April 29 launch for new student-made libations

S’Wheat Caroline, UW student-crafted beer chosen by the Wisconsin Brewing Company to go into commercial production later this spring.

If you’d like to be among the first to try the new beer and wine designed and produced with the help of UW-Madison students, be sure to mark your calendar for this Friday’s launch event. Both libations – S’Wheat Caroline, an American wheat ale, and Red Fusion, a red blend – will be available at The Sett at Union South starting that afternoon.

To help celebrate the students involved in the production of S’Wheat Caroline, The Sett is hosting Pint of Knowledge: Campus Craft Brewery from 3 – 5 p.m. During the event, students will discuss their experiences working on this project – and the beer will make its official debut.

The Wisconsin Union will also start serving Red Fusion on Friday, including at The Sett. The wine was produced via a collaboration between the UW-Madison Fermentation Sciences Program and Wollersheim Winery. Students enrolled in FS375, a course taught by food science professor Jim Steele and enologist Nick Smith, were responsible for not just producing the wine, but also for naming the product and developing the label. The project yielded 230 cases of wine this year, and Steele hopes to up that number to over 1,000 cases next year. Proceeds will help support the food science department’s wine-related extension, instruction and research efforts.