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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
The best Wisconsin beers and breweries of 2014

Growth continues to seem boundless for craft beer in Wisconsin. Once again, the last 12 months have offered brewery openings and expansions, new faces behind the brew kettles, and plenty of memorable beers. These developments are evident around the state, while the region surrounding Madison continues to build a reputation as a brewing destination. >More
Craft beer names and labels can be sexist in Wisconsin too

From busty dirndl-clad blonde maidens to the Miller High Life Girl in the Moon, women's bodies have been used to sell beer to men since the dawn of advertising. Unfortunately, the rise of craft beer has hardly proven to be an exception to this long-standing practice. >More
Beer Here: Bilbo Baggins Black IPA from One Barrel Brewing

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien has undoubtedly captured the imaginations of many readers, particularly as they grow older after spending hours with the classic novel and its companion volumes. It was a childhood favorite for One Barrel Brewing owner Peter Gentry and brewer Dan Sherman, and is the inspiration for one of their most popular beers, Bilbo Baggins Black IPA. >More
Beer Here: psycHOPath Intense Pale Ale from Wisconsin Brewing Company

Initially intended as a limited-release fall seasonal, psycHOPath is becoming a beer that's putting the Verona brewery on the map. "It's been our strongest beer out of the shot yet, we sold all of the first batch even before we had it packaged," says brewmaster Kirby Nelson. >More
Hydro Street Brewing seeks to build its name with bomber bottles

Over the last year, Hydro Street Brewing has been seeking to expand its footprint by bottling some of its best-selling beers. The brewpub in downtown Columbus is releasing 22-ounce bombers to attract the interest of Wisconsin craft beer fans on the hunt for something new. >More
The Parched Eagle Brewpub lands in Westport

The Parched Eagle Brewpub is set to make its home on the northern edge of Lake Mendota, and hopes to be serving beer come February. Dane County is one of the epicenters of craft brewing, notes owner Jim Goronson, and the area around the northern fringes of Madison is really buzzing with activity. >More
Beer Here: Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing

The first cruel taste of winter seems to be arriving with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And in cold, wet and snowy weather, rich and strong beers are well suited to take the chill away, or at least fend it off for awhile. >More
Octopi Brewing gets go-ahead to build in Waunakee

Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More
Beer Here: Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus in the works for Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More
Beer Here: 20th Anniversary Ale from the Great Dane Pub

The Great Dane is marking two decades of craft beer with its new 20th Anniversary Ale, and one might say the idea for it has been fermenting for just as long. "We based it on the fun factor of trying to play off the number 20," says Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-founder for the group of brewpubs. He and his team of brewers created a beer with 20 different malts, 20 different hops, 20 different yeasts and 20 different waters to mark this major milestone. >More
The Great Dane Pub celebrates 20 years of craft brewing in Madison and beyond

When Rob LoBreglio fired up the kettles at the Dane Pub for the first time, the brewhouse had no glass, no exhaust system, and the paint on the walls was barely dry. "That was interesting," says the co-owner and brewmaster about launching the downtown Madison brewpub 20 years ago. >More
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