Northwoods, where people go for plenty of outdoor recreation and to experience the beautiful Apostle Islands.
Before Basina, 60, embarked on his business venture after retiring from the Wisconsin State Patrol, he attended a trade conference to learn more in Seattle in 2016. That`s where he met master distiller Rusty Figgins, who offered some sage advice...
Ken Notes: Read this one! Gin from cheese whey, BRILLIANT!
Husband Allen Ludden graduated from high school in Corpus Christi
MINERAL POINT, Wisconsin — Here`s to you, Betty White.
A small town in Wisconsin with a connection to the actress and comedian -- who died last week at age 99 -- has been honoring her over the years with her own beer.
It`s called "Blonde Betty."
CNN reports that customers at the Commerce Street Brewery Hotel in Mineral Point, Wisc., have been buying beers for White over the years so if she ever visited there would be free drinks waiting for her....
The holidays may be over, but the season for celebrating is still going strong at The 024 – and not just because some festively glittering New Year’s décor can still be found on its tables and over the bar. This weekend, the Grafton craft beer hotspot – found at 1300 14th Ave. – will celebrate its five-year anniversary with two small (and sold-out) gatherings for friends and regulars who feel more like family, who’ve all played their part in brewing some wonderful new history in an old historic building.
"I’ve really enjoyed the journey,” said Paul Alexander, who co-owns and bartends at The 024 with his wife, Liz. “It was a step outside of my comfort zone, but it was a good thing for me to do. I was ready to do this.” ...
The north Madison brewery is taking it week by week
Things have been pretty low-key at Ale Asylum recently, but the taproom for the brewery has not, in fact, closed down as I originally reported in my year-end restaurant wrap-up. The brewery, which was put up for sale last fall, is under “possible new ownership,” says director of promotions Hathaway Dilba, but things “aren’t final yet.” There is a non-disclosure agreement in place, so Dilba cannot discuss anything further. But while initial plans were to close the taproom at the end of October, the facility at 2002 Pankratz St. has quietly remained open, with varying hours....
Nearly two decades after he began the fight to bring distilling to Wisconsin, Great Lakes Distillery founder Guy Rehorst is branching out into nonalcoholic options with a new company, Boundless Beverage.
On Jan. 27 he`ll launch Sans, the newest brand from Boundless. The first product will be Junipre (pronounced like juniper), a nonalcoholic botanical spirit with flavors of juniper, ginseng, orange zest, coriander, cardamom and chili pepper. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Great Lakes Distillery Tasting Room, 616 W. Virginia St., and is open to the public.
"The basis was modeled after our gin that we produce at the distillery, Rehorst Gin, but it does not have the same flavor profile," Rehorst said.
He found inspiration from the growing market for zero-proof cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks, but also from his own friends and family......more
Boundless Beverages LLC debuts first spirit Junipre
Milwaukee-based Great Lakes Distillery is coming out with a new product line that veers away from its mainstay brand of spirits.
The distillery has launched a new company, Boundless Beverages LLC, which develops and produces non-alcoholic spirits under the brand name Sans. Its first product is a botanical spirit known as Junipre, and it’s now available at Great Lakes’ tasting room at 616 W. Virginia St. in Walker’s Point and select liquor stores in the area.
Founded in 2004, Great Lakes is considered a pioneer of Wisconsin’s craft distillery market. The business has continued to grow despite rising competition in recent years....
Below is a list of the top and leading Distilleries in Milwaukee, WI. To help you find the best Distilleries located near you in Milwaukee, WI, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Milwaukee, WI’s Best Distilleries:
Ken Notes: I do not know who Kev is but the list is a great start...
There are many reasons to drink non-alcoholic (NA) beer, but one is the recent trend, Dry January, which follows New Year’s Eve—the most indulgent night of the holiday season. According to one report, one in five Americans plan to participate in Dry January.
Big names such as Heineken, Coors, Beck’s and Old Milwaukee produce NA beers along with familiar brews, while Sharp’s (Miller), Kaliber O’Doul’s and Clausthaler focus on the NA market.
Lakefront Brewery’s Local NA......more
MILWAUKEE — Aluminum can manufacturer Ball said in November that starting Jan. 1 they will require customers to buy a minimum of five truckloads of cans at once. However, Ball announced it will now delay the changes until March 1...
Giant Jones Brewing Company
Dates: January 8, 2022
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $35 per person
Join Brewer/Owner, Jessica Jones - a Grand Master Beer Judge (BJCP) and Advanced Cicerone® - on a guided beer tour!
