Exploring Flavors: Giant Jones w/ Quince & Apple

Join us and explore a variety of artisan pickles, nuts and preserves with a beer pairing featuring Quince & Apple!

Quince & Apple handcrafts preserves, pickles, syrups and nuts right in the heart of Madison – and down the hall from our brewery! We’ll be pairing 4-5 of Quince & Apple’s artisan products with our Giant Jones brews!

We’ll explore pairing principles, and gain an enhanced understanding of the flavors and aromas present as Giant Jones Brewer, Jessica Jones, guides us through each pairing and discusses how flavor compounds are developed in beer, and how the perception of those is enhanced, and shifts, when paired.

The ticket price includes a take-home beer and preserve from Quince & Apple!

Following the tasting, you may also purchase additional items to take home and experiment with your own pairings!

COVID Safety: Due to the intimate nature of our tasting events, all attendees should be prepared to show they are fully vaccinated or have a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.

ANCESTRAL Poetry & Pairing Event

ANCESTRAL Poetry & Pairing Event

Join us for an evening of poetry, with a beer & cheese pairing.

We are excited to welcome Daniel Smith, author of ANCESTRAL – Poetry grounded in the rural Midwest, ANCESTRAL explores a family’s deep attachment to the land, the physical work of farming, and the emotional disruption one endures when such a life is no longer sustainable.

Bob Wills of Clock Shadow & Cedar Grove Creameries will join us for a curated beer & cheese flight to enjoy alongside the poetry reading.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase Smith’s book, as well as cheese (and beer!) to take home.

About Daniel Smith:

Smith is an accomplished poet, essayist, public speaker, and agribusiness executive with a lifelong commitment to agriculture, the environment and rural communities.

Smith operated his family’s dairy farm in northwestern Illinois for three decades, where with his wife, Cheryl, they raised their sons, Austin, Ryan and Levi. With the practicality of a farmer and the syntax of a poet, he has authored three books of poetry (Home Land, Bottom Dog Press; Fatherland, Longhouse Press; and Ancestral, Water’s Edge Press).

His poems and essays have appeared nationwide in such publications as Narrative, Midwestern Gothic, Seems, Tundra, Midwest Quarterly, among others.

Smith currently serves as President and CEO of Cooperative Network, and as a director of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. He formerly served as Administrator of the Division of Agricultural Development, where he directed the state’s domestic and international agricultural marketing programs.  He is the former CEO of Midwestern BioAg, a national farm supply company.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he and Cheryl live on a small farm in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, where he writes, and together, they enjoy reading, hiking and their grandchildren.