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Our Favorite Curds to Crawl For in Wisconsin

Here in Wisconsin, we know a thing or two about cheese curds and when it comes to serving them up fried and delicious, there’s no shortage of places to go and nosh on them! In fact, cheese curds are such a favorite people have been organizing curd crawls across the state to try the best curds Wisconsin has to offer. Today we’re sharing some of your favorite curd hotspots (as voted by the public in 2018 in USA Today) and a few of our own to inspire your very own cheese curd crawl!
Topping the list as Best Cheese Curds in Wisconsin is Madison’s very own hotspot, The Old Fashioned.
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Second Place went to another Madison staple, Curd Girl, where the tiny food cart brings fried curd happiness to people all over the Madison area!
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Also making the top 10 list was the Pioneer Keg in Theresa where Widmer’s fried Brick cheese curds are a favorite on the menu!
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And it wouldn’t be Wisconsin without a Bloody Mary, and the Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern in La Crosse serves its fried cheese curds with a  Bloody Mary dipping sauce! Doesn’t get more Wisconsin than that!
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Another Discover Wisconsin favorite for delicious curds is Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, which serves up delicious tempura-battered curds.
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We’re rounding out our list of favorite curds with these babies from Craftsman Table and Tap in Middleton, which feature Carr Valley curds and a classic buttermilk ranch dressing.
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No matter where you are in the state, whether it’s fresh or fried cheese curds, you know they’re made with Wisconsin pride and passion, so enjoy! Watch the full A Curd Crawl episode now on Roku, Smart TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and discoverwisconsin.com.
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Watch Discover Wisconsin on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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5 Things to Do in Northwest Wisconsin

Home to the state’s largest waterfall, bucolic farmland for days and plenty of Wisconsin cheese shops, you’ll never run out of reasons to explore Northwest Wisconsin! The adventure is limitless in this corner of the state. Here are just five of our favorite things to do in this region of Wisconsin:

Stop in at Burnett Dairy Cooperative in Grantsburg.

…because what’s a road trip without a place to stop and load up on award-winning Wisconsin cheese?!
Founded over 100 years ago, Burnett Dairy Cooperative is one of the only full agricultural cooperatives in the U.S. In addition to the fully-operating cheese factory, you can also swing through the general store, retail store and bistro, including a full-service deli and ice cream parlor. Choose from more than 100 varieties of Wisconsin cheese and over 100 wines—and treat yourself to fried cheese curds, pizza or a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, including our recommendation: “the Wisconsin” with Alpine-style cheese on cranberry and wild rice bread!
2. Try a Neapolitan-style brick oven pizza at Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie.
Heading south to Menomonie in Dunn County, dine inside or grab a table on the patio at Lucette Brewing Company. Pick out a cold brew (perhaps Farmer’s Daughter or a Birkie Brew-ski!) and a delicious woodfire pizza – made fresh in the brewery’s Neapolitan-style brick pizza oven. Lucette Brewing Company’s pizzas are made with 24-hour fermented dough, fresh hand-pulled mozzarella cheese and other locally-sourced ingredients. Their ‘not-to-miss’ bruschetta is unique and amazing! You won’t forget this meal and neither will we if you post a photo to Instagram using #wisconsincheese!

3. Float your way down the gorgeous Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.
With over 200 miles to discover, the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers come together to form a national park in Wisconsin: the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. And there’s no wrong way to explore this treasure: kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard or tube down America’s first Wild and Scenic River National Park.
4. Explore the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
In total, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest includes federally protected land in five northwest Wisconsin counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price and Taylor. First, pick your adventure: hiking, biking, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Then hit up a trail!
5. Cruise along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.
Voted “The Best Drive in America,” Wisconsin’s segment of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River for 250 miles through 33 river towns. The northern end of Wisconsin’s Great River Road starts in Prescott. Along the way, make pit stops at towns like Stockholm, where you’ll want to grab some Carr Valley cheddars and Ellsworth Cheese Curds for the road at Stockholm Pie & General Store. And keep your pantry furnished with the very best Wisconsin cheeses, wines and gourmet oils, sauces and more when you stop in at Nelson Cheese Factory in Nelson.
For a getaway that takes you off the beaten path, it doesn’t get any better than Northwest Wisconsin. Chime in with your itinerary favorites below!
 