Dive into the art and science behind flavor - from water to glass. Learn about the brewing process, ingredients, and fermentation - all tied into your own flavor knowledge. You will not only get to enjoy our flavorful brews, you will learn the principles behind pairing food and beer, as we conclude this experience with a beer & chocolate pairing!
931 E. Main St., Entrance on Brearly
Madison, WI 53703
Sat, Jan 22, 12 – 2 PM
MILWAUKEE (January 13, 2022) – My Turn number 41, in a long line of employee-made beer, is a Belgian-style Grand Cru. Tyler Senz is a long-time Brewery employee and a favorite brewing tech. “The term Grand Cru indicates a more elaborate version of a brand,” said Senz. “It denotes a limited production of a special or higher quality beer. If I do say so myself.”
The My Turn Tyler, Grand Cru, tastes of dark brown sugar, dried cherry and dates from Belgian yeast joined together with a caramelly and toasty base. “Tyler and the brewers crafted something special,” said Lakefront Brewery Brand Manager, Michael Stodola. Usually, our My Turn series serves up something interesting, but Tyler takes that one step farther. It’s a special liquid.”......more
Friday, January 14th, 2021
Paradiddle`s Café Pop-Up + Live Music from Kelly Jackson?Join us at the distillery for a fun filled Friday night with great food and live music! Paradiddle`s Café from Waterloo, WI will be here with their delicious sandwiches, wraps, soup and desserts and the Kelly Jackson will be performing an awesome acoustic set. Don`t miss out!
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...
Jan 18, 2022 - Wollersheim Winery, Distillery, and Bistro, 7876 Highway 188, Prairie du Sac, will host tours, tastings, live music, special releases and more for its annual Port Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 29.
Port Tour & Tasting: noon to 4 p.m., free, self-guided tour to see where the Port wines are made. The walking tour features complimentary wine tastings in the fermentation room and underground cellars.
Wollersheim Bistro will be open for lunch and feature special foods and desserts that pair well with Port. There will be several wines available to enjoy by the glass and additional flights will be available for tasting in the Winery Store...
Ken Notes: Now this sounds like fun!
APPLETON - Beer has long been a way for people to connect with each other in Wisconsin. Now, pulling up a stool at two local breweries means not only connecting over a cold one, but supporting a cause.
Black is Beautiful, an imperial stout being brewed and sold by McFleshman`s and Appleton Beer Factory, got its start following the social uprising in 2020 that swept the country and many parts of the world following the murder of George Floyd and the death of Breonna Taylor...
Winter brews from Full Mile, Hop Haus, Lone Girl, Delta Beer Lab and One Barrel take away the chill
Full Mile Beer Comany`s weizenbock.
Fans of winter warmers: Don’t miss Full Mile Beer Company’s weizenbock. It’s my favorite of the last 12 months and sets a high bar for the 2022 bock season. This 7.2 percent ABV German-style bock has a high percentage of wheat set against a background of pilsner and caramel malts...
Order me pancakes
What is a blended imperial stout? Hop Haus Brewing Company is offering infused variants of its Black on Black, a Russian imperial stout aged for 10 months in Willett bourbon barrels, that finishes at 11 percent ABV ($15/two-pack of 12-ounce cans). ...
John Russell, brewer at The Lone Girl Brewing Company in Waunakee, released a holiday four-pack of 22-ounce bomber bottles just before Christmas...
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in a glass
One Barrel Brewing Company’s Cookie Monster Imperial Milk Stout just appeared on Madison store shelves. This winter, One Barrel ramped up production into four-packs of 16-ounce cans ($13). It’s full of roasted barley and chocolate malt and warm at 8.2 percent ABV. ...
Ken Notes: So many brews so little time...
People in Illinois may take proverbial shots at Wisconsin but America`s Dairyland has jumped on a new trend that could save lives.
If you`re a female daring the dating world you need to read this.
Over the past few years, I have heard so many bad dating stories from women that make me question humanity, mainly men. I`m not perfect nor anywhere close but some of the stories I have been told are shocking, to say the least...
Over the past few years, I have heard so many bad dating stories from women that make me question humanity, mainly men. I`m not perfect nor anywhere close but some of the stories I have been told are shocking, to say the least....more
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Over the past few years, I have heard so many bad dating stories from women that make me question humanity, mainly men. I`m not perfect nor anywhere close but some of the stories I have been told are shocking, to say the least.
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Ken Notes:Quick breakdown Women if you are uncomfortable on a bad date ask the bartender for an Angle Shot, they will try to get you home safe...
Milwaukee Food & Beverages...
Social media is full of pictures of places and things that you might look at and think "there is no way that`s real." This is the exact thought I had when I saw a photo of this bar in Wisconsin.
