Monthly Archives: January 2019

January 14, 2019

The 3 Beers You Must Try at Stevens Point Brewery

The Stevens Point Brewery has been in business for over 160 years. With that much experience under the belt, Point Brewery tours offer a unique look into the history of brewing and how the craft has put Stevens Point on the map.

Pro tip: they are only open for tours, there is no tasting room unless you go on a tour! The tour is $5 and you get 3, 8oz tasters and a souvenir pint glass. There are many opportunities to earn another taster coupon while on the tour so make sure you brush up on your beer/Point brewery facts before you go!

I really had a great time on the tour! Our guide knew a ton about the history of Point which is what makes this brewery so special! This is the original building where they started brewing way back in 1857, so just looking around makes for an incredible trip through time! The tasting bar has a wide range of options from craft sodas to pilot brews that you can only get there and at Point burger bars. If you want to try one of their sodas, I recommend the Diet Root Beer…it was incredible! I won’t spoil the rest of the tour, but it really is a must-do when in Stevens Point!

Let’s break down some of my favorites from the tasting room (in no particular order!)

Snow Pilot- Pistachio Nut Brown 6% ABV

This is the only one that I will talk about here that is widely available. For the rest you’ll have to make your way to Stevens Point or a Point Burger Bar! I’ll admit that I’m partial to pistachio beers, Milkstachio from HopButcher/DryHop is one of my all-time favorite beers. While this beer doesn’t have that milk factor, it packs a nice pistachio flavor. Its fairly light in body which makes it nice to have a couple by a fire with friends.

Peanut Butter Porter- Porter 5.8% ABV

This beer might have been my favorite! It is packed with peanut butter flavor, so you have to be a big fan of peanut butter to enjoy it. I’ve had a lot of beers that just fall flat on the peanut butter so this was a nice change!  I loved that it was full bodied but had a lower ABV. The low ABV was a nice contrast to other peanut butter beers I enjoy such as Ballast Point’s Peanut Butter Victory at Sea. Ballast Point comes in at 10% so I can’t have more than half a glass but the Point version is much more drinkable for me.

Whole Hog Cuppa Espresso Stout- 6.5% ABV

This is a very coffee forward beer, so if you like to drink coffee you will love it! The flavor is strong and roasty with a lighter body. I really liked that a lot of the Stevens Point Brewery beers were lower in ABV and lighter in body. It’s nice to see flavorful beers not be overly heavy or high in alcohol. If coffee isn’t your favorite thing, they have a white stout that I would equate to coffee with creamer and vanilla.

 

 

 

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January 10, 2019

FITCHBURG

A city in motion

Explore Fitchburg and discover lively festivals, abundant bike trails, a vibrant arts scene and some of the region’s best restaurants. Relax in accommodations conveniently located near shopping, dining and entertainment options.

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January 10, 2019

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS

Find restaurantsEnjoy a perfect cup

You’ll find charming local coffee shops in every corner of Wisconsin, so you’re never far from a perfect latte or a great cup of joe. Whether you’re hiding from a day of rain, meeting up with an old friend, stopping for a savory croissant or just looking for some me-time, these coffee shops will make you feel right at home. Check out these local favorites.

Oasis Café, Fitchburg

This coffee shop does it all well. It has a pleasant outdoor patio, a fireplace that keeps things cozy on cool days and a kids’ area for the little ones. The coffee offerings are expansive as they are delicious, and the fresh, tasty lunch menu draws a loyal local crowd.

Daily Grind, Marshfield

This charming coffee shop in the heart of Marshfield has become a local institution—it was voted best coffee shop and lunch spot in the city’s annual tourism awards. Pull up a vintage chair at one of the shop’s antique tables and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee or one of the delicious menu options.

Eagle River Roasters, Vilas County

The coffee is as fresh as the air in this Northwoods coffee house that roasts and grinds its own beans. Get your caffeine fix before hitting Vilas County’s numerous trails and lakes. The menu at Eagle River Roasters offers a tasty mix of breakfast and lunch offerings, including gluten-free options.

Coffee Beans Etc Internet Café, Rhinelander

An unusual beast called the Hodag supposedly roams the forest in the Northwoods around Rhinelander. Hoax or legend? Do some online investigation at this welcoming local coffee shop. While you’re researching, enjoy an organic menu that includes salads, soups and sandwiches.

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