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Pecatonica Beer seeks to build on southwestern Wisconsin's brewing heritage

Pecatonica Beer Company, named after the southwestern Wisconsin river, is one of the latest new brands to appear on Madison shelves. Its flagship Nightfall Lager just started turning up on draught in late June, and bottles followed by mid-July. It's the first of a half-dozen brews that the company plans to release over the next year. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest 2013 eve pre-parties and beer tastings

On Saturday, August 10, Olin Park will once again be filled with thousands of beer fans enjoying the 27th annual Great Taste, which is organized by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild. Perhaps even better for those who live in or are visiting Madison, ticket or not, are the dozens of Great Taste pre-parties that are held around the city in advance of the festival. A festival atmosphere reigns throughout town, and it's getting bigger every year. >More
 Beer Here: Strawberry Rhubarb from New Glarus Brewing

Beers with a touch of fruit can be quite refreshing in the summer. Among the most common are those featuring hints of cherries, raspberries, apricots and peaches. Such fruits are often added to lighter beers like blonde ales, wheats and saisons. The intensity of fruit flavor depends on the brewer's own palate and love of a specific fruit. I've always liked how New Glarus Brewing approaches fruit beers, but when brewmaster Dan Carey announced he was working on one with strawberry and rhubarb, I had my doubts, even though the two fruits combine to make the consummate Wisconsin pie. >More
 Wisconsin Brewing Company assembling its Verona brewhouse, readying for a November launch

Wisconsin Brewing Company is in the midst of installing some of the largest pieces of equipment of its brewhouse in Verona. Led by former Capital Brewery employees Kirby Nelson and Carl Nolen, this new brewery is setting up a 28-foot water tank this week, which will be followed soon thereafter by fermenters, a brew kettle and a lauter tun. All are set to arrive by August 1, as Wisconsin Brewing gets ready for its debut this fall. >More
 Beer Here: Really Cool Waterslides India Pale Ale from 3 Sheeps Brewing

Have you made your holiday plans yet? August 1 is the third annual IPA Day, as recognized by various beer enthusiast groups, including the Brewers Association. It started in 2011 as a day to unify hop-heads in their universal pursuit of better bitters. While there are certainly many good Wisconsin-made IPAs to choose from, I'm planning to celebrate with Really Cool Waterslides, the flagship brew from 3 Sheeps. >More
 Beer Here: Bee's Knees from Vintage Brewing

As summer heats up, looking for that ideal beer garden experience becomes my mission. Vintage Brewing has just tapped an American cream ale that offers a unique Wisconsin twist because it's made with local honey. Brewmaster Scott Manning, who likes to have fun with his beer names, calls it "Bee's Knees." It's a beer that fits its name, and it's on my summertime list of brews that are well suited to patio sipping. >More
 Have a steampunk stay at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites

The six copper brew kettles that once were the heart of America's largest brewery went silent 17 years ago in Milwaukee. The Pabst Brewhouse, known as building #20, a towering monolith on the city's skyline for over a century, was left to decay. Today, however, there's life in the place that made Pabst Blue Ribbon a household name. In late April, the Brewhouse Inn and Suites opened in the historic building. >More
 A 2013 All-Star break for Madison beer and breweries

So much is going on in Wisconsin's beer scene lately that it's worth taking a moment to pause and consider local brewing developments over the last six months. Just as the All-Star break takes over the baseball world at the mid-point of each season, I find myself thinking about what's been great so far in the first half of 2013. >More
 Greenview Brewing launching gluten-free beer business in Madison

A host of new breweries around Madison are in the works this summer, but one is taking a different approach than most. Trevor Easton, 32, is launching a gluten-free brewery to be named Greenview Brewing, which will operate in a shared east-side space with the House of Brews. >More
 Beer Here: Point Special Lager from Stevens Point Brewery

We all have a beer that conjures up memories about the first time we had it, and even where we were when we took that first sip. For me, that beer is Point Special. It was in the early days of the modern craft brewery movement that I discovered a certain fondness for the beer in the mostly blue can, over the course of a fishing trip around the Fourth of July. It soon came along with me on other adventures. >More
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