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JOHN HART — State Journal

The end is near. 

The last day of Madison Craft Beer Week is tomorrow, and events slow down quite a bit in the final Sunday. If you've been meaning to Beer Week but haven't yet, now's your best shot.

My picks for the day:

Atwood Avenue pub crawl: Three variations of a collaboration American pale ale will pour at One Barrel Brewing, 2001 Atwood Ave.; Harmony Bar & Grill, 2201 Atwood Ave.; and Next Door Brewing, 2439 Atwood Ave. Punch a card at each stop and take home a commemorative pint glass. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Craftsman Table & Tap: An all-day Wisconsin Brewing Co. tap takeover features brewmaster Kirby Nelson leading a beer talk and tasting, including a limited-release pilot beer, from noon to 1 p.m. Reserve a spot for the talk, for $10, at 608-836-3988. 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton.

Greenview Brewing: Sample the barleyless offerings from Madison's own gluten-free Greenview Brewing paired with Wisconsin cheese. Metcalfe's Market Hilldale, 726 N. Midvale Blvd., 1-4 p.m.

Vintage Brewing: Vintage brewmaster Scott Manning hoards beer all year for the annual Big Barrel Tararrel, featuring 34 normal and weird beers aged in all manner of barrels. Half of the 34 beers are Vintage beers, including InAbsinthia, a blend of strong ales aged in absinthe barrels; two versions of Trepidation Belgian quad aged in rum and gin barrels; five vintages of bourbon barrel-aged Max Stout and a whole host of sour and funky beers. Pours are a la carte, with discounts for multiple purchases. 1-5 p.m. 674 S. Whitney Way.

Parched Eagle Brewpub: The new kid on the Madison-area brewing block — it opened Thursday — rolls out its first specialty beer, an American strong ale called Harpy. 5440 Willow Road, Westport, 4 p.m.

Coopers Tavern: Michigan’s Founders and Minnesota’s Surly each taking over 14 tap lines? Yes please. 20 W. Mifflin St., 5 p.m.

Dexter's Pub: One of my favorite Beer Week traditions is brewery rep Meaghan O'Brien's annual beer trivia challenge, which delivers a massive haul of beer to the winning team. It starts with a multiple-choice round, with 20 or so questions on beer and brewing in general but also about the brewery she reps for -- now Michigan's fine New Holland Brewing. Top scorers advance to a tasting round, and the winning team takes home "a year's worth" of beer. While the 12 cases at stake isn't quite enough for an annual supply for many of us, it'll do nicely, and it sure looks impressive stacked up in the Dexter's bar area. Lesser prizes will be awarded to the runner-up and the team with the best name. 301 North St., questions begin at 7 p.m.

There's much more going on; check out today's full schedule here. Some of the best events require a little planning; check out the Beer Baron's overview of Beer Week events here

Look for the Beer Baron's preview of the day's top Madison Craft Beer Week events each morning at during Beer Week, May 1-11. Contact Chris Drosner at or follow on Twitter @WSJbeerbaron.


Chris Drosner writes the Beer Baron column for the Wisconsin State Journal.