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Since 1983, the World’s Largest Brat Fest has sold more than 4 million brats to help raise almost $2 million to benefit 100+ local charities. Brat Fest brings the community together each Memorial Day weekend—rain or shine—for 3 days of free music, fantastic food and family-friendly fun to help kick off the start of summer in the heart of downtown Madison, Wisconsin.
Brat Fest is a volunteer-run nonprofit event that provides an opportunity to be part of something larger than yourself, something that has evolved into a yearly tradition of honoring Wisconsin history and heritage, as well as showing appreciation to community leaders who help make Madison such a great place to live.
Brat Fest is much more than just a festival—it’s an opportunity to build a better community while having fun and creating cherished memories with family and friends. Your support of Brat Fest is essential in helping us help others to succeed. Come join us to celebrate the warmth of summer and the warmth of giving back to the community. ...more
One thing is for sure; Wisconsinites know how to brew good beer.
According to a list compiled by Trips To Discover, the top-rated breweries in Wisconsin are the Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona, Badger State Brewing in Green Bay, and Tribute Brewing Company in Eagle River. All locations offer tourists a piece of state culture by providing one of a kind brews specific to each region.
Here is what Trips To Discover had to say about the most popular breweries in all of Wisconsin:
For Lake Effect`s last installment of the Tavern Tuesdays series, Rob Novak shares the lasting legacies of Milwaukee`s beer gardens and tied houses. He is the historic brewing experience coordinator at Old World Wisconsin.
Novak starts by explaining the history of beer gardens: "We know that they started in Bavaria and the breweries there, they had these giant lagering caves. They lagered their beer over the summer. By the mid-1500s, they actually were not allowed to brew in the summer. ... So in order to make money in the summer, they decided that they would sell the beer that they have been lagering in their caves."... ...more
If you’ve ever wondered about canned cocktails, now is the perfect time to try them. Options are growing, from mojitos and mules to spritzers and sangria. Here in Wisconsin, of course, there are brandy old fashioneds, as well.
In fact, Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie du Sac, which this year is marking its 50th anniversary, just released brandy old fashioned in cans.
Some people will doubt you can get top-notch quality in a can. Yet the category of spirits-based canned drinks is growing, and they’re different from malt-based hard soda or seltzer. Plus, they tote easily to picnics and parties... ...more
MobCraft Beer has partnered with Courage MKE
to brew Limonata Love is Love Ale, a limited-release beer in support of
Pride Month. Limonata Love is Love is a refreshing limoncello-inspired
Ale made with lemon, lactose, passion fruit and strawberries.
Love is Love will be released on Thursday, June 2nd at the Milwaukee
taproom. This beer will be available on draft in the taproom along with
several Walker’s Point neighborhood bars and restaurants. Be on the
lookout for the MobCraft Pride tap handle.
A portion of proceeds
from the sale of this beer will be donated to Courage MKE. Courage MKE
is a collaborative movement to provide housing, resources, and services
needed for displaced and homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Milwaukee to thrive.
Learn more about Courage MKE here: https://www.couragemke.org
There are so many restaurants that have opened in the past few months in the Twin Cities, it’s hard for even a professional to keep up.
There are a few places I’ve visited recently, though, that I want to tell you about. One is perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately — an absolutely epic new patio with great food and drinks — and the other is an intimate spot good for an early evening or late-night nosh and an amazing cocktail...
Some of y`all got pretty whipped up about a Taco Bell with fast `n` easy taco delivery methods this week. I see you. But let`s take that easy livin` energy to where it really matters: canned cocktails.
Are they the best invention since a Dad came up with the phrase "it`s noon somewhere"? Perhaps.
Tattersall Distilling Co. has been working for nearly three years on their line of canned cocktails. They`ve been releasing seasonal ready-to-drink (easier to just say RTD) bottled cocktails for a while, from the Bootlegger to the Salty Dog. But the move to Wisconsin made it more affordable to use distilled alcohol instead of the more common malt product, which is taxed differently in each state....
Half a century after opening, the state’s historical society site will open a working brewhouse to teach the many ways immigrants brought the craft to their new world.
Old World Wisconsin will finally offer what generations of harried
field trip chaperones craved after chasing their charges across 600
acres of historic Waukesha County farmsteads: a tall, cold one.
