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Beer Here: Oud Bruin Red Ale from the Great Dane Hilldale

With the recent release of New Glarus Enigma, I've become reacquainted with assertively fruity brews, so much so that they're at the top of my current seasonal favorites. Their tartness and sharp acidity is well suited to sunny and crisp springtime days. Among my most recent local finds is a new beer from the Great Dane at Hilldale with the traditional name of Oud Bruin, which is made in the spirit of an old brown ale from Belgium. >More
 Beer Here: Unplugged: Enigma from New Glarus Brewing

When fans of New Glarus Brewing voted online last fall for the beers they would like to see brewmaster Dan Carey make in 2010, at top on the list was a distinctive beer with assertive sweet and sour tones and a memorable name, Enigma. >More
 Beer Here: Pure Malt Cave Ale from Potosi Brewing Company

It's been nearly 40 years, but six-packs bearing the name of "Potosi" will soon be on store shelves again. The Potosi Brewing Company is introducing three of its most popular beers in six-packs this month. Older beer drinkers may remember Potosi brands, but the brewery stopped bottling beer in 1972. Then, two years ago, following extensive renovations, Potosi reopened as a brewpub and home of the National Brewery Museum. >More
 Beer Here: Downtown Brown from Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

The Grumpy Troll's brewmaster Mark Duchow makes his Downtown Brown with a combination of six-row, Munich and Breiss-roasted malts. He adds imported Styrain Gold and U.S. Fuggel hops. Downtown Brown usually makes its annual appearance at the Grumpy Troll in March and stays on tap into the fall. >More
 750 beers judged at Capital Brewery in National Homebrew Competition Midwest regionals

What do you call a Saturday with 750 beers? Some might think it has the making of quite a beer bash. However, last Saturday at Capital Brewery in Middleton was a far more serious affair with the regional qualifying round of the National Homebrew Competition. >More
 Beer Here: Bedlam! Trappist IPA from Ale Asylum

A beer called Bedlam! made by a brewery with "asylum" in its name is a bit whimsical, with its implications of chaos and reference to the infamous mental hospital. The folks at Ale Asylum let loose a little bedlam of their own on local store shelves this week. >More
 Beer Here: Better Off Red Ale from Vintage Brewing

After just a couple of months making beer, Vintage Brewing Company on Madison's west side is attracting a lot of attention from local beer enthusiasts. The brewpub, which took over the space formerly occupied by JT Whitney's, opened in January. Vintage co-owner and brewmaster Scott Manning started serving his own brews in late February. >More
 Dave's BrewFarm Select and Matacabras enter the Madison beer market

Like the wind, a new pair of brews have just blown into town. These latest come from an environmentally friendly brewery that operates off wind power. Dave's BrewFarm, based in the St. Croix County community of Wilson, brews a golden lager named Select and a Belgian strong ale it calls Matacabras. >More
 Beer Here: Shine On from Central Waters Brewing

Ever sipped a beer that, when you sit back to appreciate it, it's like a little light bulb comes on? Central Waters Brewing Company's Shine On might give you that feeling. Named for the brewery's solar thermal commitment, the beer was introduced last summer, and bottles began appearing in Madison last fall. It certainly seems to have a bright future -- in less than a year it's become the Amherst brewery's best seller. >More
 How far would you go for a Lake Louie?

When Tom Porter says "big beer," he's not talking about the big guys, corporate breweries like Anheuser-Busch and Miller. The owner of Lake Louie Brewing of Arena, Wis., is referring to the batch of Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout that he, brewer Tim Wauters and assistant Asa Derks are coaxing through the filtering process on a Monday morning just before Christmas. >More
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