Start looking into plans for the first-ever Eaux Claires Festival and you’ll soon get the feeling that something special is coming to Western Wisconsin this summer.
Bon Iver front-man and Wisconsin native, Justin Vernon, has teamed up with Aaron Dessner of The National to bring in a wide range of musical acts. That includes everyone from Spoon and the Indigo Girls to the Japanese band Melt-Banana and the Wisconsin band Field Report.
However, the aim of Eaux Claires goes beyond musical variety. The goal is to make it all about experiencing art in new ways.
Not long ago, your choices for decent beer weren’t much better than your options for the next president of the United States. They were all pretty much the same. They all lacked flavor, and they all kind of sucked.
Thankfully, the brewing landscape in America has changed for the better in the past couple of decades. What you might call the “Craft Beer Revolution” has included many Wisconsin breweries – from Leinenkugel’s and New Glarus to local startups like Stillmank and Badger State Brewing.
However, going from home brews to beer-making expertise isn’t always easy. A new documentary film explores the challenges and triumphs of craft brewing, and it’s coming to one of Green Bay’s most-popular brewpubs at the end of this month.
Anyone who tells you Wisconsin is a boring place to live has obviously never visited one of our many festivals throughout the year – especially the events in this article.
Of course, maybe it was boredom that inspired these bizarre ideas. Perhaps a long winter spent staring into the fireplace caused some half-drunken Wisconsinite to think – “Hey, wouldn’t it be pretty cool if…”
Whatever the case, these seven fests and competitive events celebrate what makes Wisconsin weird – in a good way. [Click to Keep Reading…]
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