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  1. Chicago-based Pilot Project Brewing is taking over Milwaukee Brewing Co.`s Pabst Brewery District location
  2. A Monroe distillery has partnered with Gene Simmons of KISS to create a 10-times distilled vodka
  3. Racine brewer and Wisconsin heritage wheat grower team up to create unique beer
  4. Dells on Tap drafts more than 65 breweries to share their wares
  5. October opens with Oktoberfest fun at Dallas
  6. Central Standard to halt production on Sept. 22, but you`ll never guess why
  7. Central Standard Distillery Partners with Hofbräu München to Create Limited-Run Beer Brandy
  8. Checking in on Wisconsin brewing, Making ancient beer
  9. Manitowoc brewery releases beer featuring Fond du Lac`s Green Bay Packers superfan, Frozen Tundra Man
  10. Yep, holidays are coming. Pre-order your MobCraft beer Advent calendars now
  11. 9 Things You Should Know About RumChata
  12. A New Shortage Could Affect Beer Production in Minnesota Read More: A New Shortage Could Affect Beer Production in Minnesota
  13. Showdown brewing as proposed $50M Deer District venue heads to Plan Commission

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Beverage of the Week: Hubbleton Brewing is all the best things about Wisconsin
Welcome back to FTW’s Beverage of the Week series. Previously, we’ve folded these in to our betting guides, whether that’s been for the NFL slate or a bizarrely successful run through the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Here, we mostly chronicle and review beers, but happily expand that scope to any beverage that pairs well with sports. Yes, even cookie dough whiskey.

Hubbleton Brewing Company
’s unofficial motto is along the lines of “it’s only hard to find the first time.” This is untrue. It’s hard to find the second, third and fourth times.

But it’s worth it.

The space between Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin is filled with lots of things, but nothing more frequent than farmland. I haven’t been to all of them, but I’m reasonably sure Hubbleton is the only one with a working brewery, tap room and beer garden.
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Ken Notes: This is why you need to read WisCraftNews.com, I thought I knew every craft brewery in the state but this came as a surprise to me. Road trip... CONGRATS

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Central Standard uncorks Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame

As part of a campaign to encourage Wisconsinites to fuel their Old Fashioneds with locally made brandy, Milwaukee`s Central Standard Craft Distillery is kicking off a Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame and soliciting nominations for the first round of inductees.

As part of a campaign to encourage Wisconsinites to fuel their Old Fashioneds with locally made brandy, Milwaukee’s Central Standard Craft Distillery is kicking off a Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame and soliciting nominations for the first round of inductees.

This is all taking place during September, which the office of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Month. The proclamation also names Sept. 22 as  Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Day...

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Ken Notes: This is brilliant! I wish someone with enough funds would flip the Ale Asylum property into a craft beer hall of fame and outlet for all Wisconsin craft beers. This is such a great property... Oh and a brandy old fashioned made with non-Wisconsin spirits is not a brandy old fashioned it is an insult to the taste but. Want Proof, Ishnala Supper Club in Lake Delton or Central Standard, or Driftless Glen or ... !

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Celebrate Oktoberfest with a local brew

These local brewers offer their own spin on one of fall`s most famous beer styles.

For many, the world-famous German festival Oktoberfest is cause for celebration, and a great excuse for imbibing a traditional malty brew or two. Colored leaves fall from the trees during this dayslong, end-of-September observance. There’s a slight nip in the air. There may be a person wearing lederhosen while hoisting a large stein in any pub you happen to walk into.

In Germany, the Oktoberfest brewing style describes beers brewed specifically for the event in Munich, which is scheduled for Sept. 17 through Oct. 3 this year. In the late 1800s, Spaten Brewery introduced the more malty, amber-hued Märzen, which then became the official beer of the fest. Today, Festbier?—?noted for using paler malts for a more golden-colored and less-heavy beer?—?is the official style....

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Ken Notes: Great lists at the links....

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Chicago brewery is buying Milwaukee Brewing Co., taproom closes Aug. 30
Milwaukee Brewing Company has posted on social media that its taproom will close on Aug. 30. The brewery is expected to be sold to a Chicago brewery with the deal expected to close next week.

A source has confirmed that the buyer is Chicago`s Pilot Project Brewing Company.

Pilot Project, a brewery incubator located at 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., describes itself as, "a purpose-driven, collaborative, and artistically curious brewing and tasting room facility to help support talented brewers in an industry with exceptionally high barriers.