 
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A Road Trip to Green County for Wisconsin Cheese!

Welcome to Green County…where there are more cows than people! Famous for its Swiss heritage, serene bike trails, barn quilts and dairy farms, this southern Wisconsin destination will have you escaping to the rolling hills for a little countryside R&R.
Green County is also known as the Gateway to Cheese Country—so you know everyone’s favorite delicacy will be top-notch here! Read on for a few of our top suggestions for your next epicurean road trip.

Order Decatur Dairy’s signature grilled cheese sandwich in Brodhead.

Opening its doors for the first time in 1942, this Swiss-inspired cheese creamery and store is perhaps best known for serving up their signature grilled cheese sandwich utilizing some of their award-winning specialty cheeses. (And some say it’s the best grilled cheese in the whole county…) What started as a fluke idea has expanded into several varieties of grilled cheese and even soup and mac and cheese. Decatur Dairy takes things to the next level with their original creations, including memorable combinations like Colby-Swiss and chedster. If you’re planning a trip or passing through the Napa Valley of Cheese (Green County, that is) then consider Decatur Dairy an absolute must-stop!
Enjoy an iconic Wisconsin brew on the patio at New Glarus Brewing Co.

Let’s talk about Wisconsin icons. There’s Aaron Rodgers, Wisconsin Cheese and of course, Spotted Cow. The latter of the bunch is the brain child of the now-legendary New Glarus Brewing Company. Take a fascinating self-guided tour of this mammoth brewery before enjoying your own interestingly named brew on the relaxing patio. Before you head out, make sure to check out the gift shop to stock up on your favorite Wisconsin cheeses and more!
Indulge in cheese fondue at Glarner Stube in New Glarus.

Round up the whole family and head on in to one of New Glarus’ most historic restaurants. At Glarner Stube, Swiss cheese fondue reigns supreme and whether it’s your first time dining in or your 100th, it’s a must-try shareable dish. Local aged swiss cheese is a key ingredient in many of the meals here, including the Roesti potato and their famous Reuben.
The verdict is in: Green County is Wisconsin cheese heaven! Have you been to any of these iconic spots in southern Wisconsin? Chime in below!
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How to tour Door County for the best Wisconsin Cheese

Ah, Door County…land of charming small towns, historic lighthouses and idyllic sunsets. It’s also a foodie’s dream thanks to the many shops and restaurants that pepper the peninsula. You’ll find more than your fair share of chocolate, wine, baked goods, cherry-flavored anything and of course, Wisconsin cheese to bring home.
Now, here’s our gift to you: A Door County itinerary featuring three fantastic Wisconsin cheese destinations!
Door Artisan Cheese (Egg Harbor)

Sure, you can buy Wisconsin cheese here. But what makes Door Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor extra special is the fact that this culinary hot spot is all about celebrating the art and science of Wisconsin cheesemaking. Guests have the opportunity to see cheesemaking in action—and ask questions along the way—while sampling specialty cheeses along with regional and international wines.
The restaurant at Door Artisan Cheese is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy lunch once you’ve stocked up on goodies to go. Pair fresh cheese platters with a local wine or dine on a burger topped with house-made, award-winning cheese.

Renard’s Cheese (Sturgeon Bay)

At Renard’s Cheese, curd is the word. Known for their famous cheese curds, made fresh every day, you’ll have fun browsing their impressive variety of more than 50 flavor-infused cheeses. Just as impressive is the fun playground right outside—making this gem of a spot a true family-friendly destination!
If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience at Renard’s, take a tour of the facility and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the cheese is made. Post-tour, we have a feeling you’ll have worked up a craving for Wisconsin’s famous delicacy, so head over to the in-store deli and indulge in your choice of pizza, sandwiches or soups all topped with – you guessed it! – Renard’s fresh-from-the-creamery Wisconsin cheese.
Waseda Farms Market (Baileys Harbor)

Waseda Farm Market in Baileys Harbor does things a bit differently and we love them for it! Here you’re invited to wander the grounds to see how they raise their animals and grow their produce – plus, you can pick your very own veggies! Stock up on the goods for your next family feast and then head inside to the on-site market to browse fresh and organic items, including award-winning Wisconsin cheese, from a variety of local artisans, producers and farmers.
You’ll love the quaint, bucolic feel of Waseda Farms. Come for the goodies, stay for the cows and baby goats!
Have you made your way to one of these iconic Door County destinations? Let us know below!
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Milwaukee’s Ultimate Cheese Experience

What do you get when you pair award-winning Wisconsin cheese with a fresh, cold brew—and a sweet treat to top things off? Pure happiness!
If you’re making your way to Milwaukee on an empty stomach, keep reading for some of our favorite bucket list-worthy spots for Wisconsin cheese, artisan chocolate and local brews!

