I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Chapoton Woods Market keeps its shelves stocked with spirits, wines, and domestic and imported beers, packing its patrons' bellies with homemade Mediterranean eats. Every day, the family-operated shop pops open and invites passersby to stop in and pick up social lubricants ranging from high-end whiskey to organic wines to freshly squeezed beer. Chapoton Woods Market also houses a small kitchen where carefully crafted Mediterranean favorites come to life—including spinach pies, hummus, and tabbouleh—all made from scratch with never-cryogenically-frozen ingredients.
Michigan is home to many creative craft breweries, and Falling Down Beer Company is no exception. Take their Ninja Chicken American pale ale, whose dry-hopped bitterness is said to sneak up on unsuspecting drinkers like its warrior namesake. Or the Vampire Bunnies blonde ale, which is brewed with the tart red nectar of Michigan cherries. These and other inventive brews pour fresh from numerous taps in the brewery's taproom and kitchen. There, local flavors proliferate in reuben egg rolls made with Wigley's corned beef from Detroit, blackened chicken sandwiches on buns from Milano Bakery in Illinois, and burgers topped with pub cheese made in house. Events throughout the week make entertaining sides to the handcrafted brews, including a weekly trivia night and periodic live music performances.
The Kunhenn brothers spend every day of the week brewing and overseeing the production of beers at Kuhnhenn Brewing. That kind of dedication is what makes the brewery a well-deserving recipient of numerous brewing awards. In 2012, the highly sought-after DRIPA?or Double Rice IPA?took home a gold medal at the World Beer Cup, and the insanely popular Raspberry Eisbock has consistently been one of the highest-rated beers in the world since its release in 2004. Inside the brewery's lively tasting room, visitors can sip on flights to sample a variety of beers, or order larger glasses or pints of their favorite brew.
Per its name, Royal Oak Taste Fest celebrates some of the best local cuisine as well as the chefs behind each food sample on offer. But that might be the only traditional thing about this event. The dishes here hail from the Middle East, Mexico, Italy, and just about everywhere in between. In some ways, it's a Taste of Everywhere?except Greenland, where people only ever eat ice.
The festival extends beyond food too, showcasing art from local retailers and crafters, as well as musicians whose live shows add the soundtrack to the day.
Village Wine Shop, in business for more than 60 years, culls together hundreds of varietals from around the globe, augmented by sundry liquors and craft beers. Wines of all hues and tastes await aficionados along the venue’s walls and in aisles of crates that line the oblong, wood-floored shop. Every other Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., patrons file into the store for a free tasting and a chance to get a bottle of wine’s signature on a copy of The Grapes of Wrath.