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Beer Here: My Turn #008 Johnson Double India Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery

Now that Madison Craft Beer Week has wrapped up, it's a good time to reflect on some of the beers that really stood out. There were a lot of collaborative brews this year, with Madison brewmasters teaming up with each other and out-of-town breweries, and there's bound to be more next time around. The 10-day festival was an incredible showcase for new beers. Lakefront Brewery and its new double IPA named Johnson was one that left a mark on my hop-centric taste buds. >More
 Ashley Kinart hopes her first beer at Capital Brewery inspires more women to brew

When Ashley Kinart moved to Madison from Milwaukee as a college student, she didn't know she'd one day be a local craft beer pioneer. But she caught the brewing bug while tending bar, and is now an assistant brewer at Capital Brewery, where she is the first woman to design one of its beers. Kinart's creation is an imperial schwarzbier named Fishin' in the Dark. >More
 Vintage Brewing's Big Barrel Tarrarel seduces with the power of the malt side

Undoubtedly one of geekiest events over the course of Madison Craft Beer Week, the Big Barrel Tarrarel at Vintage Brewing Company is a chance to try some of the strangest, strongest, and most complex beers made in the Madison are, plus a few more from around the country to boot. It's clear from the demeanor of the crowd that this is serious business. >More
 Beer Here: Grand Cru from Hinterland Brewery

When applied to beer, the term "Grand Cru" creates certain expectations. These brews are often Belgian-inspired, with rich, unique yeasty qualities and flavors ranging from sweet to sour tart, sometimes dry spicy and warm. The term isn't as much a defined style as it is a marketing moniker, and to be blunt, many Grand Crus are really not all that grand. Hinterland has been working on a version of a Trappist-style ale for a couple of years in its Green Bay brewpub, and is now releasing it for the first time in bottles. >More
 Toppling Goliath is taking over more than taps in Madison

The world of craft brewing is built on the idea -- or the hope, anyway -- that the little guys can stick it to the big guys. There are little breweries, incomparably tiny next to the big macrobreweries, that are creating a kind of brand loyalty among their devotees that's just as fierce as any Miller or Bud partisan. One such brewery has taken on a name befitting this fight: Iowa's Toppling Goliath. >More
 Surly Brewing teases Wisconsin with Madison Craft Beer Week tastings, plans for more to come

Thirsty beer enthusiasts packed themselves into the flatiron confines of the Tipsy Cow last Friday evening to sample a handful of brews from Minnesota. It was the opening night of Madison Craft Beer Week, and a tap takeover featuring Surly Brewing attracted a crowd excited for a taste. >More
 Visiting breweries by bicycle: Hop Head Beer Tours hosts summer excursions around Madison

As a welcome reprieve from the loud and crowded bars that characterize Madison Craft Beer Week festivities, a Saturday afternoon bike excursion hosted by Hop Head Beer Tours offered participants a chance to explore Madison breweries while atop two wheels. >More
 Beer Here: Common Thread Bohemian Pilsner for Madison Craft Beer Week 2014

One of the most common, if not ubiquitous styles of beer, is taking a turn as the third annual Common Thread, the collaborative brew made by south-central Wisconsin brewers for Madison Craft Beer Week. Each year, a different style of beer is showcased for the festival, and this year's symbol of teamwork in the among local brewing scene is a Bohemian pilsner. The style is often credited with giving birth to lager brewing, and would become the most popular type of beer in the world. >More
 Lake Louie Brewing shakes up lineup, debuting five new beers over the summer

If you are a fan of Lake Louie Brewing, you'll notice a few changes in the Arena-based brewery's line-up of beers this summer. Owner and brewmaster Tom Porter is refocusing his brands and adding a handful of new brews that will soon be on shelves in southern Wisconsin. >More
 How to walk the line and score on ticket day for the Great Taste of the Midwest

Let's say there was an event. A beer event. One that made a limited number of tickets available at a small number of locations, selling out every year since forever. This event causes its fans to strategize, scout, and camp out at stupid o'clock in the morning just to get their two-per-person limit. If a guy had a method, a way that had yet to let him down in getting his tickets, he'd have to be a madman to write an article talking about it, for thousands of people to read, right? >More
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