Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Your Favorite Local Winemakers

the top three local wineries from the most recent Best of the Chippewa Valley Readers Poll

Hillary Bell, photos by Lee Butterworth

In the most recent edition of our annual Best of the Chippewa Valley poll, River Bend, Autumn Harvest, and Infinity Beverages took home to honors in the Best Winemaker category ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Corking Her Career

From the Vine owner wants to put wine bar in new hands

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Over the past six years, From The Vine has become so much more than a wine bar: It’s become a part of customers’ lives. FTV will always have a special place in my heart – not because it was the place that sparked my love of sweet reds ...

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Issue #330 April 19, 2017

Ramping Up the Rev

get an early glimpse at the soon-to-open wine bar in downtown Eau Claire, from the owners of The Plus

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The owner of The Plus in downtown Eau Claire is finishing up his next project: The Rev. Benny Haas, an entrepreneur and jack-of-all-trades, is planning on opening The Rev at 204 S. Barstow St., the former location of

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Transatlantic Brew

for big anniversary, Leinie’s goes back to its German roots

Barbara Arnold

The new Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Lager has been described as a “marriage” made in beer heaven. Chippewa Valley beer connoisseurs can taste this specially crafted beer at a local launch open to the public on Friday, April 7, from 5 to 8pm at the Leinie Lodge in Chippewa Falls ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

The Hunt Is On

if you look hard enough, you can find some amazing wild mushrooms with these helpful tips from the experts

Hannah Mumm

April showers bring May … mushrooms? It’s true. As the weather warms and the snow melts, hundreds of fungi are preparing to break through the forest floor. For Tavis Lynch, a Wisconsin-based mycologist ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

What's Your Alibi?

The Alibi Lounge, formerly Shots Bar, has big ideas and cold drinks

Hillary Bell

Get ready Eau Claire – there’s a new bar open in town and it’s got big plans, The Alibi Lounge, formerly known as Shots Bar, hopes to be the place the community goes for good company and great drinks ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Bullfrog Up for Grabs

quirky local fish farm’s “soul proprietor” considers retirement and looks for a new owner to take the reins

Haley Wright

Bullfrog “Eat My Fish” Farm, a local and well-loved fish farm/family fun destination, is looking for a new owner to take over the business and breathe new life into it ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Big Plans Are A-Brewin' at Lazy Monk

Phase 2 will consolidate the brewery and bier hall – and Phase 3 is a German / Czech restaurant

Hillary Bell, photos by Kelsey Smith

Lazy Monk Brewing, a local brewery and popular German-style bier hall in Eau Claire, will soon begin Phase 2 of its transition from its previous location in Banbury Place to its new, spacious home ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

A Sweet Little Sugar Rush

self-taught baker breaks out with Water Street cake shop

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire’s newest “Cake Boss” has opened up a specialty bakery on Water Street. Farrah Miller, proprietor of Chic Sweets By Farrah, draws inspiration from the changing seasons, mythical creatures ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Crawling for a Cause

Das Loop Pub crawl will raise funds for ailing girl

Natalie Rosenkranz

Whether you’re down to drink some spirits or looking to raise some, the Das Loop Pub Crawl is what you should be doing on Saturday, Feb. 4! The Das Loop Pub Crawl is a fun charity event that takes place ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Sips for Success

cocktail and wine tasting to support women in business

Hannah Mumm

Looking to kick those Wisco winter blues? Eat, drink, and give back to your local female leaders on Feb. 16. Eau Claire retailer Red’s Mercantile and K Point Brewery are hosting a cocktail and wine tasting fundraiser ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Perfecting Their Chops

Chippewa Falls hotel restaurant raises the steaks

Pan Thao, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Word on the street: Tucked inside the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in downtown Chippewa Falls is a new restaurant that will have you licking your chops – literally! The Wissota Chophouse ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Southside Suds

Southtowne Pub busts into the Eau Claire bar scene

Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Southside residents of Eau Claire have traditionally had fairly limited choices for neighborhood watering holes. However, the landscape’s been changing dramatically in the last year, and now a new spot called Southtowne Pub is adding its own mark ...

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