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Beer Here: Imperial IPA from the Great Dane Hilldale

This beer is unique to Great Dane Hilldale; you won't find it at the other locations. It is served from a standard cold, carbon dioxide-driven tap to accentuate its crisp, hoppy qualities. Hilldale brewer Don Vasa plans to make this beer available year-round. While the bitter tones dominate, there is a sticky caramel maltiness in the background. >More
 Beer Here: Three Feet Deep from Furthermore

This is a year-round beer for Furthermore. Company co-owner Aran Madden was looking for a distinctive dry stout, so he developed this recipe using barley roasted in part by burning peat, creating additional smoky flavors in the beer. Madden's mother is from Ireland's County Cork, and this beer pays tribute to his childhood memories of the smell of burning peat in the family's fireplace. >More
 Beer Here: Frozen Tundra Championship Ale from J.T. Whitney's

Frozen Tundra Championship Ale was first brewed just prior to the Green Bay Packers' winning Super Bowl XXXI in 1997. The use of American Cascade hops provides firm bitter flavor and floral aroma. This brew won a bronze medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships. >More
 Beer Here: Shakparo Ale from Sprecher Brewing

Those who need gluten-free food have few choices in beer. And if you are looking for gluten-free beer that's locally made, you are even more limited. However, Sprecher Brewing is attempting to fill that void with Shakparo. For the gluten-challenged, or for anyone looking for a different taste in beer, this is one to try. But for me, once was enough. >More
 Madison beers surprise and satisfy in 2007

Looking back on a year of beer experiences brings a smile if you were one of the lucky 5,000 who got to experience the annual Great Taste of the Midwest. Elsewhere, beer tastings and festivals throughout the state introduced microbrews to thousands and let aficionados discover new favorites. And Wisconsin brewers were well represented as seven Badger State breweries brought back medals from the 26th Annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. >More
 Beer Here: Badger Porter from Sand Creek

This standard beer for Sand Creek is commonly available in the Madison area for about $8 per six pack. It is made with Belgian and American dark roasted malts. Badger Porter was originally produced under the Wisconsin Brewing label, which was acquired by Pioneer Brewing in 1998 and subsequently passed on to Sand Creek. Badger Porter has around 5% alcohol by volume. >More
 Beer Here: The bottles at Genna's Lounge

Frank Genna's picture rests prominently behind the bar amidst the various bottles of beer one has to choose from -- more than 60 different bottled beers and a dozen taps, ranging from the big, malty Spaten Optimator to non-offensive Point Special, not to mention respected locals from Capital Brewery, New Glarus and Ale Asylum. >More
 Beer Here: Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie

The number-one ranked Scotch ale on Beer Advocate, Louie's Reserve just hit store shelves. Tom Porter only made 333 cases of it this year, twice the amount of 2006, and all there is to offer is now in local stores. It costs about $12 per six-pack, and will likely be gone by the end of the month. It makes a great holiday gift for that special beer fan. >More
 Beer Here: Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City

As a general rule, I and many of my beer aficionado friends avoid brewpubs attached to or located in the parking lot of shopping malls. But Granite City Food and Brewery makes a respectable German bock. >More
 Beer Here: Stone of Scone Scotch Ale from the Great Dane

To name its beer, the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company often uses local history and well-known places, like Devil's Lake and Black Earth. The brewers looked overseas for Stone of Scone Scotch Ale, which is named for the stone upon which Scottish kings were crowned. >More
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