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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 46.0° F  A Few Clouds

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Beer Here: Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale from Karben4 Brewing

IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More
 Karben4 to double beer production as the brewery starts releasing bottles

The words "Fantasy Factory" take on special meaning amidst the whirl and hum of a brewery built upon both dreams and hard work. On Saturday, another idea became reality when Karben4 Brewing fired up some long-dormant machinery for the first time and started filling bottles with its most popular beer, Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale. >More
 Beer Here: Pumpkin Pie Lust from New Glarus Brewing

'Tis the season for pumpkin beers! These niche brews are abundant in autumn -- and all over the map when it comes to flavor. New Glarus Brewing added a surprising entry to the mix this year with its new Pumpkin Pie Lust. Brewmaster Dan Carey says he was drawn to the idea of creating a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. >More
 One Barrel Brewing assembles a sour beer basement

Sour beers are riding a wave of popularity, and now One Barrel Brewing in Madison is entering the field. Over the summer, the nano-brewery on Atwood Avenue started offering an occasional sour on draught. The response from patrons has been so enthusiastic that One Barrel is establishing a dedicated sour beer program. >More
 MobCraft and Capital Brewery win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

"This is crazy, who would have thought we would win?" says MobCraft Beer founder Giotto Troia from the floor of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The brewery's Batshit Crazy took silver medal honors as a coffee beer at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. >More
 Beer Here: Organic ESB Ale from Lakefront Brewery

While Lakefront Brewery is best known for the beers it produces, the company's impact on the craft brewing industry is noteworthy as well. More than a decade ago, owner Rush Klisch was among the first in the current generation of brewing entrepreneurs to embrace using locally grown ingredients. >More
 Beer Here: Nuggetopia from The Hop Garden

In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >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
 Beer Here: Headless Man Amber Alt from Tyranena Brewing

Craft beer enthusiasts devote a lot of attention to bitterness as they seek out the latest and greatest, so much so that good brews under their noses can be overlooked. The altbier is one such style, with its smooth malty tones and clean balance. Then there's a lack of familiarity with the alt, given that few breweries in Wisconsin produce them. But I find this copper-colored beer to be wonderfully easy to drink -- almost too easy. >More
 Major expansion at Potosi Brewing aims to restore former glory

Potosi Brewing Company is embarking on an expansion project that may revive its glory days. Brought back to life in 2008, the brewery is in the midst of constructing a new brew house, packaging line and storage facilities that will position it to re-ascend into the ranks of Wisconsin's largest breweries. >More
 Beer Here: Ol' Reliable Munich Helles Lager from Wisconsin Brewing Company

He finally went out and did it! That's the sentiment about the latest creation by brewmaster Kirby Nelson, who's renowned for his talent at making German lagers. For those who know and appreciate his long-standing love of these beers, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before he put his signature on a Munich Helles. That's just what Nelson has done with Ol' Reliable, the new release from Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
 World of Beer taphouse is coming to Middleton

One of the fastest growing chains of craft beer taphouses has plans to come to the Madison area. World of Beer hopes to open at Middleton's Greenway Station by spring 2015. The upscale beer bar offers a tavern-like atmosphere with 40-50 taps, more than 500 bottled beers, and off-site sales that allow customers to take home mixed six-packs. >More
 Beer Here: Sasquash from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Fall must be right around the corner this year's pumpkin beers are already being released. "It's the seasonal creep -- breweries have been pushing out these beers earlier and earlier," says Mike Christensen, director of sales for Milwaukee Brewing Company. "As much as it feels crazy, the weather in Wisconsin is going to change dramatically soon and people's mindset begin to change." >More
 Beer Here: Grade 10 India Pale Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Lake Louie Brewing embarked on a wild ride this summer, dusting off its beer lineup, releasing new brews, and reshaping its image. "We've spent years adding maybe one new beer a year just to keep the beer geeks off my back," says owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "I've gotten a little sick of hearing, 'what do you have that's new?'" >More
 Beer Here: Staghorn Octoberfest Beer from New Glarus Brewing

To be a legitimate Wisconsin brewery, you need to make an Oktoberfest, says Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing. "If it's not a state law, it should be," he adds with a laugh. Even though autumn is still around the corner, it's now commonplace for these beers to be released in August. If you like the style, that's actually a good thing, because it makes for more selections to taste. >More
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