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Robin Shepard

Not every soccer team is lucky enough to have its own beer. But the new Forward Madison does, and it’s a fruity cherry kölsch from One Barrel. Read more

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Robin Shepard

A grisette is a nearly forgotten beer style similar to a saison. This light farmhouse ale from The Lone Girl and Working Draft was meant to refresh miners back in the late 1700s. Read more

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Robin Shepard

A squarrel is square stainless steel keg, with slats that allow the brewer to insert wooden staves into its side walls. It speeds up the wood aging process, and has in this instance produced this very fine gose from Delta Beer Lab. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Common Thread 2019 is a collaboration beer made by two dozen Wisconsin brewers. It’s an unusual cranberry witbier made with many Wisconsin ingredients. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Drinkers looking for a lighter Belgian will be interested in this “Belgian single’ or enkel from Sunshine Brewing Company. The year-old Lake Mills brewery specializes in big beers, but have balanced their lineup with this flavorful session beer. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Suffice it to say, when Giant Jones Brewing and Bos Meadery worked together to create a dark braggot called Paint It Black, they stayed within the letter of the law. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Centennial, Amarillo and Columbus hops are less trendy these days than Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy. But Door County Brewing brewmaster Danny McMahon is happy to play with this assertive trio. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Earth Rider Brewery got its start in 2017 in Superior’s North Tower Avenue neighborhood. Among Earth Rider brews to watch for on Madison area shelves are Superior Pale Ale, Caribou Lake IPA, Raspbecrush raspberry sour and North Tower Stout. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Ahnapee Brewery of Algoma is starting to deliver its beer to Madison. Try its Fun Guy English brown — with mushrooms! Read more

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Robin Shepard

Delta Beer Lab opens with a range of ales including Coffee Infused Brown. The initial beer list features a range of ales: a porter, a golden, a red, a West Coast IPA and a New England IPA. Read more

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Chris Rusu

Standing Tall oatmeal stout from Rockhound will raise funds to fight domestic abuse. The beer’s official release party on January 29 will feature a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Read more

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Four Winters from Funk Factory sets a benchmark for the American lambic movement, and rightfully so. It’s an unfruited lambic that sets a standard for the style. Read more

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Karben4’s new winter warmer, Wisco Warmer, is a winner. Surprising notes of anise come from aging in an aquavit barrel. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Veneration is a worthy quad from 3 Sheeps Brewing Company of Sheboygan. The real difference comes from five months of aging in rye whiskey barrels. Read more

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There were a lot of New England IPAs this year, and many of them were good, even great. But our Robin Shepard doesn’t stop there. Here are all his favorite beers of 2018. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Hey Now Brown Cow is a northern-style brown ale from the Grumpy Troll. Flavor focuses on cocoa-like flavor and light nutty roastedness. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Northern Method doppelbock from Potosi Brewing ushers in the season. It’s sweet, with seductive waves of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Rye Panda is Next Door’s latest, a barleywine. It’s distinguished by additions of Chinese spices. Read more

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Robin Shepard

A collaboration from Wisconsin Brewing Company and Working Draft Beer Company is a strong Belgian tripel with unusual juicy hoppiness. It’s all to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Wisconsin Brewing. Read more

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Grand Madame barleywine from Milwaukee Brewing Company aged in brandy barrels. Sip it slowly. Read more

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