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Beer Here: Prairie Moon Farmhouse Belgian Style Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Not everyone means "lawn mower beer" in a positive way. It's a reference to light fizzy beer without character or flavor. However, while Prairie Moon Farmhouse Belgian Style Ale from Lake Louie could be considered a lawn mower beer for its light and refreshing qualities, it has a unique and flavorful personality all of its own. >More
 Beer Here: Unplugged: Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing

Just when I begin to think about the crisp, bubbly brews of summer, New Glarus brewmaster Dan Carey and his talented laboratory manager Randy Thiel are up to something special. Guess we shouldn't be all that surprised! I wondered what might be created if Carey and Thiel "unplugged" to create something outside the traditional brewhaus. Their co-creation is a beer called Imperial Saison and it just hit local shelves last weekend. >More
 Great Taste of the Midwest still the hottest ticket in town

The window for in-person ticket sales for this summer's Great Taste of the Midwest came and went in about 30 minutes on Sunday. With long lines at all six of in-person ticket sites around Madison, the sales were actually over before they started. Mike Schultz of Sun Prairie showed up at Star Liquor on Willy Street with a sleeping bag and a lawn chair around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night. >More
 Beer Here: Scurvy IPA from Tyranena Brewing

Scurvy may be the least worry of a pirate these days, but it is good news for fans of bitter beers. Tyranena Brewing is swelling its ranks of seasonal brews with Scurvy IPA, which hits store shelves in Madison this week. The name reflects the humor of owner and brewmaster Rob Larson, who creates this ale by adding orange peel to the wort. This leaves the beer with an assertive orange aroma and distinctive bitterness. >More
 Beer Here: Hop Bock from Capital Brewery

The Middleton brewery has really come of age lately with a string of small-batch experimental brews that provide even more reason to celebrate. Last fall, Nelson released Barbara Imperial Doppelbock, a limited release named after his wife. His latest creation is Hop Bock, based on the big malty German lagers for which Capital is renowned, only this beer offers a subtle, yet firm, kiss of hops in its aroma and finish. >More
 Beer Here: Coon Rock Cream Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

A beer enthusiast cannot merely live on big robust dark brews all the time. Those looking for a lighter beer, yet with solid flavor, would do well by picking up a six pack of Coon Rock Cream Ale made by Lake Louie Brewing. Many craft beer fans around Wisconsin know the story of the brewery's name, a quarter-acre pond on the Arena farm belonging to owner and brewmaster Tom Porter, both of which were once owned by his uncle Louie. >More
 Beer Here: Billiards Brown from the Great Dane Hilldale

The Great Dane at Hilldale Mall is back up and brewing again after a couple months of remodeling. Patrons will find the main bar unchanged, but there is now a second bar and mezzanine in the new half of the building, along with more restaurant seating and an expanded game room complete with pool tables. Like many fans of the brewpub, I decided to venture out to see the new digs. I was also curious about what moving the brewing equipment might mean for the beer, including a new offering named Billiards Brown. >More
 Beer Here: Peruvian Morning Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing

Peruvian Morning begins its life as an imperial stout, actually made from the popular Satin Solstice brewed by Central Waters. The addition of fair trade coffee and fermentation in bourbon barrels changes it dramatically, though, making the beer very distinctive. "We are home brewers at heart and we really like to be creative, experiment in trying something different," says Anello Mollica, brewmaster and co-owner of Central Waters. >More
 1855 Saloon and Grill makes its own history in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove was once a rest stop for the stagecoach or trains heading into Madison from the east. Today, it's more of a bedroom suburb, about a 15-minute drive east of the isthmus. Recently, its downtown has undergone a bit of a renaissance. The trailhead of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail starts (or ends) right in the middle of town. And right next to the trailhead, the 1855 Saloon and Grill is establishing its own place as a local dining spot that attracts visitors who like to venture out of Madison. >More
 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
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