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Beer Here: Barbara Imperial Doppelbock from Capital Brewery

Kirby Nelson is out with a trial batch of Barbara, a beer he calls an Imperial Doppelbock. This is perfect for the winter season, a ramped up brew with characteristics shared by his well-known Blonde Doppelbock and Baltic Porter. Only this beer, while big and malty, has a smoothness and complexity that makes for a more refined flavor profile. Maybe that's why Nelson named it after his wife? >More
 Beets blossom in Thermo Refur from Furthermore Beer

Take Aran Madden, the company co-owner and the person behind the beer recipes at Furthermore Beer of Spring Green. Madden is out with a new beer made with beets. That's correct, beets! And, "furthermore" they are red beets -- of the healthy variety -- known for anti-carcinogens and high carotenoid content. >More
 Madison beers make for big smiles in 2008

Another year has passed, and looking back at the beers released by breweries around Madison and further afield in Wisconsin can't help but encourage a smile. >More
 Beer Here: Scotch Style Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing

This time of year it is common to take along a favorite beverage to holiday parties. Sprecher Brewery has a series of beers called Brewmaster's Select that will make for a tasty companion and also be a center of the conversation -- while it lasts. >More
 Madison brewers team up to make biggest beer ever

Two Madison brewers are teaming up to set their sights on one pinnacle of their craft: the biggest all-malt beer ever brewed. To achieve this goal, Rob LoBreglio of the Great Dane and Kirby Nelson of Capital Brewery have designed an elaborate brewing process that extends a fairly common one-day primary brewing period to more than five -- a feat that relies on some sophisticated beer science, artistic elements, and just plain luck. >More
 Beer Here: Gray's Oatmeal Stout by Gray Brewing

The Gray Brewing Company of Janesville and its companion brewpub Gray's Tied House in Verona shouldn't be overlooked when you're searching for a heavier-bodied brew this time of year. One of my picks for relaxing at home with a good book in front of the fireplace is Gray's Oatmeal Stout. >More
 Beer Here: Mercy Grand Cru from Ale Asylum

This fall has been awesome with so many new beers, but Ale Asylum has come up with my favorite. Dean Coffey, the brewmaster and co-owner of the brewpub on the north side once again shows why he is the Madison dean of making Belgian-style brews with a new offering named Mercy Grand Cru. >More
 Beer Here: Alt from New Glarus Brewing

New Glarus Brewing is out with a brand new beer. Owners Deb and Dan Carey say their latest creation -- a German altbier -- is an early holiday present, "a thank you" to their customers. Last winter, the Careys asked their fans to make suggestions online for what brews they would like to see, and the alt style was one of the most recommended. >More
 Beer Here: Swiss Style Amber from Minhas Craft Brewery

Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe makes more than 20 different beers. Most of its products find their way to Alberta, Canada, the home of 20-something owners Ravinder and Manjit Minhas. Now in the Wisconsin market, Minhas has ventured into the craft beer realm, first with Lazy Mutt and now with its newest brew, Swiss Style Amber. >More
 Waterloo farmer Michelle Root grows hops for Wisconsin Brewers Guild

As a mug club member at Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, Michelle Root routinely looks over the brewery's weekly newsletter to learn about what brews are being bottled along with the upcoming music schedule in the tasting room. But last winter when brewmaster Rob Larson wrote about concerns over a shortage in hops and the effect on beer costs, she took note and began looking into what it takes to grow hops and barley. >More
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