"Modeled after the music industry, Pilot serves as a launch pad for start-up breweries, offering assistance with fine-tuning recipes, production scaling, business development, marketing, distribution and more...

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Ken Notes: I wonder if we could interest them in Ale Asylum in Madison. Better yet it would be great if we could start our own statewide incubator for craft brewers in the state...

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Wisconsin Brewery Will Pay You $10,000 To Watch Sunsets
You`ve got to hand it to the crew at the Leinenkugel`s Brewing Company over in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. They know how to keep Leinies fans happy. And they`re doing that again next week by bringing back one of their award-winning beers for the first time in several years-- and they`re giving away that $10,000 prize too.

Leinies first introduced their Sunset Wheat beer back in 2006. (I used to live a few miles from the Leinie`s brewery when I worked over in Wisconsin, and distinctly remember when they first introduced it 16 years ago.) It would go on to win silver at the Great American Beer Festival and bronze at the World Beer Cup that same year, this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story said. But then, the brewing company, which has been brewing beer over in Wisconsin`s Chippewa Valley since 1867, put Sunset Wheat on hiatus in 2018...

Here are the rules Leinies has set up to win that $10,000 and a trip to a Wisconsin cabin to take in the sunset:

  •     Follow Leinenkugel’s on Instagram.
  •     Make a video, one minute or less, explaining "why they are the ultimate fan of the Wisconsin sunset and Sunset Wheat."
  •     Post that video on their public Instagram account.
  •     Tag @Leinenkugel’s and also hashtag #sunsetstreamer and #contest...
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Ken Notes: Sounds like fun!

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Chicago-based Pilot Project Brewing is taking over Milwaukee Brewing Co.`s Pabst Brewery District location

Chicago-based Pilot Project Brewing is taking over the closed Milwaukee Brewing Co.`s space at 1128 N. Ninth St., according to a news release. 

The 25-year-old Milwaukee brewery`s last day of business at the 43,000-square-foot space in the Pabst Brewery District was Aug. 30, a few years after it moved in there in 2019.

More:Milwaukee Brewing Co. is closing and selling its taproom near Fiserv Forum to a `new brewery`

Pilot Project Brewing is buying the site, which includes a production facility, taproom and event space, thanks to $8 million in fundraising led by Chicago-based investment group InvestBev....

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Chicago-based Pilot Project Brewing buys Milwaukee Brewing Co. production facility - Brewery has also purchased Bottlehouse 42

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Ken Notes: OK now let go down and pitch Ale Asylum....

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A Monroe distillery has partnered with Gene Simmons of KISS to create a 10-times distilled vodka
Minhas Distillery and Brewery in Monroe has partnered with KISS’ bassist and co-lead singer Gene Simmons to create new MoneyBag Vodka.

Minhas Distillery, operating in Monroe for 16 years and owned by Ravinder Minhas, released the new 10-times distilled vodka at Green County Cheese Days on Saturday with Simmons there to celebrate.


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Ken Notes: I drove down to see it for myself, it is real... We need all our Wisconsin celebs to create a brand!

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One tank getaway: Stevens Point area

Just an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from Milwaukee, the Stevens Point area should definitely be on your list of easy and rewarding getaways. Here are some tips from two recent visits.

The Stevens Point area has come a long way since its logging days.

Where once mills lined the Wisconsin River, now there are parks with free concerts. Plus, there’s world-class golf, a respected university and 27 miles of Green Circle walking and biking trails that loop through the region.

Walls around the area are enlivened by some great murals, including my favorite, painted by local artist Jessie Fritsch and picturing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, along with the names of dozens of groundbreaking women. (You can use this site as a guide to see all the area murals.)...

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 Maui and Stevens Point grow as Connected Communities

Representatives from the Stevens Point Brewery and Kohola Brewery of Maui have agreed to create a Stevens Point-Maui collaborative beer.


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Ken Notes: Bobby next time you take one of these road trips you need a driver and I am available!!!

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Discover Drinks Made With Local Cherries In Door County, Wisconsin
During the first week in August 2022, a bulletin board at Seaquist Orchards — a farm north of Sister Bay in Door County, Wisconsin — indicates to visitors that five types of cherries are currently being harvested. And while that might sound like plenty, the board also shows that 23 types have already been sold out, gone for the season...

...Door Peninsula Winery near Carlsville produces (at the time of this story) at least seven fruit wines and ciders that include Door County cherries. Sparkling Cherry Mimosa, a fan favorite at local beer gardens and bars, features fresh-pressed Door County tart cherries blended in an aged sparkling cider. It’s a fresh and easy drinking bubbly for summer afternoons....


