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7 Northern Wisconsin Beer & Wine Tasting Events Happening This Spring

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Are you looking for something fun, tasty, and quintessentially Wisconsin to do this spring? Just hop on over one of these seven excellent northern Wisconsin beer and wine events happening this season.

1. Beer Sensory Training

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Minocqua Brewing Company – Minocqua

Calling all homebrewers, brewers, aspiring brewers, and anyone who wants to sharpen your beer-tasting skills! Minocqua Brewing Company’s Brewmaster, Ted Briggs, and his assistant, Adam, will be hosting a Beer Sensory Training Class at Minocqua Brewing Company on Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This class will cover the 12 most common beer faults, using the Brew Essence training kit and videos, as well as general tasting methodology. The class will be conducted in a friendly group discussion format, limited to 20 participants. The cost ($20) includes a light lunch and an opportunity for participants to share their own beers afterward. For more information, visit minocquabrewingcompany.com.

2. Taste of Tomahawk

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Inshalla Country Club – Tomahawk

Get your tickets now for Tomahawk’s premier microbrew, wine, and food tasting event—Taste of Tomahawk—which will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk.

Sponsored by the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Tomahawk is your opportunity to visit with regional and statewide breweries and winemakers, as well as local restaurants. This year’s theme is “black and white,” so come dressed in your best black and white outfit for the chance to win Chamber Bucks.

In addition to food offerings from great establishments like Great Lakes Food, The Cheese Shoppe, Cherie’s Sweet Sensations, Fun Factory Gelato, Silver Birch Supper Club, Ed and Sharon’s Catering, and Kwik Trip, there will also be more than a dozen beer and wine tastings!

You must be 21 years or older to attend this event. Purchase your tickets ($35 each) in advance at the Tomahawk Chamber office, or purchase them at the door on the day of the event. Stay up to date with all the details here.

3. Polar Wine Party

Saturday, March 21, 2020, noon to 6 p.m.

Dancing Dragonfly Winery – St. Croix Falls

Spring may officially begin in the Northern Hemisphere on March 19, but Dancing Dragonfly Winery isn’t quite ready to let go of the magic of winter just yet. Join the Polar Wine Party on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from noon to 6 p.m., to see just how cool Northwest Wisconsin can be. Dance to the live music provided by the band Monkeys in a Zoo, and sip your warm wine-based beverages from either inside the Event Center or outside on the patio. Admission ($12 in advance and $15 at the door) includes a horse-drawn carriage ride and one beverage of your choice. There will also be wine tastings, food, and special drinks available for purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, head to dancingdragonflywine.com or call (715) 483-9463 x3.

4. Gitchee Gumee Brewfest

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2 to 3 p.m. (VIP Admission) and 3 to 6 p.m. (General Admission)

UW Superior – Wessman Arena – Superior

Okay, beer aficionados, this is your opportunity to sample over 125 beers from more than 30 craft brewers hailing from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. Big names like Surly, Bells, Castle Danger, and Hoops will be there. But for those of you who are looking for great finds from lesser-known breweries, there will be plenty here for you, too. Live Celtic music and beer games top off the fun at this can’t-miss event. General admission tickets are $30, and VIP tickets are $55. Buy your tickets soon, as only 1,200 are available! You must be 21 years old and have your ID with you to enter. Gitchee Gumee Brewfest is a Superior Jaycees (Junior Chamber) fundraising event. All the proceeds will stay within the Superior community and help support many different organizations throughout the year. The event is co-sponsored by the Superior Jaycees, 7 West, Hammond Liquor, Keyport Liquor, 95 KQDS, KAT 98.9, My 95.7, 102.5 Duke FM, 610 KDAL, and Twin Ports Night Life. Tickets may be purchased online at www.twinportsnightlife.com, or in person at Keyport Liquor, Hammond Liquor, and Twin Ports 7 West Taphouse. For more information about this event, visit http://www.ggbrewfest.com/ or call (715) 392-2773.

5. Jacks Are Wild Annual Food & Wine Tasting

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5 to 8 p.m.

Spooner Civic Center – Spooner

The Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Jacks Are Wild Annual Food & Wine Tasting on Thursday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spooner Civic Center. For $25, you will enjoy food from local restaurants and sample tastings of wine and beer. Also, amuse yourself with games, raffles, and auctions during this evening of fun out on the town. The proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations in the Spooner area. For more information, call 715-635-2168.

6. Hodag Hops & Vines

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 4 to 8 p.m.

Quality Inn – Rhinelander

Come to the annual Hodag Hops and Vines Microbrew and Wine Tasting at Quality Inn in Rhinelander on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 4 to 8 p.m., to sample dozens of craft beer and wine samples from a wide range of Wisconsin breweries and wineries. Bring your appetites and lucky charms with you because you’ll also have the opportunity to taste delicious offerings from restaurants in the Rhinelander area and play raffles throughout the evening. To learn more or to order tickets, visit http://www.rhinelanderchamber.com/hops-vines. This event is hosted by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

7. Falls Sampler

Friday, May 1, 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Polk County Fairgrounds – St. Croix Falls

Foodies, head to the beautiful St. Croix Valley on May 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., for the Falls Sampler. This special event showcases more than 25 area craft breweries and wineries—as well as restaurants, food shops, bakeries, dairies, farms, and orchards. Celebrate springtime as you tempt your tastebuds with delicious offerings. For more information, visit www.fallschamber.org.


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