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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
 Beer Here: Grätzer from Vintage Brewing

When someone says they've re-created a recipe for a beer that dates back to the 15th century, it gets my attention. Leave it to Vintage Brewing Company brewmaster Scott Manning to reintroduce a beer style to the Madison area considered by many commercial brewers to be extinct: the Grätzer. >More
 House of Brews opens taproom and launches community supported brewery program

Page Buchanan is pouring his own beer on his own taps at the House of Brews. Even though his beers have been found in various bars around town since late last summer, Buchanan has now opened a brewery taproom on the southeast side, at 4539 Helgesen Drive. >More
 One Barrel Brewing packed upon opening, overwhelmed by demand for nanobrewed beer

Madison's smallest brewery opened to a big crowd back on Friday, July 6. One Barrel Brewing Company, at the intersection of Atwood and Winnebago streets, a.k.a. Schenk's Corners, is located in a neighborhood known for good tap houses. The area was once home to the Hess Cooperage, the largest barrel maker in Wisconsin, which turned out wooden barrels by hand for many of the city's pre-Prohibition breweries, like Fauerbach and Hausmann. >More
 Beer Here: Radio Free I.B.A from Lake Louie Brewing

The India Black Ale, or IBA, generates a great deal of conversation among hoppy beer enthusiasts. It's a relatively new and evolving style of beer modeled after the assertively bitter India Pale Ale, and because of that it's sometimes called a black IPA. Lake Louie Brewing just released a version. Brewmaster Tom Porter says debate over the style's name made it difficult to get the label approved by federal regulators, delaying the release of the beer by several weeks, but it's now available. >More
 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
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