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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
 Beer Here: Noir Black Belgian Barleywine Style Ale from Sand Creek Brewing

Sand Creek Brewing just released a dark and dangerous new brew. It's named Noir, the French word for black that is often associated with a genre of crime literature featuring tough characters and risky, bleak situations. This black Belgian barley wine is indeed a mysterious contradiction with hard-to-explain flavors: sweet, bitter, roasted and spicy. Its creator, lead brewer Nate Peck, describes its complexity as simply "a beer with a lot going on." Noir just hit local shelves in the past couple of weeks. >More
 Beer Here: Wild Buckwheat Red from Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub

One of the most memorable discoveries to emerge from a full afternoon of tasting at the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest last weekend was from one of state's newest breweries -- Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub, set to open next month in Oconomowoc. Owner and brewmaster Mark Duchow is no stranger to southern Wisconsin beer enthusiasts. >More
 Beer Here: Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing

Barley wine is an ideal beer for winter. Its rich, bold flavor is intense yet inviting. New Glarus Brewing just released a barley wine as the latest in its limited Thumb Print series. Brewmaster Dan Carey says his creation is a blend of the malty English version of the style and the hoppy American rendition. The result is an assertive and complex beer that's wonderful for sipping on a snowy evening by the fire. >More
 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
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