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A 'local macro': Sconnie Beer celebrates Wisconsin culture and brewing heritage

In a beer-loving college town like Madison, it's not surprising to learn about a business scheme dreamed up in a dorm room. Now Troy Vosseller, the co-founder of Sconnie Nation, who in 2004 started a T-shirt brand with his roommate and $600 between them, has launched a beer company he hopes will appeal to fans of the macrobrews that made Wisconsin famous. >More
 Beer Here: Wisconsinite Summer Weiss from Lakefront Brewery

I just can't get enough of the refreshing hefeweizens this time of year. They are light and bubbly, with a flavor that includes sharp hints of citrus, the subtle sweetness of banana and the spiciness of cloves. Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee has a new creation out this summer that lays claim to being 100% Wisconsin-made. >More
 Beer Here: Weizen from Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery is bringing back an old summertime friend. It's been at least six years since the Middleton brewer bottled its Weizen, a Bavarian hefeweizen. Since then, it's only been available in limited keg quantities to a few of the brewery's local tap accounts. Brewmaster Kirby Nelson decided it was time to offer it again as a six-pack, so the latest Weizen is out now, and should be easy to find on local shelves. >More
 Beer Here: Three Kings Ale from Stevens Point Brewery

With its refreshing light, bubbly nature, the German-inspired Kölsch is a beer well-suited to ease us into summer in Wisconsin. Its distinctive flavor comes from combining barley, wheat and a special strain of yeast that evolved with the style. Only a handful of German imports are available, and there are even fewer Wisconsin-made versions. Earlier this year, the Stevens Point Brewery introduced a Kölsch that received accolades at the World Beer Cup; it's certainly a beer worthy of recognition. >More
 Beer Here: 3rd Wheel from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing is out with a flavorful seasonal beer that just started appearing on Madison store shelves. 3rd Wheel, a Belgian blonde ale made with rose hips, is the newest bottled beer from the Plover-based brewery. Owner and brewmaster Marc Buttera made it as a departure from the summertime variations of wheat beers that are so abundant this time of year. >More
 Port Huron Brewing opens in Wisconsin Dells with four beers on tap

Port Huron Brewing Company in Wisconsin Dells has been in the works for over two years. For brewmaster Tanner Brethorst, it must have felt like the longest fermentation period he's ever dealt with. But this past weekend, he opened the brewery's taproom for the first time. >More
 Beer Here: Terminal Gravity from the Great Dane

As the Great Dane family of brewpubs has grown to four Madison locations, three of which have their own brewery operations, company V.P. and brewmaster Rob LoBreglio hasn't been able to be in the brewhaus as much as he likes. While each Dane has its own brewer, LoBreglio oversees the team. So when he does stand over the brew kettle himself, the Madison beer community can expect something special. >More
 Beer Here: Maibock from the Great Dane Fitchburg

If you are a fan of the Maibock style of beer, you must feel a certain pressure to enjoy one in the month of May. Brewmaster Pat Keller follows the annual spring ritual with the timely release of his version of Maibock at the Great Dane in Fitchburg. "I'd make this beer all the time if they'd let me, but then it wouldn't be so special," says Keller. Maibock just went on tap in Fitchburg and the downtown Great Dane. >More
 Beer Here: Common Thread for Madison Craft Beer Week 2012

For one week -- okay, for those counting, 10 days -- Madison Craft Beer Week has allowed us to put aside our divisions and focus attention on a common thread of interest -- beer! A brew by that very name, Common Thread, has become the toast of local brewpubs, tasting rooms and tap houses around Madison. >More
 Real women drink real beer together with the FEM club at Vintage Brewing

If the meaning of life can be found on a bumper sticker, I believe that the phrase "Real women don't drink light beer" pretty much sums it up. The women who gather monthly at Vintage Brewing Company in Madison for a women's-only beer-tasting club reinforce my belief. The FEMs, or Females Enjoying Microbrews, started meeting in January under the tutelage of Robyn Klinge, beer education manager at Vintage. >More
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