The Brewing Experience at Old World Wisconsin opens June 18 with the
tapping of the first keg of beer. Tickets to the event, which includes
bratwurst, the oom-pah-pah music of the Freistadt Alte Kameraden band,
and a souvenir koozie are available at the Old World Wisconsin event page. That’s also the place to book tickets to the summer series of seasonal Brewhouse to Farmhouse beer dinners...
Spotted Cow is more than a popular beer. Name another beer that would drive a bar manager to smuggle it across state lines and risk prison to put it on tap.
In Wisconsin, Spotted Cow is just about everywhere. Seriously, you need to go out of your way to find an establishment with a liquor license that doesn`t sell Spotted Cow. For example, the brewery`s beer finder shows 400 bars and restaurants within 50 miles of Wausau. If you add in the liquor stores and other retailers, you hit 400 locations within 33 miles.
A beer this popular also garners a number of articles and Google searching. Not all the information is accurate...
Ken Notes: Hands down, Deb Carey is a marketing guru. She gets more free press for the only In Wisconsin tag than any other brewery. Remember Coors in the 70`s, same thing... I see a 18 wheeler and a Pontiac in the New Glarus future and Deb in a broken down police car chasing them down...
The Green Bay Packers might be the greatest tourist draw in the area, but Tom Feld, owner of Paradise North Distillery in Green Bay, is hoping his new business will become another talked-about destination.
Located on 101 Bay Beach Road, Feld opened in 2021 after years of planning. He came to the project with decades of business experience in everything from high-level consulting to partnerships in other businesses.
“Other than the hospitality industry, there isn’t any other type of business that I haven’t been part of, but prior to this, I had never had a startup business," Feld said. "What I learned through working with other owners is that if your No. 1 focus is to make money, it won’t end up well.”
The most important ingredient, he said, is to be passionate about the business. That’s what he was seeking when he started to pursue his dream...
Russell and Lisa Turco, owners of Stone’s Throw Winery, are donating $25,000 to the Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County and Green Bay Campuses – in honor of the winery’s 25th year in business.
Stone’s Throw Winery has taken pride in being a supportive business in the community since 1997 and is looking forward to being able to assist the incredible hardworking staff of the WHS Door County Campus in this way...
With a $22 million expansion just about completed, Octopi Brewing has been recognized with a Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award. It was one of seven Wisconsin companies announced as winners during a black-tie banquet honoring the 26 finalists May 19.
Octopi was presented with a special award for Rapid Growth.
The annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards program recognizes Wisconsin companies that are dedicated to quality careers, good business practices, financial growth, innovative processes and reinvestment into local communities... ...more
A Beer Raid at Ripon (WIS.) — 50 Barrels Down Drain BUT THEY THINK THAT ONLY A LITTLE MATTER!
Ripon (Wisconsin) Sunday – the city of Ripon and the state of Wisconsin officially celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Republican Party here yesterday. The principal speaker was Mr. Good, the U.S. Secretary of War.
Much embarrassment and indignation was caused by the most unwelcome activities of federal prohibition officers who took advantage of the ceremonies to conduct a series of raids throughout the town, which is declared “notoriously wet.”
While troops presented arms to the governor of the state and 10,000 spectators were listening to Mr. Good’s address, the breaking of doors and smashing of beer barrels by the raiders echoed like the sound of drums over the parade grounds where the meeting was held...
Mixed Meadia is now open! Produced at and sharing a tasting room with Hatch Distilling Co. in Egg Harbor, they focus on local ingredients and artful blending of our Mead, Ciders, and Wines. Mead is wine made from honey.
Thought to be the world’s first fermented beverage, mead has long been a favorite in smaller circles but has been growing steadily in recognition and popularity in recent years. Mixed Meadia is proud to become Door County’s first Meadery...
Even with bars opening in grocery stores these days, the sentence “I’m gonna go drink at the liquor store” is still a good way to score alarmed glances and disappointed head shakes. But not if you’re talking about Ray’s Growler Gallery, the venue perched behind Ray’s Wine and Spirits at 8930 W. North Ave. in Tosa.
