Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing • September 21

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Back by popular demand is MESBA’s 4th annual Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing!

The Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA) is hosting their Craft Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing on Thursday, September 21, 2017. The event will take place at The East Side Club, 3735 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53714 from 5pm to 8pm. Attendees will graze their way around 12 pairing stations of Wisconsin’s finest products—artisan cheeses, craft beer and handcrafted chocolates.

In reference to last year’s event, Andrea Behling, food editor for Madison Magazine wrote, “the mothership of area pairings has to be the Craft Beer, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing.” She continued to describe it as “speed dating for Wisconsin’s most important food groups.”

Last year’s event featured craft brews from Madison breweries like Next Door Brewing Company’s Kaleidospoke Pale Ale, The Lone Girl Brewing’s Towhead Belgian Blonde Ale, Parched Eagle’s Eagle Golden Ale Kolsch, Vintage Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Disorderly, MobCraft’s Hop Goes the Grapefruit, and House of Brews’ A-Frame Amber. Pairing stations have been graced with award-winning cheeses like Sartori’s Chipotle Bellavitano, Red Rock from Roelli Cheese Haus, Roth Cheese’s Grand Cru Original, and the 10 Year Sharp Cheddar from Hook’s Cheese Company. Fine chocolates like the salted caramel from Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, the hazelnut praliné in dark chocolate from The Chocolate Caper, and the milk chocolate whiskey infused caramels from CocoVaa rounded out the tasting experience.

Expect to see new pairings this year including some of the newest breweries popping up in the area. Ticket sales start on August 1, with an early bird rate available until September 6. Regular rates are $35 for members of the Monona East Side Business Alliance and $50 for non-members. The first 180 attendees through the door will receive a commemorative tasting glass courtesy of Monona Bank. Please go to MononaEastSide.com for event updates. A pair of tickets will be given away on Facebook.com/MononaEastSide in mid-September.

$35 for MESBA member and $50 for non-members.

A free pair of tickets will be given away on September 8 on Facebook! Follow the event for notifications and a chance to win!

FEATURED BREWERIES

Next Door Brewing Company, Dead Bird Brewing Co., Parched Eagle Brewpub, Mobcraft, Capital Brewery, Rockhound Brewing, NessAllaKombucha, Viking Brew Pub, Lucette Brewing CompanyKarben4, Vintage Brewing Co., Ale AsylumThe Lone Girl Brewing Company

FEATURED CHOCOLATIERS

CocoVaa Chocolatier, The Chocolate Caper, Red Elephant Chocolate, Roots Chocolates, Gail AmbrosiusSjölinds Chocolate House

FEATURED CHEESEMAKERS

Carr Valley Cheese, Hook’s Cheese Company, Maple Leaf Cheese, Landmark Creamery, Sartori, Farmer John’s Cheese

PAIRING STATION SPONSORS

Deja Brew, Waterstone Mortgage – Joe Long, Creative Business Interiors, Capitol Travel Service, Great Day Dental, Heritage MononaThe Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Emergency Fire & Water Restoration, Summit Credit Union, KMA Bodilly CPAs & Consultants S.C., Kelly Doyle – Realty Executives Cooper Spransy, Murphy Desmond S.C.

SOUVENIR TASTING GLASSES COURTESY OF

For questions or info, email Amber Iverson or call her at 222-8565.