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Beer Here: Community GroundWorks Pepper Pilsner from the Great Dane Hilldale

Ever challenged a few friends to see who can eat the most hot peppers in a single sitting? Well, the Great Dane has brewed a liquid version of a hot pepper that might take the competition to another level. >More
 New Glarus Brewing and Leinie's capture awards at 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Five Wisconsin beers captured honors at the 2013 edition of the Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver, Colorado over the weekend. This year, New Glarus Brewing captured two medals and Milwaukee's MillerCoors earned three awards that included two for its Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company brands. >More
 Beer Here: Hop Rise Session Ale from Central Waters Brewing

I'm really enjoying the trend of lighter hoppy beers. Brewers are showing that hop-forward beers can be flavorful without high alcohol levels. >More
 Beer Here: #2 Strong Ale from One Barrel Brewing

One Barrel Brewing in Madison has offered a Belgian strong ale as one of its standards since opening in 2012. Owner and brewmaster Peter Gentry tries to keep #2 Strong Ale on tap as much as possible. It's a good example of the varied flavors that can be found in a robust Belgian beer. >More
 Beer Here: Oaktober Ale from Karben4 Brewing

Fans of the Oktoberfest style love its smooth, caramel, malty tones. These lagers have been appearing on local shelves for nearly two months now, but Karben4 has just released its version -- Oaktober Ale -- with a unique twist on tradition. Brewmaster Ryan Koga makes his as an ale and ferments it with oak chips. The result is a wonderfully complex brew, full of woody, leafy, and bready maltiness. >More
 Stoughton may be the next small town beer destination with Viking Brewpub

Plans are in the works for a brewpub to open in Stoughton. Over the past six months, retired Air Force pilot Vik Malling has been focused on developing a business plan and getting the necessary city approvals. >More
 Kirby Nelson is back as Wisconsin Brewing Company starts making beer

"It's my turn now," says Kirby Nelson, looking out of windows of his new brewhouse. Nelson's reflections come after taking a year off from brewing while his new, from-the-ground-up brewery took shape. His turn truly began as he fired up the brew kettle on Friday afternoon. Wisconsin Brewing Company, located at 1079 American Way on the southern edge of Verona, has been under construction for nearly a year. >More
 Beer Here: Nut Brown Ale from South Shore Brewery

Nut brown ales may not get all the attention that the hop-monster beers get. However, the style certainly deserves credit for introducing many to the current microbrewing renaissance. Nut browns celebrate the pleasures of malt, so much that they are often considered a gateway for nascent beer enthusiasts. >More
 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
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