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Beer Here: Verrückte Stadt German Pils from the Great Dane Fitchburg

Despite its worldwide popularity, one beer you don't find very often in local brewpubs is the standard German pilsner. There is a strong following for this type of beer at Great Dane brewpubs around the city, though, which keeps their Verrückte Stadt German Pils on tap at all times. >More
 Beer Here: St. Bernard Abbey Ale from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

Winston Churchill is credited with saying, "Most people hate the taste of beer -- to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome." That pretty much explains my growing fascination with the Belgian Dubbel. >More
 Minhas Craft Brewery puts in a tall order for Rhinelander Shorty bottles

Rhinelander "Shorty" bottles haven't been available on local for nearly three decades, but the Monroe-based Minhas Craft Brewery is bringing them back this summer, hoping to find success in the trend toward nostalgia among younger beer drinkers. The 7-ounce bottles actually had the word "Shorty" stamped on the neck. >More
 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
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