“It’s always the funniest comment when someone is like, ‘I was invited here on a first date, and I was a little weirded out at first, but then it made sense to me,’” said Rob Zellermayer, general manager of the Growler Gallery, with a laugh.... ...more
The Mish riverside venue and sister company Chipper`s Lanes Entertainment venues (830 North in Fort Collins, 2454 West in Greeley, and 100 Nickel in Broomfield) and Fieldnotes Organic Vodka and Gin are proud to announce a new partnership bringing these 4 music venues and craft distillery, La Crosse Distilling Co. together to support musicians. Wisconsin-based La Crosse Distilling Co. distributes their organic spirits throughout the state of Colorado including their flagship brands Fieldnotes Vodka, Fieldnotes Gin, Downtown Toodeloo Rock and Rye, Robber`s Straight Rye Whiskey and more...
Yes, it is risky to mix brews and chainsaws, but don’t worry, they won’t be handing you one with your drink. Chainsaw artists Bob Younger and Kai McNulty will be carving sculptures out of logs during this brewery event.
Discover Wisconsin, the state’s media brand and tourism TV show, will shine the spotlight on the growth of Wisconsin born Bourbon in an upcoming episode. Wisconsin is home to a growing community that’s embracing and producing local hand-crafted spirits, several of which are made directly from grains grown right here in America’s Dairyland. Newly-thriving Wisconsin-born Bourbon is providing spirit enthusiasts a distinct flavor and bucket-list destinations across the state. The episode will air statewide on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. on Bally Sports Wisconsin or on WAOW TV 9 (ABC) out of Wausau on Sunday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m... ...more
Construction is set to start this summer, and they aim to start distributing beer throughout Japan in early 2023.
Madison-based brewery, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., is making its way to a new country in 2023.
The brewpub, which has five locations in Wisconsin, plans to open a production brewery and tasting room in Akiu Onsen, Sendai, two hours north of Tokyo. The brewery’s tasting room will provide an opportunity to try beers alongside a food menu that will pair well with the beverages...
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - For 165 years the Stevens Point Brewery has been brewing beer and serving customers in ‘Your Town Stevens Point’. Its rich history predates the city itself but it’s the future that’s really generating a lot of buzz.
Two German immigrants, Frank Wahle and Geroge Ruder established the Stevens Point Brewery in 1857.
“The brewery was founded one year before the city of Stevens Point was founded. So if you build the brewery, the people will come and you’ll have a city,” explained Director of Marketing, Julie Birrenkott.
The brewery provided beer to the troops during the Civil War and produced near-beer products and soda during prohibition. In the 1930?s, Wisconsin was home to more than 80 breweries but they were struck hard by the Great Depression. However, the Stevens Point Brewery continued to thrive, first canning and then bottling beer...
Catch a concert on a patio at a local business throughout the summer.
Nothing quite says summer like sitting outside with a cold beverage with friends or family on a patio. What creates an even better summer scene is the addition of live music.
At various restaurants, bars and venues, live music is a staple of the summer events calendar. Here are a few places where you can listen to music while enjoying the warm weather during these precious summer months...
is back! One day is officially in the books, and there are still eight
more chances to enjoy loads of live entertainment, heaps of tasty
treats, and all sorts of refreshments. As the 54th installment of the
“World’s Largest Music Festival” launches into its first weekend (June
23-25; June 30 – July 2; July 7-9), we present our thoughts on a few new
Summerfest food and drink items...
Central Standard Craft Distillery Door County Cherry Vodka Lemonade – Johnson Controls World Sound Stage ($19)
As Central Standard’s presence and availability continues to grow in the city (and beyond), the Milwaukee distillery’s latest bit of success is earning a spot beside significantly larger and more established non-local spirit brands at Summerfest cocktail stands. With a distinct flavor of Door County cherries intermingling with its craft spirit...
MobCraft Dee Tacko has partnered with Chris Black of the former Falling Rock Tap House of Denver and Jeff Willis, formerly of Tap and Handle in Fort Collins, to host five days of parties and beer focused activities during the week of the Great American Beer Festival held October 5th-9th in Denver, CO. Each daily party will be held at 2403 Champa Street in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver and feature rare, limited and some all-time favorite craft beers.
MobCraft Dee Tacko will be carrying on the spirit of the iconic Falling Rock Tap House that closed in June of 2021 as the go-to spot after the Great American Beer Festival. Each day during the GABF, MobCraft Dee Taco will focus on a different craft beer theme, including:
Wisconsin Wednesday (October 5) : A celebration of the amazing craft
beers of Wisconsin. Also, we will serve up a traditional Wisconsin fish
fry and Lakefront Brewery will be bringing their world famous cheese
The new brewery, located at 6751 W. National Ave., will open on Friday, which is just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Milwaukee Tonight focuses
on the people, places, and events that make the community special. From
artists to architecture, food to festivals, neighborhoods to nightlife -
this show is a nightly reminder that our city is filled with stories to
be proud of. Watch weekdays at 6:30 p.m. on TMJ4...
