New Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail Begins First Season

A group of local wineries, breweries, and distilleries have come together to release the  Chippewa Valley Craft Beverage Trail Guide, a new way to highlight the collaboration between local wine, beer, and spirits makers.

The group’s goal is to make the craft beverage producers of the Chippewa Valley a must stop destination for both visitors and residents. Participating locations include Autumn Harvest Winery, Infinity Beverages Winery and Distillery, Leinenkugel’s Brewery, River Bend Winery and Distillery, Lazy Monk Brewery, Brewster Brothers Brewery, Northwoods Brewpub, and O’Neil Creek Winery.

“We’re happy to work together to expand our offerings to both local craft beverage connoisseurs and tourists,” said Jean McIlquham, co-owner of Autumn Harvest Winery.

During the summer months, guides can be found at any of the participating locations. When patrons stop at any location on the trail and spend $5 on a beverage, they will get a stamp. Once all of the stamps are filled, they will get a certificate to use at any location and be entered to win a grand prize from Cody Limousines.

They plan to hold two events annually, one in August and one in May (starting in August 2018) where attendees will have the option to visit each location and experience a special pairing. The group hopes these events will provide further insight into the craft beverage industry and provide consumers with an experience.

 

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

May 18th – Live Music with Songa

Join us Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for live music with Songa!

Meet Songa, an acoustic duo featuring Mario and Sherry Friedel, rooted in the Nashville songwriting tradition, producing original Latin and contemporary Americana music. In Songa, you will hear the eclectic American influences of jazz, blues, Latino, folk and bluegrass, instrumentally woven together with acoustic guitars, ukulele, percussion, harmonica, and prominent vocal harmonies.

As a former member of White Duck and an artist with Universal Records, Mario performed, recorded with or opened for musical greats, including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, and the Allman Brothers. He currently collaborates with fellow Wisconsin musicians Howard Guitar Luedke, Janet Planet and Tom Washatka, and Nashville singer/songwriter Keith Duke. He has had big band arrangements of his compositions performed by the Water City Jazz Orchestra, the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, and the Ripon College Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to performing in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville and Chicago, Sherry, a vocal music educator, and church music director, has co-produced and published original children’s music and Wisconsin social studies curriculum (Wisconsin Integrated Student Creations). These songs have been utilized in over 2,000 classrooms in the State of Wisconsin. She was co-writer with Mario on a Christian cd entitled The Gift, and they have had original music published in the Unity Church Songbook, Kansas City, Missouri.

In Western Wisconsin, Songa has performed at the Eau Claire Jazz Fest, The Acoustic Café, The Local Store/Volume One, Vino Cappuccino and the Chippewa River Distillery. They are performers on the Flambeau Valley Arts Association Concert Series in 2019.

We will have wine, cheese, and snacks available for purchase, so come, relax and enjoy.

Feel free to bring a chair for this outdoor event.

 

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.