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Beer Here: Happy Heron Pale Ale from Central Waters Brewing

There is nothing like the hoppiness of a good pale ale. When brewed right, the citrus and piney bitterness of the hops dance above the glass. Those floral aromas just bring a smile when you're in the mood for a bitter beer. Happy Heron Pale Ale is the version made by Central Waters Brewing. If herons had lips, this beer would make them grin. >More
 Beer Here: Godzilla from Milwaukee Brewing

Milwaukee Brewing Company has a series of limited beers it calls ABV, or Attitude By Volume. Owner Jim McCabe says these special small-batch beers represent a certain street cred among the beer aficionados who look for the "woo and wow" factor of something unique. The latest ABV to turn up in Madison is "Godzilla," an Asian-spiced Belgian witbier, a cloudy, pale brew infused with green tea and chamomile. This is a monster of a beer at nearly 10% alcohol by volume, hence the name. >More
 Beer Here: Mosquito Beach from Lake Louie Brewing

It's only early May, but for more than a week now I've been thinking about mosquitoes. That's because the newest beer from Lake Louie is called Mosquito Beach. Owner and brewmaster Tom Porter named the beer after a mosquito-infested swimming hole that once belonged to his Uncle Louie -- yes, that's the "lake" in the name of the brewery. So just in time for summer and the arrival of those pesky little insects, Porter has created a beer with a little buzz. >More
 Beer Here: Potosi Czech Style Pilsner from Potosi Brewing

The Czech pilsner is credited for inspiring the lager brewing revolution of the 19th century. Ever since, the pilsner has perhaps been the most ubiquitous beer style. The distinctive Czech version is very flavorful, with lots of mouthfeel and body, the standard from which other pilsners are often compared. After perfecting the recipe in its southwest Wisconsin brewpub, Potosi Brewing started offering its Czech Style Pilsner in bottles to the Madison area some weeks ago. It's a beer that's been capturing a lot of attention from pilsner fans. >More
 Beer Here: Imperial Weizen from New Glarus Brewing

We're having that kind of spring in which the weather swings wildly between lingering chill and welcome heat, placing the beer drinker who favors seasonal beers in a quandary. The issue, at least for me, is the perplexing choice of fuller-bodied brews that address the damp late winter coldness, versus the refreshing crispness of summery wheat beers. Fortunately, the latest release in the New Glarus Thumb Print series has arrived for this transition. Imperial Weizen has a sharp and crisp yeastiness that is saturated in a spicy alcohol warmth. >More
 Seven highlights of the inaugural Madison Craft Beer Week

For the next ten days, Madison will be obsessed with beer. Let's try that again: For the next ten days, Madison will be even more obsessed with beer than usual. The occasion is >More
 Ahoy, beer mates! Shipwrecked brews sail from Door County to Madison

You may have noticed the beers of Door County's Shipwrecked Restaurant & Brewery washing ashore in Madison lately. The Egg Harbor brewpub, located just a few hundred feet from Lake Michigan, is one of several Wisconsin breweries to expand distribution in Madison over the past several months. While its bottled products are somewhat new to the southern part of the state, Shipwrecked has actually been producing beer for over a decade. >More
 Capital Brewery ignites Eternal Flame as its 25th anniversary beer

Keith Potter of Sheboygan was driving home listening to the radio one day back in 1984 when he heard a story about a new brewery being launched in Middleton. The report caught his attention when it mentioned that the brewery was selling shares in the company. So he borrowed $500 from his brother, and bought 200 shares in what became Capital Brewery. >More
 Beer Here: Verrückte Stadt German Pils from the Great Dane Fitchburg

Despite its worldwide popularity, one beer you don't find very often in local brewpubs is the standard German pilsner. There is a strong following for this type of beer at Great Dane brewpubs around the city, though, which keeps their Verrückte Stadt German Pils on tap at all times. >More
 Beer Here: St. Bernard Abbey Ale from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Winston Churchill is credited with saying, "Most people hate the taste of beer -- to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome." That pretty much explains my growing fascination with the Belgian Dubbel. >More
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