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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Beer Here: Autumnal Hoppiness Harvest Ale and Nimble Lips Noble Tongue Fresh Hop Harvest Ale from 3 Sheeps Brewing

A variety of malty and sweet seasonal brews compete for attention this time of year, but autumn brings some of the best hoppy beers too. After all, hop flowers are typically picked in September, and given the renewed interest in growing this crop in Wisconsin, this is the season when fresh-hopped beers can be at their best. >More
Five Wisconsin pumpkin beers that defy the haters

Forget industry diversity, market saturation, hop shortages, or the lack of small, independent maltsters: The craft beer topic guaranteed to raise blood pressures highest is undoubtedly the pumpkin. >More
Hop Head Beer Tours turns four with its cerebral approach to craft brews

Banish the image of a "drunk bus" from your mind -- Hop Head Beer Tours is about responsible, safe, and respectful enjoyment of Midwest brewing regions. In December, founders Justin Schmitz and Felipe Moreira will celebrate the fourth anniversary of their brewery tour company, which has grown from offering a handful of bus tours of Madison-area breweries to a full-fledged craft beer appreciation project. >More
Beer Here: Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale from Karben4 Brewing

IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More
Karben4 to double beer production as the brewery starts releasing bottles

The words "Fantasy Factory" take on special meaning amidst the whirl and hum of a brewery built upon both dreams and hard work. On Saturday, another idea became reality when Karben4 Brewing fired up some long-dormant machinery for the first time and started filling bottles with its most popular beer, Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale. >More
Beer Here: Pumpkin Pie Lust from New Glarus Brewing

'Tis the season for pumpkin beers! These niche brews are abundant in autumn -- and all over the map when it comes to flavor. New Glarus Brewing added a surprising entry to the mix this year with its new Pumpkin Pie Lust. Brewmaster Dan Carey says he was drawn to the idea of creating a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. >More
One Barrel Brewing assembles a sour beer basement

Sour beers are riding a wave of popularity, and now One Barrel Brewing in Madison is entering the field. Over the summer, the nano-brewery on Atwood Avenue started offering an occasional sour on draught. The response from patrons has been so enthusiastic that One Barrel is establishing a dedicated sour beer program. >More
Warm up for Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2015 with a pre-sale party

It's time to start thinking about Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest! The sixth annual festival is only a few months away, and we're hosting a pre-party to kick off ticket sales. >More
MobCraft and Capital Brewery win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

"This is crazy, who would have thought we would win?" says MobCraft Beer founder Giotto Troia from the floor of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The brewery's Batshit Crazy took silver medal honors as a coffee beer at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. >More
Beer Here: Organic ESB Ale from Lakefront Brewery

While Lakefront Brewery is best known for the beers it produces, the company's impact on the craft brewing industry is noteworthy as well. More than a decade ago, owner Rush Klisch was among the first in the current generation of brewing entrepreneurs to embrace using locally grown ingredients. >More
Beer Here: Nuggetopia from The Hop Garden

In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >More
Embrace the tap takeover

When it comes to the tap takeover, there are really only two kinds of beer-drinker responses. There's "Aw, man, now all the beer geeks are going to be clogging up my watering hole of choice all night, and my favorite beer is going to be replaced by some brandy barrel-aged vanilla kumquat Belgian strong ale." >More
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