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tobias magan (12.202.178.29)
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Greetings.

I am headed to La Crosse, Wi and parts further out (Ft McCoy) for business. Anybody know of anything worth drinking in that region? How about a good bet for New Years' Eve?

Thanks,
Tobias Magan
 

Chuck Denofrio (64.135.203.41)
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2003 - 11:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You don't say where your staring from but if your in the south you need to stop in New Glarus at the brewry. Dan and Deb are super people that make some fine beer. My pick is "Uff Duh" a bock.
 

FrugalBrewer (209.98.83.170)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 03:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Capital Brewing near Madison is excellent, their Winter Skal should be avail most everywhere, haven't been there for a tour but I am sure it would be worth it.

New Glarus as mentioned is superb

The large brewery in Lacrosse that was once Heilemans is now called City Brewery and their beers are fair.

Not sure of a New Years venue, depends on what you want.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wisconsin has some of America's best breweries but La Crosse is not a beer mecca other than being the home of one of the bigger and older Oktoberfest celebrations. As mentioned, there is City Brewery in the old resurrected Heileman facility that had a long history as one of the classic regional breweries. There is also Pearl Street Brewery/Bodega Brewpub, a decent brewpub, and Doc Powell's, with a less stellar reputation.

La Crosse is an old Mississippi River town. The restored downtown district has some historical character.
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 04:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll echo what the others have said, the immediate area around LaCrosse and Ft McCoy doesn't have much, but you will be able to get most of the better WI beers in the LaCrosse area. It's not really a short trip to New Glarus from LaCrosse, a good 2-3 hours, but if you have some spare time it would be worthwhile.

Otherwise if you head the other way up I-94 you could visit the Leinenkugel brewery for a tour, probably less than 2 hrs from LaCrosse.

If you don't want to travel much then just look for the better WI beers that are distributed - Capital, New Glarus, etc. It's too bad that Angelic and Great Dane don't have anything in that area (they are brewpubs in Madison) because they both have some tasty brews.
 

tim roth (216.180.208.57)
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2003 - 06:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

tobias- I'd say the best bet is Bodega pub. They house the Pearl St. Brewery and have a couple hundred micro/imports available. Cheers, Tim
 

Doug J (65.57.20.60)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 12:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

La Crosse has a street that is nothing but bars. I would go there for New Years.

I'd tell you the name of the street but I always get too drunk and forget it.
 

Doug J (65.57.20.60)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 12:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Heh, Chuck, how well do you know the Careys?
 

Chuck Denofrio (64.135.203.24)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Only from a few visits. I have friends in Bellville that I see 3/4 times a year and always stop in New Glarus.
 

tobias magan (64.136.26.225)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 04:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Muchas gracias and vielen danke to all. Tried Bodega's brown, New Glarus Spotted Cow, City Downtown Brown, and Capital Wisconsin Amber tonight. There is definitely more beer culture here than in Hardin County, Kentucky.

Prost,
Tobias
 

chumley (63.227.173.104)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 04:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The heck with beer - if you are in WI this weekend, go cheer for the GB Slackers vs. the Seadogs. Eat some brats, washed down with a cold PBR.
 

tim roth (216.180.208.57)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 04:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley- You wouldn't be a Broncos fan would you?

PBR? Get it right. Leinie's and Brats!!!!! Cheers, Tim
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 01:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Chumley - I'm a 1/2 hr south of GB. Just to mock how ridiculous Packer tickets are getting one of the morning radio shows yesterday went in search of tickets for Sunday's game (the few that were available from the ticket office sold out in minutes). One guy had a set of 4 for sale on ebay with a buy now price of $10,000!!! Now granted, no one bought those that I know of, but still. Current going rate is $200-300 per seat, should be up to $400-500 by the end of the week, and at Lambeau you don't even get seat backs or arm rests! It's all bleacher seating in the main bowl! Absolutely nuts...
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not to hijack the thread too much more, but hey Chumley (and Jack and all the other Iggles fans), if it so happens that my Cowboys make it past the Panthers, any chance your Iggles could take their annual playoff dive in the divisional playoff instead of the championship game? I'd really appreciate it...:) :) :)
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll be at Lake County Cigar in Delafield WI exchanging Christmas presents with a buddy of mine. A Pre-Cuban Embargo Cigar and drinking SNPA sitting in leather wingback chairs watching the Pack fry up some bird on a big screen TV. I'm getting a chubby just thinking about it.
Last years cigar was made in 1932.