Unless you happen to be in the area don`t focus on the location way up in Northern Wisconsin. You have got to see photos of the inside and outside this place...
Ken Notes: My dad used to take clients for the Waupaca Foundry to a place called Guth`s in the 70`s on the Wolf River, he told them to dress up, it was not much more that this place and the driveway was all bottle caps...
If your new year plans include `Dry January` or if you`re just looking for a non-alcoholic beer that ACTUALLY tastes good, then tune in to the latest episode of Pour Another Round! We`re joined by Sam from Athletic Brewing Company, an entirely non-alcoholic beer company.
Ken Notes: Guys I ran this because Wisconsin needs a craft low cal and or non alcoholic beer, and then you need them on your show. ABC is an interesting model gaining national traction...
Try a few nonalcoholic brews and enjoy some beer-related exercise to get those resolutions off to a good start...
Friday, Jan. 7Sahale Ale Works (1505 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton) has a barrel-aged beer release perfect for kicking off 2022.,,,
This week’s beer release at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is Plumpy Fruited Sour made with cranberries and plums...
Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) has a pair of beer releases set for when it opens at 2 p.m. The seasonal Juice Fix IPA...
Saturday, Jan. 8The Milwaukee Record is taking Dry January seriously and hosting N/A Day: A Dry January Beverage Festival at The Cooperage (822 S. Water St.) from noon to 4 p.m. For just $20 you can sample nonalcoholic beer, drinks, wine and more...
Thursday, Jan. 6
If you’re attempting to put the craft beer aside for the month of “Dry January”, Ray’s Wine & Spirits (8930 W. North Ave.) can help. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. they’ll be exploring non-alcoholic wines, spirits and beer. The cost to register for the learning event is $30.
Friday, Jan. 7
Sahale Ale Works (1505 Wisconsin Ave., Grafton) has a barrel-aged beer release perfect for kicking off 2022. Warm Fuzzies is an imperial stout aged in Willett and Henry McKenna bourbon barrels. One variant, Maple Warm Fuzzies, was aged a barrel that held Wisconsin maple syrup. A limited amount of cans are available and both will be on tap at 3 p.m.
This week’s beer release at 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is Plumpy Fruited Sour made with cranberries and plums. Presale for bottles starts at 9 a.m. but if you want to try some on tap, it’ll be available Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.
Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) has a pair of beer releases set for when it opens at 2 p.m. The seasonal Juice Fix IPA, which registers a sessionable 4% ABV, makes a return and the taproom-only Peanut Butter Nitro Milk Stout hits the tap lines. Third Space Club members get a free 10-ounce pour of the stout, and every other beer release in 2022, if they show up on release day. That’s reason enough to be a member.
Saturday, Jan. 8
The Milwaukee Record is taking Dry January seriously and hosting N/A Day: A Dry January Beverage Festival at The Cooperage (822 S. Water St.) from noon to 4 p.m. For just $20 you can sample nonalcoholic beer, drinks, wine and more.
Sunday, Jan. 9Did you make a resolution to do more brewery yoga in 2022? You’re in luck. Third Space is hosting an hour-long yoga session...
igs and Swigs brings an Irish dance workout to Black Husky Brewing (909 E. Locust St.) at 11 a.m. Registration for the hour-long workout costs just $15...
There’s nothing on the line when the Packers take on the Lions on Sunday, and that makes the Pack Party at Milwaukee Brewing Company (1128 N. 9th St.) even more relevant....
Kings & Convicts Brewing, the tiny north suburban operation whose founder stunned the beer world in late 2019 by buying the famed Ballast Point brewery, is scrapping a plan to build a new headquarters in southern Wisconsin and heading instead to Ballast Point’s longtime home of San Diego...
...Kings & Convicts broke ground in 2019 on what was to be a 50,000-square-foot production brewery in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, about 5 miles north of the Illinois border. The project was not completed, and the deal between the brewery and the land’s developer dissolved...
Ken Notes: This might be an opportunity for a new establishment in Pleasant Prairie...
Relax and recreate at Wisconsin`s Destination Kohler, an elegant paean to the past.
We needed a break. A break from vaccines, viruses, masks, plans for next year, plans to return to normalcy when nothing really feels normal. A resort was in order, but I wanted something new. My family found exactly what we needed at a short getaway in Kohler, Wis.
You may recognize the name Kohler. You`ll find it on kitchen sinks, faucets, baths and toilets. In 1900 the Kohler Co. built a factory just outside of Sheboygan, a small city along Lake Michigan. Immigrants came from all over to work there....
(STACKER) — If you drink beer—any beer—you’ve likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.
