It has become a tradition for some visiting breweries to partner with local establishments to showcase their excellent beers.
Even if you missed out on Great Taste tickets, you’ll still be able to find many opportunities to sample some special beers all around Madison. Some of these events even feature breweries that are not able to join us at the Great Taste.
Check below for a running list of all Great Taste Eve events. We’ll continue to add more events as we learn of them, so check back often! If you know of events that are not posted here, please email us and we’ll post it as quickly as possible.
All media and beer blogs are encouraged to use any information on this list for your own publications.
Thu11Aug20165:00 pmBrickhouse BBQ | 408 W. Gorham Madison, WI 53703
Join Central Waters at Brickhouse BBQ this year for a pre-party for the pre-party! We'll be hanging out Thu. 8/11 with a half-dozen or so CW beers on tap, including at least one special release. If that's not enough, we'll be raffling off a pair of tickets to this year's Great Taste of the Midwest!
Thu11Aug20166:00 pmThe Sugar Maple | 441 E Lincoln Ave Milwaukee, WI 53207
Our annual celebration of Midwestern craft brewing continues to get bigger and better every year! We're joined again by our "host" breweries Central Waters (W) and Surly (MN) plus friends from Half Acre (IL), Begyle (IL), Sun King (IN), and Kuhnhenn Brewing (MI).
We'll have a varied and unique lineup of the best these breweries have to offer, plus food from the Red Light Ramen food truck for all your noshing needs.
Fri12Aug201611:00 amLucille | 101 King St. Madison, WI 53703
Everyone's favorite brewery for bourbon barrel-aged goodness is shacking up with Madison's hottest new pizza joint/craft beer bar! Join Central Waters at Lucille for one epic Great Taste of the Midwest Pre-party! Tons of great CW beers on tap, including some rare timed tappings, plus great food and live music from the No Name String Band! Fun starts at 11am. Strap in!
Fri12Aug201612 - 9 pmTrixie's Liquor and Growlers to Go Go |2929 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704
Join New Holland and Trixie's as we give our livers a little workout before the big show! We'll have beer and spirits samplings in Trixie's throughout the day, as well as 18 New Holland taps on in the Growlers to Go Go! We'll have your old favorites, as well as some timed special releases. Keep an eye on Facebook for more information on the special tappings! We'll have a food truck, music, and lots of the New Holland crew to chat with. Come enjoy a few pints, and grab your favorite to go!
Fri12Aug20162:00 pmHouse of Brews | 4539 Helgesen Dr. Madison, WI 53718
Madison's largest Great Taste of the Midwest pre-party is back for 2016! Over a dozen Wisconsin breweries come together to kick off the Great Taste at House of Brews, with over 25 different beers, 4 bands, food carts and special tastings all night! Tickets are 6, 10 oz pours for $20! A portion of proceeds go to benefit the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.
Full details posted here
Fri12Aug20163 - 9 pmFunk Factory Geuzeria | 1604 Gilson St, Madison, WI 53715
The pre-party Sour and Funky beer. O'so Brewing Company - Tap House will be headlining the show and we have some awesome funky brewery friends stopping by. Food Trucks from Underground Food Collective and El Grito Taqueria. Details here
Fri12Aug20163:00 pmGenna's Lounge | 105 W. Main St. Madison, WI 53703
Come join us at Madison's favorite patio and hang out with the fun people and great beer from MobCraft .
Fri12Aug20163:00 pmTh Argus | 123 E. Main St. Madison, WI 53703
The Argus Bar and Grille will be tapping three special sour ale offerings from Three Floyds on Friday 8/12. FFF tapping will begin at 3 pm and go until the kegs are kicked.
Fri12Aug20165:00 pmCraftsman Table and Tap | 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave. Middleton, WI 53562
Come join us and our friends from Nebraska Brewing Company for our annual Pre-Great Taste Tap Takeover. Featuring 6 of their brews: EOS, IPA, White IPA, Summertime Rye, Melange a Trois & Tarte Apricot Saison. Starts at 5pm and goes until close.
Fri12Aug20165 pm - 12 amBrasserie V | 1923 Monroe St. Madison, WI 53711
We love tradition.
This will be our third straight year hosting St. Louis’ Perennial Artisan Ales the night before Great Taste of the Midwest and, if past years are any indication, some of you are already in line. Perennial is graciously hooking us up with at least eight taps, including some rare, one-off, or taproom-only beers. Here is the expected tap list with one more barrel aged surprise to be added:
-Blonde Ale (session-strength dry Belgian ale)
-Hommel Bier (hoppy Belgian ale)
-Saison de Lis (chamomile saison)
-Funky Wit Raspberry (foeder-aged witbier soured in wine barrels with raspberries)
-Glitter & Gold (honey saison)
-Von Pampelmouse (grapefruit/mandarin Berliner-style weisse)
-Foeder Saison (told tasting Phenomenal!)
-17 (imperial mint stout)
-Abraxas (imperial stout with cacao nibs, ancho chiles, and cinnamon sticks)
These will be tapped along with some special beers from some of our European friends!
Fri12Aug2016Sat13Aug20165 pm-12:45 amOff Broadway Drafthouse | 5404 Raywood Rd. Madison, WI 53713
Come and join us as we host the official New Glarus Brewery Pre-Great Taste Party. We will be feature 12+ lines of New Glarus draft. Our fish fry will be going on with all of our fried fish made with a Spotted Cow batter. $1 off all New Glarus product all weekend long starting Friday going through Sunday. Come in on Saturday with your Great Taste ticket and enjoy $1 off any breakfast entree and a free Spotted Cow chaser with any Bloody Mary.
Fri12Aug20166 pm - ?Glass Nickel Madison-East | 2916 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI, 53704
As a warm up for The Great Taste Of The Midwest, come sample some California brews that won't be available at the main event, due to their West Coast origins. Featuring 15 lines of unique beers from: Ballast Point, Lagunitas, North Coast, Bear Republic & Coronado breweries!