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.