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Ken Notes: Written by Jill Barth FORBES Magazine!!!

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Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery Among Latest Wisconsin Wineries to Earn Accolades
Wisconsin wineries continue to put our state on the winemaking map, highlighting vino made with hybridized cold-hardy grapes that are on par with global wine regions. Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery (N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Kewaunee) was awarded “Winery of the Year” for 2022 at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition held this past spring in Minnesota...
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Racine brewer and Wisconsin heritage wheat grower team up to create unique beer
A partnership between a southeast Wisconsin farmer and a brewer has led to the creation of a beer that allows you to taste the history of the state.

Mark Flynn owns Littleport Brewing Company located in what was an 1800’s era livery stable in downtown Racine. The brewery opened a year and a half ago.

“We’ve got a home brew store across the street. We started home brew club in 2001. In 2006 we opened the home brew store and we’ve been giving away home brew there for quite a while,” Flynn says. “Our customers over there said, you’d better open a brewery and sell this stuff instead of just giving it away. That’s what we did.”...


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Get your tickets for Mac & Cheese Fest at Wisconsin Brewing Co. Park on Sept. 24

It`s time to put your mac & cheese eating pants on. That`s because Michigan`s famous Mac & Cheese Fest is coming to Wisconsin...

We told you it was coming. But the cheese-o-rific day has officially come. Tickets are officially on sale for Mac & Cheese Fest, an ooey gooey celebration of everyone`s favorite pasta dish.

The cheese-filled event is slated to take place at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, 1011 Blue Ribbon Cir N in Oconomowoc on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. (with VIP early access beginning at 3 p.m.). ...

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Ken Notes: I JUST lost 20 lbs --- “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” The Godfather: Part III...

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8 Winery Wedding Venues to Book in the US

Oenophiles will love these properties for an unforgettable vineyard wedding.

 02 of 08 Stone`s Throw: Wisconsin

When you need an elegant midwestern wedding with stunning natural beauty and tons of history, consider Stone`s Throw, an Italian-inspired winery in Door County, Wisconsin. Although the winery was named after its picturesque stone walls, you can have your wedding in the Barrel Room, a space that can accommodate up to 70 people for a seated event. Looking for an outdoor venue? The property`s many options include the Tree Bar, a sculpture garden, and the Aventura Rose Patio, planted within the gardens with a seasonal fire pit...
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Ken Notes: One of my favorite wineries in the State...

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Two Wisconsin Craft Beer Institutions Close
When COVID hit in 2020, we expected a massive number of brewery closures, that didn’t happen. Sure some breweries did close during what would become almost two years of on and off lockdowns, but many of those were struggling even before the pandemic.

Even though beer sales are recovering from the lows of 2020 and the public is returning to bars and taprooms for many craft breweries things aren’t normalizing fast enough. And many are burdened by debts incurred over one of the most difficult economic periods the country has ever seen...

Wisconsin’s Brasserie V Closes after 15 Years

On August 20 Brasserie V, a Madison, Wisconsin beer institution that focused on Belgian beers took to social media to announce its closure at the end of the month. And while the impact of the pandemic was a factor, staffing challenges that began well before the well before COVID-19 was the ultimate reason....

Milwaukee Ale House to Close in September

On September 11 the Milwaukee Ale House, the brewpub component of Milwaukee Brewing, will close its doors for good.

“After such a long tenure here on the water, we are losing our beautiful home, and the city is losing a staple in the restaurant and brewing scene,” the company wrote on Facebook. “In true Ale House fashion, though, we’ll be tapping kegs and frying curds until the very end.”...

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Ken Notes: We need a Wisconsin investment trust to invest in quality Wisconsin establishments and keep them afloat as we market Wisconsin Craft products to the world...

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Ancient recipes are revived as a Tosa home brewer and a UWM professor team up to recreate early beer recipes

Beer has stood the test of time as one of the world`s favorite social lubricants

However, much of the history of the drink, and the corresponding histories of the cultures it has been associated with, are often ignored. 

To resolve that gap, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor and a Wauwatosa home brewer have spent the last three years combining forces to restore old recipes and spark interest in the underlying history of Milwaukee’s favorite drink.

“The end game is to use beer as a kind of bribe to get people that might think history is really boring to use this as a weird subversive way of exploring things they may not find interesting otherwise,” said UWM Archaeology professor and co-brewer Bettina Arnold....


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Ken Notes: A history class with beer, sign me up. Homework takes on a whole new meaning...

