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Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Randy Cortright of Virent

Brilliant inventions can change the world, but turning a breakthrough into an everyday reality requires long-term investments. Dr. Randy Cortright, a UW-Madison-educated chemical engineer who co-created a method to transform biomass into a broad suite of fuels and plastics, is committed to taking that path. >More
 Your guide to Great Taste of the Midwest eve 2014 pre-parties and beer tastings

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. >More
 There and Back with New Glarus Brewing: Wisconsin gets a taste of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. >More
 O Jogo Bonito: UW-Madison screening World Cup 2014 matches in a dozen languages

As four weeks of World Cup 2014 matches are screened at locations across Madison, most of the broadcasts will be in English. Several spots will go with Spanish commentary, of course. UW-Madison, though, will be screening much of the tournament in around a dozen languages, representing most of the 32 participating nations. >More
 Live coverage of #LoveWinsWI celebrations and weddings in Madison

A federal judge reversed Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage in a decision issued late Friday, June 6. In Madison, numerous excited couples applied for marriage licenses at the Dane County Clerk's office and were wed on the front steps of the City-County Building through the evening. >More
 Where to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Madison

For fans of international soccer who live in the United States, watching broadcasts of the World Cup is usually not a simple proposition. Set aside the quadrennial discussion over whether the sport is set to break out in this country -- it's that the last four editions have been held on the other side of the world that has made dedicated fandom a serious commitment. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, though, is making supporting your side much easier. >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
 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
 Madison Craft Beer Week 2014: Local breweries and taverns team up for special releases

Madison Craft Beer Week brings out more than the best of just a single brewery. Multiple brewers around the city started pairing up months ago in collaborative brewing ventures that are likely to be among the most sought-after releases of this year's festival. >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
 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
 Madland: City of Madison launches beta version of new mobile friendly website, seeks feedback

First it was a new logo. Now it's a new website. The city of Madison is continuing to update its public face, both graphically and technologically, and its latest project is making its debut. >More
 Madland: State Street's changing place in Madison

One of Madison's essential characteristics is its transience, particularly in a downtown defined by the university. As a college town, the seasonal rhythms are defined by the school year, and the flux of incoming and outgoing residents creates its own cadence of change. Such changes are reflected in the downtown landscape. >More
 Isthmus Indie Awards 2013: Green Angel -- Ann Sensenbrenner, Farm to Vase

Beautiful flowers should reflect the environment that surrounds and sustains them. With this thought in mind, Ann Sensenbrenner founded Farm to Vase, which provides locally sourced flowers. >More
 How hockey geeks tracked down a Wisconsin Badgers game on Breaking Bad (spoilers)

When Walter White finds himself inside a dim and desolate tavern in the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, the TV above the bar is by chance tuned to a classic late '90s Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey game. >More
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