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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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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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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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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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Ale Asylum is branching out into the emerging hard seltzer market as a spin-off company called Stray Forth Craft Seltzer. Read more

Food News

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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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Robin Shepard

Stouts are dark because of dark-roasted malts. White stouts achieve those same flavors by other means, and Right Bauer has the ticket with its Nitro Latte. Read more

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For summer, the kölsch is clean, crisp and drinkable. Hinterland has a hit on its hands with its Kozmic Kölsch. Read more

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Craft breweries and taprooms just keep coming. And if you’re like us, it can be hard to keep track of who’s brewing what, where. This rundown will not steer you wrong. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Raised Grain Brewing’s Double Dry Hopped Oranje has huge hop character. It’s made with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo, which contribute assertive tropical aroma and flavor. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Hints of orange and mint come from hop #10416. It lends a singular character to Numbers Game from Hop Haus in Verona. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Next Door has been working on finding the right recipe for a pale ale since opening. Laser Ray is an evolution of the brewpub’s approach to the style. Read more

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Robin Shepard

New Glarus’s Kühler blends tradition with innovation and is a natural summer beer. Read more

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Chicago Tapster photos

A new pour-your-own concept for beer, wine, kombucha, cold brew coffees and even sodas is called Tapster. Owners are interested in expanding to Madison. Read more

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    Capital’s Ashley Kinart-Short hosted the latest Pink Boots brew session.

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    Robin Shepard

    Hawaiian-Shirt Party from The Brewing Projekt was my top overall pick despite (or perhaps because of) its style-defiance.