Tour Wisconsin’s First Urban Cheese Factory
Located in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood, Clock Shadow Creamery is an absolute must for every Wisconsin cheese devotee. As the first urban cheese factory in Wisconsin, the creamery is all about arming folks with fresh, local cheese while being environmentally conscious and educating customers about the craft of cheesemaking.
Speaking of going green, Clock Shadow Creamery’s impressive building features a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rooftop garden, rainwater reuse system, a power generating elevator and other ecological innovations.
As for a cheese that comes highly recommended? We suggest nabbing a sample of Quark, the creamery’s melt-in-your-mouth signature Wisconsin cheese, soft and creamy with a bit of a tang. Clock Shadow Creamery is the only cheese factory in the state that makes this popular European cheese! While you’re there you might as well grab some fresh, squeaky cheese curds too!

Cheese and Beer are Not in Short Supply at this Milwaukee Shop…
Just two miles north of Clock Shadow Creamery is a gem of a spot called Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room. Founded in 1938, the Wisconsin Cheese Mart has grown from a small shop to a leading cheese retailer in the state. They’ve been around for 70+ years but the goal at Wisconsin Cheese Mart has never changed: to celebrate the cheesemakers’ craft, showcase their hard work and innovation, and serve cheese fanatics everywhere!
With over 175 Wisconsin cheeses to enjoy—plus more than 36 tap beers to try next door at Uber Tap Room—we can’t think of a better spot to kick back and relax…Wisconsin-style! Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Uber Tap Room’s in-house cheese bar offers unique pairings of cheese and Wisconsin craft beer, so go with one of their super savvy staff recommendations or step outside the box and create one of your own.

Take a Chocolate Pairing Class in Walker’s Point
Ready for dessert? To satisfy your sweet tooth, we suggest you pop in to Indulgence Chocolatiers on 2nd Street. Founded in 2007, and using only the finest chocolate from around the world and other locally sourced ingredients like cream from nearby Sassy Cow Creamery, the skilled chocolatiers craft absolutely, positively delicious confections.
For the ultimate date night or girls’ day, register for one of Indulgence Chocolatiers’ two-hour pairing classes. Learn which foods and beverages each chocolate complements perfectly…and do a little taste-testing along the way!

Who’s up for a road trip to Milwaukee? Let us know about some of your favorite spots for Wisconsin cheese below!
Ellen Fallon is the Marketing Coordinator for Discover Wisconsin. Growing up in Madison she has enjoyed spending her weekends exploring the state and finding new and exciting destinations to travel to with her friends and family. You can watch Discover Wisconsin online at discoverwisconsin.com.
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Tips for Cooking Organic Meals with Wisconsin Products

Many whole, natural foods do not necessarily require cooking. Raw fruits and veggies, canned wild-caught fish, grass-fed cheese and uncured natural deli meats, organic additive-free rotisserie chicken, grass-fed organic yogurt and kefir, etc. all make fabulous light meals and snacks and can often be consumed on-the-go. For meals that require a little more attention, today’s array of slow-cookers, pressure-cookers, Vitamix models, convection ovens, food processors, semi-vacuum cookware and induction cooktops can really speed up the process.
I own a Saladmaster machine that enables me to create a 7 veggie chopped salad providing 6 to 8 servings, in 6 minutes. Many salads and soups can be prepared today, from scratch, within minutes. Modern thermos and insulated food containers enable foods to remain hot or cold while being transported to work, sporting events or elsewhere.
Tips:

Include your kids in the meal preparation process

Teach them along the way
Help them to create recipes and have fun experimenting

Invest in small food appliances to make the cooking process faster and easier
Invest in portable and insulated food storage containers to transport cold and hot dishes
Don’t make your kitchen a “showpiece only” room. Use your appliances on a regular basis to make food preparation fast, easy and a natural habit