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Dells on Tap drafts more than 65 breweries to share their wares

For one weekend each autumn, the Waterpark Capital of the World is transformed into a craft beer paradise as Dells On Tap takes over at the Wisconsin Dells Festivals Site, 200 La Crosse St. in the Dells.

For one weekend each autumn, the Waterpark Capital of the World is transformed into a craft beer paradise as Dells On Tap takes over at the Wisconsin Dells Festivals Site, 200 La Crosse St. in the Dells.

This year’s event kicks off Friday, Oct. 14 with the Dells Craft Beer Walk that allows you to sample craft brews as you explore the downtown Dells, and maybe consider pairing some rich stouts with some classic Dells fudge or using banana salt water taffy to boost that Belgian-style brew....

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October opens with Oktoberfest fun at Dallas
If you are in pursuit of a small-town celebration that has great entertainment, tasty foods and beverages, unique competitions, and plenty of country charm, then look no further. The Dallas Oktoberfest has been unsurpassed for 25 years and the people of Dallas are going all-out to make this Oktoberfest their personal best!

Come to Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a day that is filled with fun activities with a 5K autumn run (herbstlauf), pancake breakfast, car show, vintage baseball, dog costume contest, arts and crafts, music, wiener dog races, beer, brats, lefse, wood fired pizza and more....

...All the events at the Oktoberfest are free to attend. For a great time, make a dash to the Dallas Oktoberfest in Dallas on Oct. 1. Rain or shine. For more information, visit the Dallas Oktoberfest Facebook page or go to: www.valkyriebrewery.com/ofest...
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Ken Notes: OK here is why you read WisCraftNews.com.
  1. You did not know there was a Dallas Wisconsin!
  2. You have always wanted to see a Kubb Tournament!
  3. All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast`s aren`t that common anymore!
  4. Lutheran Church Thrift Sale!
  5. Valkyrie Brewing Company & Louie’s Finer Meats!
  6. Three words - Wiener Dog Race!!!

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Torzala Brewing is open at Lincoln Warehouse & preparing for Jones Island Fest

If I told you that Jeff and Trish Torzala opened their one-barrel brewery and taproom in a space that has been home to three previous breweries, you might think that’s a bad omen.

But what if I tell you that space is on the second floor of the Lincoln Warehouse, 2018 S. 1st St., and that it’s previous occupants were Eagle Park. Enlightened and Component ... none of which failed and all of which grew out of the space...

Torzala Brewing Company

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Ken Notes: We need more brewery incubator space so people can dip there toes in the water and grow....

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Central Standard to halt production on Sept. 22, but you`ll never guess why

Central Standard, Wisconsin’s largest distillery, has announced that it will be shutting down all production at their Milwaukee distillery on Sept. 22. 

But the reasoning behind the shutdown is likely not what you’d expect.

Co-founders Even Hughes and Pat McQuillan are taking a break from their usual grind so that they can travel throughout the State of Wisconsin, visiting local establishments and buying unsuspecting customers old fashioneds made with their North Wisconsin Brandy.

Their goal? Encourage Wisconsinites to request hand-crafted brandy from locally owned distilleries whenever they drink Wisconsin’s most popular cocktail....

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Wisconsin IPA Fest 2022: A recap and the winners!
...“There were only a few tiny bouts of rain but they had no impact on the event,” Gehl said. “We sold out of T-shirts at the make your own T-shirt booth this year and all the DJ received some overwhelmingly positive feedback for entertaining the crowd..

The six finalists were:

  • City Lights Brewing - Hazy IPA
  • Full Mile Beer Co. - Ghost Teeth
  • G5 Brewing Company - Anonymous Caller
  • Hacienda Beer Co. - Empires of the Mind
  • Mobcraft Beer - Double I Pear A
  • Tumbled Rock Brewery - Sarrington Road English IPA

And the winners were:

  • First place: G5 - Anonymous Caller
  • Second place: City Lights - Hazy IPA
  • Third place: Hacienda Beer Co - Empires of the Mind

Peoples` Choice:

  • Vennture Brew Co - I Love That For You Cold IPA
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Gathering Place Is Opening a Tosa Taproom

The owner of the Riverwest brewery says he’s excited about joining a growing cluster of breweries along West North Avenue.

The new owner of Stock House Brewing in Wauwatosa is a familiar one: Gathering Place Brewing.

