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

Sprecher Brewings and Doings

01st December 2008

It’s a new week after the Thanksgiving holiday, which I enjoy because I like turkey leftovers.  On Saturday we started Sprecher Reserve Tastings, tastings for small groups in the Rathskeller that feature Sprecher premium and limited release beers paired with fantastic cheeses.   These intimate tastings are offered on the weekends. Contact our gift shop to reserve a spot: 414.964.2739.

Note: these Reserve Tastings are ongoing, and not the same as our December 10th event featuring Sara Hill, Lucy Saunders, Randy Sprecher, Wisconsin artisanal cheeses and Sprecher beers.  For details about the December 10th artisanal cheese and beer pairing event, please visit our website: www.sprecherbrewery.com.

For those of you who didn’t know, Sprecher Winter Brew is now available.  This winter seasonal is rather dark, smooth with a hint of burnt coffee, and a good companion during the snowfall, especially if you have to shovel!

Sprecher Brewings and Doings

24th November 2008

Well, it was a busy week capped by our annual party which took place this year at Village Bowl in Menomonee Falls.  Who knew that they had such great food?  The buffet for sixty was fabulous — salad, veggies, chicken marsala, salmon and tenderloin.  Taste-wise,  I think the chicken, fish and beef reigned supreme.  Veggies were a bit weak and the mashed potatoes a bit sticky.  Even so, if you have a bowling party with a group of people, this is a fun place to go.

Friday evening I had a Sprecher beer tasting at Beans & Barley, 1901 E. North Ave, Milwaukee.  Beans is also a member of a group Sprecher belongs to, Our Milwaukee, which is comprised of locally owned businesses.   December 6th the Buy Local Fair takes place at the Urban Ecology Center on Milwaukee’s East Side, 1500 E. Park Place.  Stop in to learn more about some of Milwaukee’s locally owned businesses; there may be shopping opportunities as well.  All week, December 6 – 14th,  Our Milwaukee business alliance members celebrate the community’s unique character with promotions in support of Buy Local, Live Local Days.   Remember, for every $1 you spend at a locally owned business, more than 68 cents remains right here at home. To join Our Milwaukee or learn more about the group, visit www.ourmilwaukee.net.

Yesterday afternoon I presented, “Maltylicious,” the first in a series of craft beer tastings for women only.   Really, no boys allowed.  But the thing is, the series – Tasting Women – is held in the back room of Sugar Maple American Craft Beer Bar in Bay View, 441. E. Lincoln Ave,  which leaves the main bar available for anyone who wants to try beers from their 60 taps!  We had a total of 28 women, which is about all the room could comfortably hold.  I’d say 30 max.  It’s a neat space.  I tried to impart some of my knowledge about craft beer, its history, the brewing process, the difference between ales and lagers,  all the while focusing on malts.  We sampled quite a range of Sprecher beers, beginning with our gluten/malt-free beer, Shakparo.  For the malt-based sampling we tried Micro-Light (an English Summer Ale), Special Amber, IPA2, Oktoberfest, Dopple Bock, Black Bavarian and Scotch Ale.  Beer Trivia Question: Who is the goddess Ninkasi?

More later.  Time to get back to work.  Tomorrow Randy and I head to Madison for an interview on the Larry Meiller show (Wisconsin Public Radio, www.wpr.org for stations).  Randy, Sara Hill and Lucy Saunders will talk about a tasting event here at the brewery on December 10th, 6-8pm, involving Wisconsin artisanal cheeses and Sprecher beers.   This event is open to the public so please feel free to join us. Cost: $15, reserve online at www.sprecherbrewery.com.

Cheers!