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Beer Here: Black Fjord from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Ninety-nine beers were submitted in this year's Grumpy Troll Homebrew Challenge, a competition sponsored by the Mount Horeb brewpub and the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild. Judged across seven categories, two winners were selected to make beer with brewmaster Mark Knoebl. One of these creations, Black Fjord, a deep dark ale with tones of ginger and orange, is now on tap at the Grumpy Troll. >More
 Great Dane awarded brewpub of the year at 2012 Great American Beer Festival

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company was recognized as the top brewpub group in the U.S. at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. The annual beer festival draws over 49,000 beer enthusiasts over its three days. Attendees can sample more than 2,700 beers in its public sessions, while some 4,338 beers from more than 650 different breweries are competitively judged across 84 different styles of beer. >More
 Beer Here: Hop Happy IPA from Milwaukee Brewing

Every now and then my first impressions of a beer make me wonder if the purchase was a good idea. But I'm too frugal to waste five bottles. And doesn't everyone deserve a second chance? >More
 It's fresh hop beer season in Wisconsin

It's time for the release of this season's fresh hop brews. The five Wisconsin breweries that make up the Midwest Hops and Barley Cooperative are simultaneously releasing five different beers, all made with this year's crop of local hops. This is the first time members have attempted to directly coordinate the release of their beers, reaffirming what has become an outright fresh-hop beer season in Wisconsin. >More
 Beer Here: Hometown Blonde from New Glarus Brewing

For fans of traditional Bohemian Pilsner, Hometown Blonde is a beer that meets expectations with its light, crisp flavor, yet with body and a light malty character in the background. This seasonal release by New Glarus Brewing is a nice beer to transition into the sweeter, heavier brews of fall. >More
 Beer Here: Pumpkin Lager from Lakefront Brewery

Pumpkin beer is an acquired taste for many beer drinkers. It's a fall specialty brew that starts appearing on taps and shelves in September, but by Thanksgiving, it's rarely around to enjoy with its counterpart pumpkin pie. >More
 Sweet Mullets brewpub in Oconomowoc is worth a trip for rarities like Steinbier and gruit

"I had a really sweet mullet back in the '80s," says Mark Duchow, when asked how he came up with the name for his brewpub, which started brewing this summer. Located on the western edge of Oconomowoc, Sweet Mullets Brewing Company is a show case for Duchow, who is well known among southern Wisconsin beer enthusiasts as being creative, even adventuresome, in the beers he makes. >More
 Beer Here: O-toberfest from O'so Brewing

The calendar says September, but for the beer fan it's Oktoberfest season. The earliest of these fall celebratory brews start appearing in August. O'so Brewing just came out with its version, called O-toberfest. It's the first time the brewery has offered this fall seasonal in six-packs. >More
 Beer Here: Gray's Honey Ale from Gray's Brewing

I'm not taking sides or making a political statement, but in the recent coverage of the national conventions, nothing captured my attention more than headlines appearing just before the start of the Democratic convention about President Obama's "top secret" plan to make beer in the White House. Last Saturday, the White House released the recipe the president used to make a batch of homebrew: White House Honey Ale. >More
 Ale Asylum readies to open large new brewery on north side

"The last 2,297 days went by too fast," says Ale Asylum co-owner Otto Dilba. Dilba, 38, shut off the tap lines and poured the final beers in the Madison brewery's Kinsman Boulevard tasting room on Saturday night. Dilba and co-owner/brewmaster Dean Coffey, 47, met while working together at the Angelic brewpub in downtown Madison and started Ale Asylum with some of its former equipment when Angelic jettisoned brewing to focus on being a campus-area bar. >More
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