The 5-year-old Riverwest brewery will make the former Stock House space at 7208 W. North Ave., which closed last week, its second location. The opening is planned for late September after Gathering Place can clear federal and local red tape...
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Drinking in the history with artifacts at Janesville brewery
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Brewing has long been a part of Wisconsin’s history, and that was on display in Janesville on Saturday.

The “History of Brewing in Janesville” event showcased the work of local historian Robert Bier and volunteers who have been uncovering parts of a brewery that was built in 1857.

The group has been excavating the site since 2015 and has found items that give a glimpse into the buildings of the era, the items used in the brewery, and the personal items of the people who lived in the area...

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Ken Notes: More history. Get the guys above to brew up one of the old recipes...

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Events This Weekend! and next...

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...


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

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Central Standard Distillery Partners with Hofbräu München to Create Limited-Run Beer Brandy
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Central Standard Craft Distillery Cofounders Evan Hughes and Pat McQuillan are going global with the unveiling of the next release in the distillery’s Brewmasters Brandy Series: a collaboration with Hofbräu München, the renowned 400+ year-old brewery known for Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival in Munich.

“For our latest Brewmasters-series release, we wanted to make it a truly global collaboration,” Hughes said. “And no better brewery to partner with than Hofbräu München, the top name in German brewing and owner of the most famous beer hall in the world.”
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Help This Distillery Turn Its Bottles Pink to Raise Money For Breast Cancer Research
This October, Driftless Glen is again turning its bourbon labels pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

For the second year in a row, $3 from every bottle sold during the month will go directly to local cancer research.

On Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m., at the Driftless Glen Distillery in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Driftless Glen is hosting a Pink Label Bourbon Release Party, where it will turn all of its Small Batch Bourbon labels pink. There will be exclusive pink merchandise and pink toffee at the event. There will also be bourbon samples, mini-tours, pink drink samples and more, all free of charge...
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Potosi Is a Must-See for Anyone Visiting Wisconsin’s Four Corners

Once teeming with miners, the area now offers recreation, relaxing drives, and a reminder of the brew that satisfied a thirsty territory.


Running 3,000 miles along the Mississippi River through 10 states, the Great River Road has no shortage of claimants to its most beautiful stretch. We covered several Wisconsin destinations in 2020. A strong case can be made for Potosi, once one of Wisconsin’s larger settlements in its territorial days...
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Ken Notes: The area needs more campgrounds, resorts, and more dining and entertainment venues because the brewery is special but it takes a village...

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Rookery Brewing uses popups to share its farmhouse brews

Founded by Kiel McGuinness - who interned at 1840 Brewing and completed the Barley to Barrel program - and his wife Ashley, Rookery has been hosting popups to share its brews, many of which are made with ingredients grown by McGuinness.

Two years ago, Rookery Brewing was one of two local brewers to ink alternating proprietorship deals with MobCraft to share the Walker’s Point brewhouse space.

Founded by Kiel McGuinness – who started brewing about 10 years ago, interning at 1840 Brewing and completing the Barley to Barrel program – and his wife Ashley, Rookery has been hosting popups to share its brews, many of which are made with ingredients grown by McGuinness in his Wauwatosa backyard...

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Ken Notes: I think pop ups are the key to sharing your brew with the public. Every event in the State that serves alcohol should feature Wisconsin CRAFT Products...

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Checking in on Wisconsin brewing, Making ancient beer

The Morning Show

As Oktoberfest celebrations continue through the fall, we check in with two brewers around the state about how Wisconsin breweries are doing. Then, we speak with a UW-Milwaukee professor to learn more about beer that predates the use of hops by centuries...


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Third Space enhancing taproom experience, celebrates Wisconsin IPAs
Andy Gehl, president and co-founder of Third Space Brewing, said the Milwaukee-based brewery had two main goals in 2022. One was to grow sales in the marketplace across Wisconsin. The other was to enhance the experience at Third Space`s taproom to drive more on-site revenue...

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Ken Notes: Paywall at the story link so this just links to the Third Space website.

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Camping at Wineries and Breweries in Wisconsin

As the country continues to get vaccinated in an attempt to return to the “normalcy” of life before the pandemic, there are a few trends that appear to be sticking around. Among these are the work-from-home movement and the rise in RV popularity. Many travel-focused businesses have gotten on board with the motorhome movement, and RVers are reaping the benefits.

Where Can I Camp?

Although Harvest Hosts doesn’t allow you to see the names of campgrounds without a membership, we were able to dig up a few. Experience camping at wineries and breweries at one of these five Harvest Host locations.

camping at wineries and breweries in Wisconsin - Senior woman drinking red wine in tasting room with people sitting by. Mature female tasting wine in a winery....

