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The best of the best at the 2011 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

The Great Taste of the Midwest celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, August 13, and not even a thundershower in its last hour could dampen the spirits of those attending. So for those with or without a ticket, here are a few beer notes from the weekend festivities. >More
 Scenes from the 2011 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival (slideshow)

Despite forecasts threatening rain (and mud) at Madison's Olin-Turville Park, partly sunny skies shone over the majority of the 2011 version of the beer geek's annual paradise... until late in the day long after this reporter had left the scene. >More
 Beer Here: Black Top from New Glarus Brewing

When New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey releases a new beer, it's always worth a taste, especially when it's an edgy style that allows for some artistic freedom. Carey's latest creation follows the hoppy beer trend into the emerging style of the Black India Ale. For this oil-black brew, he drew inspiration from the winding road that leads visitors to his hill-top brewery. Its name: Black Top. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 eve pre-parties and beer tastings

Ticket or not, though, the annual Great Taste has become such a big deal around town that a burgeoning host of pre-parties are starting to rival the actual festival. A number of Madison restaurants are hosting breweries and special beers on the evening before the festival. >More
 Beer Here: Sesquicentennial Brew from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

This summer is a big anniversary for the Troll Capital of the World as Mount Horeb celebrates the sesquicentennial of its founding. In the midst of the summer-long community events and special weekend activities, I've found myself there more than once, so naturally, I've turned to the Grumpy Troll for a pint or two. >More
 Beer Here: Belgian Style Blonde Ale from Central Waters Brewing

One of the latest beers to appear on Madison shelves might not have been made had it not been for a slight miscalculation at Central Waters Brewery. It's no secret that the Amherst-based brewhaus has been giving more attention to the development of barrel-aged beers recently. >More
 Beer Here: Mallards Cream Ale from the Great Dane and Duck Pond

The Mallards may play in the Northwoods League, but the beer list at the Duck Pond is definitely Major League. And if we're assessing the summer beer lineup, my roster includes Mallards Cream Ale, a beer made especially for our hometown team by the Great Dane. >More
 Beer Here: Backyard Ale from Berghoff Brewery

Looking for a cold beer after working in the backyard on a hot July day? The owners of the Berghoff brand have released a new beer they're hoping is exactly what you're looking for. The name? What else for a summer brew but Backyard Ale? >More
 Beer Here: Fest from Capital Brewery

The Fourth of July is that point in the summer when celebrations, family gatherings, parties, and the impromptu backyard barbeque create a wonderful festive atmosphere. So what better beer to mark the occasion that with a beer from Capital Brewery simply and appropriately named Fest! >More
 Beer Here: Lime Brown Ale from the Whistle Stop Restaurant and Brewery

The Whistle Stop Restaurant and Brewery might seem a little out of the way just to get a beer. But for those who consider visiting breweries to be a type of scavenger hunt, this is one to put on the list. It can be found in Woodman, a community located in the Wisconsin River Valley just west of Boscobel on Highway 133, about a 90-minute drive from Madison. >More
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