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Beer Here: Dominator Doppelbock from O'so Brewing

When it comes to the bock beers, O'so Brewing owner Marc Buttera says he has great respect for the style's German traditions, so he made his seasonal doppelbock with an assertive maltiness, which those who enjoy such beers will notice -- and his Dominator is very notable. >More
 Beer Here: Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing

The pairing of chocolate and beer seems to be the current rage. Perhaps the proximity of Valentine's Day adds to the interest in this topic, but pairing the two isn't all that new. After all, the term "chocolate malt" was originally a reference to the dark chocolate color of deeply kilned grain. Tyranena Brewing of Lake Mills has been working to perfect the flavors, and in the past week introduced its latest new beer, a chocolate oatmeal stout. >More
 Beer Here: Hot Chocolate from Viking Brewing

The inspiration for Viking Brewing Company's Hot Chocolate came one February when brewery owners Robin and Ann Lee were hosting brewery tours on an exceptionally cold Saturday. Ann asked her husband, "Why can't you make something that would warm me up?" >More
 Beer Here: Mai Bock from Sprecher Brewing

Even though we know the days are getting longer, it's still reassuring when the first Mai Bocks begin arriving on local shelves. These lagers are traditionally brewed in the dead of winter and aged until spring. And now, just when the seasonal melancholy is about to become oppressive, these incredible bock beers start to emerge from lagering. Sprecher Brewery is one of the first local beer makers to offer a little bit of "may bock" springtime. >More
 Beer Here: Old Scratch Barley Wine from the Great Dane Downtown

One of the most acquired tastes of the beer world is barley wine. These big brews are among the strongest in flavor and highest in alcohol content. The breweries that make them often sell them by vintage because they have such a long maturation time. The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. has quite a reputation for making these behemoth brews. >More
 Beer Here: Local Acre Lager from Lakefront Brewery

The Wisconsin-made, buy-local movement continues to gain momentum among the state's brewers and beer fans. Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee is the latest to introduce a beer made with Wisconsin-grown malt and hops. The brewery is laying claim to producing the first 100% Wisconsin-made beer since Prohibition with the introduction its Local Acre Lager, a big and unique golden pilsner. >More
 Ten Wisconsin beer wishes for 2010

The great thing about being a beer enthusiast in Madison is the variety of local choices we have from so many talented brewers. If their expertise is put to good use, as it was in 2009, get ready for a spectacular 2010. Here are 10 wishes that I hope come true for Madison in the new year. >More
 Wisconsin brewing hits a critical mass in 2009

It's time once again to raise a glass and celebrate the best local beers of the past year. It was an especially great year for new brews; there were so many introduced. It makes me think that our local breweries have reached critical mass in number and are coming of age in quality. Here are a few of my top "beery" good memories. >More
 Beer Here: Rye Bob from Grumpy Troll

The holiday season often brings out memories of family and friends, and sometimes we raise a glass and toast those who made a difference in our lives. Grumpy Troll brewmaster Mark Duchow recently lost his father. Duchow decided to pay tribute to his dad with a special creation. Rye Bob, a dry and spicy ale, was put on tap a couple of weeks ago, complete with Mr. Duchow's picture on the tap handle. >More
 Beer Here: Lupulin Maximus from O'so Brewing

O'so Brewing's name is short for "oh so good," but its latest creation Lupulin Maximus is more like "oh so hoppy"! Double IPAs have a reputation for being pretty hoppy -- here brewmaster Marc Buttera has taken the style and tried to top it by adding an actual hop flower in every bottle. >More
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