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A guide to Great Taste of the Midwest 2010 eve pre-parties and beer tastings

If you are not one of those with a ticket to the Great Taste of the Midwest, the next best thing is the night before. Actually, the Friday evening pre-events have evolved over the years to something like a festival on their own. Perhaps, for those who don't enjoy crowds and standing in lines at the various tents, the pre-parties are even better than the actual Saturday tasting frenzy. >More
 Beer Here: Unplugged: Abt from New Glarus Brewing

One of the more anticipated beers of summer is just hitting local store shelves. This week New Glarus Brewing released its latest brew -- and it just might qualify as a religious experience for those who enjoy a malted beverage. Abt, or the Abbot, is a beer tied to the monastery beer making traditions of Belgium. >More
 Beer Here: Sweet Lou's Lemon Grass Ale from Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

Brewmaster Jamie Martin says summer is the brewpub's busiest time, noting that it's difficult to stay ahead of the light beer tastes of the season. A couple of weeks ago, she released a special brew with the crisp spicy tones of lemongrass. The beer, Sweet Lou's, should last well into August for those venturing to the Dells for a late-summer break. >More
 The Corner Pub & Brewery in Reedsburg reinvents the small town Wisconsin tavern

About an hour's drive northwest of Madison, in Sauk County, lies the city of Reedsburg. At the corner of Main Street and North Webb Avenue, near the bridge over the Baraboo River, is a worthy stop: The Corner Pub & Brewery. >More
 Beer Here: Nude Beach Summer Wheat by Stevens Point Brewery

Wheat ales are among the most thirst-quenching beers of summer. The style is light, with a bubbly body and a bright golden color. They are commonly unfiltered, so they look somewhat hazy, if not cloudy, and while that actually gives them the appearance of being thick and full-bodied, they are nearly the opposite. >More
 Beer Here: Grumpy Peach from Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

You may have heard the saying "Good things come to those who wait, but not necessarily to those who hesitate." That's a good way to sum up Grumpy Peach, the latest summer seasonal at the Grumpy Troll brewpub in Mount Horeb. Brewmaster Mark Duchow showed incredible patience in brewing a beer that's been fermenting for nearly a year and a half. But get it now, don't hesitate, because this special brew could be gone before mid-August. >More
 Lead Feather Brewing does not pass Go, heads directly to Applebees

Starting a microbrewery is difficult, but an exclusive distribution channel through Wisconsin Hospitality Group -- owners and operators of all Applebee's restaurants in Wisconsin -- may help the newly formed Lead Feather Brewing Company outpour its competition. Incorporated in November 2009, and founded by three business partners, including a brewmaster with over 30 years of experience, the brewery is a new entrant to the Wisconsin scene. >More
 Beer Here: Illumination Double IPA from Central Waters Brewing

Central Waters is lighting up the summer scene with a new brew made especially for those who enjoy extreme bitterness in their beer. Illumination is the latest from the Amherst-based brewery, offering a forceful bitterness that lives up to the title of "hop bomb." >More
 Beer Here: Pabst Blue Ribbon by Pabst Brewing

Every so often, the beer geek in me needs a little change. So, as I went looking for a beer that seemed to say something about the Fourth of July holiday -- the number-one occasion for U.S. beer sales -- I chose the classic golden American lager. I wanted to find one that has a sense of history and a tie to Wisconsin. Obviously, I couldn't resist the red, white and blue can of PBR. >More
 Beer Here: Weizen Doppelbock by Capital Brewery

If you're looking for a different take on the light and bubbly brews of summer, Capital Brewery has just the beer for you. It's actually an old friend that brewmaster Kirby Nelson has not made since 2002., his Weizen Doppelbock. >More
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