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Octopi Brewing plans to offer Wisconsin a vision of better contract beer

Isaac Showaki has heard every complaint in the book regarding contract-brewed beer -- in fact, he's uttered most of them. As a cofounder of Chicago's 5 Rabbit Cervecería, Showaki was responsible for handling the brewery's contracts as the company started out. Frustrations with contract brewing, from sub-par quality to packaging compromises, plagued him constantly. >More
 Beer Here: Hop Gose the Grapefruit from MobCraft Beer

Beers like the Gose, Berliner Weisse, Alt and Kölsch are great old styles of German beers with hundreds of years of brewing tradition behind them. Because they are fairly rare around Wisconsin, they might seem like new inventions, especially when a craft brewery offers a modern twist on a venerable classic. The Gose is probably the most challenging of these styles to find. >More
 Beer Here: Hips Don't Lie Bavarian-Style Weissbier from Lucette Brewing

Any guy can give his sweetheart a bouquet, but to create a beer for her that's made with roses? Now that's true love! Hips Don't Lie, a hefeweizen from Lucette Brewing, combines the floral essence of roses and honey for a unique take on a German wheat beer. >More
 Brazil inspires One Barrel and Next Door breweries' World Cup 2014 celebrations

Beer and World Cup soccer are an elemental pairing. Rivers of brews are poured for hundreds of millions of spectators around the globe watching broadcasts over a month of matches. The spectacle is big business for global beer brands, but it is also an opportunity for craft breweries to fete the beautiful game. >More
 Burgers & Brew 2014 at Capital Brewery serves up bold beer pairings

Giving chefs, brewers, and local food producers a chance to work together to create new riffs on a timeless pairing, the seventh annual Burgers & Brew filled Capital Brewery's bier garten Saturday with a scene to welcome summer. Framed by billows of smoke rising through the intense heat, tents were filled with diners making their selections among an amazing number of burger and beer options. >More
 Beer Here: Maple Surple Brown Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Earlier this spring, Lake Louie Brewing announced a series of changes to its line-up. Over the summer, the brewery is releasing five brand-new beers, presented in three distinct series. One of these new creations is Maple Surple, a brown ale made with maple syrup. "It's like having French toast," says Lake Louie owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "It's really sparked a lot of creativity and fun in the brewery." >More
 Beer Here: Gluten-Free Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale from Greenview Brewing

For those in Madison who follow a gluten-free diet yet want to drink beer, there is now a locally brewed option. Greenview Brewing just released its Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale in bomber bottles. It's the creation of the husband-and-wife team of Trevor and Maureen Easton, who founded the gluten-free brewery for a personal reason. >More
 Door County Brewing fires up its new brewery in Baileys Harbor

Door County isn't just for summer tourists. Among the cherry blossoms that it's known for, the region is now starting to support more craft beer. Originally launched early last year, Door County Brewing is opening its new production brewery in Baileys Harbor this Memorial Day weekend. >More
 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
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