Meet the Makers Wine and Beer Festival
June 20, 2015 from 11am. to 6pm.
Do you know the difference between a wine festival and a beer festival? Wine fests, at least in the Midwest, are usually hosted by a single winery to celebrate the grape harvest. There’s no better feeling for a vineyard owner than to see all of the grapes in lugs, safe from hail, birds, and all of the little critters that love ripe grapes! Beer festivals typically bring in dozens and sometimes hundreds of different breweries for a crazy big tasting event. Attendees come anticipating new flavors from the brewmasters’ latest creations.
Meet the Makers will be a blend of the two types of festivals. We will be offering a number of von Stiehl Winery wines and Ahnapee Brewery beers made just for that day. They may or may not last for the entirety of the Meet the Makers festival. You will Meet the Makers as the brewers and winemakers will be the ones pouring, leaving no question unanswered and giving you a chance to judge, taste, and write your own descriptions of the experimental batches. Awards will be given for the most accurate, and most hilarious descriptions.
Speaking of critters, we’re going to feed you one, but it won’t be small. The spent grains from the brewery are
currently being fed to a Texas Longhorn cattle on a nearby farm in Door County. In fact, the Bryersquart Family Farm is one of the top farms in polled genetic cattle in Door County. One Longhorn/Jersey mix steer will meet their maker so that Skaliwags can smoke them whole for the festival. That’s one more Meet the Makers maker: Skaliwags owner Chef Chris.
Not to sound like a cheesy TV commercial, but there’s more! Meet the Makers will be rolling out a Shopping Expo to include even more makers.
We will also be having a special Cheese and Chocolate and wine pairing for that day only.
Cost is $5 per person. Advanced tickets are no longer available at Brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are available at the winery or at the gate on Saturday.
MockingBird from 11-2
MockingBird is a full, energetic and harmonious sound; blending acoustic, bass and electric guitars with vocals, keyboards and drums. They perform a variety of 60’s to 80’s classic-rock, and country-rock standards. MockingBird is a fun and family-friendly band.
Brass Differential • 2–6 pm: Horn-centered sound is steeped in New Orleans tradition and features a spicy gumbo of musical styles, including jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul, and hip-hop.
Thank you to all that attended our first Meet the Makers Festival! Below are the winners of the name and description writing contest. Congratulations to all!
Traminette: Description winner: Laura Slater
The light, aromatic, delightfully sweet wine with a delicious floral bouquet will delight your senses and remind you of a beautiful summer day!
Big Roast Red: Winner: Barbara LaPlant
Name: Cool City Red
Sparkling Red: Winner: Laura Slater
Name: Firecracker Red
Muscat Royale: Winner: Brad Beckman
Name: Muscat Love
Whiskey Barrel: Winner: Julian Davis
Name: Kentucky Burn
Rum Barrel: Winner: Kira Ohlsen
Description: Get your German pirate on with this delicious rum barrel-aged Doppelbock. Balanced perfectly with a subtle sweetness of vanilla beans, but still strong enough to ward off the scurvy!
Stainless: Winner: Ryan Hatzenbeller
Name: Steelhead Doppelbock