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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
 Beer Here: Un-Leashed Imperial Red Ale from the Great Dane

The Great Dane brewpubs just introduced a specialty line of bottled beers. The series will feature quarterly releases of limited seasonal beers, sold in 22-ounce bottles, a.k.a. bombers. These large bottles are good for sharing with a friend, often over a meal, as one would a bottle of wine. The Dane calls this series of big bottled beers "Un-Leashed," and the first on the shelves is its Imperial Red. >More
 Beer Here: Hooligan English Style Pale Ale from Sprecher Brewing

On a recent visit to Milwaukee, I met a Scottish rugby player over breakfast at a local B&B. He most certainly didn't seem like the image of a hooligan that sometimes gets associated with the sport, but I admit I didn't get to see him play. However, as I got to know him, I learned that the local pub can be an extension of the game. >More
 The best of the best at the 2012 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

More than 6,000 passionate beer enthusiasts gathered for the Great Taste of the Midwest at Olin-Turville Park on Saturday, August 11. According to event chairman Mark Garthwaite, the outdoor beer festival attracted over 142 breweries. While the exact number of beer choices is difficult to pin down exactly, Garthwaite is certain that for the first time in its 26 years, the number topped 1,000. And the weather was perfect, with Lake Monona providing a beautiful backdrop. >More
 Beer Here: Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing

Whenever New Glarus Brewing is mentioned, my mind quickly skips over the spotted cows and fat squirrels to cherries -- specifically, the tart cherry flavor of Wisconsin Belgian Red. This is the beer that introduced me to the brewery and the range of flavors one gets from Dan Carey's fruit beers. Wisconsin Belgian Red is the recipient of accolades throughout the brewing world, and it is definitely at the top of my list. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest 2012 eve pre-parties and beer tastings

The 26th annual Great Taste of the Midwest is set for Saturday, August 11 at Olin-Turville Park. While the 6,000 tickets for the festival sold out in a matter of hours back in May, beer enthusiasts who didn't score one can still be a big winner. Once again, there will be an impressive number of pre-parties and other beer-themed celebrations, with some as early as the Monday before the big day. The continued growth of this unofficial Great Taste Eve is impressive. While there were nearly 20 venues participating in 2010, and more than two dozen in 2011, there are around 40 lined up for this year. >More
 The mystique of New Glarus Brewing's fruit lambic beers

Ever wonder what the most sought-after Wisconsin beers might be outside of the state? The fruit beers made by New Glarus Brewing would certainly be high on the list. Its Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red, a cherry brew, are "beer currency" to homebrewers and beer travelers, who pride themselves in making out-of-state beer trades with friends. >More
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