Isthmus Beer & Cheese

Isthmus Beer & Cheese

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I have been living in Wisconsin for almost 2 years. Wisconsin is the land of cheese and beer.  We have more than 90 breweries! and almost as many cheese factories.

I live in Madison and we went to Isthmus Beer & Cheese Festival 2 days ago. It was at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. The event was from 2-6pm and the tickets were sold out! (about 2,000 tickets) When we got there, they gave us a map, so we could mark down our favorites. Let me tell you first, I’m not a cheese lover but I do like a few kinds of cheese and I do like to at least try every kind of cheese too. My two favorite cheeses are Muenster and Colby.

Karben4 Brewing just had their grand opening the same day as the festival! They are Madison’s newest brewery located in the old Ale Asylum location. They had a very long line most of the time. Many people liked their Black IPA.

Karben4 Brewing
Karben4 Brewing

 

Ale Asylum  moved to a new location to expand their capacity last year. Hopalicious is probably their most famous beer.

Ale Asylum Brewery
Ale Asylum Brewery

 

Woodman Brewery,Dennis is doing a lot of very unusual beer flavors. Here he had a BBQ flavored beer.

Dennis Erb from Woodman Brewery
Dennis Erb from Woodman Brewery

 

I saw a lot of organic cheeses at the fest.  I could even taste the grass flavor from the cheese! Cheeses from Crème de la Coulée Artisan Cheese are very good and made with milk from one particular farm.

The St. Brigid from Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese
The St. Brigid from Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese

blue cheese
blue cheese from Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese

 

Some of this cheese is made from water buffalo milk just like the best mozzarella cheese from Italy.

cheese from Cedar Grove
cheese from Cedar Grove

 

I LOVE cheese curds. You can hear the squeaky sound when you chew the fresh cheese curd! It is really awesome. I never had this kind of cheese anywhere else.

a variety of cheese curds
a variety of cheese curds
bleu cheese from Castle Rock organic farm
bleu cheese from Castle Rock organic farm

 

It was not just beer and cheese but also other foods such as smoked trout, sausages, chocolate. I couldn’t stop myself to buy chocolate with sea salt. It was really yummy. I think beer and chocolate  isn’t a bad idea :)

 

Chocolate with sea salt
Chocolate with sea salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses

  1. Hey there,

    Thanks for sharing these great photos of my cheese! If you don’t mind, I’m going to share this page on facebook and on my email newsletter.

    Regards,

    Bill Anderson
    Cheese maker, Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese

    • Thank you! I would love it if you shared a link to my site :)

      Thanks for the yummy cheeses!

    • Hi Bill,
      How are you? I saw my photo on your facebook page of Creme de la Coulee Artisan Cheese. It looks great, but could you please indicate that the photo is mine. If you like, I can resend it with my copyright and website information in the corner of the photo. Thanks!

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