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A guide to Wisconsin breweries at Madison Craft Beer Week 2013

Madison Craft Beer Week will feature over 350 events this year, doubling in size from last year. Spanning ten days from May 3-12, this third annual celebration of brewing will feature tastings, special tappings, pairing dinners, and educational programs at over 100 different venues. The good news is that there are so many interesting listed in the week's event guide over those ten days. But that's also the bad news, as those who really like beer may be overwhelmed by all of the great choices. >More
 Beer Here: White Cap White India Pale Ale from Hinterland Brewery

Microbreweries and brewpubs are starting to release their summer beers that are full-flavored yet lower in alcohol. It's not a coincidence. They're taking note of drinkers who enjoy assertive flavors -- especially hops and malt complexity -- but tend to shy away from them because these brews can be quite strong. Hinterland just introduced a new beer made with this in mind. Named White Cap, it's based on the popular light Belgian wit style, but also offers the hoppiness of an IPA. >More
 Are neighborhood difficulties brewing at the ALRC for Next Door Brewing?

While the beer world may be excited about Keith Symonds' proposed new pub and nanobrewery named Next Door Brewing, intended for a former appliance repair storefront at 2439 Atwood Ave., neighbors are decidedly less enthusiastic. >More
 Beer Here: Bels'consin Ale from the Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

The Belgian pale ale emerged as an alternative to the crisp hoppy pilsner beers that are ubiquitous around the world. With a combination of sweet and fruity tones, accented by hops and dryness, this offshoot style of the Belgian brewing tradition can be a wonderful medium-bodied beer, and helps smooth the transition from the heavier, sweeter wintertime brews without venturing too far into the sharp and hoppy beers of summer. The Grumpy Troll is currently offering a version that's worth a visit. Named Bels'consin, it reflects the intersection of select Belgian ingredients and Wisconsin hops. >More
 Beer Here: Cortado Imperial Stout from Alterra Coffee Roasters and One Barrel Brewing

A good coffeehouse creates an atmosphere that encourages interactions among friends, business acquaintances and even strangers. It serves a role akin to a neighborhood tavern, only in most instances without alcohol. But with the arrival of Alterra Coffee Roasters on the Square, the lines between coffeehouse and tavern are blurred, with beer on tap next to the barista's station. >More
 Beer Here: Canoe Paddler Kölsch-Style with Rye from Leinenkugel's

I was fortunate to be able to take in a handful of Milwaukee Brewers spring training games in March. While Miller Park offers a modestly diverse menu of craft beer selections, Maryvale -- the team's home field in Phoenix -- is dominated by MillerCoors taps. I'd heard that Leinenkugel's was coming out with a new Kölsch-style beer named Canoe Paddler, but hadn't yet seen it here in Madison. Sure enough, it made the roster in the Cactus League, and in the heat of watching spring training, it became my beer of choice. >More
 Beer Here: Mutiny IPA from Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery has released a new beer that most of its longtime patrons thought would never appear on the shelves next to Island Wheat, Supper Club and various bocks. This spring, the Middleton brewery is debuting Mutiny, its first ever hopped-up India Pale Ale, one that is now in its central stable of year-round offerings. >More
 'Beer Prof' Keith Symonds preparing Next Door Brewing for Madison's east side

Madison is about to get another new brewery. The Next Door Brewing Company has secured a building at 2439 Atwood Ave. Keith Symonds, of Madison, has been looking to open a local brewpub for several years. It has been in the past couple of years that his attention has focused on Madison's east side. "We will be a restaurant with a small brewery, focusing on collaborative brewing for the community," says Symonds, who recently secured financing for his three-barrel brewery. >More
 Beer Here: Square Pig Ale from Vintage Brewing

"This is a beer for me," says brewmaster Scott Manning about one of his latest brews to go on tap at Vintage Brewing. This is the time of year that he starts looking for a break from the heavier, fuller-bodied beers of winter. And when you're a brewmaster you can address such dilemmas firsthand. That's why Manning created Square Pig, a flavorful rye beer with the bitterness of a pale ale but without the big body that hoppy beers often have. >More
 Common Thread collaborative brew returns for Madison Craft Beer Week 2013 as a Bière de Garde

Madison Craft Beer Week is approaching, and local breweries are getting ready to toast its arrival. Over the weekend, 10 brewmasters, along with a few assistants and ingredient suppliers, joined together at Capital Brewery to create Common Thread -- a beer made collaboratively for release during the May festivities. >More
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