Kyle Nabilcy

Sandwich savior

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

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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

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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

Is it a big deal that pumpkin beers are being released in July? Is it okay to drink a porter in summer? What is everybody complaining about? more »

Jul 12, 2016 12:00 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

Black Cloud Belgian dark ale from Furthermore Beer has mild sweetness and a light body. But it’s no session beer. more »

Jul 13, 2016 12:00 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

A helles version of a rauchbier is all about finesse, and brewmaster Scott Manning delivers with creative flair and precision with Kindled Spirits from Vintage Brewing Company. It’s on tap now at the west-side brew pub. more »

Jul 6, 2016 3:35 PM Beer


Todd Hubler

Three out-of-state breweries enter the Wisconsin market. All three are known for avid followers and big flavors. more »

Jun 30, 2016 5:00 AM Beer

Sour beers are getting to be as popular as hoppy brews in the craft world. A member of the tribe of tart muses about the race to create ever more sour versions. more »

Jun 28, 2016 3:51 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

Hopsmith from Potosi Brewing Company is a great IIPA, one of the best. But it’s in short supply this summer. more »

Jun 29, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

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