Beer, Wine & Spirits in Waunakee

$30 for a 4-Course Wine Tasting and Food Pairing for Two at Von Klaus Winery Tasting Haus ($64 Value)

Von Klaus Winery (Tasting Haus)

Baraboo

All-natural sulfite-free fruit wines paired with Wisconsin cheese, chocolate-wine truffles, breads and oils, and jumbo shrimp

$64 $30

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Wine Flights Paired with Cheese and Fruit for Two or Four at Vetro Winery (Up to 38% Off)

Vetro Winery

Jefferson

Visitors taste a selection of wines paired with cheese and fruit at a winery with sweeping views of the surrounding woods and marshland

$30 $19

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Microdistillery Educational Tasting for Two or Four at Minhas Micro Distillery (50% Off)

Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

Visitors learn all about the operations of the microdistillery, after which they sample products and leave with a sampler glass

$20 $10

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Wine Tasting for Two with a Bottle of Wine and Optional Vineyard Tour at Weggy Winery in Muscoda (Up to 50% Off)

Weggy Winery

Richland Center

Award-winning winery produces over 35 wines and offers one-hour narrated vineyard tours, wine tastings, and hillside views from the patio

$25 $12.50

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Complimentary Glasses and Cheese Plate at Hailey's Winery (Up to 51% Off)

Hailey's Winery

Byron

Sample a variety of handcrafted red and white wines

$35 $18

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Wine-Tasting Experience for Two or Four at The Chiselled Grape Winery (Up to 50% Off)

The Chiselled Grape Winery

Cedarburg

Wine-tasting experience includes samples of multiple varietals, truffles, cheese and almonds, and take-home souvenir glasses and stop drips

$47 $24

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One Private Wine Tasting for Four or Eight at Rocky Waters Winery (50% Off)

Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

During private wine tastings, winemakers serve seven samples and answer visitors' questions

$24 $12

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Bacon Fest for Two or Four at Horny Goat Brew Pub on January 24 (Up to 50% Off)

Horny Goat Brew Pub

Bay View

Meat lovers head to the Horny Goat on January 24 in order to sample over 15 different bacon-themed creations

$150 $79

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$18 for $30 Worth of Wine, Small Plates, and Sandwiches at Wine Maniacs on the River

Wine Maniacs on the River

Wine Maniacs on the River

Wine-friendly small plates and starters such as shrimp cakes, cheese, and charcuterie display the symbiotic connection between wine and food

$30 $18

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Beer Tasting for Two or Three at Sir James Pub (Up to 43% Off)

Sir James Pub

Port Washington

Pairs or groups of three share pints and tasting bottles; every two weeks, 10 unique beers are featured

$28 $16

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Vero Private Label Wine Flights, Appetizers, & Dessert for 2 or 4 at Vero International Cuisine (Up to 56% Off)

Vero International Cuisine

Racine

Dishes combine elements of American and international food; wine flights include pinot grigio, pinot noir, sweet red, and cabernet sauvignon

$44 $20

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The Old Sugar Distillery produces small-batch liquors made from Midwestern ingredients. Its cornerstone concoction, the Old Sugar Factory Honey Liqueur, is distilled from dark-brown beet sugar and then aged in a wooden womb of American oak before being subtly sweetened with pure Wisconsin honey. The Cane and Abe Freshwater Rum, named in honor of President Lincoln and his favorite criminal-scaring stick, is made with cane sugar lovingly beamed up from the saccharine states of Hawaii and Louisiana and then aged in charred American oak barrels. These luscious liquids can be sampled either by sipping a freshly made cocktail ($6) at the distillery's long wooden bar, or by buying a bottle ($30) for midnight sips in the dead chill of winter. The Old Sugar Distillery also offers free tours and tastings with up-close views of the large copper pot still.

931 E Main St
Madison,
WI
US

Travelers follow Jo Daviess County's sprawling fields and undulating hills toward Massbach Ridge Winery?s 18+ acre estate. Founded by the Harmston family in 2003, the winery?s proprietors grow the grapes to concoct their batches of reds and whites. Members of the winery family escort guests on impromptu tours before rendezvousing in the tasting room or on the patio for samplings. The outdoor patio grants a heightened view of the vineyards below, which visitors can wander through on quests for vine-ripe copies of The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to its frequent tastings and tour sessions, Massbach Ridge Winery hosts a number of wine-related events each year.

117 South Main Street
Galena,
IL
US

Located inside a brick-hewn building reminiscent of a grand castle, the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery recounts the history of the company’s former brewery, which dates back to 1844. Visitors tour Pabst’s corporate offices, take photos with a statue of Captain Frederick Pabst, and drink tall pints of the brewery’s concoctions. The gift shop stocks vintage Pabst memorabilia, including steins, shirts, and artwork. Best Place’s halls and courtyards can also be rented for banquets, weddings, and other events.

901 W Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee,
WI
US

"The wine industry is overwhelming and confusing to many," says wine steward Merrell Tomlin, "but once you understand the basic premise that wine was created to make food taste better, you're on your way to a lifetime of dining enjoyment." Tomlin, who has visited hundreds of vineyards over the last 30 years, shares his accumulated knowledge at wine tastings and wine-appreciation courses he runs through Learn Vino. During each session, participants learn proper food and wine pairings for varieties as light as a riesling or heavy as a cabernet. Tomlin also fills students in on correct glassware, ideal serving temperatures, and how to keep wine from getting spoiled or throwing tantrums in the cheese aisle. An education in proper terminology helps students to make savvy observations about a wine's nose or mouthfeel. More advanced appreciation courses last four weeks and cover topics such as the history of wine or the eight "noble grapes" of France, from which many popular wines are made.

6808 University Ave
Middleton,
WI
US

The Madison Pub Club card works like magic. With a power similar to that of a hypnotist’s watch or the key to Detroit Rock City, the card only needs to be waved in front of bartenders at six participating bars to receive a two-for-one special on any one item $6 in value or less. The card can be used once per day, every day at each bar, totaling a maximum of six free drinks every 24 hours. Though there are some restrictions in regards to time, four of the six bars accept it during all normal business hours.

1021 North Gammon Road
Middleton,
WI
US

In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music.

The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.

1419 Monroe Street
Madison,
WI
US