Local breweries, wineries and food producers from across the state gathered for Taste of Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 27. The Basement Brewhaus hosted the event in the Laird Room, of the Dreyfus University Center where patrons could sample libations and socialize.
Tickets sold out in record time this year, over a week in advance to the event.
“I appreciate them having wine, since some people can’t drink beer,” said Bonnie Brost, Superior resident.
The event attracted people from across Wisconsin, and students were grateful to have the event on campus.
“It’s my first time coming, so far I really like it,” said Maggie Boone, wildlife ecology major. “Wisconsin tastes good.”
Previous event-goers noticed changes to Taste of Wisconsin that had not been part of past events.
“I’m enjoying it. It’s my fourth time coming, and it seems like they’re expanding every year,” John Marcin, UWSP alumnus.
Vendors have not only changed, but attendee palettes also have.
“I’ve noticed the college age has gotten more into craft beer in the last few years, and I think that’s cool,” Brost said. “Their palettes are maturing, and it’s not all about chugging cheap beer.”
The event allows young people to taste drinks they might not have otherwise tried.
“It’s really the best price to drink and enjoy all of these breweries in one place,” said Brad Gorzek, biology and Spanish major. “It’s a lot like a playground for adults.”
Aaron Pisca, assistant brewer for Great Dana Brewing Copmany, said his company tries to attend many events to get its name out and let people enjoy their beer.
“We love the beer drinkers in Wisconsin,” said Mike Champion, sales representative for New Glarus Brewing Company. “We wouldn’t be who and where we are today without them.”