PTA
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

PTA, come up north of the border where decent Habanas are available for about $5 apiece. Even the really good ones are in the $20 range. I'm not a smoker but I have a couple of friends who can't understand why the US is so paranoid about that old dinosaur Castro.

As for football, I dearly love the Badger State but I don't think I could ever bring myself to root for the Pack. The fans annoy me far more than the team. Of course I could say something similar about Minnesota. I guess I spent too many years in Detroit and Chicago. Old instincts die hard.
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill! You are my new best friend! You hit the nail on the head about obnoxious Packer fans!!! I've been a Cowboys fan my whole life (I know, I know, speaking of obnoxious fans) yet I used to like to see the Packers win. Then came the mid 90's when they started to get good again. Haven't been able to stand the Packers and especially their fans ever since!
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 02:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've had a few Cubans while visiting friends in Canada (All of them were gifts and I didn't spend any of MY money on them) :). The one I let slip away was a Cohiba for $65CD. I just couldn't spend than much even with the exchange.

Oh, and Bill, if you haven't started rooting for the Pack, don't start now, you may jinx us.

PTA
 

chumley (199.92.192.126)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 04:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Obnoxious fans? I take it you guys have never been to Philadelphia...:)

Tim, I stand corrected. A leinie would complement a brat better than a PBR. We don't get those in the Big Sky State, so I forget what a good Cheesehead drinks on game day.

Sunday afternoon after a morning of ice fishing, I spent in the sports bar with my buddy who's a huge Minnesota fan. It was the highlight of the sports season thus far, watching all those Viqueen fans high-fiving each other with 2 minutes left in the game, while the Slacker fans (whose game already ended) sitting quietly aside. Then the tables were turned. The Slacker fans were whooping it up (as well as myself), while the whupped Viqueen fans headed home with their tails between their legs.

To make this beer related, I enjoyed several pints of Blackfoot River Scottish Ale and Big Sky Brewing's Moose Drool during the game.
 

Bill Rehm (65.31.186.207)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 05:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Continuing the off topic discussion...As a life long Wisconsin resident and Packer Fan I have one thing to say. I HAVE NEVER BEEN, NOR EVER WILL BE A CHEESEHEAD!

That being said I will now sit quietly and wait for the game on Sunday with a big smile on my face knowing that the Viqueens choked again.
 

Josh Weber (209.109.226.8)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 05:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I hate the Pack. Went to school in DePere, right outside the Bay, for 4 years - my Bears lost all 4 years and my last the Pack won the Super Bowl. I hope Seattle smacks them good.
On the original topic, all suggestions are good - I would suggest you try Citys cream ale. Very good. I'm heading up to Green Bay for new years and look forward to acquiring some New Glarus Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart, and City Brewery Cream Ale. Happy New Year
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 05:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Obnoxious does not describe Philly fans Chumley, it describes Packer fans. Philly fans are a bunch of swear words that I can't use on this forum! Any fans that boo Santa and more so who CHEER when an opposing team's receiver is lying motionless on the turf at the Vet are just bad bad bad people. I don't care how much you hated Irvin as a player or a person, it's just wrong to cheer when someone is laying there potentially paralyzed for life. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!

As much as I wanted Dallas' loss to knock the Packers out of the playoffs I will admit it was cool to see the Viking miss out. I just wished it was Emmitt who got the TD. :)

MMMMMM....Moose Drool...I have a Moose Drool beer glass and coffee mug, both because I love the beer and because it's such a cool name. Of of my favorite browns.
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 05:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'll give you that one Bill, that's probably a good differentiation too. The decent Packer fans are just Packer fans, the obnoxious annoying ones are the ones who wear the cheeseheads and didn't care about the Packers until about '93 or so.

