Sprecher Brewings & Doings – SLO-IFF Surf Night and John Waters

Bummer that UW-Madison Men’s Basketball lost yesterday.  They almost beat Ohio.  Thrilling game, but a heartbreaker.  Randy and I have been really busy pouring beers and soda at the SLO-IFF.  But we did have time to see Wiener Take All, the dogumentary about racing dachshunds and their owners.  The film has a wry sense of humor, and probably won the hearts and minds of wiener dog afficionados.  In fact, there were several wiener dogs in the audience.  I admit, they’re cuties.  For the most part I thought the film was really well done.  Weakness = a bit redundant.  More editing would’ve helped keep me and other non-wiener dog devotees engaged.

Thursday night was Surf Night, complete with two Surf Films, Women and the Waves and Under the Sun, surfers in the films, Nat Young and his son Beau, and a surf party complete with a band.  I only saw the first film because I had to go set up for the after party, but thought it really well shot and edited.  Though I know nothing about surfing, I found the whole film interesting.   Former surfer and avid surfing fan Randy liked both films for many reasons, including the natural beauty they captured.

Afterward we poured at the surf party and met some very interesting people, including a couple from the movies.  BTW: Beau Young told me that Sprecher Orange Dream is “the BEST soda [he] ever drank, REALLY!!!”  He said it just like that, but with an Aussie accent.  No, he did not use the word “mate” in his declaration.

Tonight we’re going to hear John Waters talk, which should be interesting.  I last saw him up close and personal in the Baltimore train station in 2000.  No conversation, just a brush with greatness moment.  BTW: they’re adding a new item to the silent auction — A Sprecher Tasting Party for 10 with Randy Sprecher.  So if you’re interested in sampling beers with Randy, stop by SLO-IFF headquarters at 1021 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo and put your bid in.  Can’t make it to the HQ?  Call your bid in: 805.546.3456.  Since the SLO-IFF is a non-profit, I believe the winning bid is tax deductible.

Also –it’s almost St. Paddy’s Day.  Stop by the brewery, 701 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, WI for lots of Irish-style fun, fare and drinks.

And — 8:50am, tomorrow, WTMJ Channel 4 will air a piece on Sprecher Premium Reserve tastings, the delicious cheese and beer pairing option we offer in the Rathskellar on the weekends.  If you’ve never been and you want to get an idea for what happens, definitely tune in.



Sprecher Brewings & Doings — Wisconsin Artisanal Cheeses

Good News!  On March 25th, we’ll host the seminar Tasting Synergies, Dispelling Myths: Pairing Wisconsin Artisanal Cheese and Sprecher Beer, Spring version.  Join this knowledgeable and engaging group of presenters — Cheese Expert Sara Hill, Culinary Expert Lucy Saunders, and Brew Master/Beer Expert Randy Sprecher — as they take you on a gustatory journey via award-winning cheeses and beers.   For more details and to purchase tickets, go to www.sprecherbrewery.com.

Meanwhile, back at the Santa Margarita Ranch where Randy and I served a lot of beer and soda to the SLO-IFF (San Luis Obispo-International Film Festival) crowd…We had a great time.  Most of these Californians had never seen or tried our products and all were pleasantly surprised by the beers and sodas.

It was Tribute to the Stunt Cowboy night.  They showed films in a big old wooden barn, and guests got to ride a very old Disneyland express train.  Little did those passengers know the train would be robbed by cowboys on horseback as it chugged along the track.  Eqaually thrilling, two of the cowboys are brothers, Robert and David Carradine.  I don’t know much about Robert’s acting resume other than he was on Bonanza, but I’ve seen David in the Kung Fu television series, Yellow Pages adds and Kill Bill.  In person he looks exactly the same, should you have wondered.

The next morning we attended a screening of Mondovino,  a documentary about Robert Mondavi’s attempt to buy up many vineyards in France and elsewhere.   I enjoyed it, but you have to have patience for a slower-paced film.

Tonight we’re going to see the dogumentary Weiner Take All!



Sprecher Brewings & Doings – SLO-IFF

Friday March 6 begins the San Luis Obispo-International Film Festival.  Opening night main event = an evening with Malcolm McDowell (best known for Clockwork Orange), receipient of the King Vidor award.  Saturday afternoon Randy and I will serve Sprecher beverages at the Santa Margarita Ranch for the Tribute to Stunt Cowboys.

Join us Sunday morning at the Sycamore Springs Spa, where we’ll offer product tastings during the Mondovino Brunch, which also includes a screening of Mondovino.

And course we’ll be at the Surf Night after party on Friday March 13th.

If you’re near the area, think about visiting some of the festival events and films.  They’ve got an incredible line-up of films, programs, activities (e.g., U-Edit a Hollywood movie, Movie in a Day Marathon), and top names in the business, including John Waters who will give a talk  (perhaps on Good Bad Taste) and also be at the pre-show reception March 14th.

Did I mention there are a lot of really good films at this event?  Shorts, documentaries, competition films, classics.  Myself,  I have too many friends with dachshunds to miss the dogumentary, Wiener Takes All, about the “surprisingly cutthroat world of competitive wiener dogs, a world that boasts healthy dachshunds and rabid owners.”

The SLO-IFF runs March 6-15.  Check it out at slofilmfest.org.

More immediately — Marquette Men’s Bball has a big game against #3 Pitt tonight.  Go Marquette!

Sprecher Brewings & Doings – CBS, Marquette, Snow

Our morning started out on a good note.  We woke up early to watch the CBS Sunday Morning piece on root beer, which  was really well done.  What an honor to be part of that show.  Week after week they have so many interesting stories.  BTW: If you didn’t see the root beer segment, or didn’t record it, you probably won’t be able to find it.   CBS only had rights to use some of the older material once and that one time happened yesterday.

Soon after CBS Sunday morning we watched another action-packed Marquette game which ended in a 4 point loss (to Louisville, a city where I lived for 5 years during my youth), causing Marquette to drop to #13.  If they pull off a victory against Pitt, that will be really cool.   UW-Madison did well yesterday.  They beat arch rival Michigan and are now contenders!

Fun bball stat fact I learned in the NY Times:  if a team is up in the 4th quarter by more points than minutes remaining in the game – e.g. up by 10, 8 minutes remaining – that team wins 80% of the time.

Snow, snow everywhere!  Got any interesting snow reports?  I’d love to hear them.