Robin Shepard


Robin Shepard

The Fermentorium enters the Madison market with its Underwater Panther IIPA. It’s a beer with complexity and balance. more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 PM Beer 1 Comments


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Start making your list now. Here are special brews to look for at the 2017 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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Robin Shepard

Paoli’s the Hop Garden comes out with its first malt-forward beer, Resilient. It boasts lots of chocolate and toffee sweetness, and comes from a prizewinning recipe from an area homebrewer. more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 PM Beer

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Robin Shepard

Rauchbock from the Great Dane-downtown is a seductive and luscious beer with which to kick off 2017. The smoke does not overpower the fine bock at its base. more

Jan 4, 2017 12:00 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


Robin Shepard

The new Brandy Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter Lager from Lakefront Brewery of Milwaukee is perfect fare for the holiday beer fan. Just watch that 13.9 percent ABV. more

Dec 14, 2016 2:20 PM Beer


The Madison Alcohol License Review Committee recently delayed action on a proposal to site a German-style biergarten by Olbrich Park beach to give neighbors more time to ask questions about the project. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:15 PM Beer

Badger Club from Wisconsin Brewing Company is a reboot of its Golden Amber lager. It’s a new best-seller for the Verona company. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Beer


Robin Shepard

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. more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 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

Collaboration between Old Sugar and six local breweries creates six new signature liquors. Plus: Hop Haus has a barrel-aging program, and more beers to watch for. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM 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


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


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