By Rick Pedersen –   Americans have always had a romantic fascination and attraction to distilled spirits dating back to the days of prohibition. The location of these Speakeasy joints was often secret and hidden. Visions of Al Capone come to mind and packed businesses full of eager customers dancing theContinue Reading

By: Rick Pedersen – The rise of small-batch distilleries has pumped new life into the small towns they have set up their operations in. Such is the case of Harmony Spirits located in Harmony, MN, where they have sourced local grains that are artfully distilled with care by Larry, Andy,Continue Reading

About Chestnut Mountain Resort Boasting an impressive array of amenities, accommodations, comforts and activities, Chestnut Mountain is the choice Illinois travel destination. Conveniently located near historic Galena, nestled neatly amongst the hills overlooking the Mississippi, it’s the perfect place to escape the everyday. Chestnut’s over 220 rolling acres and 475-footContinue Reading

By Nolan Arentz – Kombucha … Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t.  Technically speaking, this simple tasty drink consists of tea, fermentable sugar, a colony of bacteria and yeast working together, and whatever kind of natural flavors one so desires.  For ex-Engineer Jake Haneman, and now owner of BootleggerContinue Reading

Sean Brown – Impact CoffeeA Driftless Interview What is your best childhood memory?Canoeing the Upper Iowa or taking the pontoon out on the Mississippi   If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? That’s tough. I would probably pick a different college besidesContinue Reading

By Ben Potaracke – Tapas.  What are Tapas anyway?   The word Tapas is used to describe a smaller portion or snack-size of any dish.  I love going out for tapas because it allows you to try different dishes.  I’m sure you have been in this situation.  You are seatedContinue Reading

By Jenn Peitscher – Keep going, it’s not what you might be expecting to hear from a rule-following almost 40 year old. And we found out from our “Never Have I Ever” game that I may not be as much of a rule follower as I thought, but I’m veryContinue Reading

By Rick Pedersen –  “Ahoy me hearties” and gather round while I spin the tail of Skeleton Crew Brew. It’s a hideaway containing the most excellent ale, a buccaneer can get his hands on, along with as many fine wines a lad or lass dares to ever dream of drinking.Continue Reading

We Brew. Everybody Drinks. Repeat.Meet the Brew Crew …  Back in 1999, craft beers were revolutionizing America’s beer culture. That same year, Brewmaster Joe Katchever founded Pearl Street Brewery – with only a dream, a 1984 Eagle Wagon, and a trailer packed with brewery equipment driven from Colorado to theContinue Reading

It was a perfect April spring day in La Crosse, Wisconsin; thirty degrees, overcast, and a persistent cold mist that makes a human not want to move at all, much less actually go outside. In Wisconsin, we call it “Festing” weather. I couldn’t dream of better conditions to go toContinue Reading