We're rolling out the barrels to share a few rounds for Oktoberfest at Milwaukee's iconic Karl Ratzsch's restaurant.
We'll be joined by industry expert Megan Mares. Megan is a Pilot Brewer in Miller Valley Brewery, where all new product development for MillerCoors takes place. Megan will provide an update on the brewing industry and lead us through a lively session on beer tasting and food pairing.
Matt Janzen will also share his experience in meeting 95 brewers and visiting 120 locations across the state along with the most memorable moments from these meetings. He quit his full-time job as an advertising copywriter — chucked it all to explore every angle of Wisconsin's brewing industry, from ingredient deliveries to the top of the tower in the former Milwaukee Gas Light Co. building that is soon to open as City Lights Brewery.
He grabbed a camera and began taking photographs. The images he captured became the 256 pages of "State of Craft Beer," a book he put together documenting the brewing business in Wisconsin.
The event will be held at the newly renovated Karl Ratzsch. Opened in 1904 as Hermann's Cafe, Karl Ratzsch's strong connection to local German heritage, friendly atmosphere and convenient location in Downtown Milwaukee has made this restaurant a beloved destination for the past 100 years. Though newly renovated and remodeled, this institution has returned to what's made it a long-time favorite.
A native of Milwaukee, Chef/Owner Thomas Hauck graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and honed his skills in France. Thomas moved back to Milwaukee in 2011 and opened c.1880. Since then he has received awards from Food and Wine, Wine Spectator, Best Chefs in American and was a semi-finalist for the Midwest James Beard Award in 2016. In 2016, Thomas became the new steward and owner of Karl Ratzsch. With Ratzsch, Thomas is determined to maintain the German tradition and serve this restaurant to the next generation.