GRANTSBURG, Wis. – What role can a dairy farm play to help a small
town brewery thrive? Once can figure that out in Grantsburg,
Wisconsin. The largest village in Burnett County has been the home to Brickfield Brewery since 2018.
“Our welcoming staff will serve you up a pint, a 10-ounce, a flight
of four,” says owner Nicki Peterson. “We also have pizza, we have live
music on the weekends, food trucks, and more.”...
The fourth year of Lager & Friends is happening
at Old Heidelberg Park (700 W. Lexington Blvd.) on Saturday. The
festival, presented by Gathering Place Brewing, is focused solely on
lagers (of course), and is a great chance to explore just how nuanced
the large family of beer styles can be....
A five-hour event on Sunday, April 24 featuring five Ukrainian beer recipes was a huge success, Wisconsin Brewing Company bar and events manager Sara Eustice told the Press.
Because there were five other breweries involved, it took a couple weeks to figure out how much money was raised, but Eustice has now confirmed that $31,000 was raised, which has gone to Pravda Brewery, located in the city of Lviv, Ukraine...
Nestled in the tourist destination of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin,
lies a CHamoru-owned nano brewery that is frequently visited by Pacific
Islanders from the Midwest.
Latte Stone Brewing Co. is about an hour and 45-minute drive from
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a three-hour drive from Chicago, yet the
brewery is constantly filled with CHamorus from neighboring states due
to its Guam-influenced beers and cuisines...
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...
Ah, Madison. Home to the state Capitol and its flagship university. Squeezed onto an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, with three other lakes in the area. Bike lanes and outdoor activities galore, with restaurants and bars to match.
All of those qualities make Wisconsin’s second most populous city a popular destination for visitors, especially future, current and past college students. ... ...more
Ken Notes: The terrace to Terrace is the best walk in Wisconsin and State Street is back! Invite a friend, check out Garth`s and all the other pubs, great food and much fun...
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – June 9, 2022– Lowlands Group, a longtime supporter of cycling in Wisconsin, announced its renewed support for the upcoming Kwik Trip Tour of America’s Dairyland (ToAD) as a series sponsor and title sponsor for three of the most popular races. The series includes the Centraal Bay View Classic in Milwaukee, the historic Café Hollander Otto Wenz Downer Classic presented by Stiegl and the Café Hollander Tosa Village Classic presented by Buckatabon. The U.S.’s largest multi-day bike racing series runs June 16–26. Lowlands Group has supported the series since its inception in 2009...
...Lowlands Group, and Central Standard Craft Distillery will be upping the stakes by challenging racers to compete in the Lowlands Lion Prime series-wide Sprint Competition. (Prime is pronounced “Preem.”)...
Like many American Gen-X tweens and teens of the 1970s and early 1980s, I was among those caught up in the fad hobby of beer can collecting, my childhood bedroom resembling a corner tavern with its décor of steel and aluminum beer cans in all their colorful, lithographed glory...
...I took a retro-nostalgic road trip back to the 1970s recently when I ventured north to Delafield Brewhaus in Waukesha County for the golden anniversary spring beer and brewery advertising show of the 100-member Badger Bunch, founded in 1972 as the pioneering charter club of the fledgling Beer Can Collectors of America (BCCA), today’s Brewery Collectibles Club of America...
When Jon Kreidler and Dan Oskey launched Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis, their focus was craft cocktails. They’ve built their business on flavor-forward spirits and the cocktails people crave. Yet as the business grew they bumped into limits within Minnesota’s liquor laws.
That prompted them to look just over the border into Wisconsin, where they’ve transformed a former Shopko building into a 75,000-square-foot facility in River Falls. Opened in December 2021, the River Falls destination distillery features solar power, ballroom space for up to 400, a private barrel room, outdoor amphitheater, tasting area and retail space, plus a full-service restaurant and bar with seating for 120 inside and 200 outdoors... ...more
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Finding the resources you need, taking the right legal steps and simply being aware of leading tech-related sectors will be part of the “Launch” panel discussion track at the June 2 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.
