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Beer Here: Thumbprint Berliner Weiss from New Glarus Brewing

The Berliner Weiss is particularly challenging to common perceptions of everyday brews popular with the majority of beer drinkers. This style of beer is known for its distinctive, even edgy, sourness, and attracts a small but unequivocal set of fans who are passionate about its unique tart flavors and historical origins. As the name indicates, it's a beer that arose around Berlin. >More
 MobCraft Beer launching crowdsourced, community-supported brewing operation in Madison

Madison's newest brewing business plans to offer its first beer in about six weeks. But this isn't a brewery with its own walls, tanks, fermenters or even a brew kettle. Rather, it's a venture based on social media and online communities centered on beer. MobCraft Beer is launching a new business model for making beer that is based on crowdsourcing opinions of its online supporters to determine what gets brewed and when. >More
 Ale Asylum and Sixpoint reunite for Madison Craft Beer Week party marking their Angelic Brewing roots

It was possibly the most hotly anticipated event during the opening weekend of Madison Craft Beer Week, and for my part, I expected the Angelic Brewing reunion party to be a good night of drinking. If expectations were set at that level, I don't see how anyone could have left disappointed -- even if brewer presence felt minimal. >More
 Beer Here: Common Thread Bière de Garde for Madison Craft Beer Week 2013

One brew among many to seek out during Madison Craft Beer Week is Common Thread, an annual special release created by a consortium of local brewers. Changing in style from year to year, the original edition in 2012 was a "Wisconsin Common" developed by six brewers. Ten joined in the camaraderie this year to make a Bière de Garde, a unique French style with a distinctive flavor. It debuted May 1 at an opening tapping party at Capital Brewery, and will be available as a limited release for Madison Craft Beer Week. >More
 A guide to Wisconsin breweries at Madison Craft Beer Week 2013

Madison Craft Beer Week will feature over 350 events this year, doubling in size from last year. Spanning ten days from May 3-12, this third annual celebration of brewing will feature tastings, special tappings, pairing dinners, and educational programs at over 100 different venues. The good news is that there are so many interesting listed in the week's event guide over those ten days. But that's also the bad news, as those who really like beer may be overwhelmed by all of the great choices. >More
 Beer Here: White Cap White India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery

Microbreweries and brewpubs are starting to release their summer beers that are full-flavored yet lower in alcohol. It's not a coincidence. They're taking note of drinkers who enjoy assertive flavors -- especially hops and malt complexity -- but tend to shy away from them because these brews can be quite strong. Hinterland just introduced a new beer made with this in mind. Named White Cap, it's based on the popular light Belgian wit style, but also offers the hoppiness of an IPA. >More
 Are neighborhood difficulties brewing at the ALRC for Next Door Brewing?

While the beer world may be excited about Keith Symonds' proposed new pub and nanobrewery named Next Door Brewing, intended for a former appliance repair storefront at 2439 Atwood Ave., neighbors are decidedly less enthusiastic. >More
 Beer Here: Bels'consin Ale from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

The Belgian pale ale emerged as an alternative to the crisp hoppy pilsner beers that are ubiquitous around the world. With a combination of sweet and fruity tones, accented by hops and dryness, this offshoot style of the Belgian brewing tradition can be a wonderful medium-bodied beer, and helps smooth the transition from the heavier, sweeter wintertime brews without venturing too far into the sharp and hoppy beers of summer. The Grumpy Troll is currently offering a version that's worth a visit. Named Bels'consin, it reflects the intersection of select Belgian ingredients and Wisconsin hops. >More
 Beer Here: Cortado Imperial Stout from Alterra Coffee Roasters and One Barrel Brewing

A good coffeehouse creates an atmosphere that encourages interactions among friends, business acquaintances and even strangers. It serves a role akin to a neighborhood tavern, only in most instances without alcohol. But with the arrival of Alterra Coffee Roasters on the Square, the lines between coffeehouse and tavern are blurred, with beer on tap next to the barista's station. >More
 Beer Here: Canoe Paddler Kölsch-Style with Rye from Leinenkugel's

I was fortunate to be able to take in a handful of Milwaukee Brewers spring training games in March. While Miller Park offers a modestly diverse menu of craft beer selections, Maryvale -- the team's home field in Phoenix -- is dominated by MillerCoors taps. I'd heard that Leinenkugel's was coming out with a new Kölsch-style beer named Canoe Paddler, but hadn't yet seen it here in Madison. Sure enough, it made the roster in the Cactus League, and in the heat of watching spring training, it became my beer of choice. >More
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