Dancing the Can-can

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 ...

Suds & Slices

books about Wisconsin beer and cheese found in Volume One’s Local Store

V1 Staff

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 ...

More Monk Than Ever

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 ...

Sconnie Beer Going Green

the Wisconsin DNR is offering breweries grants to get more energy efficient

Emily Albrent

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 ...

Beer Meets Cheese

local chef Nathan Berg pairs his favorite regional delights

Nathan Berg

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 ...

Statewide Sampler Pack

there are scores of Sconnie breweries; here’s a starter guide of some that distribute locally

V1 Staff

There are scores of Sconnie breweries; here’s a starter guide of some that distribute locally ...

Some Cheesy Facts

... on the constant battle between Wisconsin and California about dairy production

V1 Staff

There’s a constant battle between Wisconsin and California about dairy production. Let’s look to the numbers.

Cheese: A State Tradition

how cheese came to play the role it does in Wisconsin

Marni Kaldjian

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 ...

Suds & Slices

books about Wisconsin beer and cheese found in Volume One’s Local Store

V1 Staff

How to Make a Cheesemaker

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.

Dave’s Brewfarm

a local brewmaster who’s made waves internationally

Lindsey Quinnies

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...

Chedd's Will Roll

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

Lazy Monk Releases Oktoberfest Brew

Trevor Kupfer

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.

Point vs. Leinie's

the pride of Stevens Point goes head-to-head with Chippewa’s finest

Trevor Kupfer

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...

Taste the Unexpected

area beers and cheeses that combine unique, strange, and downright weird

Max Grones

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.

Home Is Where the Beer Is

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.

Getting Better With Age ...

the delicious past and present of Wisconsin’s most famous cheese creations

Heather Brunner

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.

Suds & Slices

books about Wisconsin beer and cheese in The Local Store

V1 Staff

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.

Chippewa Valley Beer & Cheese is sponsored by:

Leinie Lodge
124 E Elm St.
Chippewa Falls