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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Beer Here: Grätzer from Vintage Brewing

When someone says they've re-created a recipe for a beer that dates back to the 15th century, it gets my attention. Leave it to Vintage Brewing Company brewmaster Scott Manning to reintroduce a beer style to the Madison area considered by many commercial brewers to be extinct: the Grätzer. >More
House of Brews opens taproom and launches community supported brewery program

Page Buchanan is pouring his own beer on his own taps at the House of Brews. Even though his beers have been found in various bars around town since late last summer, Buchanan has now opened a brewery taproom on the southeast side, at 4539 Helgesen Drive. >More
One Barrel Brewing packed upon opening, overwhelmed by demand for nanobrewed beer

Madison's smallest brewery opened to a big crowd back on Friday, July 6. One Barrel Brewing Company, at the intersection of Atwood and Winnebago streets, a.k.a. Schenk's Corners, is located in a neighborhood known for good tap houses. The area was once home to the Hess Cooperage, the largest barrel maker in Wisconsin, which turned out wooden barrels by hand for many of the city's pre-Prohibition breweries, like Fauerbach and Hausmann. >More
Beer Here: Radio Free I.B.A from Lake Louie Brewing

The India Black Ale, or IBA, generates a great deal of conversation among hoppy beer enthusiasts. It's a relatively new and evolving style of beer modeled after the assertively bitter India Pale Ale, and because of that it's sometimes called a black IPA. Lake Louie Brewing just released a version. Brewmaster Tom Porter says debate over the style's name made it difficult to get the label approved by federal regulators, delaying the release of the beer by several weeks, but it's now available. >More
A 'local macro': Sconnie Beer celebrates Wisconsin culture and brewing heritage

In a beer-loving college town like Madison, it's not surprising to learn about a business scheme dreamed up in a dorm room. Now Troy Vosseller, the co-founder of Sconnie Nation, who in 2004 started a T-shirt brand with his roommate and $600 between them, has launched a beer company he hopes will appeal to fans of the macrobrews that made Wisconsin famous. >More
Beer Here: Wisconsinite Summer Weiss from Lakefront Brewery

I just can't get enough of the refreshing hefeweizens this time of year. They are light and bubbly, with a flavor that includes sharp hints of citrus, the subtle sweetness of banana and the spiciness of cloves. Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee has a new creation out this summer that lays claim to being 100% Wisconsin-made. >More
Beer Here: Weizen from Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery is bringing back an old summertime friend. It's been at least six years since the Middleton brewer bottled its Weizen, a Bavarian hefeweizen. Since then, it's only been available in limited keg quantities to a few of the brewery's local tap accounts. Brewmaster Kirby Nelson decided it was time to offer it again as a six-pack, so the latest Weizen is out now, and should be easy to find on local shelves. >More
Beer Here: Three Kings Ale from Stevens Point Brewery

With its refreshing light, bubbly nature, the German-inspired Kölsch is a beer well-suited to ease us into summer in Wisconsin. Its distinctive flavor comes from combining barley, wheat and a special strain of yeast that evolved with the style. Only a handful of German imports are available, and there are even fewer Wisconsin-made versions. Earlier this year, the Stevens Point Brewery introduced a Kölsch that received accolades at the World Beer Cup; it's certainly a beer worthy of recognition. >More
Beer Here: 3rd Wheel from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing is out with a flavorful seasonal beer that just started appearing on Madison store shelves. 3rd Wheel, a Belgian blonde ale made with rose hips, is the newest bottled beer from the Plover-based brewery. Owner and brewmaster Marc Buttera made it as a departure from the summertime variations of wheat beers that are so abundant this time of year. >More
Port Huron Brewing opens in Wisconsin Dells with four beers on tap

Port Huron Brewing Company in Wisconsin Dells has been in the works for over two years. For brewmaster Tanner Brethorst, it must have felt like the longest fermentation period he's ever dealt with. But this past weekend, he opened the brewery's taproom for the first time. >More
Beer Here: Terminal Gravity from the Great Dane

As the Great Dane family of brewpubs has grown to four Madison locations, three of which have their own brewery operations, company V.P. and brewmaster Rob LoBreglio hasn't been able to be in the brewhaus as much as he likes. While each Dane has its own brewer, LoBreglio oversees the team. So when he does stand over the brew kettle himself, the Madison beer community can expect something special. >More
Beer Here: Maibock from the Great Dane Fitchburg

If you are a fan of the Maibock style of beer, you must feel a certain pressure to enjoy one in the month of May. Brewmaster Pat Keller follows the annual spring ritual with the timely release of his version of Maibock at the Great Dane in Fitchburg. "I'd make this beer all the time if they'd let me, but then it wouldn't be so special," says Keller. Maibock just went on tap in Fitchburg and the downtown Great Dane. >More
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