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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
 Beer Here: Gluten-Free Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale from Greenview Brewing

For those in Madison who follow a gluten-free diet yet want to drink beer, there is now a locally brewed option. Greenview Brewing just released its Alt Brew Farmhouse Ale in bomber bottles. It's the creation of the husband-and-wife team of Trevor and Maureen Easton, who founded the gluten-free brewery for a personal reason. >More
 Door County ramps up as a craft beer tourist destination

Wisconsin's "thumb" " its most northeastern Lake Michigan shore " is well-known for its scenic views and appeal to tourists. The area is defined by cherry blossoms in spring, turning leaves in fall, and all year the winding roads that hug the coastline from northern Kewaunee County to the tip of the Door Peninsula. >More
 Door County Brewing fires up its new brewery in Baileys Harbor

Door County isn't just for summer tourists. Among the cherry blossoms that it's known for, the region is now starting to support more craft beer. Originally launched early last year, Door County Brewing is opening its new production brewery in Baileys Harbor this Memorial Day weekend. >More
 Beer Here: My Turn #008 Johnson Double India Pale Ale from Lakefront Brewery

Now that Madison Craft Beer Week has wrapped up, it's a good time to reflect on some of the beers that really stood out. There were a lot of collaborative brews this year, with Madison brewmasters teaming up with each other and out-of-town breweries, and there's bound to be more next time around. The 10-day festival was an incredible showcase for new beers. Lakefront Brewery and its new double IPA named Johnson was one that left a mark on my hop-centric taste buds. >More
 Beer Here: Grand Cru from Hinterland Brewery

When applied to beer, the term "Grand Cru" creates certain expectations. These brews are often Belgian-inspired, with rich, unique yeasty qualities and flavors ranging from sweet to sour tart, sometimes dry spicy and warm. The term isn't as much a defined style as it is a marketing moniker, and to be blunt, many Grand Crus are really not all that grand. Hinterland has been working on a version of a Trappist-style ale for a couple of years in its Green Bay brewpub, and is now releasing it for the first time in bottles. >More
 Beer Here: Common Thread Bohemian Pilsner for Madison Craft Beer Week 2014

One of the most common, if not ubiquitous styles of beer, is taking a turn as the third annual Common Thread, the collaborative brew made by south-central Wisconsin brewers for Madison Craft Beer Week. Each year, a different style of beer is showcased for the festival, and this year's symbol of teamwork in the among local brewing scene is a Bohemian pilsner. The style is often credited with giving birth to lager brewing, and would become the most popular type of beer in the world. >More
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