The 20th annual conference, to be held at the Italian Community Center on June 1-2, returns in-person to the Cream City to celebrate the region’s rise as a startup and scale-up hub. Registration is open at witrepsconference.com... ...more
Ken Notes: If you are starting out this conference is a must.
Tattersall Distilling’s new River Falls destination distillery will host its first summer concert series, "Live at Tattersall," beginning in June. Concerts will be held once a month at Tattersall’s amphitheater in partnership with Sue McLean & Associates. From rock to folk and bluegrass, all featured bands are Midwest favorites. Guests are invited to enjoy live music with Tattersall’s craft cocktails in hand...
Friday, June 10: Kiss The Tiger
Friday, July 15: Lissie
Thursday, Aug. 11: Dave Simonett & Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles
If Green Bay Packers is your first thought when someone says "Green Bay", you’re not alone. Nor is that a misguided thought. After all, ever since Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun founded the Packer organization in 1919, the team has been an integral part of the city. ...
...So yes, Green Bay is all about football. But this blue-collar town – with its history of iron smelting, lumber milling, and paper product production – is also a perfectly satisfying spot for a weekend getaway that has as much – or as little – to do with football as you like...
While we didn’t spend too much time exploring Green
Bay’s myriad breweries, we did make it a point to stop at Paradise
North, a distillery which has the honor of being the oldest, newest and
only true distillery in Green Bay. It’s also among the newest venues in
the area, having opened in May of 2021...
The pandemic and international conflict have wreaked havoc with supply chains around the world – Octopi Brewing is adjusting to these increasingly uncertain business conditions, trying to keep raw materials flowing and machinery running as interest in its canned beverages grows.
Wisconsin manufacturers are continuing to be challenged by supply chain dysfunctions amid a sustained rise in materials and labor costs — a pattern that began with the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued into 2022...
Showaki opened Octopi in 2014 expecting some of the typical challenges
that come with starting a business. He never imagined the dizzying
disruptions that accompany a long, deadly pandemic.
The trouble began in March 2020, when the spread of COVID-19
prompted public health restrictions and consumer actions that ground
public life and various sectors of the economy to a halt.
"When it hit in March, all of a sudden, over 48 hours, about 60% of our orders got canceled," Showaki said..
Central Standard Craft Distillery Cofounders Evan Hughes and Pat
McQuillan are unveiling the next release in the distillery’s Brewmasters
Series: a collaboration with Hinterland Brewing, the award-winning
Green Bay brewing company known for producing beers true to their
“For this brewmasters-series release, we wanted to make it an
all-Wisconsin collaboration,” Hughes said. “And no better brewery to
partner with than Hinterland, which is literally a stone’s throw from
Lambeau and renown throughout the Midwest. Additionally, both of our
brands celebrate the outdoors lifestyle of the Midwest and showcase the
best of local Wisconsin ingredients.”...
Whether made from traditional grapes, Door County cherries or
numerous other fruits, the wines produced locally are growing in number
every season. Wisconsin winters may scare off some growers, but the
wineries located along the Door County Wine Trail have found a home –
and a following – here. Each stop has its own personality, from the
ambiance to the varietals, ensuring that every sip is a memorable,
If you’re headed to the Door County Wine Fest
on June 25, you’ll have a chance to sample products from most of the
wineries along the wine trail (Stone’s Throw and Anchored Roots wineries
will not be at the festival this year). Get to know the featured
wineries, then follow the wine trail to check them out in person...
Tattersall Distilling announced he launch of its first canned cocktail line. Made from its award-winning distilled spirits, the cocktails include Key Lime Gin + Tonic, Blueberry Basil Collins, Easy Street and Watermelon Bootlegger. Distributed in Minnesota and Wisconsin to start, Tattersall’s canned cocktails are now available at select liquor stores and Tattersall’s River Falls distillery in 4-packs of each can.
“Our lineup of canned cocktails has been over two years in the making, as we’ve worked to bring something to life that truly highlights our craft spirits,” says Jon Kreidler, founder and chief officer of Tattersall Distilling. “Spirit-based canned cocktails are surprisingly rare in the ready-to-drink space, and we’re proud to have ours stand out from the crowd. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than sharing this release.”...
The microdistiller not only sources grains, fruit and materials from local suppliers — it repurposes as many byproducts of the distilling process as possible, in what’s likely one of the most scalable examples of circularity so far in the spirits business.