Fast Ideas for Slow Food
Again, the term “slow food” (a popular term for whole, natural foods) denotes a long and lingering process to preparing meals, desserts and snacks with whole organic ingredients, from scratch. This doesn’t have to be your process. For example, try my “generic” Meat Sauté recipe below:
“Fast & Easy Main Meat Sauté”
Serves 4. Total time with prep and cleanup: 15-20 minutes
Ingredients:

1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
(4) 6-8 oz cuts of meat (beef, poultry, fish, pork)
Splash of reduced sodium Tamari sauce
Splash of red or white wine
Pat of butter
Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:
Prep time–approximately 3 minutes

Heat pan
Mince garlic

Cook time–9 to 15 minutes

Add oil to pan
Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute
Add meat to pan and sauté for 7 to 10 minutes
Turn meat and add splash of Tamari
Sauté for an additional 2 to 8 minutes
Remove from pan and turn up heat
Add wine and reduce, approximately 1-2 minutes
Turn off heat and add butter
When butter is melted, pour over meat and serve

While meat is cooking, simply prepare a 3 veggie salad or stovetop veggie combo. With little practice, this dinner can be prepared and served within 15 to 18 minutes and is a fabulous weeknight system.
Three-Ingredient Recipes
Preparing whole, natural and organic dishes does not require numerous ingredients. Here are a few ideas from my website at www.kcthor.com, for fast, easy and delicious 3-ingredient dishes:
3-ingredient “Sweet Potato Chips” (Vegetarian)

1 lg organic sweet potato (scrubbed and unpeeled)
2 tsp melted organic/pastured ghee (clarified butter)
1/8 tsp (or to taste) Celtic sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice potato thinly, in food processor. Toss with ghee and sprinkle with salt. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until browned. Cool on rack and serve with your favorite dip.
3-Ingredient “Grilled Coconut Aminos Wings”

8 organic chicken wings, halved
Organic coconut aminos sauce (or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos)
1/2 tsp raw organic sesame seeds

Grill wings over medium-low heat, turning occasionally and brushing with coconut aminos for approx 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with additional sauce for dipping.
3-Ingredient “Breakfast Cookies” (Vegetarian, Vegan)

1 cup organic flax meal
2 very ripe organic bananas
1 tbsp Arrowhead Mills organic peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash all ingredients together. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
Tips:

Go to www.kcthor.com for more fast, easy & delicious ideas and recipes
Increase the ingredients in your dishes to create easy leftovers

Use leftovers for easy breakfasts and lunches
Use leftovers to reinvent another dish

Freeze or store leftover food items in BPA-free glass containers

These ideas and tips will help you to better understand the Simplicity of Organic Cooking. By creating new habits and with a little practice, you’ll find that your palate will prefer the fresh living flavors of organic foods and ingredients while supplying your body with optimal health benefits. You will also find, as I did, that cooking with organic foods often requires fewer ingredients and less fuss due to the enhanced freshness and flavor of the foods.
 
KC Thorson is referred to as Wisconsin’s Premier Organic Cooking Coach and has been coaching individuals, groups, and businesses on her fast, easy and delicious concepts for preparing organic foods, for the past 14 years.  In her 14-year career as an organic cooking instructor, educator and recipe author, she has specialized in digestive-friendly, diabetic-friendly and gluten-free organic cooking tips and processes that she has passed on through group and private classes, small business wellness programs, cooking workshops and gluten-free presentations.  Her experience includes co-producing and hosting a local cable TV show ,“What’s Cookin’ with KC,” for over 10 years, 4 years as culinary instructor on an organic farm, including 4 years as a Board of Director, 2 years participation on a project team for a leading cookware company, 2 + years offering personal chef services and creating organic confections for local coffee shops and businesses.  KC enjoys helping others employ simple and healthy ways to include home cooking and fresh, clean foods into their busy lives.
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3 Competitions Where Wisconsin Cheesemakers Win Big