Josh, I assume you went to St. Norberts? Oh man, so not only as a Bears fan did you have to put up with all the Packer stuff, but you went to the same school that they hold training camp? OUCH!
 

Mike Kessenich (165.189.92.23)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 06:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OK, I was going to stay out of this one, but I have to say that MOST Packer fans are good fans and good sports. I've been to many opposing teams stadiums and have been treated like sh*t because I was rooting for the other team, the worst being the Raiders by far. I rarely see this happen at Lambeau. Maybe some think we're obnoxious because we follow our team around the country and have fans in every state. That just make us loyal. Sorry, but I'm a diehard packer fan since birth!
 

tim roth (216.180.208.52)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill Rehm- You are in denial.
It goes like this;
My name is Tim and I'm a cheesehead.

Mike Huss- I don't wear a cheesehead, I am a cheesehead. Packer fan since '93?? Yah right, try some of these names; David Whitehurst, Randy Wright, Walter(wrong way)Stanley, Dave Roller and of course, Paul Ott Carruth(always good for 2 yards). Cheers, Tim
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 07:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike K, you should try being a fan of a hated team living in Packerland, I'd give it about 50/50, MAYBE 60 good/40 bad, but definitely not most. The best analogy I have is to imagine being a Packer fan living in Minneapolis or Chicago. NOW you understand!!

The Packer fans on this board have all been good to me, nothing like what I've dealt with in person in the past. I think that has something to do with the bond amongst homebrewers perhaps? Maybe homebrewers are just more intelligent and reasonable?

Tim, you wouldn't be one of the fans I accuse of becoming a fan in '93. I remember most of those guys growing up too, I actually laughed when I read David Whitehurst, I had forgotten he existed! But calling yourself a cheesehead? That's one thing I'll never understand. That name was created as an insult by opposing teams fans and the Packer fans embraced it? It still sounds insulting to me.

I will give the Packers credit for one thing, at least you can get Leinies and Fox River Brewery beer there now. At Dallas this year I had to drink MGD. BLAH. I guess it was refreshing though, and it wasn't much more than the bottled water! :)
 

Mike Kessenich (165.189.92.23)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 07:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Randy Wright was the Pack Leader for my Son's Cub Scout Pack. How about Dickey to Lofton for one of the great duos! Remember Chuck Cecil, he would knock you into next week!!!

Here's a pic from Sunday's game you Vike fans should love!

Here's a pic from Sunday's game you Vike fans should love!
 

tim roth (216.180.208.52)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 07:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike Huss- Yah, I chuckled as I typed "David Whitehurst" too.

On a beer subject, have you tried the brews at Titletown brewing since Todd Ashman took over brewing duties there? It might give me 2 reasons to visit Green Bay. Cheers, Tim
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 08:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mike K, on the NFL Network last weekend I was watching the inaugural NFL Legends Beach Blast or whatever it was called (from 2000). Lofton was playing, but with a Bills logo on his shirt! He only played for them for a couple years, yet for the Packers for like 9! He snubbed the Pack!! Of course those weren't the prouder years in Packer history, maybe he just preferred to forget.

Chuck Cecil...he'd hit you into next week, IF he hit you. Some of the funnier Packer moments were when an opposing receiver would catch the ball, turn up field, start running, and THEN Cecil would go flying across the screen missing the receiver entirely!

Ah yes, the good old days....

That was back in the day when my beer palate was so uneducated that I thought MGD was a heavy beer. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 08:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tim, no I haven't yet. I remember asking PTA about it when I heard Todd was coming there from Flossmoor, but that's about all the further that ever got. I haven't been up to GB for a while, maybe a ride is in order. I do want to check out the new atrium at Lambeau too, I just need to go in the off season when there aren't so many "obnoxious" Packer fans around
 

Brandon Dachel (216.177.117.110)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 09:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh my there is so much to respond to.

> I HAVE NEVER BEEN, NOR EVER WILL BE A
> CHEESEHEAD!

Amen, brother. Cheese wedge on head = dumb. Cheesehead is an insult, not a badge of honor.

> Walter(wrong way)Stanley,
How about Ed 'couldn't catch the ball if it hit me in the chest' West? What about George Cumby? Or Eddie Lee Ivery?

