It’s the season for spicy stouts

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.



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

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

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