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Beer Here: Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing

The Wisconsin beer enthusiast will likely consider a cold can, dewy bottle or draught pour of their classic or craft favorite to stand as the state's official drink. However, there are others who will place the brandy Old Fashioned on that same pedestal, some maybe event a step above beer. The cocktail is certainly iconic, especially over the colder months of the calendar. >More
 Get to know Midwest brewers in Locally Brewed by Anna Blessing

To misquote Homer Simpson, "Craft beer. Is there anything it can't do?" Of course Homer, the great devotee of Duff, probably wouldn't know what to make of an IPA. >More
 Beer Here: Heavy Head Imperial Pilsner from the Great Dane Hilldale

When Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-owner of the Great Dane brewpubs, recently cut an interview short because one of his brewers was in the midst of making a beer and was calling to ask his advice, it made me curious. It turns out the beer in question was destined to become one of the biggest and strongest lagers the Dane has ever made. >More
 The Hop Garden to offer Madison-made beers with locally grown hops

Beer enthusiasts around Madison will soon have another opportunity to indulge their taste for hoppy pale ales. The Hop Garden, a new farm and beer company based in Belleville, is getting ready to release its debut brew, named Local Harvest Pale Ale. Owner Rich Joseph, 44, just received federal regulatory go-ahead for his new business, which is starting up this month. >More
 Beer Here: Jobu Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale from Capital Brewery

When a new brew is unveiled at a release party, the more unusual the beer, the more excited are the expectant craft brewing fans. One that I've been eager to taste is Jobu, a bold and strong brown ale fermented in rum barrels. >More
 Beer Here: Deep Winter Coffee Stout from Karben4 Brewing

Karben4 brewmaster Ryan Koga is creating a buzz with his latest beer, which is made without any hops. The buzz is even stronger because he is using coffee to replace the bitter aroma and flavor that hops typically provide. >More
 A view from behind the taps at Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2014

The crowd was thirsty that day, my friends -- though, at Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, put on since 2010, the crowd's always thirsty. And as bustling and eager as the event floor is from the perspective of the drinker and eater, there's a unique kind of press that the folks behind the tap handles experience. >More
 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
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