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Beer, wine festivals abound in November

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Ann Fiore
October 30, 2013

This week's opening of Wisconsin Brewing Co. in Verona offers a nice segue into a quartet of local beer and wine celebrations.

Fall Fest of Ale, the Nov. 9 annual fundraiser for the Janesville Kiwanians, will acknowledge the new Wisconsin Brewing Co. by featuring samples of its four beers: Bold & Robust Porter, WBC Amber lager, American IPA (India pale ale) and Session IPA.

Another new brew on the block—Black Rose by Gray's Brewing in Janesville—will be on tap.

And Madison-based MobCraft will bring some different brews developed by average beer lovers.

In all, more than 100 microbrews and hard ciders will be served at the Fest of Ale. The event also offers food—Quaker Steak & Lube and Texas Roadhouse are two vendors—and rock music by Kind of a Big Deal.

Funds raised return to the community as scholarships and assistance for those with disabilities, Kiwanian Tom Waller said.

Details: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place, Janesville. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and include a tasting glass. They're available from local Kiwanians and Woodman's liquor store, 2819 N. Lexington Drive; Badger Spirits, 1507 Center Ave.; Mac's Pizza Shack, 2307 Milton Ave., and Sentry East, 2822 E. Milwaukee St.

Here are three other events to consider:

— Lake Geneva Beer and Spirits Festival, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. Tickets: $40, including a tasting glass. Visit lakegenevabeerandspirits.com.

— Girlz & Guyz Gray Tie Wine Event, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Northleaf Winery, 232 S. Janesville St., Milton. This event has a “Fifty Shades of Grey” theme. Call 608-580-0575 or visit northleafwinery.com.

— Armory Fall Wine Fest, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, the Armory, 10 S. High St., Janesville. Tickets: $20, including a $5 Armory gift card. The wine dinner costs $45. Tickets often sell out. Call 608-741-7400 or 866-995-7400.



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