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Beer Here: Jingle Bells from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

'Tis the season for those who like holiday beers. Brewpubs, which can make small batches of unique flavorful brews, are at the forefront this time of year for using spicy, minty, nutty and chocolate accents in their beers. The Grumpy Troll brewpub in Mount Horeb just tapped a little holiday cheer with its Jingle Bells holiday ale, an Altbier made with wild rice. >More
 Beer Here: Exodus from Central Waters Brewing

Central Waters brewmaster Paul Graham has just introduced Exodus, a bourbon barrel-aged beer made with Door County cherries. The beer took over 18 months to ferment before he felt it was ready to be released. Exodus probably won't be around long, though, since the brewery is releasing just 1,500 hand-corked 750 mL bottles to all of its distributors in and out of Wisconsin. It's expected to show up in Madison beginning next week. >More
 Beer Here: Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing

For me, there's nothing quite like a good porter; I can recognize one almost by its aroma alone. These dark, often full-bodied beers have something of an attitude thanks to their caramel and chocolate tones. And it's a beer that will complement many foods. If you're a fan of the style, then the Potosi Brewing porter named Gandy Dancer is a beer to try. >More
 Beer Here: Sun D'Appled Orchard Ale from Vintage Brewing

The fall apple harvest in Wisconsin usually brings with it the opportunity to try one or two new local beers. This year, Vintage Brewing has an apple beer worthy of attention. The Madison brewpub recently tapped its Sun D'Appled Orchard Ale, made from apples grown on its owner's family farm. >More
 Beer Here: Winter Skål from Capital Brewery

A new season of beers has arrived -- in the form of Winter Skål from Capital Brewery. The Middleton brewer has just released its annual installment of this amber lager, and has increased production this year, so you'll likely find it well into February. >More
 Beer Here: Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena Brewing

There's something quite comforting about the rich brown beers of fall. Just as the weather turns a little cooler, they show up like the changing leaves. When mixed with a little bourbon, these smooth dark brews are perfect for damp autumn days. Rocky's Revenge is one such beer, named for the local legend of a Loch Ness-type of serpent that lives in the waters of Lake Mills' Rock Lake. Made by Tyranena Brewing, it's a bourbon barrel-aged brown ale with a flavor larger than life, just like the creature that inspired its name. >More
 Beer Here: Hopasaurus Rex IPA from Titletown Brewing

With the Brewers' season now over, the Packers have an even bigger influence on my weekend beer purchases. It's hard to image a better beer for a Green Bay game than one from Titletown Brewing. This small brewpub has recently increased its distribution of draught beer in the Madison area, and among its offerings that go well with the Packers is the aggressively hopped Hopasaurus Rex IPA. >More
 Beer Here: Pumpkin Ale from the Great Dane Fitchburg

After trying many pumpkin beers, I tend to be skeptical; I find the sweet vegetal flavor of many of them to be off-putting. The trick is to avoid those that taste like pumpkin pie in a glass. The Great Dane in Fitchburg just released a treat: its 2011 Pumpkin Ale, for those who crave that unique mix of beer, cinnamon and nutmeg. >More
 Beer Here: Prairie Rye Kölsch from the House of Brews

Beer is flowing from Madison's newest brewery. You may have seen House of Brews tap handles at a few favorite beer hangouts over the last several weeks. The east-side brewery just started turning out beers in September. Its first beer, Prairie Rye, is slated to become its flagship brew. It's crisp with a light yet distinctive dryness that follows the German brewing tradition of the Kölsch style. It's a beer well worth seeking out. >More
 Madison must wait a little longer for the House of Brews CSA brewery

You might have heard that a CSA-style brewery is coming to Madison's east side. The good news? The House of Brews is operational and has started offering its beer in several area taverns. The bad news? Those CSA-style shares, in which consumers will be able to buy subscriptions to the brewery to get a variety of brews weekly or monthly in half-gallon growlers, are on hold. >More
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