Celebrate the beginning of autumn with the tech and ‘trep communities on Thursday, September 6th, for our annual end-of-summer social and networking event, “Barrels, Bites and Bytes,” at Yahara Bay Distillery in Fitchburg.  Registration is open through 5 p.m. Tuesday and walk-ins are welcome.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to drop by between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday for an evening celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in Wisconsin.

  1. September – and autumn – are just beginning. Why not celebrate school starting, cooler temps and the beauty of the season with Tech Council members, friends and guests?
  2. You’ll get to sample some tasty craft cocktails and Wisconsin beer and wine. Special libations created just for the Tech Council include the “Fitchburg Mule,” the “Madison Palmer” and the “Wisc-Old-Fashioned.”  With choices like that, it’s hard to go wrong.
  3. It’s a traditional tailgate buffet, including mini brat and burger sliders, sides, all the fixings and vegetarian options. Three kinds of brats and three kinds of burgers offer a variety that should please everyone!
  4. Indulge your inner-kid with favorite ice cream novelties! Satisfy your craving for ice cream sandwiches, fudgesicles, mini swirl cones and bomb pops – one last summer treat!
  5. Have we mentioned live music from a techie band?Grooving Needles” will set the tone with Madison-area band members. An unnamed basement band at birth, “Grooving Needles” performs classic rock hits and more. They’ll take requests!
  6. Proceeds will benefit Tech Council programing including Wisconsin YES!, our youth business plan contest.
  7. It’s a cheap date. The cost is $35 for Tech Council Innovation Network members, $50 for general admission and $10 for returning veterans and students 21 and older with an ID. (We’ll have non-alcoholic drinks on hand, as well.)
  8. You’ll meet a lot of interesting people… and get reacquainted with old friends.
  9. You’ll walk away with some bling from sponsors that include the City of Fitchburg, Fitchburg Chamber Visitor + Business Bureau and Quarles & Brady.
  10. Your admission fee covers everything, so don’t worry about extra charges once you’re past the door.

More information and registration details can be found here.