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Beer Here: Sasquash from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Fall must be right around the corner this year's pumpkin beers are already being released. "It's the seasonal creep -- breweries have been pushing out these beers earlier and earlier," says Mike Christensen, director of sales for Milwaukee Brewing Company. "As much as it feels crazy, the weather in Wisconsin is going to change dramatically soon and people's mindset begin to change." >More
 Beer Here: Grade 10 India Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Lake Louie Brewing embarked on a wild ride this summer, dusting off its beer lineup, releasing new brews, and reshaping its image. "We've spent years adding maybe one new beer a year just to keep the beer geeks off my back," says owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "I've gotten a little sick of hearing, 'what do you have that's new?'" >More
 Stoughton echoes with cries of 'Skol!' as Viking Brewpub opens its doors

Given its popular Syttende Mai festival and accompanying road race, an increasingly prominent live music venue, and a location well within the orbit of Madison's blossoming craft beer community, Stoughton has long been ripe for a brewpub. Vik Malling has remedied this need with his new Viking Brewpub. >More
 Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More
 Beer Here: Kink Belgian Abbey from Ale Asylum

A few years ago, when Ale Asylum was winding down at its original location, one of the last beers I ordered over the bar was a Belgian-style Abbey called Happy Ending. I considered it my personal homage to the brewery as it packed up and moved to its new location on Pankratz Street. >More
 Beer geeks win as the Great Taste of the Midwest 2014 highlights friendly regional rivalries

A friendly rivalry between Wisconsin and its neighboring states makes everything from sports to food more fun, and it's hard to imagine a more exciting "battlefield" than the Midwest craft beer scene. >More
 The best of the best at the 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

For the 6,000 people who were lucky enough to get a ticket to the 28th annual Great Taste of the Midwest on August 9, it was a spectacular Saturday. Perched on the shores of Lake Monona, Olin Park once again provided an ideal setting for a celebration that draws beer enthusiasts to Madison from across the country. For many, it's the best day of the year. >More
 Beer Here: Bière de Seigle from Door County Brewing

Door County Brewing made its debut late last summer with an initial round of beer releases, but it wasn't until a few months ago its regular lineup was expanded with a pair of farmhouse ales, or saisons. "It's a style that gets the beer geek crowd excited," says Danny McMahon, who partnered with his brother Ben and their father John to launch the brewery. Both will be year-round beers, and of the pair, the Bière de Seigle stands out with a creative use of rye malt. >More
 Cicerone Smackdown II tests the palates of beer connoisseurs and brewing professionals

As craft beer picks and chooses pages from the wine industry's book, from emphasizing specialized stemware to arranging pairing dinners, it's only fitting that the title of "beer sommelier" has entered the beer geek lexicon. >More
 Madison's thirst is far from quenched as Wisconsin ascends in the craft beer industry

At a time when overall beer sales and consumption are declining, interest in craft beer is at an all-time high, in Madison and around the nation. Wisconsin's capital city and its surrounding region can now be considered as among acclaimed brewing destination cities like Asheville, North Carolina, or Fort Collins, Colorado, with aspirations to reach into the ranks of San Diego, Denver and Portland, Oregon. >More
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