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Taste-testing event for beer, wine and more in RhinelanderSubmitted: 04/20/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen
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Taste-testing event for beer, wine and more in Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - Whether you like a fruity wine, a hoppy beer, or something a little different, you were likely able to find it at the ninth annual Hodag Hops & Vines event in Rhinelander Saturday. The event brings in wineries and microbreweries from around Wisconsin and nearby states.

Executive director of the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Lauren Sackett said it's a great opportunity for locals to try new flavors.

"There's always a new beer or wine. [People] can come and check out what they might have for their new summer flavor," said Sackett.


Rhinelander Brewing Company and Three Lakes Winery were among the local options. Woodland Trail Winery in Lakewood, Wisconsin showcased two special wines for the summer, Hawaiian Twilight and Watermelon.

"Hops and Vines is a great opportunity to come out and see a number of people, give them an opportunity to taste the product that we have, and come and visit us," said sales representative of Woodland Trail Winery Russ Utech. "Even if they have already been there before they might find something different."

Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe made specialty gelatos for the event, including merlot, chardonnay, and beer and pretzel flavors.


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