While the Upper Midwestern US might not be the first region that comes to mind for sustainable distilling, the work Tattersall Distilling is doing should put it near the top of the list....
...Tattersall operates two locations: a healthy bar & distillery in central Minneapolis; and a brand new, 75,000 sq. ft. flagship facility in River Falls, WI, about 45 minutes east of the Twin Cities. The River Falls facility — which boasts the largest rooftop solar array of any craft distiller in the US — offers the opportunity for the company to scale up production (which currently sits around 300K-500K bottles, according to Kreidler) and continue leveraging the company’s deep connections with grain providers in both states.
TOWN OF NORWAY — Anyone who
enjoys wine knows that there are plenty of places in Racine County that
sell it. But there’s only one place in the county that grows its own
grapes, ferments its own creations, and bottles and ships nearly a
hundred different wines.
That place is Spirits of Norway Vineyard, located at 22200 W. Six Mile Road, just east of Wind Lake.
These cheap trips are doable if you’re within driving distance.
Fox Cities, Wisconsin
Mickala Brown, who works with the Fox Cities Convention and Visitor’s Bureau,
offered these details for a cheap getaway to the Fox Cities, which she
said is a destination in the heart of Wisconsin that’s under a five-hour
drive from all Midwest hubs and about three hours from Chicago.
Free activities include:
Visiting the downtown farm market every Saturday morning, which
features fresh fruits and veggies, artisan jewelry, baked goods, street
musicians, and fan favorites “corn-in-a-cup” and stuffed chicken wings
from local food vendors.
Exploring the colorful murals, sidewalk poetry and sculpture on foot while visiting the downtown merchants.
Jumping on the free trolley that travels between the riverfront and downtown.
Hiking, running, walking or biking the numerous trails along the Appleton riverfront that offer stunning views of the Fox River....
Amorphic Beer has not one, but two patios, each with
its own vibe and style. Now is the perfect time to compare and contrast
them as the Riverwest Brewery is about to launch it`s a first collab
brew, an unusual IPA created with a Brazilian brewer.
When Amorphic Beer
opened at 3700 N. Fratney St. in Riverwest in early December, it was
still a little too cold to think about a patio, but that’s all changed
now and the science-inspired craft brewery and taproom now has picnic
tables, Adirondack chairs and flowers out front.
But for a completely different outdoor experience, walk through the
taproom and out back to the beer alley, a long narrow space adorned with
objects from the apparently vast and varied collection of the
building’s owner, and offering a mix of sun and shade..
Earth Rider from Superior has a summer 12-pack not to miss.
To mark its fourth year in business, Giant Jones Brewing Company is releasing an extra blonde ale. “Anniversaries are a good excuse to test out ideas,” says brewery owner and brewmaster Jessica Jones....
Another brewery celebrating a birthday is 3 Sheeps Brewing Company of Sheboygan. The brewery turned 10 last month. Among the special releases brewed to mark the occasion is Double Digits...
The Badger State has more than just the
world’s best water parks; its top cities boast charm, history, natural
beauty, and so much more.
Wisconsin has more than enough exploration and experiences on offer to those who give it a chance - be it for a quick weekend getaway or an extended vacation. In fact, the Badger State is one of the most attractive American regions in terms of outdoor activities, in addition to its offerings of plentiful indoor adventures and unique attractions...
The tradition of beer in Wisconsin has been brewing for nearly two centuries.
In 1845, the Monroe Brewing Company was born with little save for a brew kettle that churned out a few hundred barrels each winter. By 1905, the shingle hanging outside Monroe’s bustling downtown brewery – that would successfully survive prohibition – read Blumer Brewing Company.
For the ensuing century, beer brewing kept pace with the influx of German immigrants whose deep knowledge and insatiable thirst spurred a burgeoning industry.
Today, Minhas Craft Brewery (dubbed so in 2006) remains the oldest in the state – and second-oldest in the nation. Prost! ...
From the shops on KK to craft drinks and food, there’s a lot of can’t-miss stops in this part of town.
A FEW MILES SOUTH of Downtown and just north of St. Francis, the lake-adjacent neighborhood of Bay View is known for its industrial roots. Craft food and drinks are in no shortage in this hipster haven, particularly along Kinnickinnic Avenue – nicknamed KK – the neighborhood’s main drag.
Whether you’re headed to Bay View for a night out or an afternoon with your family, here are a few can’t-miss spots...
