Get out of the house with beer events and more

Three beer events, a wine dinner and two workshops
A man and two woman watch as a chef demonstrates cooking technique
Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef will lead a hands-on culinary experience at Bourbon, Bacon and Beef hosted by Smoky's Club. (Photo by Tom Schmock)

Ward off cabin fever by attending these six Madison events this week.

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Fans of bingo, bourbon, beer or alliteration can stop by High Noon Saloon for Bingo, Bourbon and Beer at High Noon Saloon. Purchase a beverage of your choice to receive a bingo card and get your head in the game. Win the final of 10 rounds to take home (or stay out and spend) a $50 gift card to the venue. 6-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Others can head to Heritage Tavern for the Sherry & Madeira Wine Dinner. Three sherries and two Madeiras will be paired with four courses. A representative will be at the event to inform guests about each wine. This will reprise a similar dinner Heritage Tavern hosted last October. 6-9 p.m. $83. Click here for more information

Friday, Jan. 10

scotch ale bottle side by side with tasting glass

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. brewed this imperial Scotch ale in celebration of its 25th anniversary last fall. The beer will be available at the Malt House Tavern’s Ale Anniversary Celebration. (Photo courtesy of Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.)

As the home to Madison’s oldest antique Civil War-era bar (as the establishment’s website boasts), the Malt House Tavern offers beer-lovers a taste of history. The Malt House Tavern will acknowledge several histories in its Anniversary Ale Celebration, featuring anniversary edition beers from four different breweries. Available on tap will be Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s 40th anniversary IPA, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.’s 25th anniversary imperial Scotch ale, and Tyranena Brewing Co.’s 20th anniversary bourbon and Madeira barrel-aged imperial stout. Guests can also purchase bottles of Lakefront Brewery’s 30th anniversary bourbon barrel-aged eisbock. All of the anniversaries together make up 115 collective years of brewing 4-11 p.m. Click here for more information

Saturday, Jan. 11
Vintage Brewing Co. will also celebrate this week, releasing two new beers as part of 10 Years of Food and Beers at Vintage Brewing Co. Capitol East. To honor its 10-year anniversary (the company first opened in January 2010), Vintage Brewing Co. will present two new brews. This includes the BA Mega Cat, a small batch project featuring its signature Scaredy Cat Oatmeal Stout aged in Old Sugar Distillery whiskey barrels, as well as Snazzy Pants, a spiced sour brown ale with chai tea, lemon and rum-soaked French oak. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Click here for more information

Sunday, Jan. 12

Chef and student prepare a meal

Under the guidance of Chef Joel Olson, participants will learn how to prepare a four-course meal at Bourbon, Bacon and Beef. (Photo by Tom Schmock)

This Sunday, Smoky’s Club will host Bourbon, Bacon and Beef, a hands-on cooking class in which participants will learn from Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef how to prepare a four-course meal, featuring ingredients like (you guessed it) bourbon, bacon and beef. Dishes will include bacon, bourbon jam and brie phyllo cups, beef tenderloin medallions with goat cheese, wilted spinach, a bourbon cream sauce and maple-glazed bacon among other dishes. $95. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information

Meanwhile, Pasture and Plenty is hosting a workshop for anyone who might have been gifted a Crock-Pot, an Instant Pot and another multi-cooker for the holidays. Instant Pot, Instant Success, led by owner Christy McKenzie, will equip attendees with the know-how to make simple, healthy slow- or pressure-cooked dishes that are sure to succeed. Guests are welcome to bring and test drive their own Instant Pots at this participatory event. $65. 1-3 p.m. Click here for more information

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