A doozy of a dozen

Why not curate the draft beer list at a dozen taps of great beer? The hard choices are already made.

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Robin Shepard

Sweet Baby Stout from the Lone Girl Brewing Company in Waunakee is one of its first hits. Maris Otter malt gives it a touch of sweet English biscuit. more »

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Bent Kettle founder Mark Cook was looking to create a beer that would be like a candy bar in a glass, with lots of coconut flavor. He has done just that with K’Paui. more »

Sep 14, 2016 12:05 PM Beer

For a variety of reasons there is less interaction than you would think between Madison and Milwaukee. Even beer fans don’t seem to make much of an effort to sample each other’s brews. more »

Sep 13, 2016 11:00 AM Beer

Bottle shops from large to small all have their own pros and cons. Seeking rare bottles? Find a few new places to hunt ’em down. more »

Sep 6, 2016 11:00 AM Beer

Light beers all too often get overlooked by craft beer enthusiasts looking for bigger and more assertive brews. However, a solid golden ale is a necessary component to a well-rounded brewpub menu. Rockhound Brewery’s Sandstone fits the bill. more »

Sep 7, 2016 12:05 PM Beer

Real baked pumpkin goes into Stingy Jack Pumpkin ale. Spices are found throughout, from aroma to finish. more »

Aug 31, 2016 1:55 PM Beer


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

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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

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

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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


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

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

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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


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

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

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

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

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