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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
A Madison pub crawl that refuses to deviate from the bike path

The relationship between bicycling and beer is undeniable, if inexplicable. Why is the bicyclist personality type also drawn to craft beer? New Belgium, out of Colorado, is possibly the brewery most associated with bikes, though it is not alone. >More
Beer Here: Oaktober Ale from Karben4 Brewing

Fans of the Oktoberfest style love its smooth, caramel, malty tones. These lagers have been appearing on local shelves for nearly two months now, but Karben4 has just released its version -- Oaktober Ale -- with a unique twist on tradition. Brewmaster Ryan Koga makes his as an ale and ferments it with oak chips. The result is a wonderfully complex brew, full of woody, leafy, and bready maltiness. >More
Stoughton may be the next small town beer destination with Viking Brewpub

Plans are in the works for a brewpub to open in Stoughton. Over the past six months, retired Air Force pilot Vik Malling has been focused on developing a business plan and getting the necessary city approvals. >More
Kirby Nelson is back as Wisconsin Brewing Company starts making beer

"It's my turn now," says Kirby Nelson, looking out of windows of his new brewhouse. Nelson's reflections come after taking a year off from brewing while his new, from-the-ground-up brewery took shape. His turn truly began as he fired up the brew kettle on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin Brewing Company, located at 1079 American Way on the southern edge of Verona, has been under construction for nearly a year. >More
Beer Here: Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery

Nut brown ales may not get all the attention that the hop-monster beers get. However, the style certainly deserves credit for introducing many to the current microbrewing renaissance. Nut browns celebrate the pleasures of malt, so much that they are often considered a gateway for nascent beer enthusiasts. >More
Beer Here: Campfire Porter from Hydro Street Brewing

Campfire Porter is a beer that goes with a crisp fall evening, helping its drinkers find warmth that a fire alone doesn't offer. It's made by Hydro Street Brewing, which is located in downtown Columbus, about a 25-minute drive northeast of Madison. This small brewpub has been making a name for itself, both among locals and as a stop for beer fans in search of new pours. >More
One Barrel Brewing goes from farm to kettle with its fresh hop beers

The fall hop harvest is starting in Wisconsin. That means a steady increase in wet hop brewing in the weeks ahead and into October, in which hops picked fresh from fields with little or no drying are used to make beer. >More
Beer Here: Furious River IPA from the Great Dane

If you like hoppy beers, this is your time of year. From now through October is when hops are harvested, so you can expect an onslaught of bitter pale ales and IPAs. Some brewers will go to great lengths to use fresh and whole leaf hops while making beer. The Great Dane is out with an early entry, an IPA named Furious River. Brewer Michael Fay took the season seriously and used whole-leaf hops to achieve an assertive level of bitterness. >More
Next Door Brewing opens on Madison's east-side, seeks to build community through beer

Craft beer historians often speak fondly of the role of the community tavern in American history -- a place of open discourse and kinship, where folks could spend time discussing the issues of the day, often with their families in tow, over a few pints of fine locally brewed beer. Keith Symonds, co-owner and brewmaster at the east side's new Next Door Brewing Company, had just that thought in mind when he decided to open a brewpub. >More
Hey Madison, where are the beer paddles?

For better or worse, there is a vibrant drinking culture in Wisconsin. Beer, brandy old fashioneds, the Milwaukee Brewers -- these things are celebrated throughout this state. But in Madison, ask a person about paddles, and you'll hear every kind of guess, from seafaring to frat pledging, except for the right one: the beer tent game. >More
Purple Haus combines recording and homebrewing under one roof

In Madison's DIY climate, fusing passions can often lead to unexpectedly exciting collaboration. In the case of Purple Haus, all it took was a fresh look and a combination that's universal: music and beer. Randall Stewart, Adam Macintosh and Brian Kaphingst met as Madison Media Institute students who'd taken a leap of faith, leaving dead-end jobs to pursue their dreams of making music. It just so happened that they also liked making beer. >More
Beer Here: SamuRyePA from Karben4 Brewing

Despite his recent success with assertively bitter beers, it's SamuRyePA that best reflects Ryan Koga's interest in blending malts and hops for unique flavor. One of the first brews he introduced to Madison, it has become a standard offering at Karben4. >More
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