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The Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest is Coming to Madison

With the holidays almost over, it is time to start thinking about the new year and what you can do to pass those winter days until the beginning of spring. And what better way to pass the time than by trying a bunch of craft beers and cheeses? On Saturday, January 29th, 2011, from 1-5 PM, the Alliant Energy Center in Madison will be hosting the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest. Over 100 different brews and cheeses will be available for unlimited sampling.

In addition to the beers and cheeses, there will also be educational sessions on beer/cheese pairing, which will be presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. In addition, Madison's local chocolatier, Gail Ambrosius, will be pairing up her unique chocolates with beers from Furthermore Brewing. Tickets for these informational sessions will soon be available from the Isthmus (newspaper building) as well as online.

Driving safety is always a major concern at such events, and so, Union Cab will be providing free cab rides to the event, as well as discounted rides afterwards. Designated drivers get to try craft root beer.

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. Since limited tickets are being sold, they may be unavailable by the time of the fest. Star Liquor currently offers Beer & Cheese Fest tickets at a $5 discount when you make a qualifying purchase of beer. Other ticket sellers include the Isthmus, Fromagination, The Malt House, Vintage Brewing and Steve's Liquor.

Curious about the brewers and cheese artisans who are attending this year's fest? Here is the list of the attending breweries:

Pearl Street Brewery

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Big Bay Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company

New Glarus Brewing Company

Tyranena Brewing Company

Furthermore Beer

Saint Francis Brewery and Restaurant

Ale Asylum

Shipwrecked Brewpub

Northwoods Brewing

Sand Creek Brewing

Grumpy Troll

Cross Plains Brewery

Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company

Sprecher Brewing Company

Brewery Creek Brewing

Titletown Brewing

Blucreek Brewing

O'so Brewing Company

Horny Goat Brewery Company

Vintage Brewing Co.

South Shore Brewery

Potosi Brewing Company

Dave's BrewFarm

Woodman Brewery

Capital Brewery

Artisan cheesemakers are listed below:

Sugar Brook Farms

Arthur Schuman Inc.

Meister Cheese Company

Red Barn Family Farms

Grass Point Farms

Snack Patrol

Decatur Dairy

Nordic Creamery

Forgotten Valley Cheese

Klondike Cheese Company

Uplands Cheese Company

Pasture Pride Cheese

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

W&W Dairy

Saxon Homestead Creamery

Roelli Cheese Company

The Wisconsin Cheeseman

Crave Brothers

Crystal Farms

Baumgartner Cheese

Edelweiss Creamery

Seymour Dairy

Maple Leaf Cheesemakers

Harmony-Ho Hosteins

Emmi Roth USA, Inc.

Weyauwega Cheese

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