March 04, 2013

Great Lakes Distillery & Wisconsin Cheese Mart

While eating lunch on Friday, a post on Facebook caught my attention - "Join the Uber Tap Room and Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee's first distillery, to sample a selection of locally made spirits which will be expertly paired with a selection of gourmet cheeses. We will be pairing 4 different Great Lakes Distillery spirits with 4 different Wisconsin cheeses."

I immediately emailed Chris to see if he was interested and he bought two tickets.  In the end, a couple of friends ending up joining us as well.  I love it when last minute plans come together well.  The evening started with a sample of tomato basil cheddar from Springside Cheese, paired with Rehorst Vodka and appropriately introduced by Guy Rehorst, the founder of Great Lakes Distillery.


 The three additional cheese & spirit pairings included -
 
The tasting was a fun event and reasonably priced at only $10.  Also included was an additional drink at the bar, either a tap beer or a cocktail made with a Great Lakes Distillery spirit that was sampled.
 
My friend Jen and I both commented that the addition of crackers would be nice, not only as a palate cleanser between tastings, but also because we badly needed some carbs to go along with our four shots.  As soon as the tasting ended, we went to the bar to order grilled cheese sandwiches (gruyere, 5-year cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes with garlic aioli) and they were delicious! 
 
 
Oh, the tasting is also a great value because we were given four opportunities to win blocks of the cheese we sampled.  Chris answered two questions correctly, and won both the tomato basil cheddar and muenster.
 
After the tasting, we hung out for awhile at the Uber Tap Room which is a nice little bar with a half dozen or so tables.  I took the photo below because I was amused by the guy in the "Powered By Cheese" shirt :)
 
 

9 comments:

  1. Cheese and straight booze. Yowza. Looked fun!

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    1. Yowza is right! One girl was getting mixers delivered from the bar, and then she'd just take a tiny sip of each shot before mixing it. I would definitely do that next time, if I did a spirit tasting again.

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  2. Sounds like a good time -I'll have to check it out soon!

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  3. I definitely want to do that my next Milwaukee trip! Sounds awe-some....

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    1. The real kicker is that it was on our agenda to do with you last August, but my co-worker talked me out of it. Next time, we're going there for sure!

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  4. I can't believe you won again! You guys really need to buy a lottery ticket...

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  5. These food looks so good. I've always wanted to try cheese fudge. I'm sure you were falling out of that tasting!

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  6. Cheese and alcohol...seriously, what more could a girl ask for! Sounds like an awesome event.

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  7. I've done the distillery tour--it's fun and there is a lot of very strong booze at the end of the tour!

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