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Robin Shepard

Grain Train is a huge, malty, hoppy barleywine from Vintage. Kveik yeast, a Norwegian strain, really sets it apart. Read more

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Beers rarely seen outside of brewery taprooms and big beers perfect for a snowy winter day were highlights at the 2020 Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival. Read more

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It’s the 11th year for the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Festival, but the brewers keep coming up with new and inventive surprises. Our longtime beer writer picks some brews that shouldn’t be missed. Read more

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Full Mile Beer Company and Kitchen just celebrated its anniversary a few weeks ago. A favorite there is Night Society, a German-style schwarzbier. Read more

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Malty beer styles — Scotch ales, bold stouts and rich barleywines — are known as winter warmers. As the alcohol goes to your head, the chill starts to come off, too. Read more

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It has a crazy amount of fruit — over 1,000 pounds in a 10-barrel batch,” says Lion’s Tail  Brewing Company owner and brewmaster Alex Wenzel. His ’Tis the Season is based on a kettle soured Berliner weisse. Read more

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Snowshoe from New Glarus is a seasonal favorite, but it’s not offered every year. But this year, you can haz! Read more

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“The Giving Brewery,” a charitable project from Octopi Brewing, benefits cats and other critters this season with its Bow Chicka Meow Meow! It’s a sweet stout with surprising anise kick. Read more

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Swamp Thang, a hazy IIPA collaboration beer from Working Draft Beer Company, Lake Louie Brewing, and Wisconsin Brewing Company, is one of the best of the year. It’s a hop monster with a huge amount of Citra, Simcoe and Enigma. Read more

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Erica DeAnda is the brewmaster at the new Tumbled Rock Brewery and Kitchen in Baraboo. Her first in-house brews have just been released. Read more

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The Great Dane’s 25th Anniversary Scotch ale is based on its popular Stone of Scone Scotch ale. The beer is being released on the Great Dane’s Anniversary, November 14. Read more

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One Barrel’s Veteran’s Brew will commemorate those who served, as well raise funds for Madison veteran Zak Holmes who was injured in a motorcycle accident. Read more

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Apple ales are a highlight of the harvest season. Among the new Wisconsin apple ales this year is Lakefront’s Ted. Read more

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Kriekenlaan from Funk Factory Geuzeria is tart, crisp and bubbly with lots of sharp cherry character. And for creator Andrew Holzhauer, it’s personal. Read more

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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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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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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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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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    Brewer and owner, Mike Brenner, of Vernacular Brewing Company.

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    Working the Rockhound Brewing Co. booth, owner Nake Warnake (center) and Jamie Fairbanks.

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    Milwaukee County Stout—one of the most memorable beers of the festival.

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    Lupulin Brewing from Big Lake, Minnesota.

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    Robin Shepard

    5th Quarter porter from Lucky’s comes three ways: on CO2, on nitrogen or infused with coffee.