We at The Coffee Grounds have been brewing and selling Farmer to Farmer coffee beans for years and we are happy to have them in-store this spring! Come learn about the Wisconsin based Farmer to Farmer Program; an initiative to provide coffee farmers agribusiness and agricultural assistance with the intent to generate sustainable growth in Guatemala and Honduras. Working alongside communities, Farmer to Farmer brings Guatemalan and Honduran coffee beans to the Wisconsin market. Join us here at The Coffee Grounds to hear more about their work and taste through their Honduran and Guatemalan coffees using Chemex and french press techniques. Event is free and open to all.
We just received the latest creation from Perdomo Cigars and want to showcase them to you with a special event.
Their Perdomo Habano Bourbon Barrel Aged cigar features a wrapper that has been aged for a minimum of 6 years. They're not done yet though, the Connecticut wrapper then gets another 6 additional months inside bourbon barrels to give it a distinct flavor.
The blend continues with a collection of high-priming Cuban seed binders and fillers from Jalapa, Condega, and Esteli, Nicaragua. The result is a mild to medium bodied cigar with rich and creamy smoke and a buttery smooth finish.
In addition to 1 Barrel Aged Cigar, you’ll receive a snifter of a K Point special barrel aged beer that Tom is making to pair with the cigar and we’ll also pour you a dram of Bourbon to sip as well.
Oliva Serie V Melanio cigars are named for Melanio Oliva, believed to be the first Oliva patriarch to grow tobacco in Cuba. The Oliva brand is a traditional Nicaraguan manufacturer, tracing its tobacco roots to Cuba in the late 1800’s. The Oliva brand has been around since 1995 winning numerous awards for its core lines Serie G and Serie O and in the last few years the brand has had great success with Serie V and Serie V Melanio.
We will feature the Melanio line this evening. As their signature cigar, it is full flavored, yet ultra-smooth. Having been named Cigar of the Year, these luxurious, award-winning cigars are sure to exceed your highest expectations.
Since 1992, Cigar Aficionado has been the go-to guide for premium cigars, which is why we pay attention when the magazine releases its picks for the top 10 cigars of the year each December.
“Each and every cigar that made it to the top 25 is truly outstanding — with an impressive level of artistry, build quality and craftsmanship — and their producers should be proud,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado in 2018. “We are thrilled to present these cigars, which we are sure our readers will thoroughly enjoy.”
To reach the top 25 list, Cigar Aficionado‘s tasting panel took the highest rated cigars from the publication throughout the year and subjected them to another round of blind taste testing. From there, they continued to whittle down the list of only the best cigars, round after blind round, until they arrived at the top 25 cigars.
That being said, we are excited to offer an event where you can buy the #1, #2 & #3 Cigars for 2018.
Join us Thursday, May 9th, and you will receive those 3 cigars along with another cigar to smoke that evening. This is a rare event as it was hard to procure these cigars as they are highly allocated and as you would imagine, highly sought after. You will also have the chance to buy other cigars that made it into the top 10 in 2018.
#1 E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic
#2 My Father La Opulencia Toro
#3 The Wise Man Maduro Robusto
You will also receive a dram of whiskey and a 1/2 pint of K Point Beer to enjoy with your cigar.
Tickets are limited
Join us for an evening in support of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic at our annual Raise Spirits, Give Hope Event. Discover hidden wine gems off the beaten path at a VIP Reception from 5:30pm - 6:30pm with the open tasting event running from 6:30pm - 9pm. Click through for details.
Heather from Crooked Water Spirits will be joining us for April Cork and Fork. One of the very few women own liquor companies, Eric, Julie, and Heather met over dinner in Minneapolis one evening and realized what they had in common. After little conversation it was decided that we’d host Heather for one of our dinners in Eau Claire. Click through for more details.
I’ve been realizing more and more how much I appreciate small family businesses (not that I didn’t already!). It’s so much work for a family, but consistently I find that those families are strong, tight knit, engaging, respectful and responsible to one another. Amanda’s Bohl’s family is no exception. Every Monday she comes in and drops off eggs. Sometimes this is with her children who have a school off for whatever reason. She is a force of a business-woman and mother. We’re incredibly proud to serve her products in our kitchen and for this cork and fork.
Cheri Reese, owner of Far North Spirits, is coming through town and will be sampling her spirits for free! Cheri and her husband Michael make their spirits primarily from rye that they grow on their farm - one of very few distilleries to grow their own grain for distilling. Cheri will be sampling their Syva Vodka, Solveig and Gustaf Gins, Alander rums (white, spiced and aged), and their Rye whiskey. You can’t meet a nicer person and a more passionate family than Cheri (and Michael).
Kings County Whiskies have been winning many awards. In contrast to every distillery I’ve seen so far, Kings County doesn’t try to hearken back to some historical figure that shows how great their history in bourbon making is. Kings County is making products that don’t necessarily follow all of the patterns and tropes that other whiskey distillers do. Click through for more details.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Red Letter Tasting in support of the Red Letter Grant.
What's the Red Letter Grant?
Started in 2016, the Red Letter Grant supports female entrepreneurs throughout Western Wisconsin by awarding start-up capital, leading small business workshops, and hosting networking events to engage + connect women. Click through for details!
