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Wisconsin Beer Awards

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 to hold.

With reputations that far exceed their distribution capacities, Wisconsin brewers are often the subject of envy from jealous beer geeks across the country. In fact, many of the award-winning breweries below don’t even distribute outside the state. Instead they tend to focus on quality over quantity, more than happy to rely completely on our business rather than expanding to meet the demand.

And though Wisconsin beer may have been made famous by names like Miller and Pabst, this list below helps us to remember that the heart and soul of our brews remain rooted deeply in the brilliant minds of small craft brewers. The following awards highlight the very best beers that they have to offer.

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Best New Beer: New Glarus Serendipity

This past summer set record high temperatures across the state, resulting in a severe drought that devastated the Wisconsin cherry harvest. One consequence of this for beer drinkers was that New Glarus was not able to produce as much of its famous Belgian Red cherry ale as normal. Thankfully, to compensate for the limited supply, the brewery decided to release a new fruit ale that supplemented the shortage of cherries by also adding apple and cranberries to the beer. The result: Serendipity, aptly described by New Glarus as a “Happy Accident Fruit Ale.” Though the flavors don’t deviate too much from Belgian Red, the complex, tart, and incredibly fruity ale may remind more of a complicated holiday cider than a beer.

Runners Up: New Glarus Saison

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Rhizing Bines by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada: the video

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., two family-owned craft breweries known for their unique hopping techniques, have deepened the bond they forged with the 2009 collaboration Life & Limb. Their new beer, an East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines, clocks in at 8% ABV and 70 IBUs.
 

MiVT: World's Best Beer brewed in Vermont

GREENSBORO, Vt. -Out in the Northeast Kingdom in the town of Greensboro, sits a brewery dubbed the best in the world-- Hill Farmstead Brewery.

"There must be something magical about Greensboro," said Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead.

Shaun Hill started the business in 2010 and says it's a manifestation of his sense of place.

"My family has been in this town, they co-founded Greensboro 230 years ago. Not many Hills have left," he said.

Most of his beers are named after his ancestors or his favorite philosophical works.

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Locations

Sonoma Cellars
1807 East Geneva St
Delavan, WI  53115
262-740-2200
Mon-Sun: 9am - 9pm

Sonoma Cellars II
1290 Summit Ave.
Oconomowoc, WI  53066
262-567-7500
Mon-Sat: 9am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 6pm


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