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Beer Here: Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale from Central Waters Brewing

Twelve years ago, Y2K signaled an impending catastrophe. Forecasts of computer chaos prompted stockpiling of food, water, batteries and generators as the fearful prepared for an electronic Armageddon caused by the "Millennium bug." For some, it was reason enough to think about what beer might get them through an apocalypse. Central Waters Brewing was happy to oblige with a special barley wine named Kosmyk Charlie's Y2K Catastrophe Ale, an ideal addition to anyone's millennial survival kit. >More
 Karben4 Brewing fires up its brew kettle, ready for Madison debut

Madison's newest brewery, Karben4 Brewing, started making beer this past weekend. Located in the former Ale Asylum space on Kinsman Boulevard, it is owned and operated by three Appleton natives, brothers Ryan and Zak Koga, and Alex Evans. They plan a soft opening for their taproom the weekend after Christmas, with a grand opening in January. >More
 Meet the Big Eddy beers from Leinenkugel's

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery has been making beer in Wisconsin for over 145 years, and the family linked to it is now in its sixth generation in the industry. And while the brewery is well known for its longstanding beers like Leinenkugel's Original and seasonal 1888 Bock, a new generation of brews, named Big Eddy, are finding a niche among craft beer drinkers. In fact, these limited releases are attracting so much interest that the brewery is planning to expand them in 2013. >More
 Beer Here: Baaad Boy Black Wheat Ale from 3 Sheeps Brewing

3 Sheeps Brewing started providing draught beer to Madison last spring. Now the new Sheboygan brewery is bottling its standard line-up of beers. By early December, these bottles should be on local shelves, including Baaad Boy, a black wheat ale that was the brewery's first offering and has since become its best-seller. >More
 Beer Here: Pumpkinataur Wrex from Capital Brewery

Brian Destree is already making his mark at Capital Brewery with Pumpkinataur Wrex, a new limited release beer created for holiday feasting. Hired in September as its production manager, he says he's not about to change the lineup of German lagers that fans of the Middleton brewery know and love, but is also not afraid to shock the faithful. For a surprising treat, this first Capital beer he's overseen from recipe development to kegging is this monster of a lager made with pumpkins. >More
 Brian Destree is the new face of Capital Brewery

Change is afoot at Capital Brewery. In early November, the Middleton brewer, best known for traditional German lagers, released its first-ever pumpkin beer. Next month, the brewery will roll out a new line of specialty beers packaged in 22-ounce bomber bottles. "We'll stay true to our core lager styles, but we're going to push the boundaries," says Brian Destree, now in charge of brewing at Capital. >More
 Beer Here: Alt Bier from Port Huron Brewing

Beers from Port Huron Brewing have started turning up in Madison. The brewery started production this past spring in the Wisconsin Dells, and quickly found the demands from tourists made it difficult to have enough beer to ship anywhere else. "The seasonality of the Dells was bigger than I expected," says owner and brewmaster Tanner Brethorst. >More
 Beer Here: Doe in Heat from O'so Brewing

The fall ritual of deer hunting begins soon in Wisconsin. For some, it's not just the hunt, but the annual participation in deer camp that's a rite of passage. Deer camp evokes images of a sparsely furnished cabin in the woods, with meals of venison, jerky, chips and marginally acceptable, inexpensive beer. Stereotypes aside, Doe in Heat, latest fall seasonal from O'so Brewing, is a classic American pilsner that's sure to improve the beer selection at deer camp. >More
 Beer Here: Toil and Trouble Gruit from Sweet Mullets Brewing and Vintage Brewing

"This is one for the sour-heads, the barstool historians, and the 'taste-it-all' craft beer hipsters," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning, who teamed up with Mark Duchow of Sweet Mullets to make a gruit ("groot"), a beer style that predates the modern use of hops in beer. Manning and Duchow are among Wisconsin's most creative brewers, and they occasionally depart from the mainstream to produce what many see as fringe beer offerings. >More
 Beer Here: Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing

If you've ever looked around the kitchen and pulled together an awesome meal from whatever you had available, you might appreciate Serendipity, the latest beer from New Glarus Brewing. This unheralded new release is the fruition of brewmaster Dan Carey's efforts to make the best of tough summer harvest conditions. And if you happen to enjoy fruit beers, you'll like this happy accident even more. >More
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