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A prescription for how Wisconsin can become a Napa Valley of beer

During the recent session of the state Legislature, Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) introduced a bill to create a Wisconsin Beer Commission. This proposal to boost beer tourism around the state made a splash, in part, due to Tauchen's pitch that it could help make Wisconsin the "Napa Valley of beer." It's a prospect that's liable to excite beer geeks. >More
 Chicago beer fans come to Madison: Playing host to WBEZ's Strange Brews

A few weeks ago, I led a group of Chicagoans on a tour of some of the best eating and drinking the north and near-east sides of Madison have to offer. Though it could have been old classmates or visiting relatives, this particular group happened to include the hosts of Strange Brews, a podcast produced by WBEZ public radio. >More
 Beer Here: Thumbprint Dubbel from New Glarus Brewing

Some consider the Belgian dubbel to be the Port wine of the beer universe. When made to perfection, dubbels are dark in color and rich in maltiness, with wonderfully sweet flavors of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. They are among a family of Belgian Trappist beers commonly referred to as singles, dubbels, tripels and quadruples. >More
 How a Wisconsin Beer Commission could boost craft brewing and tourism in the state

Wisconsin seems as synonymous with beer as it does with cheese. Milwaukee was long touted as the "Beer Capital of the World," and then there's Bernie Brewer. The brewing industry contributed $8.6 billion to Wisconsin's economic output in 2012, according to the Beer Institute. That figure comprised a higher percent of state GDP, relative to the size of Wisconsin's economy, than all other states except for Missouri and Colorado. And let's not forget Wisconsin's reputation for drinking. >More
 Common Thread brewers create a Bohemian pilsner for Madison Craft Beer Week 2014

Dozens of brewers from around southern Wisconsin gathered Saturday to make a collaborative beer known as Common Thread. It's the third time that breweries around the region are joining together to create a special release for Madison Craft Beer Week, which runs May 2-11. The 2014 edition of Common Thread is a Bohemian pilsner. >More
 Beer Here: Lady Luck Irish Red Ale from Karben4 Brewing

There are a couple of ways to go if you're looking for a traditional Irish beer for St. Patrick's Day. There's the dry Irish stout, nearly synonymous with Guinness. Then there's the Irish Red, an ale known for being smooth, malty and pleasant. "It'll transport you right to Dublin," says Karben4 brewmaster Ryan Koga about Lady Luck, his take on an Irish Red. >More
 Tyranena celebrates the work of brewsters on International Women's Collaboration Brew Day

Andrea McHenry, an assistant brewer at Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, fired up the brewhouse kettles on Saturday to celebrate International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Organized by the Pink Boots Society, a group devoted to advancing women in the brewing industry, the day brought together women brewers (or "brewsters") from some 60 breweries around the world, who each created their own version of a beer dubbed "Unite Pale Ale." >More
 Beer Here: Kremlin Russian Imperial Stout from House of Brews

Madison's House of Brews is building a lineup of 22-ounce bomber bottle offerings and has its sights set on two big cities. "I really want to get my beers out in bombers, so I'm planning on self-distributing in parts of Chicago and Milwaukee," says brewery owner Page Buchanan. Among the first beers that Buchanan will take on the road is a bold Russian Imperial Stout he calls Kremlin. >More
 Beer Here: Beyond 2014 Braggot by Sprecher Brewing

A few beers are made for aging. One of those is the braggot, a brew that falls between a beer, made with malts, and a mead, made with honey. Braggots can take a long time to make and they can be expensive, so not many breweries produce them. Sprecher Brewing has been aging a braggot for nearly two years now, though, and the first bottles just started appearing around southern Wisconsin. >More
 4 Brothers Blended Beer is a labor of love for one Wisconsin family

"We're four pretty normal guys who love beer, love making it, and love sharing it," says Jimmy Gohsman, who makes up one-quarter of 4 Brothers Blended Beer Company. Jimmy and his brothers are taking a different track than most breweries, which turn out beers that fall within standard styles. >More
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