Founder Jerry Wade poses over a newly installed counter, bearing his business’s name, “Mad Paddle Brewery,” at the new brewpub’s site at Second and West streets in downtown Madison. Preparations are in the final stages for Mad Paddle’s scheduled opening Dec. 27. Wade said last week that his passion for history and the Madison area led to partly turning the old Lamson feed mill into a museum to showcase the city’s long history with brewing. (Courier staff photo by Trenton Scroggins/tscroggins@madisoncourier.com)