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The Parched Eagle Brewpub lands in Westport

The Parched Eagle Brewpub is set to make its home on the northern edge of Lake Mendota, and hopes to be serving beer come February. Dane County is one of the epicenters of craft brewing, notes owner Jim Goronson, and the area around the northern fringes of Madison is really buzzing with activity. >More
 Beer Here: Czar Brew Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Sprecher Brewing

The first cruel taste of winter seems to be arriving with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. And in cold, wet and snowy weather, rich and strong beers are well suited to take the chill away, or at least fend it off for awhile. >More
 Octopi Brewing gets go-ahead to build in Waunakee

Plans for Octopi Brewing Company are moving forward, though not in the location originally envisioned by founder Isaac Showaki. On Monday evening, the Waunakee Plan Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the contract-focused brewery, which is to be built at 1220 Uniek Dr. on the east end of the village. >More
 Beer Here: Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
 Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus in the works for Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More
 Beer Here: 20th Anniversary Ale from the Great Dane Pub

The Great Dane is marking two decades of craft beer with its new 20th Anniversary Ale, and one might say the idea for it has been fermenting for just as long. "We based it on the fun factor of trying to play off the number 20," says Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-founder for the group of brewpubs. He and his team of brewers created a beer with 20 different malts, 20 different hops, 20 different yeasts and 20 different waters to mark this major milestone. >More
 The Great Dane Pub celebrates 20 years of craft brewing in Madison and beyond

When Rob LoBreglio fired up the kettles at the Dane Pub for the first time, the brewhouse had no glass, no exhaust system, and the paint on the walls was barely dry. "That was interesting," says the co-owner and brewmaster about launching the downtown Madison brewpub 20 years ago. >More
 Beer Here: Brandy and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Berliner Weisse from MobCraft Beer

MobCraft Beer is quickly building a name for itself. Since debuting little more than a year ago, the brewery is becoming known for its recipes that are conceived and voted upon online by its fans. Its latest release is Old Fashioned Berliner Weisse, with one version aged in brandy barrels and another aged in bourbon barrels. >More
 Ashley Kinart takes over as brewmaster at Capital Brewery as its expansion plans proceed

Capital Brewery has a new brewmaster. The Middleton-based brewery announced Thursday that Ashley Kinart has been promoted to the job as it embarks on a major expansion phase. She is the first woman to hold the position in a Dane County craft brewery and is among only a few female brewmasters across Wisconsin. >More
 Beer Here: Ole Eagle Porter from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

I'm a big fan of porters, especially when they come with a good story. The style emerged some 250 years ago as a beer of the English laboring class. These brews nearly vanished in the United States, though, until they were revived by homebrewers several decades back. And it was these homemade beers that deserve some credit for Ole Eagle, a traditional porter now on tap at the Grumpy Troll. >More
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