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Beer Here: Tangerine Dream from the Great Dane

When brewers get feedback on their creations, it isn't always from paying customers. Sometimes staff favorites can find way their onto the menu. It was in-house peer pressure that had a lot to do with the recent reappearance of a special wheat beer on the taps at the Hilldale and East locations of the Great Dane. >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
 Beer Here: Eastside APA from Next Door Brewing

Since taking on the lead brewer position at Next Door Brewing in May, Bryan Kreiter has been making subtle changes at the east-side brewpub that haven't gone unnoticed by its fans. Keeping the regulars happy has meant that Kreiter has kept up with demand for the mainstays like Wilbur (cream ale) and Sevex (English strong ale) while turning out a half-dozen new beers based on his own recipes. >More
 Viking Brewpub prepares to set sail in Stoughton

Stoughton is getting ready to welcome Dane County's newest brewery. The Viking Brewpub, in the works over the last year, is getting ready to open in early August. Owner Vik Malling, 68, says renovations are nearly complete on the building at 211 E. Main St. that locals may remember as the Stationery House. >More
 Beer Here: Increase Wheat Gooseberry Berliner Weisse from Milwaukee Brewing Company

Milwaukee Brewing Company is releasing it first sour, a Berliner Weisse named Increase Wheat. "Sours give us street cred as among the microbreweries who'll make anything," says head brewer Robert Morton. What sets this new sour beer apart from the rest is that it's made with gooseberries. >More
 A 2014 All-Star break for Madison beer and breweries

So much continues to develop in Wisconsin's brewing scene that it's worth taking a moment to think about all the great beers that have been released recently. As a nod to Major League Baseball's All-Star break, now is a good time to call attention to a few of the stars from the first half of 2014. >More
 Beer Here: The Cabernet of Dr. Caligari from Vintage Brewing

Vintage Brewing just made its 500th batch of beer on July 1. "We're just over four years old, and I think it's great that we're humming along with over 100 batches a year," says Scott Manning, brewmaster and co-owner of Vintage. Since opening in 2010, Manning estimates that he has made at least 60 different styles of beer. >More
 Beer Here: Good Old Potosi from Potosi Brewing

The Fourth of July is about summer traditions, family gatherings and sharing beer with friends while watching fireworks. This year, consider a brew from Potosi Brewing that speaks to that sense of community. Good Old Potosi was once an icon in the Wisconsin brewing business, and it's still made today by a revived craft-era brewery. This beer offers a taste of history each time you crack one open >More
 New Glarus Brewing debuts the first sour beers from its wild fruit cave

The first beers from the new wild fruit cave at New Glarus Brewing are set to be released. "People have been moving to hoppy beers, and now IPAs are sort of mainstream," says brewmaster and co-owner Dan Carey. "The next cutting-edge thing is sour beer." >More
 Beer Here: Fishin' in the Dark from Capital Brewery

Who says dark brews aren't for summer? For anybody who might think such beers are too heavy for hot weather, a new release from Capital Brewery challenges those assumptions. Fishin' in the Dark, created by assistant brewer Ashley Kinart, is a classic German lager known as a schwarzbier. Labeled "imperial" as a nod to its strength and firm favor, it's a good catch for craft beer fans. >More
 From Dubuque to Potosi: The American Breweriana Association celebrates beer history

"I don't gamble, I don't smoke, I don't drink too much beer, so I have plenty of money to spend on my hobby,” says Art Santen. The St. Louis resident's hobby is collecting bottle openers from breweries. Santen has collected so many -- 35,000 so far -- that he's been recognized by Guinness World Records as having the largest such collection. >More
 Beer Here: Thumbprint Scream IIPA from New Glarus Brewing

Just when you think you know what to expect from New Glarus Brewing, brewmaster Dan Carey releases something that catches you off-guard. His most recent surprise is a new Imperial IPA named Scream. It's loaded with hops -- "a boatload of Cascades," says Carey. He uses 10 different varieties of hops in the beer, including several Wisconsin-grown varieties, three of which are from the brewery's own hop fields. >More
 Beer Here: Hop Gose the Grapefruit from MobCraft Beer

Beers like the Gose, Berliner Weisse, Alt and Kölsch are great old styles of German beers with hundreds of years of brewing tradition behind them. Because they are fairly rare around Wisconsin, they might seem like new inventions, especially when a craft brewery offers a modern twist on a venerable classic. The Gose is probably the most challenging of these styles to find. >More
 Beer Here: Hips Don't Lie Bavarian-Style Weissbier from Lucette Brewing

Any guy can give his sweetheart a bouquet, but to create a beer for her that's made with roses? Now that's true love! Hips Don't Lie, a hefeweizen from Lucette Brewing, combines the floral essence of roses and honey for a unique take on a German wheat beer. >More
 Beer Here: Maple Surple Brown Ale from Lake Louie Brewing

Earlier this spring, Lake Louie Brewing announced a series of changes to its line-up. Over the summer, the brewery is releasing five brand-new beers, presented in three distinct series. One of these new creations is Maple Surple, a brown ale made with maple syrup. "It's like having French toast," says Lake Louie owner and brewmaster Tom Porter. "It's really sparked a lot of creativity and fun in the brewery." >More
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