Eat, Drink, & Get Reading

V1 Staff

Fuel your love of Wisconsin’s classic consumables with these and other books from The Local Store.

Wisconsin Grudge Match: Beer v. Cheese

Tom Giffey

Sure, beer is what made Wisconsin (or at least its biggest city) famous. But in nearly every objective category, our cheese industry overshadows brewing ...

What Makes Curds Squeak?

exploring the science behind Wisconsin’s favorite snack

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s nothing like picking up a fresh, warm bag of cheese curds at the farmers market and getting that first squeaky bite. That squeak comes from a special way that long protein molecules in fresh cheese curds rub against your teeth ...

New Bill Would Ease Rules for Wisconsin's Small Brewers

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Will Glass, founder of The Brewing Projekt in Eau Claire, knows all about the convoluted regulations that govern the production and sale of alcohol in Wisconsin. In fact, he wrestled with them for several years before finally opening his Eau Claire craft brewery and taproom in 2015 ...

Matches Made in Wisco Heaven

these Badger State cheese and beer pairings will send your taste buds to paradise

V1 Staff

Loves of fine food and beverages in the Chippewa Valley know that The Coffee Grounds (4212 Southtowne Drive, Eau Claire) is far more than a coffee shop and café. At the Coffee Grounds, you’ll also find ...

Chippewa Valley Craft Brewers Talk About What's Next in Local Beer

Max Martinson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A little healthy competition benefits all of us, but support seems to be the secret ingredient in the Chippewa Valley brewing community’s success. Each new brewery benefits when one brewer succeeds at opening people up to craft beer, and we have growing support surrounding craft beer ...

150 Years of Excellence

Over the last 150 years, the legendary Chippewa Falls brewery has been through it all – here's where they're going next.

Eric Christenson, photos by Paul Bialis

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is celebrating an incredible milestone in 2017: 150 years of brewing beer in Chippewa Falls. Leinenkugel’s has an immaculately rich history of turning Chippewa’s fresh spring water into world-renowned beer since the 19th century ...

A Slice Above

Wisconsin cheese dominated the 2016 world championships. Why aren't we surprised?

Tom Giffey

The claim that Wisconsin makes the best cheese in the world isn’t just idle boasting: It’s objectively true, at least if you agree with the results of the 2016 World Champion Cheese Contest, which was held earlier this year ...

Cooking With Beer & Cheese

food blogger Hannah Larson offers recipes using some of Wisconsin's most beloved ingredients

Hannah Larson

Learn to make Hannah Larson's Spaghetti and Meatballs (The Wisconsin Way) + Honey Pilsner Chicken!

Home Is Where the Brew Is

Chippewa Valley Better Brewers work on electronic brewing system, ways to make better beers

Amelia Kimball, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bob Schraufnagel wandered into a homebrew shop on Water Street and bought a book that started a journey. That was in the early 1990s ...

Oktoberfest, EC Style

Lazy Monk plans its own version of German festival

Haley Wright

A very traditional Oktoberfest celebration is debuting in September at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St. Lazy Monk opened in the new location in January ...

The Word on the Curd

every deep-fried delicacy at Culver's comes from LaGrander's Hillside Dairy right here in west-central Wisconsin

Sammy Gibbons

Wisconsinites love the deep-fried hunks of cheese found at almost every restaurant in our fine Dairy State. One of these, a homegrown franchise that has spread across the Midwest and beyond ...

Bottom's Up!

online critics rave about our local brews

Tom Giffey

It’s one thing for us to say that we make great beer in the Chippewa Valley. It’s another thing to back up our claim by pointing to judgments by some of the thousands of users at two top beer-rating websites. So we checked out how our brews stacked up on and ...

Suds & Slices

fuel your love of our classic consumable with these and other books from The Local Store

Local Store Shopkeep

Bottoms Up celebrates Wisconsin’s taverns and the breweries that fueled them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. Contemporary photographs of unusual ...

Wisconsin's Top 10 Cheeses

Tom Giffey

A percentage of the big cheese wheel! Ranking is based on what amount of each cheese is produced in Wisconsin.

Honing Their Craft

UW-Stout hosts conference for Midwest's small brewers

Mike Seitz

UW-Stout has two great programs in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management and Food Science. This complementary pairing was one of the main reasons that Anna McCabe, who works in of Professional Education Programs and Services at UW-Stout, thought that a craft brewery conference ...

Say Cheese!

a delegation of Wisco cheese producers showed their stuff in China

Eric Christenson

We already know that Holland’s Family Cheese over in Thorp makes some of the best cheese in the country. Well, the best. Their Marieke Gouda Mature was the Grand Champion in the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. And since 2006, the cheesemakers have won more than 80 awards for their amazing cheese ...

A Choice Projekt

the mad science behind the experimental flavors at the Brewing Projekt

by Paul Brandt

Over the past decade, the Chippewa Valley has seen a serious boom in beer business. Between Leinenkugel’s becoming a major player on the national level and smaller craft breweries like Lazy Monk and Lucette finding their footholds in the area, it’s not hard to find a locally brewed beer ...

The Leinie Life

Dick Leinenkugel talks about beer, brotherly advice, and his brewery’s big plans

Tom Giffey, photos by Kelsey Smith

Dick Leinenkugel may be president of the legendary brewery that bears his great-great-grandfather’s name – a brewery that now sells its products in all 50 states, a brewery that’s part of the second-largest beer maker in the nation, MillerCoors – but he’s not isolated in a corporate office far from Chippewa Falls...

Cheese Stands Alone

tasty statistics: cheese versus beer

Tom Giffey

Check out some tasty statistics in the battle of cheese versus beer.

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