Kristian Knutsen


Laura Zastrow

Brilliant inventions can change the world, but turning a breakthrough into an everyday reality requires long-term investments. Dr. Randy Cortright, a UW-Madison-educated chemical engineer who co-created a method to transform biomass into a broad suite of fuels and plastics, is committed to taking that path. more

Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM People

Madison is ascending as a destination city for craft beer enthusiasts, a status that's affirmed the second week of every August when it plays host to the Great Taste of the Midwest and a growing host of satellite celebrations. Here's your guide to the series of pre-parties known as Great Taste Eve. more

Jul 25, 2014 5:00 PM , , Beer

Sierra Nevada Brewing originally conceived its Beer Camp as a project for homebrewers, with a lucky few selected each summer to participate in a VIP experience at the brewery's headquarters in Chico, California. But people have been filling their camping trips, road trips and tailgating sessions with beer since time immemorial, so when Sierra Nevada announced last July that the 2014 edition of Beer Camp would be a multi-state, multi-brewer collaborative affair, it tapped into something instinctive, primordial, in the craft beer fan's psyche. more

Jul 21, 2014 7:36 PM , , Beer


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As four weeks of World Cup 2014 matches are screened at locations across Madison, most of the broadcasts will be in English. Several spots will go with Spanish commentary, of course. UW-Madison, though, will be screening much of the tournament in around a dozen languages, representing most of the 32 participating nations. more

Jun 12, 2014 4:08 PM Sports


Kristian Knutsen

A federal judge reversed Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage in a decision issued late Friday, June 6. In Madison, numerous excited couples applied for marriage licenses at the Dane County Clerk's office and were wed on the front steps of the City-C more

Jun 7, 2014 2:49 AM News

For fans of international soccer who live in the United States, watching broadcasts of the World Cup is usually not a simple proposition. Set aside the quadrennial discussion over whether the sport is set to break out in this country -- it's that the last four editions have been held on the other side of the world that has made dedicated fandom a serious commitment. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, though, is making supporting your side much easier. more

Jun 4, 2014 11:00 PM Sports

Beer and World Cup soccer are an elemental pairing. Rivers of brews are poured for hundreds of millions of spectators around the globe watching broadcasts over a month of matches. The spectacle is big business for global beer brands, but it is also an opportunity for craft breweries to fete the beautiful game. more

Jun 3, 2014 7:36 PM Beer

Thirsty beer enthusiasts packed themselves into the flatiron confines of the Tipsy Cow last Friday evening to sample a handful of brews from Minnesota. It was the opening night of Madison Craft Beer Week, and a tap takeover featuring Surly Brewing attracted a crowd excited for a taste. more

May 7, 2014 2:05 AM Beer


Robin Shepard

Madison Craft Beer Week brings out more than the best of just a single brewery. Multiple brewers around the city started pairing up months ago in collaborative brewing ventures that are likely to be among the most sought-after releases of this year's festival. more

Apr 23, 2014 8:02 PM , , Beer


Caitlin O'Connor

Thousands of revelers turned out for the fifth annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest, held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Saturday, Jan. 18. More than 70 Wisconsin-based breweries and cheesemakers served samples at the festival celebrating the state's most famous culinary creations. more

Jan 19, 2014 1:03 AM , Beer


Kristian Knutsen

Weekend nights are usually busy in the taproom at Tyranena Brewing Co. in Lake Mills, but the first Saturday of the new year was a particularly lively scene. Dozens of people gathered around the bar, hoping they would get to join the brewery's exclusive mug club. more

Jan 16, 2014 3:00 PM Beer

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest returns for its fifth year on Saturday, January 18, and will feature nearly sixty Wisconsin breweries and brewpubs. more

Jan 14, 2014 10:00 PM Beer

First it was a new logo. Now it's a new website. The city of Madison is continuing to update its public face, both graphically and technologically, and its latest project is making its debut. more

Nov 26, 2013 3:33 AM Madland


Kristian Knutsen

One of Madison's essential characteristics is its transience, particularly in a downtown defined by the university. As a college town, the seasonal rhythms are defined by the school year, and the flux of incoming and outgoing residents creates its own cadence of change. Such changes are reflected in the downtown landscape. more

Nov 5, 2013 9:23 PM Madland


Laura Zastrow

Beautiful flowers should reflect the environment that surrounds and sustains them. With this thought in mind, Ann Sensenbrenner founded Farm to Vase, which provides locally sourced flowers. more

Oct 31, 2013 2:00 PM People


Kristian Knutsen

Every can of beer produced by the New York-based Sixpoint Brewery is emblazoned with the words "Beer is Culture." A motto with multiple shadings, it's particularly fitting to the ingrained brewing identity claimed by Wisconsin. It's also the spirit behind Little Wisco, a limited release from Sixpoint -- a Brooklyn brewery with Wisconsin roots -- that's named for a cluster of restaurants in Manhattan that share a similar connection to the same home state. more

Oct 29, 2013 9:16 PM , Beer



When Walter White finds himself inside a dim and desolate tavern in the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad", the TV above the bar is by chance tuned to a classic late '90s Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey game. more

Sep 25, 2013 12:32 AM TV & Video


Leslie Peterson

The battle for Wisconsin is the centerpiece of two books set to be published this fall. One, by Gov. Scott Walker, will offer his perspective on the Capitol protests and recall election. The other will tell the story of the Solidarity Sing Along as experienced by its participants. Both are titled "Unintimidated", and that's not a coincidence. more

Sep 9, 2013 8:37 PM News

Public relations flacks are notorious for trying to bury embarrassing news in Friday evening press releases, but that time of day turns out to be a favored time for squelching public feedback as well. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in the face of an online maelstrom of criticism over a SWAT-style raid on an animal shelter near Kenosha that ended with the killing of a fawn, shut down its Facebook page just as the weekend was starting. more

Aug 3, 2013 2:04 PM News

Two representatives of the National Security Agency found themselves the object of surveillance when they conducted a recruiting session at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, July 2. Madiha R. Tahir, an independent journalist and graduate student attending the South Asia Summer Language Institute on campus, reported on her personal blog, "The Mob and the Multitude", about attending the presentation, where she questioned the recruiters about their pitches and the recent furor over the agency's sweeping surveillance net in the United States and around the world. more

Jul 5, 2013 7:50 PM News

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    Kristian Knutsen

    David Hecht performs for Make Music Madison in front of the Stop and Shop on State Street, 2007.

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    David Hecht performs in front of the Stop & Shop at the corner of Gilman and State.