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Beer Here: Campfire Porter from Hydro Street Brewing

Campfire Porter is a beer that goes with a crisp fall evening, helping its drinkers find warmth that a fire alone doesn't offer. It's made by Hydro Street Brewing, which is located in downtown Columbus, about a 25-minute drive northeast of Madison. This small brewpub has been making a name for itself, both among locals and as a stop for beer fans in search of new pours. >More
 Beer Here: Furious River IPA from the Great Dane

If you like hoppy beers, this is your time of year. From now through October is when hops are harvested, so you can expect an onslaught of bitter pale ales and IPAs. Some brewers will go to great lengths to use fresh and whole leaf hops while making beer. The Great Dane is out with an early entry, an IPA named Furious River. Brewer Michael Fay took the season seriously and used whole-leaf hops to achieve an assertive level of bitterness. >More
 One Barrel Brewing goes from farm to kettle with its fresh hop beers

The fall hop harvest is starting in Wisconsin. That means a steady increase in wet hop brewing in the weeks ahead and into October, in which hops picked fresh from fields with little or no drying are used to make beer. >More
 Next Door Brewing opens on Madison's east-side, seeks to build community through beer

Craft beer historians often speak fondly of the role of the community tavern in American history -- a place of open discourse and kinship, where folks could spend time discussing the issues of the day, often with their families in tow, over a few pints of fine locally brewed beer. Keith Symonds, co-owner and brewmaster at the east side's new Next Door Brewing Company, had just that thought in mind when he decided to open a brewpub. >More
 Beer Here: SamuRyePA from Karben4 Brewing

Despite his recent success with assertively bitter beers, it's SamuRyePA that best reflects Ryan Koga's interest in blending malts and hops for unique flavor. One of the first brews he introduced to Madison, it has become a standard offering at Karben4. >More
 Hey Madison, where are the beer paddles?

For better or worse, there is a vibrant drinking culture in Wisconsin. Beer, brandy old fashioneds, the Milwaukee Brewers -- these things are celebrated throughout this state. But in Madison, ask a person about paddles, and you'll hear every kind of guess, from seafaring to frat pledging, except for the right one: the beer tent game. >More
 Beer Here: Oktoberfest Lager from Lakefront Brewery

For those who appreciate Oktoberfest beers, it's really never too early to start enjoying them. There's already quite a few to choose from this year, and by September the number will only increase. Oktoberfest is the fastest-growing German beer style in today's craft beer market, gaining more attention than hefeweizens and bocks, says Lakefront Brewery owner Russ Klisch. "It seems like they come out earlier and earlier, but it's market-driven," he adds. "It's what everybody wants." >More
 Beer Here: Appleanche from Capital Brewery

One of the great things about the Great Taste of the Midwest, whether you have a ticket or not, is the debut of so many new brews. One that stood out for me at this year's festival was Appleanche, an apple beer unveiled by Capital Brewery for the first time at a Great Taste pre-party last Thursday. >More
 Underground Homebrew Festival puts Cambridge on Wisconsin's beer map

Holding up a sampler glass filled with a really refreshing honey hibiscus ale, Chris Krueger of Underground Homebrew feels confident. "The city's been talking about this, too," he says. "It's a tourism thing, and the economic development group's like, 'What's unique about Cambridge? What can we hang our hat on?' Well, this." >More
 The best of the best at the 2013 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

For the 6,000-plus beer enthusiasts who made it into the Great Taste of the Midwest with a tasting glass in hand, it was glorious on Saturday, August 10. It's no secret that tickets to the annual festival are difficult to come by, and those who acquired them could only feel fortunate. Saturday provided perfect weather at Olin-Turville Park, situated on the south side of Madison along the shores of Lake Monona. >More
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