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Saturday, August 23, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 77.0° F  Fog/Mist

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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
 Beer Here: Kink Belgian Abbey from Ale Asylum

A few years ago, when Ale Asylum was winding down at its original location, one of the last beers I ordered over the bar was a Belgian-style Abbey called Happy Ending. I considered it my personal homage to the brewery as it packed up and moved to its new location on Pankratz Street. >More
 The best of the best at the 2014 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival

For the 6,000 people who were lucky enough to get a ticket to the 28th annual Great Taste of the Midwest on August 9, it was a spectacular Saturday. Perched on the shores of Lake Monona, Olin Park once again provided an ideal setting for a celebration that draws beer enthusiasts to Madison from across the country. For many, it's the best day of the year. >More
 Beer Here: Bière de Seigle from Door County Brewing

Door County Brewing made its debut late last summer with an initial round of beer releases, but it wasn't until a few months ago its regular lineup was expanded with a pair of farmhouse ales, or saisons. "It's a style that gets the beer geek crowd excited," says Danny McMahon, who partnered with his brother Ben and their father John to launch the brewery. Both will be year-round beers, and of the pair, the Bière de Seigle stands out with a creative use of rye malt. >More
 Madison’s thirst is far from quenched as Wisconsin ascends in the craft beer industry

At a time when overall beer sales and consumption are declining, interest in craft beer is at an all-time high, in Madison and around the nation. Wisconsin's capital city and its surrounding region can now be considered as among acclaimed brewing destination cities like Asheville, North Carolina, or Fort Collins, Colorado, with aspirations to reach into the ranks of San Diego, Denver and Portland, Oregon. >More
 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
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