5. Cache Cider
2612 S. GREELEY ST. SUITE 123
This orchard-to-glass taproom is hard to find, but Pierluissi says the payoff is worth it. Milwaukee musician and proprietor Ethan Keller serves up classic European-style ciders that lean dry and complex. “You can feel the passion when you walk in,” she says.
We rounded up all the ways you can make the most of your visit to this unique, beautiful region.
SPARED THE LAST ROUND of ice age glaciers, the southwestern corner of Wisconsin is free from “drift” – the glacial debris that shaped the rest of the state’s landscape. Rather than hills and lakes, the Driftless Area is dominated by steep ridges and river valleys. Scenic roads wind through a tangle of verdant beauty, modest farms and small towns, making the Driftless a world unto itself to disappear into for a day or long weekend. There’s a lot to see and do, so here are some of the highlights to get you started....
Home to the world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the quaint village comes with big charm and deep heritage bursting with historical sights and interesting attractions. Some of the must-visits include the breathtaking House on the Rock and the Cave of the Mounds, a National Natural Landmark featuring fossil digs, a gemstone mine, and interactive butterfly gardens. For arts and culture in the outdoors, one must visit the natural amphitheater at the American Players Theater for a Shakespearean play or a summer concert by local and international artists. The active will enjoy bountiful hiking, biking, horse riding, and mountain biking in the vicinity, while the Wisconsin River is perfect for a cooling dip on a hot afternoon, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. One can stay at the Round Barn Lodge with an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a Game Room or choose to camp out and go exploring the Lower Wisconsin floodplains, home to an array of wildlife and birds. ..
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - Italy, France, and Napa Valley might be top of mind when you think about wine-producing regions. But now you can add Stevens Point to the list. Sunset Point Winery is adding to Wisconsin’s wine growth in production.
Six years ago a small family-owned business planted its roots in the heart of Stevens Point. Since, The Sunset Point Winery has grown and developed and added more variety...
DE PERE, WI– Cocoon Brewing celebrated breaking ground for a new 6,000 SF brewery with a taproom and kitchen on Friday, May 13, 2022, and has selected Bayland Buildings as the design/build general contractor. Cocoon Brewing is a craft brewery developed by Ledgeview resident Matt Walters and twin brother Mike Walters. Cocoon Brewing aims to be a destination for connection and experience. Nestled on four acres at 2233 Kaftan Way, the brewery is a toast to the collective moments of curiosity and adventure that shape us, featuring a carefree backyard, comfortable taproom, and distinctive “cocoon” structures for small groups seeking a singular experience. ...more
The weekend is officially here, and it’s beginning to feel like summer. This is a sign it’s time to get out and enjoy every second of it. Bayshore’s Sounds of Summer is back this weekend. There is an open house to check out downtown art studios. T-pain is bringing 18 musicians to The Rave for his one-day music festival. See the lakefront full of water lanterns at this Veteran’s Park festival. Outdoor movies will be happening all over the city. Black Husky Brewing, Sprecher Brewing Co. and The Tap Yard will be hosting their very own festivals...
Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce members toured the production facility at Octopi Brewing last week, to learn about the history of the company and its current $72 million expansion project.
The June 2 tour offered a glimpse into the contract beverage manufacturer’s new office space, beer lab and production floor that owner Isaac Showaki hopes to have online by the end of summer. Showaki told Chamber members that the 100,000-square-foot addition to his existing building – and the 200,000-square-foot distribution and warehouse facility being built across the street – is part of a long-range business plan that dates back to 2014... ...more
Milwaukee projects ranging from a redeveloped distillery to artistic bus stops are among the winners of this year`s Mayor’s Design Awards.
The annual awards honor Milwaukee projects that contribute to the character of their surroundings, add value to their neighborhoods and contribute to the urban fabric...
Central Standard Craft Distillery, 320 E. Clybourn St. Central Standard
renovated a long-vacant 16,200-square foot building into an updated
distillery, restaurant, bar, events space and rooftop patio. Architect
& Engineer: HGA...
The Wisconsin Brewing Company Head Brewer is responsible for the supervision of brewing personnel and all processes and activities involved in brewing and blending of alcohol and non-alcohol products to meet the needs of beer for distribution and products required for co-pack operations. This critical role will combine actual hands--on brewing with guiding a team of skilled brewery personnel...
