Dry, no more: Ephraim, Wisconsin, passes referendum to allow beer and wine sales

The last dry town in Wisconsin is dry no more. Voters in the Village of Ephraim, a small town in Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula, voted to end the 163-year ban on beer and wine sales. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, residents of Ephraim, which has been dry since 1853 because of … [ Read more]

There’s Something About Brandy

For all the excitement about local small-batch spirits, why is brandy lagging behind? Somewhere in Wisconsin at this very moment, a cherry and an orange slice are being muddled in a glass. They’re being pulverized with a sugar cube and a dash of bitters. A few ice cubes get added, then a slug of rail brandy … [ Read more]

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J. Henry & Sons’ farm-direct bourbon shows off its age

Small distilleries face a tough decision when they age spirits. It costs a lot of money to have a whiskey just sitting there in a barrel. If the law says a “straight” spirit must be aged at least two years, the business part of a distiller’s brain wants to bottle that spirit at two years and one … [ Read more]

Cheeseheads rejoice for Wisconsin cheese named best in world

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a cheese made in the U.S. has won the World Championship Cheese Contest, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. And it just so happens that victorious wedge was made in the city that celebrates cheese like no other. Roth Grand Cru Surchoix, a smear ripened hard cheese produced … [ Read more]

Pink is the new orange for Wisconsin hunters

A bill was just signed into law in Wisconsin that allows hunters to wear blaze pink as well as blaze orange, reports Bring Me the News. The bill was proposed in May 2015; the representatives who drafted it said it was “designed to provide more options for hunters and boost interest in the pursuit at a … [ Read more]

Ale Asylum marking 10 years with new barrel-aging program, pilot batch series

Ale Asylum, the popular Madison, Wisconsin, brewery, is best known for its straight-forward, by-the-book, well-made beers. But all that’s about to change, reports Badger Herald. “This year will be the 10th anniversary for our company,” Hathaway Dilba, director of promotions for Ale Asylum, told the paper. “We’re excited to have some special beers coming out … [ Read more]

Ephraim, Wisconsin’s last dry town, to vote on beer and wine sales

Ephraim, Wisconsin, may be well-known for its fish boils and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, but one thing it’s not known for is alcohol. That’s because this small village has been dry since its founding in 1853. Today, Ephraim is the last dry municipality in Wisconsin, though that could change this April when the historic alcohol ban will … [ Read more]

Third-generation winemaker opens winery in downtown Hudson Wisconsin

Vincent Negret, a third-generation winemaker from Columbia, opened the doors to his own winery in Hudson, Wisconsin. Negret Wine Company is located in an 8,000-square-foot building, including a 3,000-square-foot production area and 50-person tasting room, located next to Pudge’s Bar on Hudson’s main street. Negret started on the path to opening his own winery back … [ Read more]

Barley John’s Brew Pub Breaks Ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin

On the heels of winning their third straight Great Snowshoe Award at Winterfest last week comes news that Barley John’s Brew Pub is expanding its operation, adding a production brewery and taproom. Exciting news, yes. Not as exciting for local fans of Barley John’s: the new facility is being built across the river—not the Mississippi, but … [ Read more]

Turn of the Seasons at Dave’s BrewFarm

Many people in the craft beer industry daydream of Belgium and Germany—far off lands that are rustic and peaceful, where the beer is brewed well in small and out of the way places, where a quiet can settle in, letting a slower pace to be had. It’s odd that not many of us look in … [ Read more]

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The Great Outdoors…With Beer

Dave Hoops dishes on his favorite places in northern Minnesota. By Dave Hoops  In this issue I am going to talk about some of my favorite places in northern Minnesota to hike, bike, camp, relax, swim, and of course enjoy a great beer. In 2006, the City of Duluth Comprehensive Plan showed a staggering 11,862 … [ Read more]

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American Sky’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout Just in Time for V-Day

American Sky Beer from Hudson, Wisconsin is releasing a special Valentine’s Day treat for the (beer) lovers among us. American Sweetheart is a chocolate peanut butter stout making its 2nd annual Valentines Day week debut this Thursday, Feb. 13 at The Hangar—American Sky Brewing Co.’s taproom—and these selected establishments: Postmark Grille (Hudson), Taverna (Eau Claire), The Eau Claire Fire House (Eau Claire), … [ Read more]

“The Big Cheese Drop” Masquerade Ball to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

PLYMOUTH, WI – Don’t miss “The Big Cheese Drop” at the Plymouth Arts Center in Wisconsin this New Years Eve. You can start off the night promptly at 7:00pm Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 or be fashionably late. But whatever you do, make sure you’re there before the Big Cheese drops at midnight. This “cheesy” Masquerade … [ Read more]

Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence

Profiling a funky festival that’s not just about beer. by Liz Scholz This October in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, from the 4th to the 13th, there’s some fun fermenting. The Wormfarm Institute, a non-profit focusing on the intersection of sustainable farming and the arts, is putting on the third annual Fermentation Festival. “A Live Culture Convergence,” the … [ Read more]

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