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The Wisconsin supper club cocktail

Supper clubs are a Wisconsin birthright. The ritual of relish trays, wedge salads, prime rib and fish fries on Friday is part of the state's unique culinary and social heritage. Often family-run for generations, the establishments have a timeless quality. Much of their appeal is that the clock, suspended in an atmosphere of relaxation and tradition, is frozen at some point before the 1960s. >More
 Embrace the tap takeover

When it comes to the tap takeover, there are really only two kinds of beer-drinker responses. There's "Aw, man, now all the beer geeks are going to be clogging up my watering hole of choice all night, and my favorite beer is going to be replaced by some brandy barrel-aged vanilla kumquat Belgian strong ale." >More
 The ideal autumn six-pack of Wisconsin-centric beers

Autumn beers fall between the lighter lawnmower beers of summer and the stronger, snifter-sipped brews of winter. My ideal fall "pick six" lies somewhere between the lazy days of summer and holding onto a really cold one...with mittens. >More
 Teatime with cocktails

Nothing's more tame than a soothing cup of tea, but add the world's most popular beverage to a cocktail and its simplicity gets an exciting makeover. From summer's sweet spiked iced tea to fall's hot toddies, tea is an unsung hero of mixology that enlivens and structures an amazing variety of drinks. >More
 Square Wine Company's Andrea Hillsey finds her niche in Madison

As owner of Square Wine Company, 5 N. Pinckney St. on the Capitol Square, Andrea Hillsey shares her passion for wine with customers through regular classes and tastings, and also with every bottle sold. >More
 Here's where you should go for a drink in Madison

There are loads of great places to grab a drink in Madison, but finding just the right spot for the perfect meet-up isn't always easy. >More
 Nathan Greenawalt's Old Sugar Distillery comes into its own

Drinking your first craft beer after a lifetime of PBR can produce such an epiphany that it drives you to the brewing arts. So imagine what growing up around the good stuff can do. Nathan Greenawalt, 31, owner and distiller at Madison's Old Sugar Distillery, grew up in Brighton, Mich., which, he says, "is a great place for drinking good beer early." >More
 More craft breweries on the way to Madison in 2013

The local craft beer scene continues to grow, with multimillion-dollar expansion projects planned for New Glarus Brewing, Capital Brewery and Ale Asylum. Smaller startups keep coming -- Karben4, One Barrel and Next Door, for instance. >More
 Can't find a beloved beer? Try these Wisconsin-made brews

In literature, the white whale was the beast that taunted Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick. In the craft beer community, the term "white whale" refers to beers that are limited by production quantity, geography or high sale price. They're the hard-to-get beers that certain people will spend years hunting. >More
 A Madison pub crawl that refuses to deviate from the bike path

The relationship between bicycling and beer is undeniable, if inexplicable. Why is the bicyclist personality type also drawn to craft beer? New Belgium, out of Colorado, is possibly the brewery most associated with bikes, though it is not alone. >More
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