There’s no doubt about it: our state knows a thing or two about cheese! And, it’s all thanks to the dairy farmers and cheesemakers, who dedicate their lives to creating the award-winning products that make Wisconsin famous!
From requiring all of our cheesemakers to have a license, to offering them education at the Center for Dairy Research with the Master Cheesemaker Program, it’s no wonder our cheesemakers are continually the cream of the crop when it comes to winning awards.
Wisconsin wins more awards for its cheese than any other state or nation, and if you love cheese and cheesemakers, there are several venues where you can show your pride and cheer them on!
The United States Championship Cheese Contest
Held biannually, every odd year, the Lambeau Field Atrium hosts the United States Championship Cheese Contest. For two days, you can hang out in the atrium watching expert judges’ critique over 1,800 cheeses from around the United States. On the final evening, attend a ticketed event to see who wins top prize and sample cheese until you’re stuffed! Interested in attending this event? Check it out by logging on to www.uschampioncheese.org.
The World Championship Cheese Contest
Held biannually, every even year, at the Monona Terrace in Madison, this contest features cheeses from all across the globe. Attend the first two days of judging to see who makes the top twenty, and then final judging happens at a ticketed event the third evening with the winner being announced! Interested in attending this event? Check it out by logging on to www.worldchampioncheese.org.
The American Cheese Society Conference and Competition
Known as the contest for artisan and farmstead cheesemakers, the American Cheese Society competition, travels to a different state every year and offers workshops for cheese industry professionals. With a spotlight on education, the competition also focuses on the aesthetics and technical aspects of small batch artisan cheeses and dairy products. Interested in attending this event? Check it out by logging on to www.cheesesociety.org.
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Stream Discover Wisconsin on Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast or discoverwisconsin.com. Or tune in Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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10 of the Best Supper Clubs in Wisconsin

Praise be to the Wisconsin Supper Club! Where a juicy steak or Friday night fish fry await and the (brandy) Old Fashioned is king! Lawrence Frank, a Milwaukee native, is credited with opening the first supper club in California in the 1930s, and while they reached their peak popularity in the 1950s, these beloved institutions continue to thrive here in Wisconsin. While our state is home to hundreds of supper clubs, people from all across the country voted in Travel Wisconsin’s Supper Club Showdown to determine the top 10. And while the genuine warmth and hospitality, plus a few key menu items (think juicy steaks and tender prime rib) may be found at most supper clubs, each has its own unique flair that makes these dining destinations well worth a visit!

Ishnala Supper Club – Lake Delton: Voted the #1 supper club in Wisconsin, Ishnala Supper Club is just a quick drive outside of downtown Wisconsin Dells. Located within Mirror Lake State Park, guests can enjoy stunning views of the lake from one of Ishnala’s outdoor decks or floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining room.
DW Crew Tip: Kill some time waiting for a table with one of Ishnala’s famous Old Fashioneds.
 Pinewood Supper Club – Mosinee: Coming in at #2 in the supper club showdown, Pinewood Supper Club boasts beautiful views of Half Moon Lake from inside or out. Stroll the grounds with a drink in hand or cozy up next to the original stone fireplace.
DW Crew Tip: Try the walleye – a well-established, local favorite.
 Lehman’s Supper Club – Rice Lake: This fourth-generation, family-owned supper club is a favorite of locals and visitors alike! Known for an extensive menu filled with classic supper club dishes as well as a few original recipes from head chefs, Butch and Trudy Lehman.
DW Crew Tip: Sample the green pepper rings – a twist on the usual onion ring appetizer.
 Chissy’s Pub and Grille – Waldo: Located halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Chissy’s is named for its original owner, Harry E. ‘Chissy’ Chisolm. This local hot spot serves up a wide array of supper club favorites as well as pizza and even a Sunday brunch!
DW Crew Tip: Order a hand-muddled Old Fashioned – voted the best in Sheboygan County!
 Schwarz’s Supper Club – New Holstein: A local favorite for over 50 years, Schwarz’s supper club is well known for their delicious, hand-cut steaks made with a secret seasoning blend. Plus, right next door is a cozy guesthouse perfect for a weekend getaway.
DW Crew Tip: Schwarz’s has mastered the classic, Wisconsin perch fish fry!
 HOBNOB – Racine: Step into the HOBNOB and be transported back to the Golden Age of the supper club! Vibrant décor, an extensive wine list and a view of Lake Michigan await at this beloved establishment.
DW Crew Tip: Save room for dessert! You’re going to want to try one of the HOBNOB’s signature ice cream drinks.
 Buckhorn Supper Club – Milton: With both indoor and outdoor seating available, visitors can take in gorgeous views of Lake Koshkonong no matter where they dine! Buckhorn is known for their specialty prime rib served every night of the week and sinfully delicious peanut butter pie.
DW Crew Tip: Check out one of Buckhorn’s summertime, lakeside lobster boils!
 McGregor’s Blink Bonnie Supper Club – St. Germain: Located just a little ways down from Big Saint Germain Lake, McGregor’s Blink Bonnie Supper Club is cozy, Northwoods dining is at its finest.
DW Crew Tip: Indulge in one of McGregor’s gigantic steaks served hot and fresh on a sizzling platter.
The 5 O’Clock Club – Cumberland: Welcome aboard to this charming, nautical-themed supper club located on the shore of Granite Lake. Choose from a huge menu including everything from surf and turf to Asian stir-fry.
DW Crew Tip: Visit on Thursdays or Sundays during the summer for Music on the Deck!
Donny’s Glidden Lodge – Sturgeon Bay: Nestled in the heart of Door County and just down the road from Cave Point County Park, visitors to Donny’s Glidden Lodge will enjoy views of Lake Michigan and tasty Midwestern cuisine. Donny’s offers a different special every night of the week.
DW Crew Tip: Dine between 4-5 p.m. to take advantage of the Early Bird Specials!
Jennifer Ingish is a producer of Discover Wisconsin. Watch the show on Fox Sports Wisconsin every Saturday at 10am or on Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV.
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Four Great Areas to Sip, Savor, and Shop in Wisconsin

