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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
 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
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