Whirlwind Tour: Hudson, Wis., is more than just a pretty little city on the river – it’s also a treasure trove of good eats

This Whirlwind Tour was underwritten by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. The Growler retained editorial control of the content. Nestled beside the St. Croix River and standing athwart the I-94 Minnesota-Wisconsin border crossing, Hudson, Wisconsin, occupies an enviable patch of territory. It’s the metro’s first stopping point in Wisconsin (countless folks … [ Read more]

Hop & Barrel Brewing Company coming to Hudson, Wisc., this fall

At the time Justin Terbeest and his wife, Melissa, started their brewery endeavor, the City of Hudson had an ordinance on the books prohibiting breweries in the downtown zoning districts. But just this past May, the city changed its ordinances, clearing the way for the couple to build their brewery, Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, in … [ Read more]

RJ’s Meats in Hudson installing a meat vending machine

In the most uber-Wisconsin development of the day, RJ’s Meats, the terrific butchery in Hudson, took delivery of a Regiomat meat vending machine from Germany. The refrigerated unit will be stocked with an unspecified selection of meats in the near future. The company claims, via Facebook, that the machine is the first of its kind in … [ Read more]

Third-generation winemaker opens winery in downtown Hudson Wisconsin

Vincent Negret, a third-generation winemaker from Columbia, opened the doors to his own winery in Hudson, Wisconsin. Negret Wine Company is located in an 8,000-square-foot building, including a 3,000-square-foot production area and 50-person tasting room, located next to Pudge’s Bar on Hudson’s main street. Negret started on the path to opening his own winery back … [ Read more]

American Sky’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout Just in Time for V-Day

American Sky Beer from Hudson, Wisconsin is releasing a special Valentine’s Day treat for the (beer) lovers among us. American Sweetheart is a chocolate peanut butter stout making its 2nd annual Valentines Day week debut this Thursday, Feb. 13 at The Hangar—American Sky Brewing Co.’s taproom—and these selected establishments: Postmark Grille (Hudson), Taverna (Eau Claire), The Eau Claire Fire House (Eau Claire), … [ Read more]