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An Early Review of Ope! Brewing

West Allis’ Ope Brewing can win over fans even without great beer.

Back in, say, 2017, breweries were for, well, beer people – the sniffers, the contemplators, those who debate the merits of Czech vs. German pilsners. (I am one of these people.) Sure, everyone was welcome, but the product was, usually and naturally, the center of attention.

Breweries opening in 2022 enter a market more crowded than ever – by midsummer, metro Milwaukee had 53, up from just 19 seven years ago, not to mention another handful of brewery taprooms. In other words, the beer people might be spoken for. But the other 90% of the population spends money, too.?...

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Botany BrewFarm to revive wind-powered farmhouse brewery in Wisconsin
On the northern edge of Wisconsin`s driftless region, Joseph Alton is acclimating to the farm life.

After all, he`d been looking for a change of pace when a Facebook comment led him to visit the former Dave`s BrewFarm in Wilson, Wisconsin last winter.

Alton, a lifelong Twin Cities resident and veteran in the hospitality industry, spent the day walking the 35-acre farm. Soon, he`d closed the deal and farmhouse brewery — where he now resides — became his.

Last week, Alton introduced his concept to carry the farm into the future while maintaining the elements that drew him there in the first place.

Botany BrewFarm, which he plans to open fully by summer 2023, will offer beers, ciders and wines and non-alcoholic beverages like homemade sodas and teas...
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Wisconsin breweries team up to help those experiencing domestic violence
MADISON, Wis. — A number of breweries, including Madison-based Delta Beer Lab, are teaming up to raise money to help those experiencing domestic violence.

Delta Beer Lab announced Thursday it will donate one dollar for every pint of the new “One in Four” IPA it sells to Domestic Abuse Intervention Services. The beer’s name highlights the fact that one in four women — and one in nine men — will experience some form of domestic violence in their lives...



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Brewery Showcase | Ope! Brewing Co.
As someone with the Instagram bio of “ope,” a visit to Ope! Brewing Co. in West Allis, Wisconsin, was a must. For those unaware of the Midwestern statement, the word “Ope” is used as an exclamation to express surprise, dismay or really anything at all (according to one of the breweries’ stickers). Continuing with the theme of Ope! and general midwestern (specifically, Wisconsin) vibes, the three founders, Adam Anders, Kyle Ciske and John Onopa, were able to scatter nods to their home state throughout the brewery, which opened Memorial Day weekend of 2022...
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Wisconsin distillery wins gold medal with Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. (WMTV) - A Single Barrel Rye Whiskey from a Wisconsin distillery was chosen against hundreds of other spirits throughout the country to be awarded a gold medal in the 2022 American Craft Spirit Awards.

Wollersheim was one of several distilleries entered in the competition, but only one of few to come out with the gold. Thirty-seven other states, along with Washington D.C. entered in over 400 spirits to be determined which were the best by 30 different judges.

Out of all the entries, 159 earned a bronze medal, 104 got silver, and only 15 were able to covet the gold award...
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Badgers and (root) beer? UW o-line partners with Sprecher
MADISON, Wis. — The NIL deals keep rolling in for the Wisconsin football team.

Thursday night the UW offensive line celebrated their partnership with Sprecher Brewing Company over a meal and a handful of craft sodas...


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Ken Notes: What about a new alliance with Wisconsin Craft Brewers. Imaging a great collection of product made right here in Wisconsin. GO BUCKY...

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Parallel 44 Winery co-founder aims to put Wisconsin wines on a world-class level
When Steve Johnson looks over his vineyard in Door County, he sees the future. His dream is a growing goal, literally. He wants to make world class wines right here in Wisconsin, using only grapes grown here.

That means at Parallel 44 in Kewaunee and Door 44 Winery and Vineyard in Sturgeon Bay they’re using cold hardy grapes that might not be as well known to consumers, including Frontenac, Petite Pearl, Louise Swenson, Marquette and La Crescent...
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Climate change brewing trouble in the beer industry
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsin’s love of beer is unmatched, but the beer many people know, and love is changing because of the changing climate.

Brewer and co-owner of Giant Jones Brewery Jessica Jones has been serving up social suds in Madison since 2018.

“Beer is one of these great things. I mean, flavor is one of these great things that is just universal,” Jones said. “Everybody has something unique to bring to the table when they’re tasting and doing that together, just like breaks down all these other barriers that we stick in between each other”

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Cambridge`s Dancing Goat Distillery completes expansion
A Cambridge company`s goal to become the largest distillery in the state has taken another step.

