aluminum revolution in craft brewing finds its way to the Valley
Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth
There might have been a time when drinking beer out of a can was looked down upon. Cans were for budget beer. Cans gave your beer a tinny flavor. Cans make you go blind. OK, maybe not that last one, but there was definitely a stigma against ...
books about Wisconsin beer and cheese found in Volume One’s Local Store
Breweries of Wisconsin offers an in-depth look at the history of brewing beer in Wisconsin, how beer is brewed, and the key players in the Wisconsin brewery scene, from giants like Miller to newbies like Capital Brewery. Ending with a look toward ...
Eau Claire’s Lazy Monk tap room greatly expands
Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth
It’d be easy to mistake the Lazy Monk Tap Room for a bar. For one, the bar – which has four taps of Lazy Monk’s brews. But the tap room is much more than a bar: It’s a community room. The tap room wasn’t in the original plans for Lazy Monk ...
we investigate some seriously cheesy local appetizers
Mogie’s Spuds O’Plenty
Regulars are obsessed with this appetizer, and after trying them, you will be, too! The crisp outer breading serves as a great shell of just the right amount of ...
the Wisconsin DNR is offering breweries grants to get more energy efficient
Wisconsin has always had a past built on beer. While that deep-seated tradition may or may not contribute to the health of the overall population, it doesn’t have to hurt the health of the environment. Recently, five state breweries were given an energy ...
local chef Nathan Berg pairs his favorite regional delights
Economically speaking, beer and cheese might not be Wisconsin’s biggest exports, but they – and the culture surrounding them – certainly transmit the strongest vibes kicked out beyond our border (a border that I’ve heard referred to my entire life ...
there are scores of Sconnie breweries; here’s a starter guide of some that distribute locally
There are scores of Sconnie breweries; here’s a starter guide of some that distribute locally ...
... on the constant battle between Wisconsin and California about dairy production
There’s a constant battle between Wisconsin and California about dairy production. Let’s look to the numbers.
how cheese came to play the role it does in Wisconsin
Wisconsin, as any native knows, is rife with distinguishing factors. Namely the Packers, beer, brats, and most of all, cheese. In fact, cheese is so prevalent that people wear Cheeseheads to the Packer games, make beer-cheese soup, and eat cheese ...
the controversy surrounding licensing for cheesemakers
Anna Semanko, photos by Andrea Paulseth
Despite what the commercials try to tell us, we all know that the cows are much happier in good old Wisconsin (the dairy state) than in the California heat.
a local brewmaster who’s made waves internationally
Dave’s Brewfarm is a hidden treasure in the Western Wisconsin landscape that highlights the importance and ease of sustainable living through demonstration while consistently producing delicious local brews for the beer lovers of Wisconsin and its...
gourmet grilled cheese place opens on Water Street
“It’s an exciting sort of homecoming. It’s celebrating our Wisconsin heritage, so opening (a Chedd’s) in Wisconsin is exciting for us.” – Tom Larson, Chedd’s local franchise co-owner
Since the local brews of Lucette and Lazy Monk debuted in the past year, local drinkers have responded and the production has gone like gangbusters. Well now we can rejoice in yet another brew, as Lazy Monk unveils its Oktoberfest.
the pride of Stevens Point goes head-to-head with Chippewa’s finest
Leinie’s Original is always a solid choice among run-of-the-mill beers when you’re looking to drink something for long periods (bringing a case to a party, for instance). But you’ll find light beer drinkers opting away from it if it’s in...
area beers and cheeses that combine unique, strange, and downright weird
Once opened and poured, this beer displays a dark hazelnut color with a half-inch tan head. As you lean in to take a whiff you find yourself initially overwhelmed with the mint, which quickly mellows to reveal hints of both chocolate and coffee.
the rising popularity of brewing your own beer
Max Grones, photos by Andrea Paulseth
Whenever I tell people I brew my own beer I get very mixed reactions. Most people are surprised that someone without access to a brewery full of equipment even has the ability to brew beer, and others ask if it’s even legal to do so.
the delicious past and present of Wisconsin’s most famous cheese creations
As a way to keep the cheese pure in form, more and more artisan
cheese makers are going away from adding coloring to the cheese, which leaves it a natural white.
books about Wisconsin beer and cheese in The Local Store
This is a story of farmers, milk cows, dairy barns, green pastures, and the cheese makers who work their magic and turn milk into cheese.