Beer and Wine Roundup – Madison Craft Beer Week is Next Week

Posted April 27th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

Links and commentary!

1. This event already occurred: Vintage Brewing Hosting ‘Green Beer’ Event for Earth Month. I went to it. It was pretty good. David Anderson, of Dave’s BrewFarm, was an interesting and knowledgeable speaker. As for the tasting, I especially liked the Matacabras from Dave’s BrewFarm and the Birch Bock from Alaskan Brewing Co.

2. Oh yeah, it’s Madison Craft Beer from May 4 through May 13. There are a ton of really cool events lined up. See the listings here. I’m especially looking forward to trying Common Thread.

Common Thread, the collaboration beer brewed specifically for Madison Craft Beer Week by Madison’s own rock star brewers!

3. Capital Brewery achieves Green Tier designation Good job Capital Brewery! From the article:

Capital Brewery joins Central Waters and Lake Front Brewery in Milwaukee as the only breweries in the Green Tier program, designed to create sustainable economic growth for companies while improving the environment.

4. Wollersheim Winery is renovating a cave at their winery:

It had been Bob Wollersheim’s dream to renovate the old cave snuggled in the vineyard hillside since he and wife, JoAnn, purchased the property in 1972. Now, with the 40th anniversary upon us, we are finally making that dream a reality. It’s an evolving project and the final use of the cave, whether it be museum or special tasting room, is still to be decided. But construction is underway!

Cool!

5. If you’re ever out in Black Earth, maybe make a stop here: Vintage Liquor in Black Earth emphasizes the unusual

6. Some not so good news:

A federal safety agency said Monday it has cited Spurgeon Vineyards & Winery , Highland, with 12 safety and health violations, including nine repeat violations, for failing to provide fall protection and a hazard communication program.

C’mon Spurgeon Vineyards, remedy the complaints and make the work environment safe.

7. And finally, did you know that the state government did something reasonable this year? Seriously! Wisconsin governor signs bill allowing transportation of homemade beer

The previous state law prohibited home brewers from transporting any beer they make from its place of origin. The language was largely ignored and home brewers were not aware of it.

Fredrickson said the strict interpretation of the law caught home brewers by surprise when the Wisconsin Department of Revenue ruled in 2011 it was illegal for home brewers to transport beer relating to an event in Racine.

The new law exempts home brewers from permit requirements and taxes, but continues a ban on the sale of homemade beer and wine.

Frederickson is particularly glad that contests among home brewers at club meetings are no longer against the law and the home-made products can be offered up for sampling at festivals and fairs.

I guess the legislature and Governor Walker were due to do something reasonable…


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