Dancing Goat Distillery has announced that it has completed a 17,000-square-foot expansion that has doubled the size of the production facility located adjacent to the vineyards of Cambridge Winery on the village`s west side...



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Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame, pumpkin spice cream puffs and more Milwaukee food and drink news

Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame to start in Milwaukee

Who are the top brandy old fashioned fans? Central Standard Craft Distillery will answer that question with the induction of six people into its Brandy Old Fashioned Hall of Fame, to be housed in the Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen at 320 E. Clybourn St. in downtown Milwaukee.

The public can nominate a potential hall of famer online with an essay of 50 words or fewer, explaining why someone is worthy of the honor. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 30; honorees will be announced in mid-October. Visit thecentralstandard.com/brandy-old-fashioned-hall-of-fame...

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Manitowoc brewery releases beer featuring Fond du Lac`s Green Bay Packers superfan, Frozen Tundra Man
MANITOWOC - Green Bay Packers fans can now grab a cold beer featuring a depiction of the "Frozen Tundra Man."

Sabbatical Brewing released its second round of SuperFans beer series, a hazy IPA featuring iconic Packers backers.

St. Vince kicked off the SuperFans beer in January, just before the Packers` NFC divisional playoff game. The can featured Manitowoc resident John O’Neill who dons green-and-gold bishop vestments featuring famed Packers head coach Vince Lombardi...


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Yep, holidays are coming. Pre-order your MobCraft beer Advent calendars now

Want to get a jump on the holidays right now? If so, you`ll be thrilled to know that Milwaukee`s MobCraft Beer has kicked off pre-sales for its third annual 24-pack Beer Advent calendar with two dozen unique brews.

Want to get a jump on the holidays right now? If so, you`ll be thrilled to know that Milwaukee`s MobCraft Beer has kicked off pre-sales for its third annual 24-pack Beer Advent calendar with two dozen unique brews.

This year’s installment includes five flagship brands, four seasonal beers, five limited release beers, four barrel-aged beers and six exclusive collaboration beers made with  Pipeworks Brewery (Chicago), Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery (Denver), Bottleshare / New Realm Brewing Co. (Atlanta), Radix Fermentation (Milwaukee), Miskatonic Brewery (Darien, Illinois) and Two Brothers Brewing (Warrenville, Illinois).

Calendars cost $65 and can be picked up in the Milwaukee and Denver taprooms beginning in October....

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15 Beer Events Brewing in Milwaukee This Week: Aug. 31-Sept. 4

Oktoberfests are making their annual return to Milwaukee. Bavarian Bierhaus begins its long celebration this week.

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9 Things You Should Know About RumChata

Created in 2009 by formerly retired distiller Tom Maas, RumChata is one of the most popular cream liqueurs in the world and was recently named one of the fastest-growing brands in the U.S. The rum-based, horchata-inspired beverage is made from five-times distilled Caribbean rum, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and Wisconsin dairy cream. The liqueur is inspired by Mexican horchata, a plant-based beverage typically made from rice and flavored with cinnamon and sugar.

Maas, who retired at the age of 50 after working as director of bourbon for brands such as Jim Beam and Knob Creek, began to find himself restless — wanting to get back into the distilling game. After trying horchata for the first time in 2006, he immediately began dreaming up a recipe for a spiked version.

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Sunshine Soul Festival to be held Aug. 27: Event to benefit orphanage in Haiti
Ready to get your groove on for a good cause? Head to the backyard at Wisconsin Brewing Company on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Sunshine Soul Festival, a benefit for Mercy House Orphanage in Haiti, is set from noon to 9 p.m. that Saturday.

Area musicians will take the stage all day including The People Brothers Band, The Grasshoppers, Groovulous Glove, Sunshine Daydrink, and Kendra Swanson.

In addition to the live music, there will be food, beer, vendors, and kids activities, with pets welcome.
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We’re screening ‘The Wedding Singer’ at Avalon Theater on September 28 and you’re reaping all the benefits
September is a month that’s synonymous with weddings. The month—which straddles the end of summer and the start of autumn—is among the most popular times for people to tie the knot. With that in mind…and because it’s a great movie that we could secure the rights to, we’ve decided to screen...

The Wedding Singer at Avalon Theater on Wednesday, September 28

Tickets are on sale NOW!

