If you need a bit of inspiration for your Super Bowl Party, the innkeepers at the Speckled Hen Inn in Madison Wisconsin have a couple of suggestions for you. Since Packer fans have a weekend off from watching football this weekend why not head to Madison to check out the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest.
Sample some of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers and specialty cheeses and decide which ones you will want to serve at your Packer’s party on Super Bowl Sunday. There are even a couple of special sessions at the event that you won’t want to miss but need to sign up for early. At 1:30 the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will pair wonderful Wisconsin cheeses with the brews from Potosi Brewery. That’s the great western Winconsin brewery that is also home to the Beer Museum. At 3:00 there is a session on pairing beer with chocolate. It even gets better. The pairing is between Gail Ambrosius Chocolates (our local favorite) and the crazy craft brews from Furthermore Brewery. (I’ve done this before and you have to try it to even imagine how good it is!)
If your entertainment plan is a bit more upscale head out to Wollersheim Winery in Prairie Du Sac for the party to celebrate the release of their 2009 vintage ports. This year they will be adding a 2009 vintage White Port to their offerings and you can sample and celebrate any time between 10 and 4 on Saturday. Enjoy a bit of live jazz and pair your port sample with a Combinacas Plate featuring Wisconsin-made Asiago cheese, a chocolate truffle, fresh bread, and dried apricots and almonds. You will want to take home a bottle of Wisconsin Port or wine to toast the success of the Packers anyway. Sampling is one sure way to find the wine that pleases you.
We still have rooms available on Friday night so that you can have a romantic getaway at The Speckled Hen Inn. Enjoy our great breakfast and then head out to sample some of Wisconsin’s finest.