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Beer Here: Maple Surple Brown Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Earlier this spring, Lake Louie Brewing announced a series of changes to its line-up. Over the summer, the brewery is releasing five brand-new beers, presented in three distinct series. One of these new creations is Maple Surple, a brown ale made with maple syrup. "It's like having French toast," says Lake Louie owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "It's really sparked a lot of creativity and fun in the brewery." >More
 Beer Here: Gluten-Free Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale from Greenview Brewing

For those in Madison who follow a gluten-free diet yet want to drink beer, there is now a locally brewed option. Greenview Brewing just released its Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale in bomber bottles. It's the creation of the husband-and-wife team of Trevor and Maureen Easton, who founded the gluten-free brewery for a personal reason. >More
 Door County Brewing fires up its new brewery in Baileys Harbor

Door County isn't just for summer tourists. Among the cherry blossoms that it's known for, the region is now starting to support more craft beer. Originally launched early last year, Door County Brewing is opening its new production brewery in Baileys Harbor this Memorial Day weekend. >More
 Beer Here: My Turn #008 Johnson Double India Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery

Now that Madison Craft Beer Week has wrapped up, it's a good time to reflect on some of the beers that really stood out. There were a lot of collaborative brews this year, with Madison brewmasters teaming up with each other and out-of-town breweries, and there's bound to be more next time around. The 10-day festival was an incredible showcase for new beers. Lakefront Brewery and its new double IPA named Johnson was one that left a mark on my hop-centric taste buds. >More
 Ashley Kinart hopes her first beer at Capital Brewery inspires more women to brew

When Ashley Kinart moved to Madison from Milwaukee as a college student, she didn't know she'd one day be a local craft beer pioneer. But she caught the brewing bug while tending bar, and is now an assistant brewer at Capital Brewery, where she is the first woman to design one of its beers. Kinart's creation is an imperial schwarzbier named Fishin' in the Dark. >More
 Vintage Brewing's Big Barrel Tarrarel seduces with the power of the malt side

Undoubtedly one of geekiest events over the course of Madison Craft Beer Week, the Big Barrel Tarrarel at Vintage Brewing Company is a chance to try some of the strangest, strongest, and most complex beers made in the Madison are, plus a few more from around the country to boot. It's clear from the demeanor of the crowd that this is serious business. >More
 Beer Here: Grand Cru from Hinterland Brewery

When applied to beer, the term "Grand Cru" creates certain expectations. These brews are often Belgian-inspired, with rich, unique yeasty qualities and flavors ranging from sweet to sour tart, sometimes dry spicy and warm. The term isn't as much a defined style as it is a marketing moniker, and to be blunt, many Grand Crus are really not all that grand. Hinterland has been working on a version of a Trappist-style ale for a couple of years in its Green Bay brewpub, and is now releasing it for the first time in bottles. >More
 Toppling Goliath is taking over more than taps in Madison

The world of craft brewing is built on the idea -- or the hope, anyway -- that the little guys can stick it to the big guys. There are little breweries, incomparably tiny next to the big macrobreweries, that are creating a kind of brand loyalty among their devotees that's just as fierce as any Miller or Bud partisan. One such brewery has taken on a name befitting this fight: Iowa's Toppling Goliath. >More
 Surly Brewing teases Wisconsin with Madison Craft Beer Week tastings, plans for more to come

Thirsty beer enthusiasts packed themselves into the flatiron confines of the Tipsy Cow last Friday evening to sample a handful of brews from Minnesota. It was the opening night of Madison Craft Beer Week, and a tap takeover featuring Surly Brewing attracted a crowd excited for a taste. >More
 Visiting breweries by bicycle: Hop Head Beer Tours hosts summer excursions around Madison

As a welcome reprieve from the loud and crowded bars that characterize Madison Craft Beer Week festivities, a Saturday afternoon bike excursion hosted by Hop Head Beer Tours offered participants a chance to explore Madison breweries while atop two wheels. >More
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