Robin Shepard

Howard helles lager from Lakefront Brewery is a worthy representative of this classic German lager. It was created by Howard, the brewery’s MacGyver, as part of its “My Turn” series. more »

Aug 24, 2016 12:05 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Refresher Course from O’so Brewing is a drinkable, funky sour. It’s one of several Brett beers that brewmaster Marc Buttera is focusing on these days. more »

Aug 17, 2016 12:05 PM Beer


Kyle Nabilcy

What kinds of beers go with limburger? Untold numbers, it turns out. A report from the Great Taste of the Midwest 2016. more »

Aug 16, 2016 3:38 PM Beer

Beer-Great-Taste-of-the-Midwest-crRobinShepard-08162016 (5).JPG

Robin Shepard

Our longtime beer columnist picks his favorites from the 2016 Great Taste of the Midwest beer festival. There were plenty of unique beers on hand. more »

Aug 15, 2016 3:33 PM Beer

Beer-New-Glarus-Smoke-on-the-Porter-crRobinShepard-08112016 (2).jpg

Robin Shepard

Smoke on the Porter from New Glarus Brewing is a marriage made for late summer sipping. Adding smoke to the aroma and flavor of beer can be challenging for brewers, but Dan Carey has it down. more »

Aug 10, 2016 3:12 PM Beer

The frenzy for entry to the Great Taste of the Midwest shouldn’t stop Midwestern fairness and friendliness. We don’t roll that way around here. more »

Aug 9, 2016 1:22 PM Beer


Richard Hartley

Why is this night different from all other nights? More rare beers. Here are our picks for the best of the Great Taste of the Midwest beer fest pre-parties. more »

Aug 8, 2016 2:20 PM Beer

Beer-Oktillion-crRobinShepard-08032016 (3).jpg

Scott Hanna

Oktillion Oktoberfest from Ale Asylum ranks with the best. It fits in well with the slightly lighter and more sessionable “fest” style of Oktoberfest beer that has been made famous in the beer tents of the modern Oktoberfest celebration in Munich. more »

Aug 3, 2016 2:32 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Quaffable Bang Bang Meringue, winner of Isthmus’ Beer and Cheese Fest homebrew contest, makes its way to local taps. more »

Aug 3, 2016 10:17 AM Beer

Consider the proxy system in rare beer releases. Does it really mitigate the problems with particularly frenzied limited releases? more »

Aug 2, 2016 4:58 PM Beer 2 Comments


Robin Shepard

Konga Buzz IPA from the Great Dane-Hilldale isn’t a porter or stout. The bright, crisply acid Ethiopian coffee beans pair with hops with similar fruity and citrus qualities. more »

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Beer


Todd Hubler

The Midwest is far from the coasts, but there’s plenty to see, eat and drink here in the middle. And it’s easy to do even on the spur of the moment. more »

Jul 26, 2016 3:01 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Imperial pilsner from Capital showcases old and new. Ashley Kinart and Fred Scheer collaborate, creating a beer with balance between malt and hops and between brewing generations. more »

Jul 20, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

Light, often fruity beers, are popular in summer. There are the so-called lawnmower beers. And then there are beers you can take with you into the shower. Hint: They’re in cans. more »

Jul 19, 2016 3:34 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

MobCraft taproom opens in Walker’s Point. Plus other beer news on two new Mad City beer patios and the release of several brewer collaborations. more »

Jul 14, 2016 5:00 AM Beer


August 27, 2016

  • Isthmus Picks


August 28, 2016

  • Isthmus Picks


August 29, 2016


August 30, 2016


August 31, 2016


September 1, 2016


September 2, 2016

What to Do
* indicates required

  • What's happening this weekend

  • Bringing you the fun around town

  • A celebration of great beer

  • Our guide to food around Madison