De Pere serves up tasting event

As October begins, so do many Oktoberfest celebrations in the Green Bay area. One of these festivals is the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of Wine and Beer.

According to Cheryl Detrick, president of the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce, the event began six years ago as a fundraiser for the organization.

The first years of Taste of Wine and Beer were unlike the last few times the event was held.  Cheryl Detrick said most people at the function were people who worked with or were affiliated with the organization. Today anyone who is of age can attend. She also said people are coming from cities such as Wausau and ClintonvilleWis.

Not only did the demographic change but also what is served has changed. According to Alicia Detrick, events coordinator for the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce, large distributors such as Triangle, Dean and Kay, Miller, Budweiser and some microbrews, were the main beer suppliers in the past. Now, local breweries and wineries such as Titletown Brewery and Parallel 44 Winery have become supporters as well.