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Brew of the Week: St. Bernardus Abt 12

by Niko Ivanovic You won’t find these beers everywhere, but you may have stumbled the St. Bernardus trappist ales at Riley’s. If so, don’t let the $10 bomber price tag deter you from trying one of the best widely available Belgian ales in the world. Of course the beer isn’t this good by chance. The beer’s recipe […]

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Wisconsin Beer Awards

by Niko Ivanovic With so many great Midwest brewers surrounding the state, it can be easy to take for granted the incredible local craft beer scene. However, the truth is that Wisconsin is about more than just crafting good beer. It’s about a small grass-roots, farm fresh mentality that few states can still proudly claim […]

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Brew of the Week: Bell’s Hopslam

by Niko Ivanovic It’s hard to explain what makes a perfect IPA. Descriptions like “ridiculously hoppy”, “super fresh” and “perfectly” balanced hardly do beers like Bell’s Hopslam justice, failing to capture that indefinable wow factor that so few other beers posses. I can’t tell you exactly why it’s one of the best beers in the world, so […]

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Brew of the Week: Three Floyd’s Alpha King

by Niko Ivanovic Three Floyd’s, from nearby Munster Indiana, is considered by many to be the best brewery in the country. Alpha King is their flagship pale ale, showcasing an impressive balance of fresh, bright, floral and citrusy hops with a toasty sweet malt backbone. It’s a reasonable $10-or-so six pack, and can be found […]

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The Best IPAs on Campus

by Niko Ivanovic From casual drinkers to beer addicts like myself, the India Pale Ale represents everything that is great about that perfect combination of hops, barley and yeast. From the smooth and sessionable, to the blatantly excessive bitter bombs of grapefruit and citrus, American hop-crazed brewers have elevated the IPA to the forefront of […]

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Craft Beer on a Budget: The Broke College Student’s Guide to Good Beer

by Niko Ivanovic This article marks the first of a series of pieces I’m writing about the emerging craft beer scene in Madison. To put my questionable obsession with the almighty ale in perspective, I’ll give you a little background about my love affair with beer. If you ask any beer geek, he’ll probably tell […]

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