The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining. As of 2019, more than 90% of California’s population lived within 10 miles of a craft brewery...
...If you’ve ever been curious about which beers are most popular in your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated beer in Wisconsin using ratings from BeerAdvocate. Four of the 10 beers on the list are made by New Glarus Brewing Company.
#10. Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset (Central Waters Brewing Co.)
#9. Serendipity (New Glarus Brewing Company)
#8. Barrel-Aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout (Untitled Art)
#7. Barrel-aged Twelve-Dog (Black Husky Brewing)
#6. Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale (New Glarus Brewing Company)
#5. Raspberry Tart (New Glarus Brewing Company)
#4. Wisconsin Belgian Red (New Glarus Brewing Company)
#3. Black Gold – Rye (Central Waters Brewing Co.)
#2. Frampaars (Funk Factory Geuzeria)
#1. Black Gold (Central Waters Brewing Co.)
Winter Beer Garden (Malone Park)
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Date: January 8, 2022
On New Year’s Eve, Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave., launched a new juicy IPA that will join its lineup of year-round flagship brews.
The beer, called Nice Day – a named to complement Happy Place Midwest Pale Ale – is brewed with Mosaic Cryo, Citra Cryo, Idaho 7 Cryo and Talus hops for fruity mango, passion fruit and grapefruit notes. It’s 6.8 percent ABV. ...
Since 1987, Lakefront Brewery has been a leader in brewing the best beers in Wisconsin. (Actually, we’re now winning awards all over the world!) In addition to our award-winning beer, year after year we are winning awards for our fish fries, cheese curds, and brewery tours. Come be a part of the team behind it all!
We’re looking for energetic leaders who are passionate about growing brands and building relationships with our distributors, retailers and co-workers...
WISCONSIN: Leinenkugel’s Collaboration Lager
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Lager, 5.4%
This medium-bodied amber Lager – a collaboration with German brewery Hofbrau Munchen - is dark in color. Slight peach notes come across every sip, as do its malts. A bit different, quaffable....
Ken Notes: If your getting in bed with another brewer, Hofbrau is not a bad choice...
OLEDO, Ohio — Sprecher Brewing Co. and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Sprecher will become the official craft soda of the ARCA Menards Series in 2022.
“Sprecher is proud to increase our partnership with ARCA and Menards for 2022,” said Sharad Chadha, CEO of Sprecher. “Sprecher is Milwaukee’s original craft brewery and the birthplace of Sprecher’s award-winning root beer and craft sodas. We enjoyed our first foray into the ARCA Menards Series last year when racing returned to the Milwaukee Mile, and we’re excited to see what 2022 has in store.”...
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Leinenkugel’s Classic Pond Hockey Tournament is back in Wausau after taking a year off. There are more than 50 teams in town for the weekend from as far away as North Carolina and Texas.
“It brings a lot of economic impact to our area, so our restaurants, gas stations, and hotels benefit from it. Estimated, I would say about 250,000,” said Tournament Director Jodi Maguire.
Leinenkugel has been the name sponsor since the first tournament in 2012. The brewery has a proud 155-year history as a Wisconsin business...
In the beer industry these days, the only constant is change. And at Karben4, the only constant is change and Fantasy Factory.
To ring in 2022, the Madison brewery began its 10th year by bidding adieu to most of its regular beers that don’t carry a gun-toting, unicorn-riding ninja cat on its label and putting just two new year-round beers beside Fantasy Factory...
Ken Notes: As always a great read...
Inventors Brewpub founder Adam Draeger is hoping to move his business about two blocks up the street from its current location at 435 N. Lake St. in Port Washington, in order to build a larger…
MILWAUKEE — Gathering Place Brewing offers a fun way to donate to nonprofits by allocating money from their beer sales to worthy places in the area.
Every Thursday, for every beer you buy, a small percentage of the beers will go towards local nonprofits....more
A beer campaign benefiting the beer capitol of the country. Each month, Gathering Place Brewing hosts its $1 for Milwaukee campaign....
Ken Notes: Not that we needed an excuse...
Nestled within a Wisconsin brewery is a chalkboard filled with nearly 400 white dashes. Every time a customer of Commerce Street Brewery in Mineral Point buys a beer for the late actress Betty White, another mark is added to the board.
For the last four years, the pub has let patrons come in and buy beers for their friends in advance, Mike Zupke, owner of Commerce Street Brewery, told Fox News Digital.
About the time of her 97th birthday, White`s name made its first appearance....
Ken Notes: I ran this story as a lead last week and a lot of media picked up on it, a good thing. Consider a donation to you local shelter, tell `em Betty sent you...
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