Neenah`s Lion`s Tail Brewing is converting the former Wisconsin Garden & Pet Supply, 8520 W. North Ave., into a brewery and taproom, which should be ready to open by September. We stopped in for an update.
With all due respect to Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company—the seventh oldest brewery in the country, which single-handedly carried Chippewa Falls to national consciousness—and its storied history, the western Wisconsin brewing operation has experienced a great deal of change as its commercial reach has grown. As the craft beer marketplace continues to become more crowded by the day, Leinie’s seems to have distanced itself from its long-running brands of late and, instead, shifted its focus to its fruit-forward Shandy varietals.... ...more
Ken Notes: Mom????? For a brewery owned by a "major" they seem to remain able to experiment a bit...
I’d wanted to visit the Driftless Area since I first heard of it about a year ago. COVID and its residual fallout limited my wife and I to road trip travel throughout most of the past two years, and that meant researching all the amazing places within driving distance of our Chicago home. We did the Upper Peninsula, dipped our toes into every Great Lake, spent weekends exploring Indianapolis, Louisville, and Nashville, and pitched a tent everywhere from Starved Rock to the Indiana Dunes...
...A trip down to La Crosse brings you to the foot of the world’s largest six pack
(no, you can’t drink it). City Brewery’s towering bright tanks stand 54
feet in the air, swathed in La Crosse Lager labels to make them
resemble six enormous beer cans. Fun fact: They were originally the
brainchild of G. Heileman Brewery, painted with Old Style Lager branding
in 1969 as a successful marketing ploy...
...Grab a pint of their proprietary Fountain City Brewing Company Fountain Brew, post up on the patio beneath the shade of a monstrous dogwood tree, and don’t sleep on the Irish Nachos...
These U.S. destinations are easy to reach from several major cities and have plenty to see, eat, and do.
Embarking on the perfectly-planned summer vacation is always a highlight of each year, but for the past two, it`s been harder than ever to get away. Even though COVID-19 travel restrictions have loosened, gas and fuel prices have skyrocketed, making a lengthy road trip or an international flight simply out of the question for many people...
10 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
If you`re looking for a creative weekend away from Minneapolis,
Milwaukee, or even more far-off Chicago, Eau Claire, located in
"Located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, Eau
Claire has hundreds of miles of bike trails, numerous bridges,
countless murals, and is home to the second-largest outdoor sculpture
tour in the U.S.," confirms Luke Alex of Visit Eau Claire.
The craft beer scene in Wisconsin is alive and well. So alive and well in fact, that it can be overwhelming to choose from the hundreds of existing breweries available to patrons. This specific brewery is known far and wide for its extensive amount of brews and unique brewing style.
According to Eat This Not That, the best spot to buy a beer in Wisconsin is at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Lakefront Brewery gained popularity for creating a series where brewery employees brew their favorite kind of beer and serve it to customers. They also offer gluten-free brews!
Here is what Eat This Not That had to say about the best spot to buy a beer in Wisconsin:
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The Sales Representative position is a key resource within the Country Malt Group Sales team providing sales services to breweries, distilleries, homebrew stores, wineries, and other specialty stores and manufactures. Sales Representative will be the primary account owner for an assigned territory, and work closely with the Sales Managers & Customer Solutions Team to support sales functions within the small craft segment. SR`s are the main point of contact maintaining an exceptional level of service for our new & existing customers as we continue to grow our market share and increase profitability. This position will report to the Sales Representative Manager. Ideal Candidate would be located in Oregon...
We’re trying something a little
different this summer. As regular readers know, we have a number of
special sections each year. Some of them are recurring titles, while
others take advantage of the events and celebrations in the region.
one you’ll see this week is new: Northwoods Spirits. No, it’s not a
Halloween issue (though that could be a fun idea for another year). It’s
focusing on the region’s breweries, wineries and distilleries.
WisconsinCraftNews.com newsletter, of 10 to 20 articles, will be emailed to a minimum of 1,000 breweries, brew pubs, wineries, distributors, news outlets, and enthusiasts
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"Our goal is to present a positive view of the craft beer, wine, and liquor markets in the State of Wisconsin”, Ken Harwood, Editor and Publisher.
Wisconsin Craft News is a positive look at these businesses, their contribution to local markets and communities and development projects
across the state. We will highlight the value and quality of this local production and bring attention to these products on the national stage.
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