Beers I Have Known — Working Draft Beer Company Above the Fold

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.

The first time I got my hands on a copy of Isthmus, the independently weekly newspaper published in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, it shifted my perspective of what was possible in media on its axis. It happened in a high school journalism class in a clear effort by the teacher to make us consider what an alternative approach to journalism might look like and how it could have a seismic affect on a community that was attuned to it. I had probably seen copies of it before. If I had, I probably didn’t even consider it as something that might be for me. If so, was I ever wrong about that. It was a big, thick slab of a paper at that time, and I worked hard to get a copy every week after that and tore through its informed, deeply fact-based, deliberately challenging pages.

These many years later, Isthmus endures, even if its size and frequency have been reduced because of a brutal ravaging of their ad sales. Enough of my fellow Madison residents understand it to be a valuable cultural institution that there are all sorts of extra support efforts that take place. The finest and frostiest of these is the recent release of Above the Fold, a delicious hefeweizen made with New Zealand hops. Brewed by Working Draft Beer Company, the beer is complex and delectable, and a portion of the profits generated from its sales goes back to the publication that inspired it. I couldn’t be more pleased to do my part for local journalism.

Previous entries in this series can be found by clicking on the “Beers I Have Known” tag.

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