> I hate the Pack...my Bears
Well, duh.

> the ones who wear the cheeseheads and didn't
> care about the Packers until about '93 or so.

Exactly. I wore my green and gold through the 'lean years' to much ridicule.


> maybe he just preferred to forget.

I'll bet he remembers the 'Top Shelf'. I do.

It's funny because when I was young I had relatives living in Green Bay. We'd visit and I can remember going to inter-squad games during training camp. There were no fans there (mid 1980s).
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh man, you guys are killing me with all these names I forgot from the "lean" years!! How about Terdell Middleton? He used to be my favorite Packer! (See guys, I used to like the Packers somewhat!) Don't know why, it wasn't like he was that good. My favorite Packer moment has to be when when Charles Martin body slammed Jim McMahon. That was freakin hilarious! He was out of control!

Brandon's last paragraph sums it up. Nowadays Packer fans try to make it sound like that season ticket waiting list has been 40,000+ for 50 years, while in reality friends of ours have had season tickets forever and they couldn't GIVE them away in the mid and late 80's if they couldn't/didn't want to go to the game...

Damn fibbin' Packer fans :)
 

tim roth (216.180.208.52)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 09:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Living in America's dairyland and loving the Green Bay Packers makes us cheeseheads.

Wearing a yellow styrofoam wedge on your head, well..........

If you want to insult us, just remind us about the draft where the Packers took Tony Mandarich over Barry Sanders. Now that hurts! Tim
 

Mike Huss (24.123.94.154)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 09:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Tobias, now that we destroyed your thread, I just remembered (if you even bother to check this one anymore) that I was going to echo what Chuck said, try the New Glarus Uff Da bock, it's good. Also if you like hops their Hop Hearty IPA is pretty darn tasty too. Also their Snowshoe Ale is out now which is also good. Aw heck, I think everything they make is good! Except I'm in the minority that don't like Belgian Red. Too sweet for me. But most people love it.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 - 10:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm old enough to remember the Packers before Lombardi. Let me tell you, that's old. I didn't like them much then either.
 

Bill Rehm (65.31.186.207)
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 12:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't forget Chester Marcol, I loved those glasses under the helmet.

Tim, if I am called a Cheesehead, that is one of the few ways that someone could offend me, it downright pisses me off. Even though I live about 5 miles from what I consider the best chedder cheese factory in the States.

Last I heard California made more cheese than Wisco anyway let's call them cheeseheads!

On the beer topic, The Sheboygan Sudzzers had a 1/2 barrel of Oktoberfest from Titletown at our annual Oktoberfest celebration. As I recall it was pretty good.
 

Josh Weber (199.35.209.97)
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lynn Dickey ha ha. I forgot about him.
Seriously though, Pack fans are some of the best around. Doesn't mean I have to like it though.
Titletown had some pretty good beers, didn't know they had a new head brewer. Maybe I'll stop by, used to know one of the guys running the place.
 

Doug J (12.64.78.228)
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2003 - 03:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So much has happened in this thread!!

My 2 cents.

Packer fans are not obnoxious, they are just a completely different type of fan.

PTA, I am jealous.

Tim, thanks for the Leinie's boost!

And to make all other Packer fans jealous, I have autographed footballs from Bart Starr, David Whitehurst, Lynn Dickey, Randy Wright, Don Majkowski (Tim Harris signed this one, too. Remember his 6-guns?), and Brett Favre.
 

PalerThanAle (65.168.73.62)
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 01:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

DougJ - There is plenty of seating at LC Cigars, if you have nothing planned, come join us.

PTA
 

tobias magan (12.202.178.29)
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks to all for the beer info. La Crosse may not be a beer mecca, but it was great to spend three nights floating through bars and never order the same thing twice. Even got my boss hooked on Czechvar.

Anyone know the brand name or source for the big copper lazy-susan beer cooler at Bodega? I would love something like that for the house, even though I would have to stick to bottling after that. It might be worth it.

Thanks,
Tobias
 

Doug J (67.73.165.153)
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 05:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

PTA, I think I may just do that. I don't know if I'll spring for the Cubanos, but I do like a nice blonde cigar.

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