Beverages From Around the World Highlight EAA's Hops & Props Fundraiser on March 8

Proceeds support EAA AirVenture Museum’s year-round education programming

February 17, 2014 - Beverages from around the world accompanied by fine food and music highlight this year’s edition of EAA’s popular “Hops & Props” tasting fundraiser on Saturday, March 8, from 7-10 p.m. at the  EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This is one of Wisconsin’s premier events for beer connoisseurs. Proceeds support EAA’s education programs.

More than 250 extraordinary beverages are available from micro-breweries and distributors from around the world, along with food, coffees and desserts. This year’s enhanced food offerings include international cuisine as well as local Wisconsin favorites from The Machine Shed in Appleton, Wis. Hops & Props tickets include entrance to the museum, a professionally prepared tasting guide, a commemorative tasting glass, hors d'oeuvres, and live music throughout the evening.

“Hops & Props has become an extremely popular event for attendees and the food and drink exhibitors alike, with the fun festivities all supporting EAA’s efforts to supply free community programs through the year,” said Mary Ann Dilling, EAA’s director of events and hospitality services. “EAA can reach more people in the Fox Valley with museum programs and activities through the support of those who join us on this one-of-a-kind evening. It is definitely a fun evening with a greater purpose.”

Hops & Props offers an opportunity to meet master brewers and understand the distinguishing characteristics of ales, lagers, and hybrid or mixed styles of beers. Attendees can learn about the brewing process and history, and become a discerning beverage taster.

In addition, the VIP Beer School and Dining Experience offers an in-depth, more intimate food and drink sampling experience. This added gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. This year’s event is hosted by  Surly Brewing Company of Minneapolis and   Becket’s  Restaurant of Oshkosh. Guests will  be educated on the brewing process of specialty microbrew beers matched by Becket’s culinary specialties.

Hops & Props general admission tickets are $75 each ($65 for EAA members). Limited tickets remain for the VIP Beer School/Dining Experience at $125 each ($115 for EAA members). Tickets can be purchased through  EAA’s  secure  website  or at the EAA AirVenture Museum. Attendees must be 21 or older.

The presenting sponsor for EAA’s Hops & Props is Festival Foods, with Sunset Hill Stoneware and Arena Americas serving as platinum sponsors. Additional sponsors include WVBO 103.9 Radio, Nash FM 99.5/104.9 Radio, Oshkosh Community Media Services, Oshkosh Northwestern Media, Time Warner Cable, Community First Credit Union, and Yelp Milwaukee.

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