Here in Wisconsin we’re known for our award-winning cheeses, beers and wines, and there’s no shortage of great places to try them. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or just love a delicious meal, there are so many amazing areas to check out across the state to enjoy all sorts of Wisconsin delicacies!
Milwaukee
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is perhaps best known for its famous breweries, but increasingly it’s known for its local food scene. Milwaukee is rich in historical and cultural attractions, making it the perfect place for a day or weekend of exploring, drinking, and eating!

Check out Clock Shadow Creamery; where you can see firsthand how your cheese is being made. In 2012 Master cheesemaker Bob Wills opened the state’s first urban cheese factory, and the factory gets much of their milk from the cows at the Milwaukee zoo! Visitors can tour the city’s first all-green building, which is made out of 50% recycled materials. The building boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system, a rooftop garden, rainwater reuse system, a power generating elevator and many other ecological innovations! Not to mention they make great cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches!

Must try item: Clock Shadow Creamery’s signature cheese Quark: similar to cream cheese, this slightly tart and milky fresh cheese is light and spreadable and tastes like a cross between ricotta and sour cream. Try it in a savory or a sweet variety!

On the other side of town you can visit the Wisconsin Cheese Mart and Uber Tap Room. Spend few minutes sampling all the different varieties of cheeses they carry, and then head to the taproom for a Wisconsin cheese board paired with your favorite wine or cheese.
Don’t forget dessert! Indulgence Chocolatiers is one of Milwaukee’s premiere chocolatiers. Offering tasting classes where you can pair decadent hand made chocolates with beer, wine, and even old fashioneds!

Door County

Door Artisan Cheese is a place that you could spend the better part of a day! Head to the cheese store where you can, not only sample cheese, but see it being made, tour cheese caves and learn about Wisconsin’s cheesemaking history. Then head over to the attached restaurant Glacier Ledge for a great meal prepared with local ingredients!

Must try item: Valmy Cheese, a Wisconsin original cheese honoring the Belgian heritage in Door County, WI.  Valmy is a beer washed rind cheese, with hints of the yeasts and malts emerging from the Trappist style beer.  And it’s named after the small town in southeastern Door County!

Then head south to Renard’s Cheese for a family-friendly excursion where you can sample and try locally produced cheeses, stop for a meal in the deli, and work off some calories at the attached playground!
Then grab ingredients for your own meal by heading to Waseda Farms Market located in Baileys Harbor. Stroll the beautiful gardens and pick your own produce, then head to the on-site store to pick up some cheese, beer and wine to compliment your meal.

