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.

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