Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Isthmus Cask Ale Fest at Madison Children's Museum

A yearly tradition, now moves to the eve of Madison Craft Beer Week. Isthmus Cask Ale Fest features exclusive cask-conditioned ales from your favorite regional breweries. This year the fest will be held at the Madison Children's Museum from 7-10 PM.



WISCoast Ale has bright citrus hoppiness. It should rouse you from heavy winter beer palate boredom. more

Mar 15, 2017 12:00 PM Beer

Miller Park is planning a beer upgrade for 2017. That puts it in the top tier of craft beer stadiums. more

Mar 14, 2017 4:28 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Lake Louie has a new double IPA that’s intensified with rye. Chicken Dance has plenty of hop flavor to meld with all that rye. more

Mar 8, 2017 2:09 PM Beer

Ladies and gentlemen, step away from the knives. We have a sure-fire solution to the sticky problem of waxed beer bottles. more

Mar 7, 2017 2:01 PM Beer 2 Comments

Collaboration is the keyword as state brewers come together to create Common Thread 2017. The collaborative beer is a different style each year. more

Mar 6, 2017 2:10 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Mid-Westy Blond from the Great Dane-Hilldale is a new creation by brewer Nate Zukas. He was inspired by a trip to Belgium that was beer research for the pub’s brewers. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 PM Beer


Kyle Nabilcy

The beer world loves a good pun, or a bad one, more than just about any other industry. It makes picking beers for special events an extra-special form of entertainment. more

Feb 28, 2017 2:59 PM Beer

12 oz. Curl from Ale Asylum is a new pilsner from the brewery best known for its hoppy beers. This one arrives in the form of a traditional kellerbeer, i.e., an unfiltered lager. more

Feb 22, 2017 3:16 PM Beer

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Kyle Nabilcy

Obviously Milwaukee is a great place to go for beer. So why don’t Madisonians head east more often? more

Feb 21, 2017 4:53 PM Beer

Stark Naked pale ale is a local twist on a New England style from Next Door brewing. It's unusually silky and has a low enough ABV to be thought of as sessionable. more

Feb 15, 2017 12:00 PM Beer

Sweet beers go hand-in-hand with Valentine’s Day, and its focus on dessert. But these beers are surprisingly great on any date night. more

Feb 15, 2017 8:09 AM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Madison’s newest beer hangout is set to open this weekend. BarleyPop Tap and Shop is a unique combination: part tap room, part bottle shop. more

Feb 9, 2017 2:03 PM Beer

Bock’s O-Chocolates from Vintage Brewing Company is a ramped-up chocolate doppelbock. It carries notes of vanilla and caramel and chocolate maltiness. more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 PM Beer

Many beers are worth traveling over state lines to drink. Make tracks to sip these while you can. more

Feb 7, 2017 2:24 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

There’s a brand-new taproom from Bent Kettle in Fort Atkinson. Hop Haus of Verona is now bottling several beers. Plus, beers to watch for. more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Beer


Robin Shepard

5th Quarter Porter is one of the first house-brewed beers at the new Lucky’s 1313 Brew Pub. It’s the way a porter should be, flavorful and inviting. more

Feb 1, 2017 2:03 PM Beer


Kyle Nabilcy

As more breweries produce beers meant to be cellared, more critics of the practice emerge. Well, as long as you don’t get arrested.... more

Jan 31, 2017 3:54 PM Beer


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The top 10 Wisconsin beers of 2016. It’s hard to pick from all the great craft breweries in the state. It’s an embarrassment of riches. more

Dec 29, 2016 5:00 AM Beer 1 Comments

There’s plenty of reason to be excited about new local beers in 2017. One Barrel Brewing will be one of the first to debut a new bottled beer in 2017 with Tiny Giant Saison. more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

Bring along a six-pack or 22-oz. bottle of good cheer to thank the host or share with the rest of the assembled. Here are 19 special brews. more

Dec 20, 2016 4:00 PM Beer