Chiyo Takemoto, owner of coquetel spirits, will be joining us for this dinner. Chiyo represents some unique spirit brands that pour their hearts into making beverages to extremely high quality standards and are introducing something new to our palates. Click for more details.
Join All Energy Solar for a fun and educational event. Solar & Suds is an opportunity for homeowners, business owners, and anyone who’s interested to learn about the benefits of solar energy. It illustrates how solar power has never been more affordable or easier to install. This event is free and open to the public. Click for details.
In homage to the great Bock Fest held by Schell's Brewery for over 30 years, we are bringing our own version to Eau Claire.
On Saturday, January 26th, from 2pm-5pm, we'll be beer poking at K Point Brewery. We have a batch of Doppelbock we will be tapping for the event.
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It’s time to eat ribs that stick to your ribs. The weather and the Deutsch Family demand it. With your ticket purchase you will get a full rack of ribs. We’ll also have all you can eat sides and we’ll be releasing a Porter to pair with your ribs at the same time. Click for details and tickets.
We welcome Trey Johnson of Alexander Valley Vineyard tonight.
After purchasing the historic Cyrus Alexander homestead, Harry and Maggie Wetzel strived to create a thriving agricultural lifestyle on the property. They raised their children along with their vines in Alexander Valley, providing inspiration and encouragement as they developed the estate together. Decades later, the fourth generation of their family is growing up amongst vineyards and next door to the working winery that is known around the world as “AVV”. You could call it a family tradition.
Julie and I would be inclined to agree. We have been able to visit and stay at AVV multiple times over the years and are so happy to have you learn more about one of the few multiple generation wineries still operating in California.
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Anthony Laguardia and Sean Jordan will be playing in K Point Brewing to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of The Greater Chippewa Valley. These two incredibly talented musicians will put on a one hour set for anyone to enjoy. There is no cover for this event, only a free will donation made at the event. Click through for more details.
GREAT CABS ARE BORN FROM RUTHERFORD DUST
Our Cabernet sanctuary is the Rutherford Bench, the most heralded source of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Stretching three miles from Oakville to Rutherford along the western edge of Route 29, the Rutherford Bench promises a wonderfully long growing season. The soil is dominated by Franciscan marine sedimentary materials, with some volcanic deposits, producing wine with the unique dusty-berry-spicy flavor profile known as “Rutherford Dust.”
No charge for this tasting.
Cranberries are a food native to North America and thus were eaten and used for dyes by the Native Americans. Cranberries are now largely cultivated, mostly for juice, dried cranberries, and jams. Most people don’t eat them fresh, but all the cranberries used in this meal will be from fresh berries from Wetherby Cranberries from Warrens, Wisconsin.
The World Whiskey Awards names several whiskeys each year in several categories. We got out paws on their best rated bourbon, blended scotch, and best grain spirit. Will has carried the “best grain spirit” whiskey in the store for the last few years and it really is a great whiskey, but quite unsuspecting. Click for details
Our annual Wicked Wine Weekend is around the corner or at least we like to think it is! We will have over 50 wines to taste at no cost plus a collection of rare and premium wines to taste for a small fee. Coupled with our cheese and salami bar, this event is our way of ringing in the holiday season! Come celebrate, shop and enjoy what we do best. The event will be on Friday, November 2nd from 3:00-8:00 and will resume on Saturday, November 3rd from 2:00 until 7:00.
The Red River Valley Swanson farm has been continuously farmed by Swansons since 1917. It is a thousand acres of jet-black, abundantly rich soil that produces exceptional rye and heirloom corn. Built in 2013, the distillery sits on what was once a wheat field. The northernmost distillery in the contiguous United States, Far North Spirits makes premium, heritage spirits inspired by Minnesota’s character and agricultural abundance. Located just 25 miles from the Canadian border, we are one of only a handful of estate distilleries nation-wide to also grow our own grains.
We’re going to introduce you to Tiger who will be taking us though the English style ciders for the evening. All of these ciders are from the UK and will range from dry to sweet. The time of year is perfect for this as Will is able to put together an apple themed dinner for us that will pair fantastically with the ciders. Below you will find the menu that will be updated soon with the cider pairings and the salad.
We’ll be participating in Restaurant Week again this year! Last year we kicked out some amazing dishes with our Sweet Corn Ice Cream with blueberry sauce and beet powder or our chilaquiles that were a knock out. Keep an eye on this page and our facebook page for more updates about our menu for this year.
Kentucky-made and loved by us here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Rabbit Hole Bourbon and Rye are some of our favorites these days. So, we are sharing them with you! The tasting will include a 5/8 ounce pour of both along with something extra special for you spirit-hounds. Enjoy a cigar paired with your bourbon, chosen by Eric, and call it a night! Tickets are $20/person; buy them here or in store.
The Cork and Fork season begins again! We're excited to host you all again and enjoy what we love most at The Coffee Grounds: good company, good food, and good drink. Dali will be joining us to share wines in his portfolio. Dali is enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about these wines. He is also just fun, and a joy to spend time with. We're looking forward to hosting him as well. Below is the menu for the coming dinner.
Tasting through FOUR of the Willet Family bourbons we'll have the classic pot still shaped bottle of Willet Bourbon, the ever confused Rowan's Creek and Noah's Mill bourbons, and finally an extremely limited bourbon: The Willet 80th Anniverary Bourbon.
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