About damn time! A hops museum is coming to Madison's east side, on E. Washington Ave. It opens Saturday with a "Madison Barrel & Brewing History" meet-and-greet from 1 to 3 p.m. The grand opening celebration will run from 12:30 to 11 p.m. With a $25 annual membership fee, members can rent out space in the museum for private events -- awesome stuff for homebrewers. Donations from New Glarus, MobCraft, Next Door, Vintage and Wisconsin Brewing, among others, helped get the museum going. Best of all? The Museum has a mascot named "Hoppy."
Important beer update: Hopalicious cans are coming! Same with Bedlam!, Demento and Unshadowed, according to Isthmus. The cans should be available by April. Also included in this article: More on Ale Asylum's plans for a Russian imperial stout, as well as the five new beers it's introducing over the first five months of 2015. It's a happy day, Madison beer lovers.
After a week off for Thanksgiving (I was confident y'all could find beer for Thanksgiving/the Minnesota game), we review the beer scene in Indianapolis, site of a little 'ol game known as the Big Ten Championship.
For the longest time, New Jersey was operating under extremely restrictive beer laws (shakes fists at Puritans). Recently, many have been repealed and the state is starting to produce some kickass beers.