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Beer Here: Jobu Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale from Capital Brewery

When a new brew is unveiled at a release party, the more unusual the beer, the more excited are the expectant craft brewing fans. One that I've been eager to taste is Jobu, a bold and strong brown ale fermented in rum barrels. >More
 Beer Here: Deep Winter Coffee Stout from Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 brewmaster Ryan Koga is creating a buzz with his latest beer, which is made without any hops. The buzz is even stronger because he is using coffee to replace the bitter aroma and flavor that hops typically provide. >More
 A view from behind the taps at Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2014

The crowd was thirsty that day, my friends -- though, at Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, put on since 2010, the crowd's always thirsty. And as bustling and eager as the event floor is from the perspective of the drinker and eater, there's a unique kind of press that the folks behind the tap handles experience. >More
 The best of the best at the 2014 Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest

Over 60 breweries brought more than 225 beers to this year's Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest on Saturday. Tickets for this fifth annual festival, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, once again sold out in advance. Here are a few of favorite finds. >More
 Live coverage of Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2014

Thousands of revelers turned out for the fifth annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 18. More than 70 Wisconsin-based breweries and cheesemakers served samples at the festival celebrating the state's most famous culinary creations. >More
 Beer Here: Limited Asylum Imperial Brown Ale from Ale Asylum

What really excites Ale Asylum fans are brewmaster Dean Coffey's "Limited Asylum" series special releases. These are often one-off batches that begin as ideas from the brewers who work at Ale Asylum. The latest one is Imperial Brown Ale, a beer that Coffey describes as "off the chart for the style." >More
 Wisconsin's wide world of beer

Beer is as closely associated with Wisconsin as black-and-white cows, red barns and the Green and Gold. The statewide industry has entered a whole new era, with more breweries, more specialty brews and more aficionados who can distinguish an American IPA from an English IPA. Here we look at three sides of our love affair with beer: business, community, flavor. Please read responsibly. >More
 Here comes Hopalicious: How one special beer drives Ale Asylum's growth

Madison's Ale Asylum has rapidly become a player on the Wisconsin craft beer stage. At the heart of its ascent is its flagship beer, Hopalicious, an American Pale Ale that accounts for about 60% of the brewery's output. >More
 Savor the sour: Enjoying the wild and funky beers of Wisconsin

If I'm out in the world, expounding on the merits of a particularly mouth-puckering sour beer, there is likely to be more than one person nearby whose first question would be, "So, did you dump it out?" Sure, beer can go bad, but sour beers -- intentionally sour beers -- can be drinks of complicated beauty and simple refreshment. >More
 The conviviality of brewery mug clubs in Wisconsin

Weekend nights are usually busy in the taproom at Tyranena Brewing Co. in Lake Mills, but the first Saturday of the new year was a particularly lively scene. Dozens of people gathered around the bar, hoping they would get to join the brewery's exclusive mug club. >More
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