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Hops give beer its bitterness, and beers that are heavy on hops, like American pale ales and English-style pale ales are often medium to full bodied, but can vary dramatically when it comes to ABV. These beers find a delicate balance between hop bitterness and malt, which gives beer its color and flavor. Hoppy and bitter beers are typically yellow to brown in color. They pair well with aged or hard cheeses, fried foods like fish and chips and creamy dishes like fettuccine alfredo or a mild curry with yogurt sauce.

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I will remember 2017 as a year of turmoil and the year I kicked my IPA habit.

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I said some kind words about Milwaukee-brewed Motto when it first dropped in Madison in January, and as the year wore on, I walked that talk. Motto was unquestionably the beer I drank the most of in 2017, thanks to a gorgeous expression of my favorite hop (Mosaic), a comfortable ABV (5.2 percent) and a nice price point.

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It’s hard to get a sense of how many great tap takeovers, workshops, homebrew contests, trivia challenges, special releases and other events are part of Madison Craft Beer Week until you try to condense them into highlights. Here’s my woefully inadequate attempt at that. Please check out the full list at and visit around 9 a.m. each morning of Beer Week for my less-space-constricted daily highlights.

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