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Todd Hubler

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

The exterior of a can or bottle speaks to us as drinkers and consumers. A careful reading of label art can say something important about the brewery. more »

Jun 21, 2016 3:02 PM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Forgotten Fire, a brewery from Peshtigo, enters the Madison market. Lone Girl in Waunakee is now serving its own house beers, and another Mr. Brews is slated to open. more »

Jun 23, 2016 5:00 AM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Viking Brewpub’s Midnight Sun cream ale varies somewhat in style from the standard cream ale. But Viking’s brewmaster has good reasons for the variation — and the flavor is worthy of the change-up. more »

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

What beers qualify as uniquely Wisconsin? It’s a crowded and worthy field. more »

Jun 14, 2016 5:15 PM Beer

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Robin Shepard

House of Brews’ DupleXX, a Belgian dubbel, is a “save” from inventive brewmaster Page Buchanan. And it’s already a strong contender for “best of 2016.” more »

Jun 15, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Phil Hoechst, owner and brewmaster at the Hop Haus in Verona, might be best known for his hoppy beer portfolio, but he’s just as serious when it comes to making traditional German-style beers like Dairy Air, a hefeweizen. more »

Jun 8, 2016 1:39 PM Beer

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Kyle Nabilcy

Beer tastings are not somber, haughty sip-fests. They’re fun, educational and help beer-lovers live in the moment. more »

Jun 7, 2016 1:59 PM Beer

The use and misuse of beer in our state. There’s a difference between appreciation and indulgence. more »

May 31, 2016 1:27 PM Beer 2 Comments

Grapefruit IPA from Milwaukee Brewing Company is the first of a coming line of beers brewed to accentuate tropical bitterness. This fruity refresher makes an ideal brunch quaffer. more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 PM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Pollux comes with soursop, and sometimes peach puree. Intrigued? Read on. more »

May 25, 2016 12:43 PM Beer

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