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Beer Here: Fatty Boombalatty from Furthermore

Furthermore owner Aran Madden began with a white beer recipe and ramped up the amount of grain in this beer by 50 percent. He also dropped the amount of wheat malt used, so while the beer has the appearance of a big, bright hefeweizen, it doesn't strictly meet the style. That certainly doesn't bother Madden, who takes pleasure in deviating from brewery norms and beer classifications. The Boombalatty offers bitterness in the spirit of a pale ale, with spices like coriander in the background. >More
 A toast to the 75th anniversary of Prohibition's end!

April 7 may be just another day on the calendar to many people, but to those who truly love beer it's Independence Day. On April 7, 1933, beer returned to the public following 13 years of Prohibition in the U.S. The Cullen-Harrison Act, a modification to the original Volstead Act which established Prohibition, took effect, and the result was the legalization of 3.2 beer. >More
 Beer Here: Bamboozleator Doppelbock from Ale Asylum

Monks in the 17th Century fasted during the Lenten season, finding their nourishment from a strong, hearty beer they referred to as "liquid bread." Munich monks called this brew Salvator, Latin for "Savior." That beer emerged into a distinctive style called the doppelbock. Ale Asylum on the north side of Madison currently has a great version of the doppelbock called Bamboozleator. >More
 Beer Here: John Stoner's Oatmeal Stout from Great Dane Fitchburg

With St. Patrick's Day upon us, what better time to talk about Irish stout? In terms of local brewers, however, there are few options on tap. But if you are willing to compromise on the Guinness tradition of the dry and lightly bitter flavors, you'll find choices in a close cousin: oatmeal stout, with looks like Irish stout yet has a distinctive sweetness and body. >More
 Beer Here: Gray's Irish Style Ale from Gray's Brewing

There are a couple of holidays that beer drinkers don't miss. In the fall there's Oktoberfest, which really doesn't have a specific day. Rather, it's weeks of what seems like an endless celebration. But it's St. Patrick's Day, March 17, that truly says Beer Here! >More
 Beer Here: Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing

This is one of Randy Sprecher's long-standing brews. He first made it following a trip to Bavaria in 1969, and has offered it commercially since 1985. Its recipe showcases black patent, caramel and chocolate malts. Available year-round, it takes about eight weeks to make and is 5.8% alcohol. Black Bavarian is currently ranked as the number-one Schwarzbier on Beer Advocate. >More
 Bockfest at Capital Brewery kicks off its second decade in Madison

With the "running of the blondes" and the "tapping of the bock" the arrival of Spring can't be too far behind. Despite what our recent weather pattern seems to be telling us, Capital Brewery of Middleton did its best on Saturday to signal the change of seasons with its annual Bockfest Celebration. The event signals the public release of the brewery's well-known Blonde Doppelbock beer. >More
 Beer Here: Imperial Winter Warmer from Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing

For my bad-weather planning, I took full advantage of the beautiful sunny Saturday before the storm and drove to Wisconsin Dells. Unlike those who go there for a mid-winter weekend dip at a water park, I was searching for the antidote to cabin fever -- a growler of one of the best of this season's winter warmers from the Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing Company. >More
 Beer Here: Dirty Old Man from Tyranena Brewing

Tyranena owner and brewmaster Rob Larson has been working on a special-release porter for some time. About a year ago he developed an imperial porter called "Who's Your Daddy," and his latest beer expands on that brew. "Dirty Old Man" was delayed, though, but not because of recipe development oor the time it takes to ferment. It had been held up since October by the Tax and Trade Bureau, the federal agency that reviews labeling of alcoholic products. >More
 Beer Here: Maggie Imperial IPA from the Grumpy Troll

Grumpy Troll brewmaster Mark Duchow named his assertive Imperial IPA Maggie for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Duchow actually expanded upon the recipe of a homebrewing buddy to make this beer. Maggie is offered year-round at the Grumpy Troll. For a special treat, a "freeze-cured" version of Maggie, Ice Maggie, is currently on tap at the Mount Horeb brewpub. >More
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