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Robin Shepard

The recent Great American Beer Festival win for Vintage Brewing’s signature beer Dedication is well deserved. The strong Belgian-style ale has a rich malty backbone that complements notes of raisin and dark stone fruits. Read more

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A big win at the Great American Beer Festival prompts Vintage to make some changes. Tangent, its downtown location, will be renamed to highlight its Vintage connection. Read more

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Jessica Jones did not set out to recreate an obscure Burton ale, but it’s a good one and so popular it might find a regular place on the brewery’s taps. Read more

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Kiki Ljung

Do you know your Teku from your Willi Becher? There are many reasons to pair the correct glass with a beer style. Read more

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With the explosion of new craft breweries in the state, it’s easy to overlook some very fine beer. Here are six young breweries not to miss. Read more

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Next Door Brewing has a new IIPA that’s been aged for nearly four months in red wine barrels. It features a new hop from France called Barbe Rouge. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Notella, a sweet stout from Karben4, has the chocolate hazelnut flavoring of a certain famed chocolate hazelnut spread. But brewmaster Ryan Koga makes it from a blend of specialty malts, hazelnut extract and liquid cocoa. Read more

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Robin Shepard

The new crop of Wisconsin-brewed Oktoberfests available in Madison is large. Our beer critic has sampled them all and has a top pick. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Author Doug Hoverson delved into primary source material in writing "The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous: Beer and Brewing in the Badger State." It’s an encyclopedia of the state’s brewing history. Read more

FOOD & DRINK

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Robin Shepard

It’s a party that will take beer drinkers from summer to fall. Hawaiian Shirt Party is an intense, imperial kettle sour. Read more

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Robin Shepard

One of Madison’s smallest breweries, The Parched Eagle, is releasing its first beer in cans. Crane Ale is a flagship from the Westport beermaker. Read more

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The second annual Paulpalooza fundraiser memorializes Paul Natzke. The Hop Garden will feature a special red lager for the occasion. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Ooga Brewing, Beaver Dam’s first brewery since 1953, has been open for a couple of months. We check out the house taps. Read more

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Robin Shepard

The brut IPA is a challenging style that’s growing in popularity. The Wisconsin Pink Boots Society has collaboratively brewed one that’s on the lighter side. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Pio Piotrowski of Delta beer lab has been playing around with witbier recipes his whole career. Now he’s come up with an intriguing hybrid full of Zythos hops. Read more

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Robin Shepard

The 33rd year for the Great Taste of the Midwest saw no shortage of great beers. Here are the brews our beer critic will be dreaming of at night. Read more

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Herbiery Brewing launches in Madison with two beers. Neither of them is brewed with hops. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Zealandia takes its inspiration from New Zealand-specific hops. It’s a sessionable, citrusy treat — in a pilsner. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Ale Asylum’s Ghosted, a New England IPA, was made with an experimental hop that’s no longer being grown. So this is your only chance to try it. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Brewmaster Ashley Kinart put the Capital Brewery pilot brew system to work recently. She’s come up with a citrusy, floral witbier — a winner for summer. Read more

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