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Beer Here: Big Sweet Life Maibock from Wisconsin Brewing Company

"I love malt-emphasized beers," says Wisconsin Brewing Company's Kirby Nelson. That's an understatement to those who have followed Nelson's passion for brewing malt-focused German lagers. However, it raises a question. Since opening Wisconsin Brewing in Verona last November, why has he waited so long to make a Maibock? >More
 The Parched Eagle brewpub is planned for Middleton

It's likely that Middleton will be the next Dane County community to get a new brewpub. Plans are well underway for the Parched Eagle. Madison residents Jim Goronson, 48, and Tom Christie, 45, have identified a potential location in the 6300 block of University Avenue, and if all goes well, they could be making beer there by fall. >More
 Beer Here: Outboard Cream Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company

For some, spring starts when the robins arrive or the first tulips push up through the ground. But my spring begins with Opening Day and the cry of "Beer here!" Over the years, I've made a point of being with the Brew Crew as they begin their annual pennant pursuit. I've even gone so far as to pick seats at Miller Park based on where the best beer vendors are to be found. >More
 Beer Here: Hello, My Name Is Joe from 3 Sheeps Brewing

"There are so many coffee beers out there, I wanted to go the other way with coffee flavor and the beer behind it," says Grant Pauly, owner and brewmaster of 3 Sheeps Brewing. The Sheboygan-based brewery opened more than two years ago, and expanded its offerings last year with a new series of seasonal releases. Its latest is Hello, My Name Is Joe, a brew with a robust java taste that will wake up its drinkers. >More
 Beer Here: Ghost Ship White IPA from Capital Brewery

Brian Destree is making his mark at Capital, coming up with new labels, developing one-off brews, and even experimenting with barrel-aging, blending and infusing beers for special tapping events. Yet nowhere has his spirit been as evident as in the introduction of India Pale Ale-style beers to the brewery's portfolio. >More
 Beer Here: Thumbprint Dubbel from New Glarus Brewing

Some consider the Belgian dubbel to be the Port wine of the beer universe. When made to perfection, dubbels are dark in color and rich in maltiness, with wonderfully sweet flavors of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. They are among a family of Belgian Trappist beers commonly referred to as singles, dubbels, tripels and quadruples. >More
 Common Thread brewers create a Bohemian pilsner for Madison Craft Beer Week 2014

Dozens of brewers from around southern Wisconsin gathered Saturday to make a collaborative beer known as Common Thread. It's the third time that breweries around the region are joining together to create a special release for Madison Craft Beer Week, which runs May 2-11. The 2014 edition of Common Thread is a Bohemian pilsner. >More
 Beer Here: Lady Luck Irish Red Ale from Karben4 Brewing

There are a couple of ways to go if you're looking for a traditional Irish beer for St. Patrick's Day. There's the dry Irish stout, nearly synonymous with Guinness. Then there's the Irish Red, an ale known for being smooth, malty and pleasant. "It'll transport you right to Dublin," says Karben4 brewmaster Ryan Koga about Lady Luck, his take on an Irish Red. >More
 Beer Here: Kremlin Russian Imperial Stout from House of Brews

Madison's House of Brews is building a lineup of 22-ounce bomber bottle offerings and has its sights set on two big cities. "I really want to get my beers out in bombers, so I'm planning on self-distributing in parts of Chicago and Milwaukee," says brewery owner Page Buchanan. Among the first beers that Buchanan will take on the road is a bold Russian Imperial Stout he calls Kremlin. >More
 Beer Here: Beyond 2014 Braggot by Sprecher Brewing

A few beers are made for aging. One of those is the braggot, a brew that falls between a beer, made with malts, and a mead, made with honey. Braggots can take a long time to make and they can be expensive, so not many breweries produce them. Sprecher Brewing has been aging a braggot for nearly two years now, though, and the first bottles just started appearing around southern Wisconsin. >More
 4 Brothers Blended Beer is a labor of love for one Wisconsin family

"We're four pretty normal guys who love beer, love making it, and love sharing it," says Jimmy Gohsman, who makes up one-quarter of 4 Brothers Blended Beer Company. Jimmy and his brothers are taking a different track than most breweries, which turn out beers that fall within standard styles. >More
 Beer Here: Winds of Change from O'so Brewing

Change is in the air at O'so Brewing. The Plover-based brewery has started producing a new line of sour beers, and is giving more attention to its barrel-aging program. Plus, O'so just recently hired a new head brewer. So there's a lot of inspiration for Winds of Change, one in the brewery's new series of sour beers. >More
 Valkyrie Brewing reintroduces its beers to Wisconsin

Randy Lee has been brewing for nearly two decades. His beers have not been readily available in Madison for several years, though. That all changed in January, when his Valkyrie Brewing arrived on shelves in southern Wisconsin. >More
 Beer Here: Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing

The Wisconsin beer enthusiast will likely consider a cold can, dewy bottle or draught pour of their classic or craft favorite to stand as the state's official drink. However, there are others who will place the brandy Old Fashioned on that same pedestal, some maybe event a step above beer. The cocktail is certainly iconic, especially over the colder months of the calendar. >More
 Beer Here: Heavy Head Imperial Pilsner from the Great Dane Hilldale

When Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-owner of the Great Dane brewpubs, recently cut an interview short because one of his brewers was in the midst of making a beer and was calling to ask his advice, it made me curious. It turns out the beer in question was destined to become one of the biggest and strongest lagers the Dane has ever made. >More
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