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Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company

"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More
 The Parched Eagle Brewpub is planned for Middleton

It's likely that Middleton will be the next Dane County community to get a new brewpub. Plans are well underway for the Parched Eagle. Madison residents Jim Goronson, 48, and Tom Christie, 45, have identified a potential location in the 6300 block of University Avenue, and if all goes well, they could be making beer there by fall. >More
 Beer Here: Outboard Cream Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company

For some, spring starts when the robins arrive or the first tulips push up through the ground. But my spring begins with Opening Day and the cry of "Beer here!" Over the years, I've made a point of being with the Brew Crew as they begin their annual pennant pursuit. I've even gone so far as to pick seats at Miller Park based on where the best beer vendors are to be found. >More
 Beer Here: Hello, My Name Is Joe from 3 Sheeps Brewing

"There are so many coffee beers out there, I wanted to go the other way with coffee flavor and the beer behind it," says Grant Pauly, owner and brewmaster of 3 Sheeps Brewing. The Sheboygan-based brewery opened more than two years ago, and expanded its offerings last year with a new series of seasonal releases. Its latest is Hello, My Name Is Joe, a brew with a robust java taste that will wake up its drinkers. >More
 Dawn of a homebrew winner: Monolith IPA set to pour at One Barrel Brewing

There was a point during the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest back in January when all of us judges in its homebrew contest -- brewers, writers, drinkers all -- gathered in a circle and ended up expressing our awe over one particular thing: the Monolith. >More
 Beer Here: Ghost Ship White IPA from Capital Brewery

Brian Destree is making his mark at Capital, coming up with new labels, developing one-off brews, and even experimenting with barrel-aging, blending and infusing beers for special tapping events. Yet nowhere has his spirit been as evident as in the introduction of India Pale Ale-style beers to the brewery's portfolio. >More
 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
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