Launch party for Society of Professional Journalists-Madison collaborative beer, 6-9 pm, 3/16, Next Door Brewery, with talk by head brewer Bryan Kreiter, raffle. Free; all welcome. spjmadison.com
Sunshine Wheat for Sunshine Week
SPJ Madison, Next Door Brewing collaborate on brew
Celebrate open government and Wisconsin journalism Monday, March 16 at Next Door, 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison
The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Next Door Brewing invite journalists and advocates of open government to celebrate Sunshine Week with the tapping of Sunshine Wheat, an American wheat beer featuring local hops and malts, on Monday, March 16.
The celebration takes place from 6-9 p.m. at Next Door Brewing, 2439 Atwood Avenue, Madison. The first 50 attendees will receive a souvenir beer glass thanks to the generous lead sponsorship of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. WKOW-TV, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism are supporting sponsors. Two tickets to upcoming Isthmus events - Isthmus Food Cart Fest, Paddle & Portage, Beer & Cheese Fest -- will be awarded in a drawing, courtesy of Isthmus.
Next Door head brewer Bryan Kreiter will speak about creating the beer and his use of local ingredients at 7 p.m. He will be followed with remarks by WNA executive director Beth Bennett about Sunshine Week.
Invited special guests include Wisconsin food and beer writers Chris "Beer Baron" Drosner, Robin Shepard, Laurel White, Linda Falkenstein, Barry Adams, Kathy Flanigan and George Zens.
March 16 is the 264th anniversary of the birth of James Madison, father of the First Amendment and the man for whom the City of Madison is named. Sunshine Week, a national event in support of open government, runs March 15-21.
The event is free. There will be a cash bar; appetizers will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based in Indianapolis, SPJ is a national membership organization that promotes high professional and ethical standards among journalists, First Amendment principles and the belief that a free and vigorous press is vital in a representative democracy. The Madison professional chapter was formed around 1990. Membership costs $75 annually, and it is open to journalists who spend at least half of their professional life writing or editing work for publication.