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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
 Beer Here: Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale from New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey took more than a year to design his latest beer, a "No Coast Pale Ale." Along the way he sampled almost 100 varieties of hops and even traveled to Washington state to observe the hops being harvested. While he admits to being a fan of big and bold bitter beers, Carey says he set out to make something more drinkable. >More
 Beer Here: Big Slick Stout from Ale Asylum

St. Patrick's Day is the holiday of choice for the beer enthusiast. It conjures visions of all things green, ranging from leprechauns to beer. However, I just can't bring myself to contaminate my favorite brew with food coloring. After all, the phrase "green beer" is often used to describe young and unfermented brews with yeast so active they turn your stomach. >More
 Beer Here: Belgian Barleywine from the Great Dane and Capital Brewery

The Great Dane Pub and Brewery just released the highest-alcohol beer it has ever made. The downtown Madison brewpub has finally put its Belgian Barleywine on tap after more than a year of fermenting and conditioning. >More
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