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​Insular: the Upper Peninsula

by HPR Staff | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 15th, 2016

It is completely different than anywhere else in the U.S.

Ripe with hills and rolling forests, the region borders both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. There are more miles of snowmobile trails than actual roads in this old mining country. It’s a different style of life and leisure in Upper Michigan, almost like living on an island.

Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette brews Coconut Brown here. And the last place coconuts belong is on the shores of Lake Superior where the average snowfall…

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​Greater than the sum of their parts

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 8th, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

There is nothing quite like great teamwork. People who work together always accomplish more than a person who works alone.

This time of the year the folks at Sierra Nevada are big into teamwork, the end result of which involves six beers from 31 breweries as part of the 2016 Beer Camp Across America.

Available in 12 packs of bottles, each case of Beer Camp contains six distinct beers, one from each region of the country, made in collaboration with a number of breweries…

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​Cherry stout and Old Blue Eyes

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 1st, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

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Every once in awhile something comes along that makes you drop everything. For most people it’s usually a life-altering event, a job offer, a birth or death in the family, marriage proposal, etc. For me it’s a beer release.

Central Waters Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout came out in Wisconsin this past week, if you were lucky enough to snag it.

Usually only available at finer bottle shops and in extremely limited quantity, this malted…

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Simply mellow

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 25th, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

Dorothy’s New World Lager is the flagship brew of the Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, based in Decorah, Iowa. It’s a small town with fewer than 9,000 people calling it home, which is why Toppling Goliath is considered one of this northeast Iowa town’s main attractions.

The other being Luther College, the site of a 1998 Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds live album.

But Matthews doesn’t seem right for this lager, which has been compared to Yuengling. No, an easy…

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​Local Flavor

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 19th, 2016

American Craft Beer Week is upon us. All week there have been events: new beer releases, infusions of your local favorites and so much more. This is a week to celebrate big, little, new and old breweries around the country, by supporting craft breweries and sharing a pint of your local favorite beer and your all-time favorites with fellow beer connoisseurs.

In 2006 the Brewers Association decided to make American Beer Month into a weeklong event. One week’s worth of national…

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Worth savoring

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 18th, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

Every bottle from New Glarus is a something special and uniquely Wisconsin.

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed their flagship, a Spotted Cow. But they also offer a wide variety of everything else from barley wines to brew only available on site.

Apple Ale seems to be somewhere in between. It’s part of the Thumbprint series and is only available in four-packs. This brown ale is made from apples fresh from Door County and is a little harder to find than…

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​Old Tankard Ale: A Step Back In Time

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 11th, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

Brewed from a 1937 recipe, American-style Old Tankard is a complete opposite of the red, white and blue flagship.

Back in its heyday, Old Tankard was the second-best selling beer from Pabst for about three decades. Although it’s hard to turn down the classic Blue Ribbon, Old Tankard offers a vintage taste that should be more refined than the flagship.

Just a few hours south of the old Pabst brewery in Milwaukee is Chicago, a blues town through and through. One of the…

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​Getting in the groove

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 7th, 2016

By Ben Rodgers

Located just south of Steven’s Point, Wis., in the central part of the state is Plover, home of O’so Brewing Company. Started by a husband and wife team, O’so is an up-and-coming brewery in the area. Having only been around for nine years, it recently took home a gold medal in the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

This part of the state is a tiny hotbed of great breweries, O’so, Stevens Point Brewery and Central Waters Brewing Company are all a stone’s throw from…

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​SUDS AND SIDES

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 27th, 2016

by Ben Rodgers

Door County, Wisconsin, is just as rife with art galleries and wineries as it is with kayak tours and shipwrecks. People from across the Midwest come here to escape from everyday life. But underneath the allure of vacation destination, the people that live here year-round are a unique breed. It is home to a well-educated population of free-thinking, talented and laid-back artists.

Sideshow from the Door County Brewing Company does its best to capture the way of life on this…

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​Fargo Brewing Company to expand business

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 31st, 2016

Fargo Brewing Company is expanding its business and opening up a second “Ale House”.

The release date is not officially set in stone but they are hoping to start pouring out of their new location, at 4445 17th Avenue South in Fargo, by late spring or early summer.

With this new location Fargo Brewing Company can reach a wider audience and expand on the great product they already provide.

“Our community continues to demand locally made beer and this location is right in the middle…

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​The other shoe

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