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Beer Here: Charlatan Russian Imperial Stout from Red Eye Brewing

The beers of Red Eye Brewing Company make occasional appearances in Madison. Their limited availability lends the brewery a mystique, its creations among the most sought-after by local beer enthusiasts. Red Eye doesn't bottle, so when one is available locally, it's in well-known venues like the Malt House and The Old Fashioned. Because it's a small brewpub serving Wausau, its brews often go on tap unannounced around Madison. Until now, that is, with Red Eye's release of a Russian Imperial Stout named Charlatan. >More
 Beer Here: Pearl Street Pale Ale by Pearl Street Brewery

The day Joe Katchever opened Pearl Street Brewery in 1999, his pale ale was on tap. It's remained a mainstay for the brewery ever since. Pearl Street introduced its pale ale to the Madison market last summer, along with a hefeweizen, brown ale, stout and eventually an Imperial IPA. While the brown ale is most popular in the brewery's home territory, the pale ale is the best seller in Madison. >More
 Beer Here: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery

All it takes is a whiff of the spices to take me back to my Aunt Mamie's pumpkin pie that was the centerpiece of our family gatherings. Having grown much older, I've learned the art of sitting back and sipping my pumpkin pie, thanks to the Stevens Point Brewery and its Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale. >More
 Gourd to the last drop

Like falling leaves, pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, from the cornucopia on the dining room table to the shop windows of State Street. While I've experienced the odor of a few muddy, smelly hunting boots under the Thanksgiving table, nothing says autumn like the whiff of fresh pumpkin pie floating throughout the house. >More
 Beer Here: Oktoberfest from Capital Brewery

2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, which gave birth to the famed Oktoberfest festival in Munich. Based on my own personal quest to find the best Wisconsin version of the style, I'm willing to bet that if Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese were around today, they would be calling Capital Brewery in Middleton for a special delivery of its Oktoberfest. >More
 Beer Here: Laven(Derby Girl) ESB from Vintage Brewing

Cask-conditioned beers served on a hand-pulled British beer engine are rare in Madison. However, the west-side Vintage Brewing Company tries to keep at least two on tap, with a new offering rotating in each week. Its latest is Cask-conditioned Laven(Derby Girl) ESB, also called Lavender ESB. >More
 Cask-conditioned ale redefines what brews can be

Brewmasters can be meticulous when researching the history of beer recipes, ingredient selection and even serving methods. Such attention to detail is taken to the extreme when it comes to the traditions associated with cask-conditioned ales. These are beers that undergo final fermentation in the keg (cask) they are served from, and are dispensed under their own natural carbonation -- unfiltered, hazy or cloudy, unpasteurized and at cellar temperatures. >More
 Beer Here: Matacabras from Dave's BrewFarm

Dave's BrewFarm has been turning up in Madison for about six months now. Despite being a relative newcomer to Madison's competitive beer scene, this small western Wisconsin brewery is attracting a lot of attention for its brews, particularly a big, bold, dark amber-colored strong ale named Matacabras. The beer's name is a reference to the legendary north wind in Spain that's so strong it's famed for killing goats. >More
 Hinterland Brewery returns to the Madison beer market

Hinterland beer from Green Bay hasn't been available in Madison on a regular basis for about seven years. However, it started turning up again locally over the summer, catching the attention of committed beer enthusiasts. "Madison is a key part of the state," says owner Bill Tressler, "it is a good forum for craft beer." >More
 Beer Here: Devil's Lake Red Lager from the Great Dane Downtown

I've hit that point in the summer where I start looking for a beer that will act as a transition into the fall brews. I'm not quite ready for Oktoberfests or the fresh hop-harvested beers that are just beginning to turn up. For me, the red and amber lagers offer unequaled session beer qualities for late summer, and the Great Dane's Devil's Lake Red Lager is my current session beer of choice. >More
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