A pair of Algoma area residents have created a new winter trivia league with prizes furnished by local businesses.

Methunky Trivia makes its debut 7-9 p.m. Jan. 23 at Steele Street Hops, 322 Steele St., Algoma, the first date in a four-part, limited-edition winter trivia league.

Details are in the Methunky press release, which continues:

A traditional paper and pen style trivia game, competitors are encouraged to arrive early to stake their seats, order a beer off the more than 40+ craft beer menu and come up with their creative team name. Teams are limited to eight people, and no cellphones or smartwatch use will be allowed. The series will continue Feb. 20, March 26, and April 30 – all Thursdays – at the same time.

The Tuesday before each trivia evening, teams are encouraged to check the Methunky Facebook page (@Methunky) for an article or website to read. Answers will be pulled from the suggested readings, giving those teams who read through the materials a competitive edge. Expect some infusion of local history in questions.

Prizes are generously furnished by local area businesses including Ahnapee Brewery, Hotel Stebbins, Steele Street Hops, Target and Yardstick Books and will be awarded to the night’s winning team, most creative team name, and to individual competitors by random drawing.

The series was created by its hosts, Sara Krouse and Scott Prokash to give people the chance to wax their smarts and spend time in the company of good friends. Both Krouse and Prokash have been deeply involved in the Algoma community through the years both by residency and business ventures, and they took delight in combining two of their favorite pastimes, procurement of useless knowledge and support of local establishments, into one activity. The duo will be writing all their own questions.

Trying to decide on a name was difficult for the two English majors until Methunky was on the table. On the surface it sounds like a well imbibed version of “methinks”, the Old English phrase for “it seems to me”, but to local residents, it is the name of the every-popular Czech cultural dish. Pronounced Me-TUNK-ee, it can be described as thin crackers made with sauerkraut and lard or other pork renderings. Krouse encourages anyone with a methunky recipe to send to her place of business, The Haven, 112 Steele St., Algoma, WI 54201 or email book@thehavenalgoma.com.

For more information on Methunky Trivia, including a preview of the answer sheet, please visit Facebook @methunky or by searching for Methunky Trivia in the Facebook search bar. Email inquiries may be sent to book@thehavenalgoma.com and phone calls directed to Krouse at 920-333-1845.

Photo: Steele Street Hops, courtesy of Methunky Trivia