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Beer Here: Imperial India Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing

When New Glarus Brewing releases a new beer, it's always worth taking notice. But if you are a hop-head, the latest creation of brewmaster Dan Carey is crying for attention. He has taken the West Coast in-your-face resiny beers that seem to "double" everything in the recipe, and refined them into something much more palatable. Simply named Imperial India Pale Ale, or IIPA, it's the new installment in the brewery's limited-release series of Thumb Print signature beers. >More
 Beer Here: Dino's Dark from Lake Louie Brewing

Spring officially begins March 20, and right on time comes the release of Dino's Dark from Lake Louie Brewing. The beer is a limited-release, seasonal beer from the Arena brewery. Owner and brewmaster Tom Porter admits he likes to play around with the recipe of Dino's, just enough to offer fans of this beer a little something different from its previous vintage. >More
 Beer Here: Rendezvous Bière de Garde from Lakefront Brewery

While we're all taught that you can't judge a book by its cover, one shouldn't avoid scanning the local beer shelves to see what's eye-catching. One of my first beer-shopping stops always seems to be the aisle containing the 22-ounce bottles, or "bombers," with their provocative labels and unique releases. That approach recently brought me to Rendezvous, a crisp, dry beer made in the French style called Bière de Garde, made by Lakefront Brewery. >More
 Beer Here: Rye Porter from Red Eye Brewing

If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, does the philosophy also apply to beer? Perhaps so, given the cult-like following in Madison for Red Eye Brewing. Its fans always seem to know when and where the brewery's limited releases of beer will turn up. Red Eye owner Kevin Eichelberger, a former Great Dane brewer, just sent one his latest brews to local taps in Madison. It's a full-bodied porter made with rye malt. >More
 Beer Here: Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery

For fans of the bock and doppelbock styles of beer, it's the best time of the year. These seasonal releases are in full swing, with Capital Brewery premiering its new annual edition of Blonde Doppelbock at its late-winter Bockfest celebration this Saturday. Those who love the style look forward to that first fresh pull from the keg in the brewery's outdoor beer garden -- no matter the weather conditions. >More
 Beer Here: Shaggin' in the Wood Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing

Beer and bourbon can take the chill off a cold night this time of year. When both come in the same glass, as with bourbon barrel-aged beers, the combination can be relaxing, if not hypnotic, helping you forget the stress of a long day. The trick is finding a nice balance between each. When you do find it, you have something special. Tyranena Brewing has figured out this formula with its Shaggin' in the Wood Scotch Ale. >More
 Beer Here: Fiddler Oatmeal Stout from Potosi Brewing

Here's a romance tip for the beer drinker just in time for Valentine's Day. Try pairing a dark beer rich with chocolate and caramel malts alongside an assortment of treats from your favorite chocolatier, and conduct a little pairing comparison. At the Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest a couple of weeks back, Fiddler Oatmeal Stout from Potosi Brewing struck me as a beer well suited for such a passionate match of flavors. >More
 Beer Here: Smoked Rye Ale from New Glarus Brewing

Just in case you've been wondering what New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey might be up to for 2011, he's started the year with a new special release. This one, made in the tradition of a German Rauchbier, has quickly become one of my New Glarus favorites. If you too enjoy malty beers with hints of smokiness, put Smoked Rye on your list to pick up soon. >More
 Photos from the 2011 Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest

Enjoy an audio slideshow of scenes from last weekend's celebration of the best of Wisconsin! >More
 Isthmus on the isthmus: First beer stories at Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest (video)

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest attendees are asked to recall the circumstances surrounding their first beers... and whether they enjoyed the experience. >More
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