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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
 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
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