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Beer Here: NightCall Smoked Porter from Karben4 Brewing

Four Bottle Openers! NightCall is my go-to all-around Karben4 favorite. It's just so drinkable, and it's great with food; it's not a beer you have to think too deeply about to appreciate. >More
 Rockhound Brewpub scouts a Madison location

Nate Warnke, a geology major with an M.B.A., left his job at American Family to focus on his dream of opening a brewery. >More
 Beer Here: InAbsinthia, from Vintage Brewing Company

"This is unique," says Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning of his latest creation. InAbsinthia is a robust blend of English and Belgian brewing tradition, aged for nearly a half-year in an absinthe barrel. With its layers of flavor, spicy notes of licorice and alcoholic warmth, InAbsinthia isn't for everyone. Adventuresome drinkers and those who love to find rare, limited-release beers, this is one you need to try. >More
 The best of the best at the 2015 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest

The sixth annual edition of Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest served up a menu of some 320 beers from more than 75 breweries. That's close to one hundred more beers than was served at last year's festival, an increase that highlights its growing size and scope. >More
 Beer Here: Road Slush Stout from New Glarus Brewing

Few beers pay homage to Wisconsin's winter landscape like as Road Slush, an oatmeal stout from New Glarus Brewing. This name underscores the brewery's Wisconsin-only identity, and here where the snow flies, it attracts beer fans who relish malty sweetness and hints of coffee. >More
 Ale Asylum plans a fun 2015 with new brews, cans and its Ferment Dissent release party

Ale Asylum is shaking things up in a big way for 2015. Over the next year, the Madison brewery plans to revamp its production schedule with a new series of beers, introduce cans for some its most popular labels and launch a major summer release party. "We've been so focused on keeping up with demand; we decided [it was time] to flex our creativity and have some fun," says co-owner Otto Dilba. >More
 Beer Here: Dubbel Czech from Badger State Brewing and MobCraft Beer

With the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, it's time to think about a beer to enjoy while watching them play. As a show of statewide support for the team, MobCraft Beer and Badger State Brewing have teamed-up to make a beer they call Dubbel Czech. It weds the basic qualities of a Belgian dubbel with the spicy-hoppiness of a Czech pilsner. If you're an Aaron Rodgers fan, this brew is a good choice for toasting touchdowns! >More
 Hop Haus Brewing hopes to bring a German tavern vibe to Verona

Verona is emerging as a craft beer destination within Dane County. Hop Haus Brewing is poised to become the community's third brewery, joining Gray's Tied House and the relatively new Wisconsin Brewing Company. >More
 Fifteen beers for 2015 from Madison and Wisconsin breweries

The upcoming year will be another great one for craft beer enthusiasts. As breweries open and expand, trends in sours and barrel-aging take root, and new ideas emerge, 2015 will have plenty in store for those who enjoy beers made in the Madison area and elsewhere around the state. >More
 A look ahead to Wisconsin craft beer in 2015: Breweries around the state

The craft beer scene continues to explode in the Madison area, but its growth across the state is just as breathtaking. Brewery expansions, broader distribution footprints, growth in sours and barrel-aging programs, and collaborative brewing projects all promise to make for a great 2015 in Wisconsin beer. >More
 A look ahead to Wisconsin craft beer in 2015: Breweries around Madison

Wisconsin craft breweries are gearing up for another great year in 2015, extending a period of unprecedented growth in the industry. This boom is evident around the entire state, but is particularly concentrated in Madison and the surrounding region, home to four of Wisconsin's seven largest craft operations and a bumper crop of start-ups. >More
 A six-pack, of sorts: My absolute favorite Wisconsin beers of 2014

This year we've seen brewery openings and expansions, new faces behind the brew kettles and top-notch Wisconsin-made beers. Not all are available in bottles, but if they were, it would make for a memorable six-pack. >More
 The best Wisconsin beers and breweries of 2014

Growth continues to seem boundless for craft beer in Wisconsin. Once again, the last 12 months have offered brewery openings and expansions, new faces behind the brew kettles, and plenty of memorable beers. These developments are evident around the state, while the region surrounding Madison continues to build a reputation as a brewing destination. >More
 Beer Here: Bilbo Baggins Black IPA from One Barrel Brewing

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien has undoubtedly captured the imaginations of many readers, particularly as they grow older after spending hours with the classic novel and its companion volumes. It was a childhood favorite for One Barrel Brewing owner Peter Gentry and brewer Dan Sherman, and is the inspiration for one of their most popular beers, Bilbo Baggins Black IPA. >More
 Beer Here: psycHOPath Intense Pale Ale from Wisconsin Brewing Company

Initially intended as a limited-release fall seasonal, psycHOPath is becoming a beer that's putting the Verona brewery on the map. "It's been our strongest beer out of the shot yet, we sold all of the first batch even before we had it packaged," says brewmaster Kirby Nelson. >More
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