Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 31, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST HORSEBACK RIDING

HORSEBACK RIDINGSaddle up for fun this year. People have been hitting the trails in on horseback in Wisconsin for as long they have vacationed in the Dairy State and the fun never grows old. It’s a chance to enjoy the amazing beauty of Wisconsin with a beautiful creature. It’s the perfect activity for people of all ages, including couples, friends and families. If you’re new to horseback riding, no problem. There are plenty of stables that cater to newbies and their gentle steeds will make the ride a breeze. If you’re a pro who likes to discover new trails, Wisconsin has ample riding opportunities, including trails that will take you through vast public forests. Park your trailer, unload your horse and start exploring the beautiful Wisconsin landscape.

Where can you find the perfect trail ride? Here are some recommendations, straight from the horse’s mouth.

NEED A HORSE?

If you’re looking for a place to go horseback riding that has everything you need – including a perfect horse – you’ll find it in Wisconsin. Here are some places that will get you on the trail:

Vilas County

Rocking W Stable
These stables, located in Eagle River, offer guided horseback rides for single and double riders. There’s also a pony ride for young children. Learn more.

Stevens Point Area

Wild West Campground and Corral
This campground, located in Amherst, offers horseback trail riding led by an experienced guide. The campground has a Western flair that will take you back to earlier days on the trail. Learn more.

Oneida County

Holiday Acres Resort on Lake Thompson
This classic Northwoods resort near Rhinelander offers trail rides in the forest and fields that surround the resort. There’s a petting zoo for the kids and a Thursday morning breakfast ride. Learn more.

HAVE A HORSE?

The riding season is about to begin on public lands. Here are a couple of places to visit this season.

West Bend

Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit
Explore beautiful Wisconsin glacial terrain just north of West Bend. There’s trailer parking just off County Highway H. You’ll find 41 miles of bridle trail that are open April through November, depending on conditions. See a riding map here.

Rusk County

Copper Park Equestrian Trails
Just south of Ladysmith in Rusk County, you’ll find ten miles of riding in the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Site. The trailhead is located off Copper Park Lane and the trails are on the east side of the Flambeau River.

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March 17, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST FISH FRYS

Wisconsin Fish Fry
One of Wisconsin’s most beloved culinary traditions is the fish fry. Diners flock to restaurants to enjoy heaping plates of cod, walleye, lake perch and bluegill. Spring is peak fish fry season and Wisconsin taverns, restaurants and supper clubs are the place to be on Friday night. Fish frys draw a lively crowd – if you’re new to town, it’s one of the best ways to meet locals who are more than happy to share their favorite spots for fun. Plus, there’s nothing like fueling your Wisconsin travels with a hearty Wisconsin meal. All you need to enjoy a fish fry is an appetite for delicious food, but here are a few dining tips to ensure your night at the Friday fish fry is fabulous.

Arrive early

These events are popular! Seats fill up, so you may want to arrive a little early to ensure you get a table. Early dining not possible? No problem, just enjoy a beverage – in fact, in many throwback places, diners get seated by putting their name in at the bar.

Wet your whistle

Speaking of the bar, many fish fry connoisseurs believe that the only way to enjoy fish is with a special beverage. In Wisconsin, you can’t go wrong with a crisp beer that brings out the subtle character of the batter. Another old-school beverage choice: the brandy old fashioned. Whether you like it sweet or sour, it will be the perfect way to celebrate Friday in Wisconsin.

Don’t ignore the sides

The fish fry is about more than just the main attraction. Make sure you have a good appetite to enjoy every bit of deliciousness on your plate. Some of these restaurants serve some of the best fries you’ll ever eat, along with delectable hush puppies, creamy coleslaw, or perhaps, some potato pancakes.

Save room for dessert

This is probably wishful thinking, but if you have any appetite left at the end of the night, ask about the desserts. There’s nothing like a slice of homemade pie or cake to finish off the perfect Wisconsin fish fry. No appetite? Get two forks and a slice to share.

Looking for a great fish fry? You can find one in just about any town, but there are some great options in West Bend, the Stevens Point area, Middleton and Vilas County.

Bon appetite!

Find more great restaurants throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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March 11, 2016

How to pair food with beer

Today there are more fantastic beer offerings than ever, which opens up delicious new possibilities for pairing food with beer.  Central Waters Brewery in the Stevens Point Area offers some fantastic suggestions for pairing food with its great lineup of beers.

Shine ON Ale – 4.6% abv – 20 IBUs – best paired with burgers and poultry in addition to Gouda and Swiss cheeses.

Honey Blonde – 4.6% abv – 16 IBUs – best paired with burgers/brats and fruit in addition to Monterey Jack and Feta cheeses.

