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Collective Coffee launches UW-Milwaukee Panther Blend

Colectivo Coffee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have collaborated to create a new coffee blend to benefit student scholarships at UWM.

Panther Blend will be sold as whole beans in 12-ounce bags through the end of the year at Milwaukee-area Colectivo locations. The coffee is sold online for shipping, and $1 of each bag will be donated to UWM.

The coffee has tasting notes of plum, dark chocolate and Concord grape, with a medium body, and it is Fair Trade Organic Certified. The bags have an illustration of Pounce Panther, by Colectivo senior graphic artist Kevin Callahan, a 1985 UWM alum.

Colectivo is launching two additional college coffee blends this fall, a Northwestern Wildcat Blend and a Wisconsin Badgers Blend. see for details.

A honey and apple press is demonstrated at The New Berlin Historical Society's Applefest.

New Berlin Historical Society Applefest includes beer garden

The New Berlin Historical Society’s annual Applefest will feature a beer garden with City Lights Brewing products from 1 to 4 pm Oct. 2 at Historical Park, 19765 W. National Ave. City Lights will have HazyIPA, Mexican Lager, Oktoberfest and Strawberry Dragon Fruit Hard Seltzer on draft, with cans of Pub Stout and Coconut Porter.

Apples can be purchased from Weston’s Antique Apples, the oldest active orchard in Waukesha County, open since 1901. Golden Russet, Spigold, MacIntosh, Cortland, Oxheart Pippin and Hudson Golden Gem varieties will be sold. And the Hemken Honey Co. of Big Bend will sell pure raw honey and hand-poured beeswax candles.

Expect other foods, too, and family entertainment. visit

Revelers gather near campfires at Zoo Brew, held at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Lions and tigers and beers at Milwaukee County Zoo

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Zoo Brew will return to the Milwaukee County Zoo grounds at 10001 W. Blue Mound Road on Oct. 6. The food and beer-tasting event will feature a campfire beer garden and two indoor spots: the big cat building and the Peck Welcome Center.

Beverages will be provided by Ansay International, Broken Bat Brewing Co., Ciderboys Cider Co., Founders Brewing Co., Foxtown Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Lakefront Brewery, Miller Brewing, New Glarus Brewing Co., Rookery Brewing Co., SHW Brands, Stevens Point Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Tanqueray Gin and Third Space Brewing.

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