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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Dave's BrewFarm Select and Matacabras enter the Madison beer market

Like the wind, a new pair of brews have just blown into town. These latest come from an environmentally friendly brewery that operates off wind power. Dave's BrewFarm, based in the St. Croix County community of Wilson, brews a golden lager named Select and a Belgian strong ale it calls Matacabras. >More
Beer Here: Shine On from Central Waters Brewing

Ever sipped a beer that, when you sit back to appreciate it, it's like a little light bulb comes on? Central Waters Brewing Company's Shine On might give you that feeling. Named for the brewery's solar thermal commitment, the beer was introduced last summer, and bottles began appearing in Madison last fall. It certainly seems to have a bright future -- in less than a year it's become the Amherst brewery's best seller. >More
How far would you go for a Lake Louie?

When Tom Porter says "big beer," he's not talking about the big guys, corporate breweries like Anheuser-Busch and Miller. The owner of Lake Louie Brewing of Arena, Wis., is referring to the batch of Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout that he, brewer Tim Wauters and assistant Asa Derks are coaxing through the filtering process on a Monday morning just before Christmas. >More
Proof that all Wisconsinites are drunkards

Why combat the stereotype? There are legitimate excuses! >More
Beer Here: Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey took more than a year to design his latest beer, a "No Coast Pale Ale." Along the way he sampled almost 100 varieties of hops and even traveled to Washington state to observe the hops being harvested. While he admits to being a fan of big and bold bitter beers, Carey says he set out to make something more drinkable. >More
Beer Here: Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum

St. Patrick's Day is the holiday of choice for the beer enthusiast. It conjures visions of all things green, ranging from leprechauns to beer. However, I just can't bring myself to contaminate my favorite brew with food coloring. After all, the phrase "green beer" is often used to describe young and unfermented brews with yeast so active they turn your stomach. >More
Beer Here: Belgian Barleywine from the Great Dane and Capital Brewery

The Great Dane Pub and Brewery just released the highest-alcohol beer it has ever made. The downtown Madison brewpub has finally put its Belgian Barleywine on tap after more than a year of fermenting and conditioning. >More
Beer Here: Louie's Demise from Milwaukee Brewing

Last fall, the Milwaukee Brewing Company started distributing its three primary beers in Madison. Milwaukee Brewing is composed of a production brewery and brewpub in Grafton, along with the well-known Milwaukee Ale House in the city's historic Third Ward. Its flagship is a red ale named Louie's Demise. >More
Beer Here: Dominator Doppelbock from O'so Brewing

When it comes to the bock beers, O'so Brewing owner Marc Buttera says he has great respect for the style's German traditions, so he made his seasonal doppelbock with an assertive maltiness, which those who enjoy such beers will notice -- and his Dominator is very notable. >More
Beer Here: Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing

The pairing of chocolate and beer seems to be the current rage. Perhaps the proximity of Valentine's Day adds to the interest in this topic, but pairing the two isn't all that new. After all, the term "chocolate malt" was originally a reference to the dark chocolate color of deeply kilned grain. Tyranena Brewing of Lake Mills has been working to perfect the flavors, and in the past week introduced its latest new beer, a chocolate oatmeal stout. >More
Beer Here: Hot Chocolate from Viking Brewing

The inspiration for Viking Brewing Company's Hot Chocolate came one February when brewery owners Robin and Ann Lee were hosting brewery tours on an exceptionally cold Saturday. Ann asked her husband, "Why can't you make something that would warm me up?" >More
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest: A nibbler's report

"It's kind of like the farmers' market, but with lots more cheese samples, and instead of vegetables -- beer!" one person said to me, and that's pretty close. Two rooms of vendor booths flanked an open area with tables where performances by the Cork and Bottle String Band alternated with demos on pairing beer with food (presented by TDP's beer guru, Robin Shepard) and pairing beer with chocolate, with chocolates by Atwood Avenue chocolatier Gail Ambrosius and beer by Furthermore of Spring Green. >More
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