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Beer Here: Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice Ale from Tyranena Brewing

It's the time of year when jolly orange gourds start appearing on steps and porches. But pumpkins are not just for jack-o-lanterns. Stop by your favorite beer shelves, and you'll find pumpkins in the six-packs. My choice when it comes to pumpkin pie in a pint glass comes from Tyranena Brewing. >More
 Beer Here: Satisfaction Jacksin Double IPA from Ale Asylum

No big secret that the folks over at Ale Asylum turn out some great beer. They also have a sense of humor that doesn't go unnoticed among the faithful. The Madison brewpub's newest beer, Satisfaction Jacksin, has a name that might remind you of a garage band from Sheboygan or an '80s porn star. And if it does, you're correct on both accounts. >More
 Beer Here: Fallen Apple from Furthermore Beer

The fall apple harvest means fresh pie or cobbler to some. But Furthermore Beer offers a liquid alternative with its current seasonal beer called Fallen Apple, which just hit store shelves in Madison. >More
 Wisconsin breweries capture honors at 2009 Great American Beer Festival

Capital Brewery and New Glarus Brewing were among the local beer makers winning awards at this year's Great American Beer Festival. The annual competition in Denver concluded on Saturday, drawing over 49,000 visitors to the three-day festival that includes awards in more than 75 categories. >More
 Beer Here: Altbier from the Great Dane Downtown

What does the autumnal equinox inspire in the beer person? An altbier comes to my mind -- an indicator of the halfway point between summer and winter, a benchmark for the change of season. These beautiful deep copper-colored brews remind me of the colors of changing leaves. >More
 Beer Here: Chocolate Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing

Regulars at the Tyranena tasting room are the beneficiaries of brewer and owner Rob Larson's skill with big malty beer. He's been playing around with cocoa nibs in his imperial porter and developed something very special. >More
 Beer Here: Red Lager from Leinenkugel's

Have you tried to find a Leinenkugel's beer on tap in Madison recently? A few weeks ago, I stopped in Chippewa Falls to see the relatively new Leinie Lodge hospitality center. The visit reacquainted me with a few of the brewery's mainstays, enough so that over the Labor Day weekend I thought a Leinie's Red sounded like a good beer to pair with a burger at lunch. >More
 Beer Here: Slow Eddie from the Grumpy Troll

Every now and then in my quest to keep up on what's brewing in southern Wisconsin, I'm confronted with a creation that just doesn't fit mainstream beer flavors. I put chili or hot pepper beer among those considered atypical. Recently, during a stop at the Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, I was introduced to a favorite of the locals called Slow Eddie. >More
 Beer Here: Oktoberfest from Sprecher Brewing

The Oktoberfests have begun arriving on shelves near you. At the risk of seeming to wish away the remaining days of summer, when Marzens begin turning up it means that the cooler nights and colors of fall are not too far off, and the beer season is changing too. >More
 Beer Here: Pine Marten Red Ale from the Great Dane Hilldale

You could say this is one weaselly beer. The Great Dane at Hilldale just tapped Pine Marten Red Ale, a brew that pays tribute to the reddish-brown weasel that roams Wisconsin's North Woods. Brewer Don Vasa has made a beer that shares a few qualities, in a good way, with this rare and endangered little creature. >More
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