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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
 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
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