Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

The extraordinarily limited Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout will be pouring -- likely for a very short time after 11 a.m. -- Sunday at Dexter's Pub.

Sunday, often a day of rest, does not give Madison Craft Beer Week pause.

The biggest event going down today is the release of tickets for the Great Taste of the Midwest, but if you're not already in line by the time this is online, you're too late. Many people began camping out last night to get theirs, and the rule of thumb in recent years has been if you're not in line at one of the ticket venues, you'll have to get into the festival another way.

But don't despair, Beer Week rolls on with plenty of worthy events. To wit:

Dexter’s Pub: Ahoy! It's whalez -- the Ahab-inspired term beer geeks give to rare beers they're constantly chasing -- galore at this triple-barreled tap takeover featuring seven beers each from St. Louis' Perennial, Grand Rapids' Founders and gypsy brewer Evil Twin. The full tap list can be checked out here; I'd be eyeing the fantastic stouts from Perennial: 17, with mint and chocolate, Abraxas will peppers adn spices and Sump with coffee. But the rarest beer of all is Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout, an imperial coffee stout aged in barrels that first aged bourbon, then maple syrup. Last released in 2011, only a few kegs trickled into Wisconsin, so if you want to ensure you slay this whale, get to Dexter's before it opens at 11 a.m. 301 North St.

Beer flavor and styles: A short course features UW-Madison faculty speaking on the history of brewing, modern beer ingredients and a sensory analysis session (that means beer drinking). Kevin Eichelberger, brewmaster of Red Eye Brewing in Wausau, brings his beer and leads tasting. Tickets are $50 at Noon-5 p.m. 

Brewpub bombers: Vintage Brewing, 674 S. Whitney Way, makes a wide range of beers at its brewpub -- plenty of strong ales, including a lot of Belgians, as well as sours and other experimental beers -- always on tap. If you've ever tried to describe Vintage beer to an out-of-state friend or wondered what a Dedication would be like after three years in the cellar, here's your chance. Vintage bottled a bunch of its beers and are offering them for sale, supposedly one day only. Opens at 11 a.m. Next Door Brewing is also doing its first bottle release today, of Mutha Pucker pineapple sour, at its brewpub, 2439 Atwood Ave., from 1-9 p.m. 

"Brewland": Filmmakers producing "Brewland," a documentary about craft beer and those who make and love it -- the teaser trailer is here -- will be in Madison at a kind of mini Wisconsin beer festival at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. Four Wisconsin beers, including 2015 Common Thread, will take over the High Noon taps, plus cornhole, beer-related vendors, food carts and live and DJ music. $7 cover. 1-6 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.