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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Beer Here: InAbsinthia, from Vintage Brewing Company

"This is unique," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning of his latest creation. InAbsinthia is a robust blend of English and Belgian brewing tradition, aged for nearly a half-year in an absinthe barrel. With its layers of flavor, spicy notes of licorice and alcoholic warmth, InAbsinthia isn't for everyone. Adventuresome drinkers and those who love to find rare, limited-release beers, this is one you need to try. >More
"Festival brews" would make an ambitious Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest even better

There's a lot of common beer festival DNA, no matter which one you attend. You'll see a lot of pretzel necklaces, of course, and some kind of crazy clothing accessory -- hat, novelty glasses and beer-themed socks are common. If the festival is indoors, you'll definitely get to know the ooooooh..., that half-sympathetic, half-judgmental cheer that goes up whenever a glass is dropped. So yes, you would have witnessed all these things at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest (IBCF) which just wrapped up its jam-packed sixth annual iteration last Saturday. >More
The best of the best at the 2015 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest

The sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest served up a menu of some 320 beers from more than 75 breweries. That's close to one hundred more beers than was served at last year's festival, an increase that highlights its growing size and scope. >More
Live coverage of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015: Brews, bries and butter

One of Wisconsin's most popular beer festivals drew a bigger crowd than ever this year. More than 5,000 people attended the sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, held on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall. >More
Beer Here: Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing

Few beers pay homage to Wisconsin's winter landscape like as Road Slush, an oatmeal stout from New Glarus Brewing. This name underscores the brewery's Wisconsin-only identity, and here where the snow flies, it attracts beer fans who relish malty sweetness and hints of coffee. >More
Ale Asylum plans a fun 2015 with new brews, cans and its Ferment Dissent release party

Ale Asylum is shaking things up in a big way for 2015. Over the next year, the Madison brewery plans to revamp its production schedule with a new series of beers, introduce cans for some its most popular labels and launch a major summer release party. "We've been so focused on keeping up with demand; we decided [it was time] to flex our creativity and have some fun," says co-owner Otto Dilba. >More
Untapped potential: Three homebrewers vie for success at Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest 2015

One year ago, a homebrew called Monolith IPA won the inaugural homebrew competition at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. The contest was a pretty straightforward affair: brewers made their beer, brought it to the event, poured it for attendees who voted for their favorite, and a panel of judges selected the winner from the top vote-getters. This year, the finalists are already selected. >More
Beer Here: Dubbel Czech from Badger State Brewing and MobCraft Beer

With the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, it's time to think about a beer to enjoy while watching them play. As a show of statewide support for the team, MobCraft Beer and Badger State Brewing have teamed-up to make a beer they call Dubbel Czech. It weds the basic qualities of a Belgian dubbel with the spicy-hoppiness of a Czech pilsner. If you're an Aaron Rodgers fan, this brew is a good choice for toasting touchdowns! >More
Hop Haus Brewing hopes to bring a German tavern vibe to Verona

Verona is emerging as a craft beer destination within Dane County. Hop Haus Brewing is poised to become the community's third brewery, joining Gray's Tied House and the relatively new Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
Fifteen beers for 2015 from Madison and Wisconsin breweries

The upcoming year will be another great one for craft beer enthusiasts. As breweries open and expand, trends in sours and barrel-aging take root, and new ideas emerge, 2015 will have plenty in store for those who enjoy beers made in the Madison area and elsewhere around the state. >More
A look ahead to Wisconsin craft beer in 2015: Breweries around the state

The craft beer scene continues to explode in the Madison area, but its growth across the state is just as breathtaking. Brewery expansions, broader distribution footprints, growth in sours and barrel-aging programs, and collaborative brewing projects all promise to make for a great 2015 in Wisconsin beer. >More
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