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Don’t Brew in Boredom this Summer: Sign Up for Beer and Cheese 101 Now!

Don’t Brew in Boredom this Summer: Sign Up for Beer and Cheese 101 Now!

At the Wisconsin Union, we love treating our members to exclusive events all year long. On Thursday, July 13 we’re excited to invite you to Beer and Cheese 101. This sitdown crash course offers seven different beer and cheese pairings for members to try.

The event will offer seven brews from the local Ale Asylum microbrewery and seven cheeses from Carr Valley Cheese Company in central Wisconsin:

1. Hot Pepper Jack with Ambergeddon (Imperial Amber Ale)
2. Aged Gouda with Madtown Nutbrown (Brown Ale)
3. Marisa with Unshadowed (Hefeweizen)
4. Glacier Point Blue with Tears of My Enemies (American Pale Ale)
5. 2-Year Aged Cheddar with Bedlam! (Belgian-style IPA)
6. Cocoa Cardona with Velveteen Habit (IPA)
7. Creama Kasa with Dr. Vennum (IPA)

This experience is more than just a taste test. Sit back, enjoy and learn about the background of the brews and cheeses from representatives of Ale Asylum and Carr Valley.

“In the cheese capital of the country, it’s almost a rite of passage that Wisconsinites learn about the best cheeses in the area,” Wisconsin Union Member Events Intern Emily Keis said. “This member-exclusive event is a one-of-a-kind experience, and perfect for a warm summer night.”

Union members can sign up for Beer and Cheese 101 here.

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Membership has its Privileges

Membership has its Privileges

Becoming a member of the Wisconsin Union comes with many benefits, including invitations to exclusive member-only theme events.

In September, members enjoyed an evening of artsy festivities complete with Wisconsin craft beer and snacks. Craft stations included screen printing a poster to look like a beer label, painting the Madison skyline and making pottery on the wheel.

Become a member to experience our next unique event.

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Wheelhouse Studios Member Benefits

Wheelhouse Studios Member Benefits

Wheelhouse Studios provides a creative space for members, students and community members. Members can also sign up for courses throughout the year.

  • Monthly studio passes to Wheelhouse Studios 
  • Annual studio passes, which includes twelve months of access to the studio
  • Member-only classes

Art is a verb


Member Night at Behind the Beat - March 31

Member Night at Behind the Beat - March 31

What happened when French Manouche Roma Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt met Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii? A new type of driving acoustic swing music was born!!! Well….actually that never did really happen. However, this is the tasteful blending of diverse styles that Madison, WI based duo Mal-O-Dua is built on.

Mal-O-Dua pulls from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian "Bal Musette" waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. These styles are artfully bended together to create a fresh new sound!

Mal-O-Dua presents a high energy eclectic show that ranges broadly through various acoustic genres.  They pepper in historical anecdotes about the music they present to give it context.  Mal-O-Dua has performance experience in many settings including large music festivals, concert series, night club gigs, and private events.  They are as equally comfortable on the main stage as they are in an intimate living room house concert. Their unique blend of "French and Hawaiian Guitar Sorcery" is always met with rave reviews!