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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
 Wisconsin craft brewing advances in both scale and ambition in 2011

This past year saw many Wisconsin breweries embark on ambitious expansion plans, and others celebrated major milestones. Lake Louie, Sand Creek and Lakefront all added double-digit capacity in their brewhouses with fermenters and new equipment. Ale Asylum is also expanding, and will remain in Madison; earlier this month it broke ground for a 45,000-square-foot building on the north side. And in Middleton, Capital Brewery celebrated 25 years of business, putting it alongside Sprecher as Wisconsin's oldest breweries in the modern age of craft brewing. Here are a few of my best beer memories of 2011. >More
 Beer Here: Milk Stout from Lake Louie Brewing

The English sweet stout has been called the "mother's milk" of beer. The style has evolved over more than a century, and much of its character comes from the addition of milk sugar (lactose). Lake Louie Brewing first introduced its Milk Stout in 2006 as a winter seasonal. The brewery's demand for regular beers kept it from being offered last year, but it's back again this year, just in time for Christmas. >More
 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
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