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Madison is the Center of the Craft Beer World
Good thing it's just a short drive away.

The Great Taste of the Midwest hits Madison’s Olin Park on Saturday. If you have tickets, congratulations. If you don’t, make the trip anyway and work your way through Madison bars doing your own personal great tasting. One of the beauties of the Great Taste is the festive atmosphere that surrounds Madison during the event. Plan some serious bar hopping. This great online preview by Robin Shepard on the dailypage.com should give you plenty of ideas of what to do while you’re in Madison.

Barley Pop of the Week

For the second week in a row, I have to mention a New Glarus beer. This week, it’s Moon Man, the delicious pale ale. This is a great choice for beer drinkers trying to work up a taste for hoppy beers. A citrusy hop flavor is there with Moon Man, but it’s not overpowering and bitterness is held in check. This is a crisp and delicious brew, and another reminder that we’re lucky to have New Glarus in the Dairy State.

Quick Taps

General tickets to the massive Great American Beer Festival in Denver sold out in 20 minutes last week. That’s astonishing.

There’s just something so right about Sprecher brats.

Events Brewing

Wednesday, Aug. 7: Dream Dance in Potawatomi Bingo Casino (1721 W. Canal St.) gets into beer dinner mode when chef Matt Baier pairs delicious courses with brews from Blue Moon. Fill up and then try to win big on the blackjack tables. The event starts at 6 p.m. Call 414-847-7883 to make a reservation.

Friday, Aug. 9: Leinenkugel’s brings Hoppin’ Helles Lager, Orange Shandy and Oktoberfest (you heard right) to Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10: Leinie’s hands out samples at Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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