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Beer Here: McLovin Irish Red from Vintage Brewing

"As brewers, we're all looking for a little McLovin," laughs Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning about the brew he's releasing just in time for Valentine's Day. McLovin is the name of his Irish Red that just went on tap at the west-side brewpub. It's a beer that is sweet, satisfying and, alongside roses and chocolates, sure to please! >More
 One Barrel Brewing preparing to open on Madison's east side

Madison's newest brewery is still technically based in Peter Gentry's living room, but it's bringing excitement to the near east side. Gentry, 32, is looking to open Madison's smallest brewery, which might also be one of smallest in the state. He's calling his venture One Barrel Brewing Company and is interested in a location on the 1100 block of Williamson Street. "It'll be a neighborhood conversation space, like a coffee shop, only with beer instead of coffee," says Gentry. >More
 Beer Here: Noir Black Belgian Barleywine Style Ale from Sand Creek Brewing

Sand Creek Brewing just released a dark and dangerous new brew. It's named Noir, the French word for black that is often associated with a genre of crime literature featuring tough characters and risky, bleak situations. This black Belgian barley wine is indeed a mysterious contradiction with hard-to-explain flavors: sweet, bitter, roasted and spicy. Its creator, lead brewer Nate Peck, describes its complexity as simply "a beer with a lot going on." Noir just hit local shelves in the past couple of weeks. >More
 Beer Here: Wild Buckwheat Red from Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub

One of the most memorable discoveries to emerge from a full afternoon of tasting at the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest last weekend was from one of state's newest breweries -- Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub, set to open next month in Oconomowoc. Owner and brewmaster Mark Duchow is no stranger to southern Wisconsin beer enthusiasts. >More
 Beer Here: Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing

Barley wine is an ideal beer for winter. Its rich, bold flavor is intense yet inviting. New Glarus Brewing just released a barley wine as the latest in its limited Thumb Print series. Brewmaster Dan Carey says his creation is a blend of the malty English version of the style and the hoppy American rendition. The result is an assertive and complex beer that's wonderful for sipping on a snowy evening by the fire. >More
 Five Wisconsin-made extreme beers to watch for

Our local brewers tend toward the traditional, but you don't have to go to extremes to find something a bit more out there. These beers should be in stores now or soon. >More
 Extreme beer: Wisconsin brewers go way beyond lager

Normally, I would not get up early on a Saturday, pile into my car and drive 30 miles through the freezing rain just for a beer. Extreme beers, however, call for extreme measures. And so it is that I find myself at Vintage Liquor in Black Earth, purchasing four bottles of Thermo Refur, made by Spring Green brewer Furthermore. >More
 Hydro Street Brewing in Columbus gets ready for its grand opening

They don't get much smaller than this, southern Wisconsin's latest brewpub: Hydro Street Brewing Company. Now preparing for its grand opening, the downtown Columbus pub passed its building inspections just days before Christmas. Shortly thereafter, the first beer hunters started to appear. Owner Aaron Adams says the first three customers through the door sat at the bar texting their friends, and by evening the place was packed: "We hadn't announced anything or advertised, and we had a house full." >More
 Beer Here: 2012 Black Ale from Stevens Point Brewery

What could be more appropriate than starting the new year with a beer named 2012 Black Ale? It's a dark and malty brew is made by Stevens Point Brewery. >More
 A look ahead to Wisconsin beer in 2012

As 2012 looms, I have three wishes to begin the year. First, I wish success for new local breweries, which will undoubtedly offer unique and flavorful beers. Second, I wish for more big-bottle bottling; 22-ounce bombers are just the right size for sharing with a friend or two over a meal. For my third wish, because I enjoy finding one-offs, I hope there will be even more opportunities at our local breweries, brewpubs and taphouses to sample those special limited batches that change on every visit. >More
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