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!

Cheers,

Anne

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!