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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Madison, meet Deschutes Brewery and Une Année

Going hand in hand with Wisconsin's own thriving craft beer scene, the number of smaller breweries from across the country introducing their products to state is growing, too. It's something about the craft beer mindset; enthusiasts are constantly curious about new variations on old themes, and brewers from other states see Wisconsin -- and Madison and Milwaukee in particular -- as markets with drinkers who have sophisticated palates. >More
Beer Here: The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari from Vintage Brewing

Vintage Brewing just made its 500th batch of beer on July 1. "We're just over four years old, and I think it's great that we're humming along with over 100 batches a year," says Scott Manning, brewmaster and co-owner of Vintage. Since opening in 2010, Manning estimates that he has made at least 60 different styles of beer. >More
Beer Here: Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing

The Fourth of July is about summer traditions, family gatherings and sharing beer with friends while watching fireworks. This year, consider a brew from Potosi Brewing that speaks to that sense of community. Good Old Potosi was once an icon in the Wisconsin brewing business, and it's still made today by a revived craft-era brewery. This beer offers a taste of history each time you crack one open >More
Jon Dee Graham honored to be the inspiration for Wisconsin Brewing Company's Big Sweet Life

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster for Wisconsin Brewing Company, recently asked for permission to name a new Maibock after the Jon Dee Graha song "Big Sweet Life." The singer-songwriter doesn't drink, but he was thrilled by the request. >More
New Glarus Brewing debuts the first sour beers from its wild fruit cave

The first beers from the new wild fruit cave at New Glarus Brewing are set to be released. "People have been moving to hoppy beers, and now IPAs are sort of mainstream," says brewmaster and co-owner Dan Carey. "The next cutting-edge thing is sour beer." >More
Beer Here: Fishin' in the Dark from Capital Brewery

Who says dark brews aren't for summer? For anybody who might think such beers are too heavy for hot weather, a new release from Capital Brewery challenges those assumptions. Fishin' in the Dark, created by assistant brewer Ashley Kinart, is a classic German lager known as a schwarzbier. Labeled "imperial" as a nod to its strength and firm favor, it's a good catch for craft beer fans. >More
From Dubuque to Potosi: The American Breweriana Association celebrates beer history

"I don't gamble, I don't smoke, I don't drink too much beer, so I have plenty of money to spend on my hobby,” says Art Santen. The St. Louis resident's hobby is collecting bottle openers from breweries. Santen has collected so many -- 35,000 so far -- that he's been recognized by Guinness World Records as having the largest such collection. >More
Beer Here: Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing

Just when you think you know what to expect from New Glarus Brewing, brewmaster Dan Carey releases something that catches you off-guard. His most recent surprise is a new Imperial IPA named Scream. It's loaded with hops -- "a boatload of Cascades," says Carey. He uses 10 different varieties of hops in the beer, including several Wisconsin-grown varieties, three of which are from the brewery's own hop fields. >More
Octopi Brewing plans to offer Wisconsin a vision of better contract beer

Isaac Showaki has heard every complaint in the book regarding contract-brewed beer -- in fact, he's uttered most of them. As a cofounder of Chicago's 5 Rabbit Cervecería, Showaki was responsible for handling the brewery's contracts as the company started out. Frustrations with contract brewing, from sub-par quality to packaging compromises, plagued him constantly. >More
Beer Here: Hop Gose the Grapefruit from MobCraft Beer

Beers like the Gose, Berliner Weisse, Alt and Kölsch are great old styles of German beers with hundreds of years of brewing tradition behind them. Because they are fairly rare around Wisconsin, they might seem like new inventions, especially when a craft brewery offers a modern twist on a venerable classic. The Gose is probably the most challenging of these styles to find. >More
East Wash bottle shop Trixie's celebrates third anniversary

"We get a lot of beer geeks," says Chris Welch, showing off the diverse selection he curates at Trixie's Liquor. He co-owns the shop with his wife (the famed Trixie, though her real name is Colleen) and in-laws at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Oak Street. In May Trixie's Liquor celebrated its three-year anniversary. Thanks to Welch's eye for quality and his commitment to customer service, it's become a beloved neighborhood shopping destination with a decidedly beer-geeky focus in addition to a strong offering of spirits and wine. >More
Beer Here: Hips Don't Lie Bavarian-Style Weissbier from Lucette Brewing

Any guy can give his sweetheart a bouquet, but to create a beer for her that's made with roses? Now that's true love! Hips Don't Lie, a hefeweizen from Lucette Brewing, combines the floral essence of roses and honey for a unique take on a German wheat beer. >More
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