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Beer Here: H.O.P. Hop on Pop Imperial IPA from Scott Dunahee and One Barrel Brewing

Last October, the Wine & Hop Shop presented Hoptoberfest, a homebrew competition in which the winner would receive the ideal prize -- an opportunity to work with a local brewer to produce their entry for the public. Homebrewer Scott Dunahee took top honors with his Imperial IPA, and so teamed up with Peter Gentry, owner and brewmaster of One Barrel Brewing. I served as one of the judges for the contest, and now three months later, you can judge Dunahee's beer too. Named Hop on Pop, it just went on tap at One Barrel. >More
 Beer Here: Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery

The holidays are over and bock season is about to begin. From now through late spring, bocks, doppelbocks and maibocks will appear on taps and shelves across Wisconsin. Bock season historically is associated with Lent and Easter, with the height of their releases falling shortly before Mardi Gras. One beer made especially for that occasion is Big Easy Imperial Maibock, from Lakefront Brewing in Milwaukee. It's a beer with a staunch following, and I've found that supplies become scarce the closer it gets to Fat Tuesday. >More
 Beer Here: Unleashed Jolly Old Scratch Black Barley-Wine Style Ale from the Great Dane

Just a few days before the big Christmas snowfall, the Great Dane released the newest beer in its Unleashed Series of 22-ounce bottles. The Dane is known for its bold barley wines, and the new Jolly Old Scratch is one of its biggest and boldest yet. With its double-digit ABV, this barley wine will certainly take the chill off the coldest winter day. >More
 A look ahead to Wisconsin beer in 2013: Breweries around the state

Wisconsin breweries have big plans for 2013, with many new offerings of 22-ounce bomber bottles the most visible element of their growing ambition. Beer fans have a lot to look forward to from breweries in and near Madison, but there is even more in the works across the state. >More
 A look ahead to Wisconsin beer in 2013: Breweries around Madison

This last year saw a series of openings and expansions among Wisconsin breweries, from the smallest brewpubs to the largest, 100,000 barrel-plus operations. While more growth will continue in 2013, the beer year ahead will be more about breweries staking out shelf space in an increasingly competitive market. More specifically, one growing trend might make 2013 the "year of the bomber." >More
 The best Wisconsin beer and breweries of 2012

Brewery start-ups and growth made 2012 a great beer year in Wisconsin, and a promise of good things for the future. Every month seemingly brought word of a new microbrewery or expansion plans for an established operation, as the renaissance of beer culture continued to build around the state. At the same time, brewmasters focused on improving their craft, debuting rare styles and working in collaboration to make their offerings more interesting than ever. >More
 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
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