...sponsored by our friends at Lakefront Brewery, who will have some of their tasty beers available on draft. This screening will also feature two new sponsors! Great Lakes Distillery will make its Avalon Theater debut and will offer a “Wedding Stinger” cocktail made with Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka during the screening...

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Wisconsin wine: Picking grapes at a Prescott vineyard

When you think of Wisconsin, your first thought is probably either the Green Bay Packers or cheese. But what about wine?

PRESCOTT, Wis. — Nestled among neighboring corn fields in Prescott, Wisconsin, is the Foy family`s two-acre chunk of wine country.

The vineyard is made up of one acre of red grapes, the other white, both bred by the University of Minnesota to withstand the Midwest`s cold temperatures.

"It`s been 35-below here and they`ve survived," said Erroll Foy, who moved to the acreage with his family from Minneapolis several years ago.

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Sunset Point nominated for ’22 Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest
Sunset Point Winery has been nominated for the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin” 2022 contest.

The winery debuted its collapsable pouches earlier this year. Winery co-owner Kathy Johnson they make wine easier to transport for customers taking advantage of the downtown’s open intoxicant area near the public square.

The annual contest shines a spotlight on the state’s manufacturing industry, which employs one-in-six people in Wisconsin...
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Shocker: New Juicy Peach Beer Is The #1 ‘Craft’ Brand In The Great Lakes
Leinenkugel’s is a Wisconsin brewery with six generations of family history that’s been brewing beer for almost 150 years. It was purchased by the Miller Brewing company in 1988 and is now part of the Molson Coors family of beers.

Even though they are now a Big Beer property, Leinenkugel’s has retained its Great Lakes identity and has rabid following that love what they do.

And one of the beers that Leinenkugel’s fans are going crazy is a peach beer, believe it or not…

Leinenkugel’s Juicy Peach is the Great Lakes region’s top new ‘craft’ brand of 2022, and the top new beer offering in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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Perlick Distillery controls the entire distilling process from ground to shelf
SARONA, Wis. — The Perlick family had two goals when they opened their distillery seven years ago: add value to the grains grown on the farm and create high-quality distilled spirits.

The farm the Perlick family purchased in 1920 is now where they grow grain and distill the alcohols produced at Perlick Distillery, which opened in 2015 in a renovated barn on the family`s land.

Perlick Distillery — which is open to the public year-round — currently produces its flagship spirit, American Yeoman Vodka, and will be releasing an American single malt whiskey next summer...


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Historic Milwaukee buildings are being converted into wedding venues — thanks in part to Chicago-area couples
Milwaukee has a growing industry that is spurring redevelopment of historic buildings —fueled in part by an influx of Chicago-area customers.

An increasing number of weddings outside of churches and other houses of worship are bringing new life to several older buildings in the Milwaukee area.

That trend also is adding revenue streams for new hotels and other developments, including craft breweries, museums and performing arts venues.

"It`s definitely on the upswing," said Angela Quigley, co-owner of MarriedInMilwaukee.com, a web-based wedding information resource.

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These six historic Milwaukee-area buildings have been redeveloped as events venues over the past year--despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Get Into Homebrewing: Practical Tips to Grow Your Experience and Enjoyment
or Isaiah King, owner and head brewer at Gasper Brewing Co. in Bowling Green, Kentucky, his foray into making beer started with a Christmas gift from his dad in 2006.

The “Mr. Beer” kit from Rural King piqued his interest, although its initial outcome contrasted sharply with what he now makes at his brewery.

“The results were pretty horrible,” says King. “I forced myself to drink a few of them, but my dad really liked them.” By summertime, his retired father was giving him weekly kits to test. “By the end of that year, I was combining multiple kits for larger batches and soon transitioned to all-grain brewing.”

Will Glass, founder of The Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, started homebrewing while he worked for MillerCoors in hospitality and marketing. He and his wife would purchase a tavern that they turned into a craft beer bar...

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A New Shortage Could Affect Beer Production in Minnesota Read More: A New Shortage Could Affect Beer Production in Minnesota
Don`t look now, but another supply-chain shortage is threatening to affect the production of craft beer here in Minnesota.

The words `beer` and `shortage` are two words I *never* want to see together in a sentence, and yet that`s exactly what`s happening, and right as we head into Oktoberfest season, too!..


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Showdown brewing as proposed $50M Deer District venue heads to Plan Commission

Showdown brews as proposed $50M Deer District venue hits zoning panel

A public hearing on a proposed $50 million entertainment venue in Milwaukee’s downtown Deer District is shaping up to be contentious with Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin speaking in favor and supporters of existing venues sharpening their opposition...
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