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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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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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Robin Shepard

Q: What happens when you add rhubarb to a blend of sour blonde ales? A: Rhubarbarella, a limited summer seasonal from O’so. 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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Nicola Ferrarese

Breweries don’t just supply a community with beer. They create jobs, provide a main street with renewed vitality and create an atmosphere where people want to be. That’s why communities are working to help small breweries open in their towns. 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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Dinners, brewers, takeovers and more all contribute to the fun of Madison Craft Beer Week. But for some, it’s really all about a few special beers. 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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Laura Zastrow

Where Isthmus reviewers — and Madison — have been eating and drinking since the last “Dining” special section. Here’s our summary of the scene. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Is it a maibock? A blonde doppelbock? No, it’s a malt liquor! Thanks to careful use of a rare malt, Lakefront’s Chuck could change your mind about the much-maligned style. 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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Christopher Klinge

Wisconsin craft brewers pitch in during Tom Porter’s illness. The help staved off the need to contract-brew or cease operations altogether. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Sabro IPA from Working Draft is bursting with tropical aroma and flavor — so much pineapple and coconut it may leave drinkers thinking about a piña colada. It’s single-hopped with a new, experimental hop. 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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Robin Shepard

Third Space Brewing of Milwaukee is entering the Madison market. Look for its Citra-forward IPA, Upward Spiral. Read more

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Wӧrtlord from Ale Asylum is among a very small number of exceptional barrel-aged beers in the Midwest, if not the U.S. And it’s not going to be around for long. Read more

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    Robin Shepard

    Barrett Lione-Seaton and the fresh-cut oak staves inserted in the squarrel.

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    Robin Shepard

    Cercis Brewing was funded in part through city and county loans.

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    Robin Shepard

    The Lone Girl keeps residents busy in Waunakee, without needing to drive to Madison or Middleton.

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    Robin Shepard

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