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Six regional breweries collaborate on 'Wisconsin Common' brew for Madison Craft Beer Week 2012

When you see half a dozen brewmasters in the brewhaus, you have to wonder: "Are there too many cooks in the kitchen?" In a couple of weeks we'll find out the answer to that, when a collaborative beer made by six area brewers is released for Madison Craft Beer Week, which runs May 4-13. >More
 Beer Here: Booyah from Milwaukee Brewing

It's the opening of baseball season, and what better way to mark the return of the Milwaukee Brewers than with a crisp, bubbly, and spicy Saison? That's the French word for season, and Wisconsinites with Flemish-Belgian heritage will recognize "booyah," the term for a soup served at a community party -- much like the atmosphere at Miller Park. Booyah is, appropriately, the name of a beer made by Milwaukee Brewing, and it's the beer equivalent of a home run! >More
 Beer Here: Hop Whoopin' from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing has been building a following for its India Pale Ale named Hop Whoopin', which has been showing up in select Madison bars and taverns for a little over a year. Up until the last few weeks, it was only sporadically available on draught, so enjoying it at home wasn't an option. Now the Plover-based brewery has given hopheads something to squeeze into their home refrigerator. >More
 Beer Here: Zippity De Dieu from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Every year, a few winners of the Grumpy Troll Homebrew Challenge, a competition organized by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, get to make their beer on a commercial scale. In 2011, more than 50 beers were judged. Among top winners, a few are singled out by the Grumpy Troll to appear on its taps. One of last fall's winners is a wheat-based Belgian Tripel called Zippity De Dieu. The beer went on tap a few weeks ago, and has developed an enthusiastic following at the Mount Horeb brewpub. >More
 Beer Here: Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing

While looking for a stout to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, my first thoughts did not include the newly released Cherry Stout from New Glarus. But wow, what a surprise! It turns out to be a beer with the recognizable chocolate and malty tones of the stout style, only brilliantly punctuated with cherry tartness. This brew is a chocolate-covered cherry in a glass. >More
 Beer Here: Wee Heavy from Vintage Brewing

If you're looking to toast St. Paddy's Day with a beer, try Scotch ale, sometimes called the Wee Heavy. It's a beer style that with a profile similar to that of the Irish reds and stouts that traditionally get tapped this time of year, only maltier. Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning is bringing back his Wee Heavy, a silver medal winner at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, just in time to celebrate. >More
 Beer Here: Serendipity from Red Eye Brewing

Serendipity, a bold and assertive Double IPA that's the current seasonal brew from Red Eye Brewing, began as the homebrew recipe of Joel Berduin of Wausau. He won the coveted "Golden Growler" from the local Bull Falls Homebrew Club in 2009. That honor allowed Berduin to fulfill a dream many homebrewers have -- to see their beer made on a commercial scale. His recipe is now being made by Red Eye Brewing's Kevin Eichelberger. It's that twist of fate in a winning brew that gives real meaning to its name. >More
 Beer Here: Manoomator from Capital Brewery

"No one can pronounce the name, so that's half the fun of watching people order one," says Kirby Nelson. The Capital Brewery brewmaster himself endorses two ways of saying Manoomator: mah-no-mator or ma-new-ma-tor. It's all part of a play on words with Capital's latest seasonal, a doppelbock made with wild rice. >More
 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
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