Rolling Out a Tire Museum

Banbury Place will house gallery dedicated to Uniroyal history

Wed. Dec. 12th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Chippewa Valley Museum

What was once one of the largest tire factories in the United States – the 2 million-square-foot former Uniroyal Goodrich plant on the banks of the Eau Claire River – will finally have a dedicated museum space showcasing its 100-year history ...

Sciurus Carolinesis

Fri. Dec. 7th, 2018  |  Max Garland

It’s hopeless how she loves this life. // The gray squirrel digs a small moon’s // worth of craters in the yard. // Some she fills, some leaves open ...

Blue Ox Music Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

Tue. Dec. 4th, 2018  |  Eric Christenson

The Blue Ox Music Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday in summer 2019 (June 13-15) amongst the trees of Eau Claire’s Whispering Pines Campground, and today they dropped a lineup of musical acts that have become downright mainstays ...

VOTING ENDS DEC. 11: Best of the Chippewa Valley

Sat. Dec. 1st, 2018  |  V1 Staff

VOTE NOW! Voting is now open in our 2019 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll! We've got lots of categories across 9 different sections. Feel free to jump around and vote on the stuff that's important to you. Voting ends at midnight on Dec. 11 ...

More Than Just a Drink

Menomonie bar manager knows cocktails are about experience

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Lauren Fisher

'Oh, that looks so good!” 10-year-old Ivy Meier thought when she saw a Grasshopper – after all, the cocktail’s main ingredient was ice cream. She was at a supper club with her mother, sister, and grandmother ...

3 Christmastime Cocktails and How to Make Them

share a cup of holiday cheer with these Wisconsin winter favorites

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Tom Giffey

The holidays are a great time of year to try out a new drink (or two!) while celebrating with family and friends. We asked our own family and friends about their favorite Christmastime cocktails ...

Inside a Professional's Liquor Cabinet

in his own home, bartender favors high-quality, simple ingredients to mix classic drinks

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Lauren Fisher

Cody Maciosek, who has been bartending at The Lakely in Eau  Claire for a little over a year, has five years of cocktail mixing under his belt and a dedication to quality of ingredients. Maciosek takes inspiration for his drinks ...

The Eau Claire Old Fashioned

New York Times cocktail writer mixes brandy-laden tribute to city

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  V1 Staff

A new book by New York Times cocktail writer (and Wisconsin native) Robert Simonson memorializes Eau Claire is a way that local imbibers will appreciate: through the name of a cocktail ...

So, What Makes a Craft Cocktail?

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Thom Fountain

Let’s cut to the chase here: We’re going to spend a lot of time here just talking about booze. But booze plays an important role in our culture. We gather in bars to watch sports and talk politics and go on first ...

What’s Pine Is Pine

keeping it real during the jolliest time of year

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Mike Paulus, illustrated by Michelle Roberts

There used to be a place on the north side of Eau Claire where you could go out into the woods and cut your own Christmas tree. I don’t remember much about the place except you bought the tree from ...

Looking Good Out There

geography shapes our fandom, but so do sartorial preferences

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Luc Anthony

Six-year-old me would have been envious of 40-year-old me.I fell in love with sports as a first-grader. I summarily began picking favorite teams, collecting baseball and football cards, and going to games. Gazing at pictures of NFL teams in action, one in particular ...

Snazzy Seasonal Soiree: Matt and Suzie K. host musical Christmas shindig

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018  |  Haley Wright

Looking for an excuse to dress snazzy this season? Musical couple Matt and Suzie Kendziera’s annual Christmas Soiree event will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at the River Prairie Center in Altoona. The event is 18+ (no partner required), and will include a cash bar, waiters and waitresses serving light appetizers ...