Ouisconsing Red – 5.2% abv – 43 IBUs – best paired with poultry and seafood in addition to Gouda and Emmantaller cheeses.

HHG APA – 5.2% abv – 45 IBUs – best paired with spicy food/curries and Thai dishes in addition to sharp cheddar and Bleu cheeses

Glacial Trail IPA – 6.5% abv – 65 IBUs – best paired with Thai, seafood, and shellfish in addition to Sharp Cheddar, Bleu, and Limburger cheeses.

Mudpuppy Porter – 5.5% abv – 50 IBUs – best paired with grilled meat and chocolate in addition to Cardona, Swiss, and Gouda cheeses.

Satin Solitude – 8.5% abv – 53 IBUs – best paired with smoked, cured, and grilled meats in addition to Brie, Havarti, and Bleu cheeses.

Photo Credit & Copyright 2016: Wonderkind Studios

Find more great establishments throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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March 11, 2016

Wisconsin Beer Paradise: The Beer-lover’s To-do List

Take a tour of Wisconsin’s best breweries

Some of the best beer in the world is brewed right in Wisconsin. Check out the delicious offerings in these four breweries, which offer tours and tastings.

Stevens Point Brewery Tour by KT Elements

 

Kozy Yak BreweryStevens Point Area

Sample hand-crafted beer in this cozy little brewery. Tours Friday through Sunday.

O’so Brewing Company – Stevens Point Area

Be prepared to be wowed by this “freestyle” brewery. Tours available on Saturday.

Central Waters Brewery – Stevens Point Area

Take the tour and sample 12 beers on tap. Tours at 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Capital BreweryMiddleton

Tour one of the world’s greatest breweries, with tours offered Friday through Sunday.

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March 6, 2016

Eco-friendly beer

Central Waters Brewery doesn’t just serve up green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. The Amherst craft brewery has a “green” brewing philosophy that minimizes the footprint of its operations. Central Waters has clearly taken some big steps to become a leader in the sustainable brewing industry.

Here’s the brewery’s description of how it keeps its brewing operation green:

Here at Central Waters, we’re committed to being one of the most environmentally sustainable breweries in the nation. From upstream product sourcing to downstream management, we consider the implications of every aspect of our business in managing our environmental footprint.

We love to brew beer, it is our passion, and so is being a responsible steward of our environment. Unfortunately, making beer can be very resource intensive, from energy needs to water resources, breweries use a lot. To that end, we are continually working to mitigate our drain on these precious resources, so all of us can feel better about the beer we drink.

When we source our raw goods, our decisions take into account its environmental footprint, Our bottles are sourced from the greenest manufacturer in the country, even though they are more expensive. Our packaging is post-consumer recycled cardboard and our raw goods for beer production are sourced as locally as possible. We purchase all of our barley from Briess Malting Company in Chilton, WI, a mere hour and a half away. We are one of the founding breweries of the Midwest Hops and Barley Coop, working to have local farmers produce local hops and barley.

Managing our facility and our energy and resource consumption is paramount in mitigating the environmental footprint of our beer. We have large solar arrays here at Central Waters. One is a 1,000 square foot solar thermal (hot water) array. This system provides hot water to heat our 12,500 square foot facility and also provides preheated water to our brewhouse so every beer we make is brewed using solar-heated water. We also have a 20KW (20,000 watt) photo-voltaic array, producing roughly 20% of our energy needs, annually. While these items are the most eye-catching, they are only the beginning of what we do here at Central Waters. We also use T-8 fluorescent lighting with motion detection throughout the brewery. We continually monitor and conserve water resources so that the brewery consistently uses less water than industry averages and we conserve and reuse brewing chemicals whenever possible. We even built our taproom our of recycled material.

All this effort has garnered us recognition as one of the greenest breweries around. We were the first brewery granted entrance into the state of Wisconsin’s Green Tier program, recognizing businesses that are sound environmental stewards and are the only brewery in the state’s Green Masters program. We have spoken and delivered presentations at numerous local and regional events promoting sustainability and have helped other industry members to become more environmentally responsible.

All of these efforts are done, not for advertising, but because we believe in them and hope that shows. Our desire is that other businesses see that these things are achievable for both small and large businesses and the have been, and will continue to be, a model for environmental stewardship.

The next time you raise a glass, ask, “How was my beer made?” Now you know how ours is.

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Find more great establishments throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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Photo Credits & Copyright 2016: Wonderkind Studios

Find more great establishments throughout the state with our Food & Drink Finder. Then take our “What Is Your Wisconsin Food Personality?” quiz and discover if you really are what you eat, plus a chance to win $1,000 in cash prizes!

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