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Beer Here: Stone Soup from New Glarus Brewing

To my surprise, New Glarus Brewing recently announced that this Abbey Ale is now a part of its year-round line-up of beers. We should consider ourselves lucky to have so many talented brewers in and around Madison able to create a broad range of brews that we don't need to look to hard for something special. We are exceptionally fortunate that there are plenty of locally made Belgians in the mix, and Stone Soup is among the best. >More
 Beer Here: Ballistic IPA from Ale Asylum

The latest creation by Ale Asylum brewmaster Dean Coffey and head brewer Chris Riphenburg just found its way to shelves around Madison. An IPA named Ballistic, it's a seasonal offering designed to peak the curiosity of hop heads by melding the bitter bite of the Asylum's flagship brew Hopalicious and the flavor complexity of its Ambergeddon. "Anyone who makes an IPA does it for the hop head, because heavily hopped beers are really an acquired taste," declares Coffey. >More
 Beer Here: Snake Chaser Irish Stout from Lakefront Brewery

One of the most sacred holidays for the beer enthusiast is St. Patrick's Day. For most, the beer for this day is the embodiment of the perfect pour, that black velvet elixir of the season that shapes our very impression of the dark beer made famous by Ireland's Arthur Guinness. "It has a strangle hold on what we expect for a stout," says Lakefront Brewery president Russ Klisch. "It is tough for a Wisconsin brewery to put a stout on because of the power behind the Guinness brand," he adds. >More
 Red Eye Brewing Company of Wausau finds fans in Madison

A small Wausau brewpub named Red Eye Brewing Company is opening the eyes of Madison beer enthusiasts. While its beers are generating some local buzz, the partnership that got the business off the ground has roots in town too. >More
 Beer Here: Maibock from Capital Brewery

Bocks are traditional brewed in the winter and released near the end of the season in anticipation of spring. "This is probably my personal favorite brewing time because Maibock and Blonde Doppelbock are two beers I absolutely love to brew and drink," says Kirby Nelson, brewmaster at Capital Brewery in Middleton. Marking the seasonal release of these beers in Madison is the legendary Bockfest. >More
 Beer Here: Wisconsin Scottish Ale from Sand Creek Brewing

Over the last year-and-a-half, Sand Creek has introduced its Select Series of beers sold in four packs. Brewery co-owner Jim Wiesender explains: "These are special beers that we allow our brewmaster Todd Krueger to a little go crazy with, make something a little different, and show off." Their latest creation is Wisconsin Scottish Ale. >More
 Beer Here: Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale from Tyranena Brewing

Tyranena owner and brewmaster Rob Larson recently created a little bit of a political stir when he gave the Lake Mills brewery's loyal fans notice of a price hike starting on Inauguration Day. He described how the brewery is now required to give its wholesalers a 45-day notice, and cited higher costs for bottles, malt, hops, packaging, and cleaning supplies. This left him with little choice but to increase prices, a bump of 50 cents per pint and half-growler refill in the brewery's tasting room. >More
 Beer Here: Stein Beer from the Grumpy Troll

The Grumpy Troll brewpub in Mount Horeb offered a different kind of winter diversion last week by hosting a Medieval Feast Beer Dinner. Five courses and dessert were paired with beers that had been carefully selected by brewmaster Mark Duchow. As the theme would suggest, the overarching premise featured dishes such as Camelot Salad, King Arthur Stone Soup, lamb chops, and leg of fowl. Duchow's major contribution was a special creation called Stein Beer, made with an Old World brewing technique that leaves some very distinctive flavors. >More
 Beer Here: Siam Strong Pale Ale from the Great Dane Hilldale

I recently found myself needing a break from my seasonal quest for the perfect big malty winter beer and discovered a wonderfully hoppy surprise at the Hilldale Mall outpost of the Great Dane. Normally this time of year I'm pretty content with finding something robust and dark to take the chill off a cold snowy day. However, after considering a few of those big beers, the ones that can sometimes suggest time for a nap or bedtime, I was lured by the Dane's description of this new beer: "medium to high bitterness and aromatic hoppiness." >More
 Beer Here: Mr. Mephisto's Imperial Stout from Lake Louie Brewing

When Mr. Mephisto turns up you know its winter! The decisions about which big winter brews to try is a little tough this year because there just seem to be so many seasonal beers; there's almost a case of over-supply, if that is possible. But for those who like full-bodied, robust, malty beers, this is a great time of the year. >More
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