Robin Shepard

Big-time saison

Alferd from the Parched Eagle is a black rye imperial saison from the Parched Eagle. It defies expectations for a saison, and is a great example of nanobrewery creativity.




Kyle Nabilcy

Goose Island’s Proprietor’s Day was a pretty good party. Pretty chill, pretty chilly. more

Nov 22, 2016 2:17 PM Beer

Slugger whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout from Potosi is available in Madison for the first time. The 2016 vintage was made in a different barrel from previous releases. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:35 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Spotted Cow Grand Cru from New Glarus Brewing Company is an amped-up version of the state’s most ubiquitous craft beer. It’s something like an imperial saison with smooth, fruity warmth. more

Nov 9, 2016 3:31 PM Beer

Martian Sunrise from Karben4 gets its name from its deep red hue. Its Mosaic hops are what will take fans of bitter beer out of this world. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

Results-watching may require a special kind of brew. Here's 10 election night recommendations that are no session beers. more

Nov 7, 2016 12:40 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

The beer and wine worlds collide in this latest from Dead Bird Brewing. Wine Thief is a complex, sweet, white wine-like beer that may convince staunch wine lovers and hard-core craft beer enthusiasts that collaboration can lead to good things. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 PM Beer


Kyle Nabilcy

This lesser-known beer gathering offers great access and good fun. A report from this year’s, which took place in day’s-drive-away Louisville, Kentucky. more

Nov 2, 2016 9:01 AM Beer

There are very rare bottles, but also great versions available in-state. Trade for a prized version, or use one in a pot of chili. more

Oct 25, 2016 11:00 AM Beer

Osiris Oak from 3rd Sign is one of the brewery’s one-year anniversary brews. It’s a complex but approachable robust imperial stout. more

Oct 26, 2016 11:49 AM Beer

Door County Brewing to expand in Baileys Harbor, Octopi turns one and releases special brews at party and New Glarus is now sold at the airport. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Beer


Robin Shepard

Ale Asylum has a new double IPA that emerged as a winner from its pilot batches. It uses a new hop variety from Gorst Valley to great effect. more

Oct 19, 2016 11:48 AM Beer


Carolyn Fath

The hops are harvested, and now comes the beer. Wet hop beers go big with flavor and aroma. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Beer

This is not the time of year for a beer fan to fall ill. Still, the drinking must go on. more

Oct 11, 2016 3:16 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Copperhead copper ale from Alt Brew has won a 2016 Great American Beer Festival silver medal. It has surprising malt-like flavor, given it’s made without the traditional barley malts. more

Oct 12, 2016 2:11 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Sailors Take Warning from Tyranena is an imperial blonde ale that should grow on you. And it should be even better as the weather gets colder and the snow begins to fly. more

Oct 5, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

Heading to Denver for GABF? Our veteran traveler and beer fan has a few tips on how to appreciate the fest and the sights. more

Oct 4, 2016 11:00 AM Beer


Robin Shepard

A kellerbier is an unfiltered cellar beer historically served right out of the cask in which it was fermented. Keller Brau from the Grumpy Troll ranks right up there with the real German brews. more

Sep 28, 2016 1:34 PM Beer

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

Sep 20, 2016 11:45 AM Beer

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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

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