Holiday season is upon us. Seems the older we get, the faster the holidays approach. It always seems like a good idea to take a moment to count our blessings and find the positive things to be thankful for.
First and foremost, we are beyond thankful for our customers! We are entering our ninth year as a brewery, and we could not be here without all of our amazing clientèle! Thank you for supporting us!
In the Brewhouse
Next on our gratitude list is the new brewery which was finally installed last month. Both John and Leos are overjoyed to cut brew days down from 15 hours to 8! Which, I guess means we can brew more!
Hopefully, you’ll also be thankful this month as we bring back three biers and release a new one! Coming November 1st is the return of the incredibly popular Baltic Porter. This bier is rich, dark, delicious, and big!
Friday, November 16th, the Russian Imperial Stout will also return to our tap line up. Full bodied with rich and complex flavors and aromas to delight your taste buds.
We are excited to bring you the newest in our Limited Edition Family Series – the Jarmila; handcrafted in honor of Leo’s loving mother, a dedicated school teacher and devoted mom with a deep love for delicious chocolate. As a young school boy, Leos would come home to do his homework in the kitchen while his mom made dinner and spoiled him with pieces of chocolate. After Leos had grown, Jarmila would buy all sorts of chocolate, never eating it, but instead saving it for when her youngest came to visit; thus Leos would take home with him ten plus pounds of chocolate at the end of their visits. In tribute to his mother and her beautiful soul, we bring you this rich chocolaty stout with sweet banana notes. This bier will be released Wednesday, November 21st.
On Friday, November 30th we kick-off to the Christmas season with the return of our Good King Wenceslas, based on the story of a Bohemian Duke who braved harsh winter and deep snow to bring gifts to the poor. We honor Good Kind Wenceslas and his deeds by bringing you this special Christmas brew. With a unique spice flavor and Belgium sugar cane sweetness, this dark malty lager also features a higher ABV that will be sure to warm your hear this winter.
Both the Jarmila and Good King Wenceslas will be available on tap in our Bier Hall and for off-sale….perfect gift ideas for the craft bier lovers in your life!
As we continue with our list of reasons to be thankful, we focus on small businesses and the incredible local talent right here in our community….and we are thrilled to bring some of it to you with our 3rd annual Christkindlmarkt! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1st and Saturday, December 8th from 12-4pm. A perfect opportunity to get all of your holiday shopping done in one spot and follow it up with a tasty brew inside! We once again be selling those delicious German bratwursts and knackwursts as well as some warm toasty drinks! We have a variety of vendors this year….your favorites are returning, as well as new ones! A full list of vendors is available on our website and in the bier hall.
Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide
The newest edition of Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide written by Kevin Revolinski has hit the market, and we are thrilled to be featured in it! Kevin will be visiting the taproom for a book signing on Saturday, December 1st (the first day of Christkindlmarkt) from 12-2pm. Books will be available for purchase. Click here for more information on the book.
Menomonie Homebrew Club’s Homebrew Contest
The Menomonie Homebrew Club is hosting a homebrew contest here at Lazy Monk Brewing. This year, homebrewers are brewing their favorite brew. The competition will be an open-style beer with entry costs at $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Please bring at least 6-12 bottles. Beers will be judged for appearance, flavor, aroma, and overall impressions.
Please visit their Facebook page for more information @mhbrewers or contact Mike Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org
As the weather turns cold and our clocks turn back, stop on in for one or all the awesome events we have coming up this month:
Thursday, November 1st: Return of the Baltic Porter
Friday, November 2nd: Flashback Friday with Good King Wenceslas
Tuesday, November 6th: Bier University: Holiday Biers 6:30pm
‘Tis the season for the delicious holiday brews! Biers that recall the scents and flavors of the holidays. Biers that you can count on to keep you warm and toasty while taking cover from Old Man Winter’s temper tantrums. This course will take you through a variety of specialty biers found around the holidays.
Saturday, November 10th: Brewery Tour – 1pm
Be one of the first people to check out our new brew house! More info for the Brewery Tours can be found here.
Monday, November 12th: Crafts and Drafts – 6-8pm
Thursday, November 15th: F.R.I.E.N.D.S Trivia 6:30pm
Can we BE more excited? F.R.I.E.N.D.S Trivia! Bring your friends! Game starts at 6:30pm; prizes to the top teams! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook event page on the day of for bonus point opportunities!
Not since 2011, when songwriting duo Tim Litscher and Caleb Horne helped to release Evergreen Grass Band’s debut CD, has there been a collaboration of the pair. The pair’s 3rd and current project, “The Woodland Spring,” brings Tim and Caleb together again. They have been picking up steam quickly, with the new batch of songs springing from the seasoned songsmith skills and time tested talent of these two friends. Expect to hear a blend of bluegrass, folk, ballads and blues. “The Woodland Spring” features Tim on acoustic guitar and Caleb on the mandolin.
Friday, November 16th: Return of the Russian Imperial Stout
Wednesday, November 21st: Release of the Jarmila
Thursday, November 22nd: Thanksgiving Day
So that everyone in our Lazy Monk family can enjoy the holidays with their families, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Join us for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to pick up some Lazy Monk merchandise for your favorite person.
Saturday, November 24th: Brewery Tour 1pm
Another chance to get a behind the scenes look at what happens here at Lazy Monk Brewing! More info for the Brewery Tours can be found here.
Tuesday, November 27th: Bob’s House for Dogs Fundraising Night
One of Momma Monk’s most favorite nights of the year! Join us and Pet Food Plus tonight for a chance to give back to the community and the wonderful organization, Bob’s House for Dogs. This amazing group provides foster care to senior and special-needs dogs in a kennel-free, home-like environment. The dogs receive loving attention, high-quality food and meticulous health care. Bob’s House for Dogs also provides end-of-life care to dogs with terminal illness or advanced age, making them comfortable as they pass on.
Tonight, they will bring in a few of their furry friends to visit with our customers. Meet the dogs and the wonderful people who care for them. $1 of every bier sold during this time will be donated to Bob’s House for Dogs.
Friday, November 30th: Holiday Kick Off
Return of the Good King Wenceslas! We also welcome The Porter Brothers to our bier hall with their amazing musical talents and original songs, starting at 7:30pm.
Saturday, December 1st: Christkindlmarkt 12-4pm
Sunday, December 2nd: Kegs and Carols Sing Along 4:30pm