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The best Wisconsin beers and breweries of 2013

The pace of craft brewery start-ups and expansions continued to accelerate through 2013 -- obviously there is still a lot of energy and potential for more when it comes to Wisconsin beer. From the launch of a major brewery with vast ambitions to the excited reception for neighborhood-scaled brewpubs, interest in good beer is only getting stronger. >More
 Beer Here: Unleashed Fire Pit Winter Warmer Ale from the Great Dane

When barleywines make an appearance on the Great Dane beer menu, you can be sure first major snow isn't far off. That's because the Dane intentionally releases this seasonal big beer around the time of the first big storm. Brewmaster Rob LoBreglio might not want the credit nor blame that goes with forecasting the weather, but his newest offering, a bomber bottle named Fire Pit, will help you cope with the onset of winter. >More
 Beer Here: Egg Nog Sweet Stout from Next Door Brewing

Keith Symonds, owner and brewmaster at Next Door Brewing, is offering an early taste of Christmas with a new stout. "I love the spices of the holidays and so I worked backwards from there," he says. His Egg Nog Sweet Stout is rich, smooth and spicy, with the seductive decadence of eggnog. The beer "has everything but the eggs," he says, and just went on tap. >More
 Beer Here: Dark Voyage Black IPA from Capital Brewery

Brian Destree, brewmaster and production manager at Capital Brewery, has been in charge there for just over a year now, and is responsible for redefining its image with his embrace of bitter beers. "We want to keep heading in that direction," says Destree. Toward that effort, he has created the hop-centric Dark Voyage Black IPA. >More
 Beer Here: Harvest Moon Ale from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

The traditional tale of Thanksgiving inspired my selection of a beer for the holiday feast this year. I went looking for a brew I could almost see served at the first Thanksgiving table; specifically, one made with wild rice. The Grumpy Troll brewpub in Mount Horeb is serving such a beer, Harvest Moon, which is aptly named for the fall season. >More
 Beer Here: Miner's Dopplebock from Potosi Brewing

Brewmaster Steve Buszka helped put Potosi back on the map for Wisconsin beer drinkers. While many of his core brews are well respected on their own, his experimental batches, one-offs and limited draught releases are capturing the attention of travelers and beer tourists. About a year ago, Buszka created Miner's Dopplebock, a smooth lager with caramel maltiness that was initially only available in the brewpub. >More
 Beer Here: Memory Lane from O'so Brewing

Breweries give back to their community in a variety of ways. They donate products, open their tasting rooms for special groups, and sponsor philanthropic events. Owners and brewmasters often look for a cause that is close to their heart. That's certainly the case with Marc Buttera at O'so Brewing. >More
 Beer Here: Amber Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Company

Kirby Nelson is back, and Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona is releasing his opening round of beers. It shouldn't be surprising that Nelson, who admits that he's a lager guy at heart, is turning out an amber lager as one of the first brews. When he was at Capital Brewery, Nelson defined the style for many local drinkers. Now he is once again letting us know how good an amber can be. >More
 Sixpoint Brewery's Little Wisco beer lands in Madison

Every can of beer produced by the New York-based Sixpoint Brewery is emblazoned with the words "Beer is Culture." A motto with multiple shadings, it's particularly fitting to the ingrained brewing identity claimed by Wisconsin. It's also the spirit behind Little Wisco, a limited release from Sixpoint -- a Brooklyn brewery with Wisconsin roots -- that's named for a cluster of restaurants in Manhattan that share a similar connection to the same home state. >More
 Wisconsin Brewing Company christens Verona taproom, readies to debut its beers in Madison

Wisconsin Brewing Company is making its debut. Located on the southern edge of Verona, the state's newest brewery offered an early taste Saturday to family, friends, investors, distributors, and fellow brewers at a preview party in its taproom and brew house. For well-known brewmaster Kirby Nelson, it was a chance to unveil the first four beers that he's hoping will become part of the brewery's signature lineup. >More
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