New Glarus
The village of New Glarus is a popular tourist destination best known for its Swiss heritage, old-world architecture, traditional dining, and, of course, the famous New Glarus Brewing Company. An area worthy of a weekend visit!

First stop should be near Brodhead at Decatur Dairy for their unique cheese varieties such as Colby Swiss (a mix of Colby and Swiss), Chedster (a mix of Cheddar and Muenster cheeses), and their signature Stettler Swiss!

Must try item: Any of their signature grilled cheese sandwiches made on-site!

Next stop: New Glarus Brewing where you can tour the facility to see how beer is made and relax on the patio with a fresh-made craft beer while enjoying a cheese plate full of locally-made cheeses.
Top off your stay-cation with a visit to the Glarner Stube: a traditional Swiss restaurant serving up cheesy delicacies like Swiss fondue, homemade deep fried cheese curds, and Roesti potatoes loaded with Swiss cheese.

Northwest Wisconsin

Head to Grantsburg and Burnett Dairy Cooperative for a day trip! The cheese store, full-service deli and ice cream parlor are attached to a working cheese factory, so all of the cheeses on your sandwich and in the store are guaranteed fresh.
Then head south to Menomonie and grab a pizza and freshly brewed beer at Lucette Brewing Company! With an official Neapolitan-style brick pizza oven and fresh hand-pulled mozzarella, the pizzas are to die for!

Must try item: Feta Bruschetta! Made with whipped feta cheese instead of Ricotta, these little appetizers are a meal all its own.
And there you have it! Four great areas in Wisconsin to sip, savor, and shop! Learn more in this weekend’s episode of Discover Wisconsin – it airs on Saturday, April 27 at 10am on Fox Sports Wisconsin and is now available on Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV, Smart TV, Roku, and DiscoverWisconsin.com.
[All photos from @wisconsincheese]
Amy Wallace is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Stream Discover Wisconsin on Roku, Apple TV, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast or discoverwisconsin.com. Or tune in Saturdays at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
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Raise a Glass to Wisconsin’s Craft Beverages

If there’s anything we know how to do here in Wisconsin, it’s how to craft a great beverage. But with so many options of beer, wine and spirits in our state, how do you go about deciding what to drink when you post up at a bar, or what to grab when you head into the store? Well we thought we’d help, and raise a glass in appreciation, to some of the best craft beverages Wisconsin has to offer and share some of the coolest craft beverage makers from across the state.
Lost Island Wine & Skeleton Crew Brew
When you first walk in, the tropical vibes hit you right away with it’s bright colors and pirate decor, followed by the smells of both wine and beer.  This small, family owned winery now includes a brewery, with over 40 different varieties of wine and craft brews to try. Having a little bit of everything, it’ll be hard not to find at least a few things you’ll enjoy.
From their wines, we recommend their Scarlet Moon, as well as their Powder Monkey Spicy Red Ale.
La Crosse Distilling Co.
La Crosse Distilling opened up here in the summer of 2018, using quality ingredients from Wisconsin farms to produce grain-to-glass spirits such as gin, vodka and whiskey. This distillery makes tasty craft cocktails you can’t get anywhere else, along with a diverse menu of creative cuisine from Chef Jorge Guzman.
Our recommendation; any drink with their Fieldnotes Gin.
Turtle Stack Brewery
When walking in off the street, something you’ll notice immediately is their relaxed and fun social atmosphere. They don’t have any tvs or added distractions on principle, and they invite you to chat with their bartenders to help you figure out which beer is for you, as their list of beers changes seasonally. You can even watch their brewmaster hard at work in their small brewery, right from the bar.
Depends on the season, but we recommend the Belgian Blonde ale.
Pearl Street Brewery
Pearl Street Brewery started out downtown back in 1999 on Pearl Street but has since moved to the old La Crosse boot factory. Opening the door to this location, you walk right into their tasting room that also faces the open brewery and right beside the brewery and tap bar is a classic-style arcade, with everything from Ms. Pac-Man to Galaga. Pearl Street is known for their creative, craft beer list that is a large collaboration of everyone who works there.
As a part of their Funk My Life series, in a succession of hand-made beers produced in their Funk Cellar, we recommend their Funkadelicacy.
 
