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Beer Here: Pabst Blue Ribbon by Pabst Brewing

Every so often, the beer geek in me needs a little change. So, as I went looking for a beer that seemed to say something about the Fourth of July holiday -- the number-one occasion for U.S. beer sales -- I chose the classic golden American lager. I wanted to find one that has a sense of history and a tie to Wisconsin. Obviously, I couldn't resist the red, white and blue can of PBR. >More
 Beer Here: Weizen Doppelbock by Capital Brewery

If you're looking for a different take on the light and bubbly brews of summer, Capital Brewery has just the beer for you. It's actually an old friend that brewmaster Kirby Nelson has not made since 2002., his Weizen Doppelbock. >More
 Beer Here: Fixed Gear American Red Ale from Lakefront Brewery

If you were a small Milwaukee microbrewery, would you dare venture into the ballpark named after a big brewery that is so much larger it can hardly be called your competitor? Lakefront Brewery knows that baseball fans like their beer, and that a certain percentage of them look for something special at the ballpark. >More
 New Belgium Brewing opens Clips of Faith film tour in Madison

New Belgium couldn't be more proud of Fat Tire, but it wants the public to know that it's not the only beer that the company brews. In fact, it makes nearly 30 other year-round, seasonal, and special brews. To get the word out about these lesser-known beers, the brewery has developed the Clips of Faith Tour. The inaugural year of the tour kicks off at Olin Park in Madison on Wednesday, June 16, and will feature 40 amateur video segments submitted by fans of New Belgium beer. >More
 Beer Here: Sahti Finnish Farmhouse Ale from Vintage Brewing

With a name like Vintage Brewing Company, you might expect Madison's west-side brewpub to pay attention to so-called classical beer styles. But the latest brew to come on tap there this week is more than a nostalgic combination of malt and hops. Brewmaster Scott Manning has unveiled a brew that has few contemporaries: It's called Sahti, and it's the traditional farmhouse ale of Finland. >More
 A summer excursion to Brewery Creek brewpub in Mineral Point

Mineral Point is hallowed ground for Wisconsin beer. It's where John Phillips started what is generally thought to be the state's first commercial brewery around 1835. Today, just a few hundred yards from where Phillips made what was described at the time as "indescribable tonic," you'll find a more modern brewpub called Brewery Creek Brewing Company, Restaurant and Inn. >More
 Beer Here: Picnic Ants Farmhouse Ale from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing keeps stepping up its Madison presence, and in the process, local beer enthusiasts are treated to its aggressive and very distinctive flavorful brews. The Plover-based brewery has been growing in popularity with its "freestyle" approach to beer making that pushes common style definitions. One of my favorites from last summer was O'so's Picnic Ants, which it introduced in 22-oz. bottles. For those who enjoy the Belgian Saison style, this is a special treat. >More
 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
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