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Beer Here: Oktoberfest from Hinterland Brewery

It may only be mid-September, but we're definitely in the midst Oktoberfest season. While I'm one that feels a beer with October in its name should be enjoyed during that month, there's no reason one can't stock up a few varieties of the seasonal brew so it's in the fridge for whenever that autumn mood strikes. What's more, the annual two-week bash of the same name in Munich, Germany starts this weekend. Given that, I've decided to say "Prost" with the Oktoberfest from Hinterland, also known as Green Bay Brewing Company. >More
 Beer Here: Laughing Fox from New Glarus Brewing

A laughing fox now joins a spotted cow, a fat squirrel and a cat named Moon Man. Leave it to Dan and Deb Carey, the owners and creative forces behind New Glarus Brewing, to draw inspiration from their natural environment in naming their latest beer. The brewery's new Laughing Fox is a kristallweizen that's the color of a red fox. >More
 Beer Here: Double Bubble Imperial India Pale Ale from Rush River Brewing

I have to admit I'm looking forward to the malty beers of fall. However, before I give in to the temptation of the Oktoberfests and pumpkin brews, there's the unofficial hop season. This generally runs from now through early October, as brewers find inspiration in the harvesting of local hops. This quest for bitterness fueled my recent road trip to Rush River Brewing in River Falls. >More
 Lithia Beer returns to West Bend, expands across Wisconsin

Last fall, Lithia Beer of West Bend introduced bottles of its Regner Red brew in eastern Wisconsin. Now the brew is starting to turn up in Madison. Lithia, once called "The beer that made Milwaukee jealous," is looking to catch the interest of beer enthusiasts interested in Wisconsin brewing history, and recapture its historic swagger. >More
 Beer Here: Oktoberfest from Vintage Brewing

An Oktoberfest seems a natural requirement for a Wisconsin brewpub, or really any brewer that's serious about our state's German heritage. And now, as summer wanes, the first Oktoberfests of the season are starting to turn up in Madison. >More
 Live coverage of the 2011 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival in Madison

Join us here for live-coverage of the Great Taste of the Midwest in Madison this weekend. Organized by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, the beer festival held every second Saturday of August at Olin-Turville Park is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The festival itself is preceded on Friday evening by a series of pre-parties and tastings being hosted by breweries at bars and restaurants across town. >More
 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
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