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Vines and Rushes Winery
Right off the Mascoutin Valley State Trail on your way into town lies Vines and Rushes Winery on the Prellwitz Family Farm. Known for their locally harvested wine right from their own vineyard, Vines and Rushes also serves wood-fired, brick-oven pizza, and has a steady stream of local musicians that perform live in their tasting room every Friday and Saturday.
We recommend their Marquette red.
Hendricks Family Distillery
Not too far from Vines and Rushes is the Hendricks Family Distillery, where they make their award-winning Pure Class Vodka. As the name suggests, the Hendricks’ use artisan distillation to achieve a very high proof potato vodka. The youngest son Carl went from refining oil to refining potato vodka when he decided to take his skills home and start a business with his family.
The Hendricks’ make a specialty drink here called the ‘Jimi Hendrix’ with their vodka that we recommend.
Knuth Brewing Company
Once you make it into downtown Ripon, Knuth Brewing Company is a great spot to stop for a beer and some grub. Right in the heart of downtown, David Knuth meticulously brews his small batches to ensure quality, and uses only locally-sourced ingredients in his brews, as well as in his wood-fired pizza and coffee. Here, you can see right into the small brewery, with David hard at work making each batch by hand. What started out as a home brewing setup has now become one of the busiest spots in downtown Ripon.
Here we recommend The Worker’s Mild Brown Ale.
Rushford Meadery and Winery
On your way out of Ripon, you might pass what you think to be a small, old schoolhouse, but it’s so much more. Rushford Meadery and Winery encompasses 6 classrooms of the 1962 schoolhouse they have taken over, where they craft and serve a variety of sweet and dry meads, as well as wines, right from their own vineyard. As the oldest craft beverage known to man, there’s not a lot places to grab a glass of mead, especially dry mead, and Rushford does it right.
At Rushford, we recommend the Winneconne Wild Mead.
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Point Brewery
We can’t talk about craft brews in Stevens Point without Point Brewery cropping up. Established in 1857, this brewery has been thriving in Wisconsin, and from beer to soda to hard cider, its list of craft beverages has continued to grow. As the third oldest, continuously operating, privately owned brewery in the US, they know a thing or two about creating drinks with unique flavors that keep people coming back to what they love. Here you can get your own tour of the entire facility, and end it at their tasting bar that lies in the heart of their brewery, where the brewmaster himself might pour you a beer from the tap.
Recommendation; Milkshake Malt Porter.
Great Northern Distilling
Small batch spirits are crafted at Great Northern Distilling in Plover, Wisconsin. Using all locally-sourced ingredients, this distillery creates all kinds of vodka, gin, rum and whiskey. And it’s what they can do with these spirits at their own bar right beside the distillery as to why we suggested calling for a lift.
At this distillery, we have to recommend a Vanguard Whiskey Old Fashioned.
Sunset Point Winery
At the corner of Crosby and Water Street near the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point lies Sunset Point Winery, a young, family owned and operated winery. From their hardwood interior, to their location near the riverfront and beautiful sunset views, there’s a lot to appreciate. They have created a relaxing home away from home where you can come to enjoy their wine and see the process of their small batches made in their eight fermenters. And like a lot of these craft producers, they spend time getting creative with the flavors of their wine.
Our recommendation; their Red Dwarf.
Central Waters Brewing Company
As the last stop on our craft beverage travels, Central Waters Brewing Company is not one to skip out on. What started with just two friends investing in a hobby expanded into a craft beer enterprise whose products can be found throughout the state. They pride themselves on being one the most environmentally sustainable breweries in the nation, and are dedicated to supporting local community organizations through donations.  You can tour their bottling room, as well as their expansive bourbon barrel aging warehouse, and see all the details that come together in their craft beverage. Because of this attention to detail their beer list is full of incredible and unique flavor.
Centrals Waters has a great Rift IPA you can get at most stores, but while you’re at the brewery, we recommend the 16.
To learn more about all of these amazing craft beverage makers, watch Discover Wisconsin’s episode Wisconsin’s Craft Beverages – Raise a Glass now available on Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and at DiscoverWisconsin.com.
Brian Mohsenian is a producer of Discover Wisconsin. Watch the show on Fox Sports Wisconsin every Saturday at 10am or on Roku, Chromecast, Smart TV, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV.
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Raise a Glass to Wisconsin’s Craft Beverages