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Wisconsin beer and breweries: News and reviews
Beer Here: Rye Bob from Grumpy Troll

The holiday season often brings out memories of family and friends, and sometimes we raise a glass and toast those who made a difference in our lives. Grumpy Troll brewmaster Mark Duchow recently lost his father. Duchow decided to pay tribute to his dad with a special creation. Rye Bob, a dry and spicy ale, was put on tap a couple of weeks ago, complete with Mr. Duchow's picture on the tap handle. >More
Beer Here: Lupulin Maximus from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing's name is short for "oh so good," but its latest creation Lupulin Maximus is more like "oh so hoppy"! Double IPAs have a reputation for being pretty hoppy -- here brewmaster Marc Buttera has taken the style and tried to top it by adding an actual hop flower in every bottle. >More
Beer Here: Unplugged: Wisconsin Cran-bic from New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus Brewing has just released a distinctive new beer that's well suited for the holiday season. Wisconsin Cran-bic was inspired by the centuries-old Belgian Lambic tradition, with a modern fruity twist of cranberries. As Wisconsin is the nation's leading cranberry producer, perhaps it was only a matter of time until the brewery that gives us Spotted Cow would create a new brew based on another leading agricultural commodity and state symbol. >More
Top Wisconsin beers to pair with your Thanksgiving meal

Beer and Thanksgiving are intrinsically linked in the settlement of this country -- the Pilgrims had beer on the Mayflower -- so why not serve local beers on your holiday table? Granted, it can be a challenge to find just the right beer(s) to go with the cornucopia of flavors found in a Thanksgiving feast, but try breaking down the meal with several beer options. >More
Beer Here: Hop Harvest from Central Waters Brewing

Did you catch a glimpse of the harvest moon a few weeks ago? Well, the brewers at Central Waters must have been basking in the moonbeams as they celebrated the release of their latest seasonal creation: Hop Harvest. Brewery staff did more than brew the beer -- they even harvested the hops. >More
Beer Here: Eisphyre from Capital Brewery

Just when the gales of November seem to come early, Capital Brewery takes its warm, malty Autumnal Fire to an entirely different level with the special release of a winter-hardy version named Eisphyre. This intensely malty, yet incredibly smooth doppelbock is capable of taking the chill off. >More
Beer Here: Spetsnaz Stout from the Grumpy Troll

For the past several weeks I've found myself on a malt quest -- searching for that perfect pint of flavor with tones of caramel and chocolate. These beers are often deep golden, brown or even stark black. Last weekend, in my desire to explore the tastes of the season, I ended up in Mount Horeb with a dark and rich, sweet and silky stout in hand. >More
Marc Stroobandt wants you to drink your dinner

The time has finally come. Beer has officially been invited to sit at the adults' table, and the coordination of beer/food pairings is emphasized more now than ever. Those of us who tire of our wine-drinking friends constantly tossing around "oaky" this and "tannins" that can at long last stand up and say, "this beer would go great with a nice steak au poivre." >More
Beer Here: Hopscotch from the Great Dane Fitchburg

Hopscotch offers some big malty flavor, much like the current offering of fall Oktoberfests, only it has an assertive, bitter personality, making for a taste that you shouldn't, well, skip. >More
Beer Here: Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing

It's the time of year when jolly orange gourds start appearing on steps and porches. But pumpkins are not just for jack-o-lanterns. Stop by your favorite beer shelves, and you'll find pumpkins in the six-packs. My choice when it comes to pumpkin pie in a pint glass comes from Tyranena Brewing. >More
Proposed Wisconsin beer tax hike meets opposition at Capitol hearing

State Rep. Terese Berceau brought seven six-packs of Wisconsin brewed beer to the hearing, saying that the beer tax would increase less than three cents a bottle, an amount she doesn't think will affect the average beer drinker much. >More
Beer Here: Satisfaction Jacksin Double IPA from Ale Asylum

No big secret that the folks over at Ale Asylum turn out some great beer. They also have a sense of humor that doesn't go unnoticed among the faithful. The Madison brewpub's newest beer, Satisfaction Jacksin, has a name that might remind you of a garage band from Sheboygan or an '80s porn star. And if it does, you're correct on both accounts. >More
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