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 -
- 5-Year Aged Cheddar from Wisconsin Cheese Mart & Rehorst Citrus and Honey Vodka
- Muenster from Decatur Dairy & Kinnickinnic Whiskey
- Chocolate Cheese Fudge from Jim's Cheese & Roaring Dan's Rum.
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 :)