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Beer Here: Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinie's is a name nearly all Wisconsin beer drinkers should recognize, and many know its brews quite well. But even breweries with the longest histories can surprise with flavors both new and unexpected. >More
 Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus in the works for Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie may soon have its own brewpub. It's to be called Prairie Brewing & Smokehaus, and the owners are hoping to open in 2015 provided the financing falls in place. The Madison suburb is relatively untapped; with a population of about 30,000 residents, it's Dane County's second-largest city, yet in the midst of the current craft beer boom, it has no brewery. >More
 Beer Here: 20th Anniversary Ale from the Great Dane Pub

The Great Dane is marking two decades of craft beer with its new 20th Anniversary Ale, and one might say the idea for it has been fermenting for just as long. "We based it on the fun factor of trying to play off the number 20," says Rob LoBreglio, brewmaster and co-founder for the group of brewpubs. He and his team of brewers created a beer with 20 different malts, 20 different hops, 20 different yeasts and 20 different waters to mark this major milestone. >More
 The Great Dane Pub celebrates 20 years of craft brewing in Madison and beyond

When Rob LoBreglio fired up the kettles at the Dane Pub for the first time, the brewhouse had no glass, no exhaust system, and the paint on the walls was barely dry. "That was interesting," says the co-owner and brewmaster about launching the downtown Madison brewpub 20 years ago. >More
 Beer Here: Brandy and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Berliner Weisse from MobCraft Beer

MobCraft Beer is quickly building a name for itself. Since debuting little more than a year ago, the brewery is becoming known for its recipes that are conceived and voted upon online by its fans. Its latest release is Old Fashioned Berliner Weisse, with one version aged in brandy barrels and another aged in bourbon barrels. >More
 Beer Here: Ole Eagle Porter from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

I'm a big fan of porters, especially when they come with a good story. The style emerged some 250 years ago as a beer of the English laboring class. These brews nearly vanished in the United States, though, until they were revived by homebrewers several decades back. And it was these homemade beers that deserve some credit for Ole Eagle, a traditional porter now on tap at the Grumpy Troll. >More
 Beer Here: Autumnal Hoppiness Harvest Ale and Nimble Lips Noble Tongue Fresh Hop Harvest Ale from 3 Sheeps Brewing

A variety of malty and sweet seasonal brews compete for attention this time of year, but autumn brings some of the best hoppy beers too. After all, hop flowers are typically picked in September, and given the renewed interest in growing this crop in Wisconsin, this is the season when fresh-hopped beers can be at their best. >More
 Beer Here: Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale from Karben4 Brewing

IPAs are hot, and there certainly are a lot of them being brewed now. So many, in fact, that when a truly distinctive one emerges from the crowd, you take notice. Fantasy Factory from Karben4 is one that stands out, and is worthy of all the attention and accolades it's receiving. hen Karben4 first introduced Fantasy Factory, it was swiftly embraced by Madison's hop-loving beer enthusiasts. >More
 Karben4 to double beer production as the brewery starts releasing bottles

The words "Fantasy Factory" take on special meaning amidst the whirl and hum of a brewery built upon both dreams and hard work. On Saturday, another idea became reality when Karben4 Brewing fired up some long-dormant machinery for the first time and started filling bottles with its most popular beer, Fantasy Factory India Pale Ale. >More
 Beer Here: Pumpkin Pie Lust from New Glarus Brewing

'Tis the season for pumpkin beers! These niche brews are abundant in autumn -- and all over the map when it comes to flavor. New Glarus Brewing added a surprising entry to the mix this year with its new Pumpkin Pie Lust. Brewmaster Dan Carey says he was drawn to the idea of creating a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. >More
 One Barrel Brewing assembles a sour beer basement

Sour beers are riding a wave of popularity, and now One Barrel Brewing in Madison is entering the field. Over the summer, the nano-brewery on Atwood Avenue started offering an occasional sour on draught. The response from patrons has been so enthusiastic that One Barrel is establishing a dedicated sour beer program. >More
 MobCraft and Capital Brewery win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

"This is crazy, who would have thought we would win?" says MobCraft Beer founder Giotto Troia from the floor of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The brewery's Batshit Crazy took silver medal honors as a coffee beer at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. >More
 Beer Here: Organic ESB Ale from Lakefront Brewery

While Lakefront Brewery is best known for the beers it produces, the company's impact on the craft brewing industry is noteworthy as well. More than a decade ago, owner Rush Klisch was among the first in the current generation of brewing entrepreneurs to embrace using locally grown ingredients. >More
 Beer Here: Nuggetopia from The Hop Garden

In craft beer, all things hoppy will sell. The IPA and double IPA are the fastest growing styles today, and brewers joke about an arms race to see who can get the most out of hops to achieve higher and higher levels of International Bitterness Units, or IBUs. >More
 The ideal autumn six-pack of Wisconsin-centric beers

Autumn beers fall between the lighter lawnmower beers of summer and the stronger, snifter-sipped brews of winter. My ideal fall "pick six" lies somewhere between the lazy days of summer and holding onto a really cold one...with mittens. >More
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