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The best of the best at the 2014 Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest

Over 60 breweries brought more than 225 beers to this year's Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest on Saturday. Tickets for this fifth annual festival, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, once again sold out in advance. Here are a few of favorite finds. >More
 Live coverage of Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2014

Thousands of revelers turned out for the fifth annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 18. More than 70 Wisconsin-based breweries and cheesemakers served samples at the festival celebrating the state's most famous culinary creations. >More
 Beer Here: Limited Asylum Imperial Brown Ale from Ale Asylum

What really excites Ale Asylum fans are brewmaster Dean Coffey's "Limited Asylum" series special releases. These are often one-off batches that begin as ideas from the brewers who work at Ale Asylum. The latest one is Imperial Brown Ale, a beer that Coffey describes as "off the chart for the style." >More
 Wisconsin's wide world of beer

Beer is as closely associated with Wisconsin as black-and-white cows, red barns and the Green and Gold. The statewide industry has entered a whole new era, with more breweries, more specialty brews and more aficionados who can distinguish an American IPA from an English IPA. Here we look at three sides of our love affair with beer: business, community, flavor. Please read responsibly. >More
 The conviviality of brewery mug clubs in Wisconsin

Weekend nights are usually busy in the taproom at Tyranena Brewing Co. in Lake Mills, but the first Saturday of the new year was a particularly lively scene. Dozens of people gathered around the bar, hoping they would get to join the brewery's exclusive mug club. >More
 Savor the sour: Enjoying the wild and funky beers of Wisconsin

If I'm out in the world, expounding on the merits of a particularly mouth-puckering sour beer, there is likely to be more than one person nearby whose first question would be, "So, did you dump it out?" Sure, beer can go bad, but sour beers -- intentionally sour beers -- can be drinks of complicated beauty and simple refreshment. >More
 Here comes Hopalicious: How one special beer drives Ale Asylum's growth

Madison's Ale Asylum has rapidly become a player on the Wisconsin craft beer stage. At the heart of its ascent is its flagship beer, Hopalicious, an American Pale Ale that accounts for about 60% of the brewery's output. >More
 A guide to brewery tastings and dinners during Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2014 week

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest returns for its fifth year on Saturday, January 18, and will feature nearly sixty Wisconsin breweries and brewpubs. This number reflects the wild growth of craft brewing in recent years, among both new and long-established breweries. And, as the festival grows, so too do other beer tastings and dinners around Madison during the week surrounding it. >More
 Beer Here: Maximilian Russian Imperial Stout (standard and bourbon barrel-aged) from Vintage Brewing

"There seems to be an arms race for strength and extreme flavor in beer, so much so that the Russian Imperial Stout doesn't seem so extreme anymore," says brewmaster Scott Manning of Vintage Brewing. The style is the boldest in the stout family of beers, seasonally associated with cool conditions, and ages really well. The release of Maximilian Stout, or Max Stout for short, is perfectly timed, as craft beer drinkers look forward to full-flavored and strong beers to cope with the deepest and coldest stretch of winter. >More
 Beer Here: American IPA from Wisconsin Brewing Company

Whenever I think of Wisconsin Brewing Company brewmaster Kirby Nelson and hoppy beers, I remember him once saying: "They don't have to be a freak show in your mouth!" Those who have followed Nelson's brewing path know he avoided intensely hopped brews for more than a quarter-century while at Capital Brewery. So when he offered not one, but two IPAs among only four inaugural releases from Wisconsin Brewing last November, I was intrigued. >More
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