Great Taste Eve

It has become a tradition for some visiting breweries to partner with local bars, restaurants, and breweries to showcase their excellent beers. Some of these events even feature breweries that are not able to join us at the Great Taste. And the best part of all these preparties is that you don’t need a ticket! So 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.

Most of the preparties take place on Friday “Great Taste Eve” but some have been taking place on earlier in the week as well. As we learn of them, we’ll keep a running list of all “Great Taste Eve” events right here so check back often.

The good folks at Isthmus are tracking events with terrific detail so check back there 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. We are happy to share information as it comes in upon request.

Great Taste Eve Events From Last Year…..


All Week

Brocach- Monroe St.

O’so Great Taste Week at Brocach Monroe

Featuring a handful of rare kegs, including the last Holy Wa and Sweet Lady Stouts around. Flight specials all week.

  • Temi (English Mild Ale)
  • Cherry Train (Night Train Porter aged on Door County cherries)
  • Indonesian Coffee Train (Night Train Porter brewed with coffee)
  • Hop Whoopin’ (American IPA)
  • Rusty Red Nitro (American Red Ale, served on nitrogen)
  • Spike’s Maple Ale (American strong ale brewed with maple sap)
  • Holy Wa (Belgian-style golden strong ale)
  • Funky Lady (barrel-aged lactose sweet stout)

The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co.

Special Releases All Week!

Great Dane-Downtown: For Great Taste week, the original Dane is serving a lineup of beer that includes its Belgian Wit, Belgian Quadruple (a.k.a. “The Beast”), Tri-Pepper Pilsner, Hop Circus Wheat, Across the Pond Strong Pale Ale, and cask-conditioned Cascade Mountain Porter.

Great Dane-East: A kölsch and an American red are also slated for the Great Taste week menu at this Dane.

Great Dane-Hilldale: The west-side Dane plans to tap its Country Road Farmhouse Ale and Tangerine Dream (dopple hefeweizen bock), as well as a kölsch, a Munich dunkel, and an American red.


Ale Asylum Tap Takeover

Celebrations will run all week long with an Ale Asylum tap takeover as Merchant serves as a Great Taste home base for Madison’s Northside brewer. There will be eight of of their beers served on a rotating basis on the bar’s five taps. Look for Hopalicious, Bedlam!, Unshadowed, Big Slick Stout and Tripel Nova. We’ll also have specialty releases from their Limited Asylum series, including Demento (Session Pale Ale) and Pantheon (Imperial Brown Ale). Merchant is also planning to offer a special beer cocktail menu to mark the festivities throughout the week. An “Industry Launch Party” will kick things off Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 3rd

Hydro Street Brewing

Arts and Ales Festival, 9:00am

Hydro Street is sponsoring this outdoor celebration held in front of the historic Columbus City Hall. Running all day, the party features live music, arts and crafts vendors, taps from a half-dozen craft breweries, and a homebrewers contest. Judging in this competition begins at 12:00pm and the winner of the “People’s Choice” award will get to brew their creation with Hydro Street co-owner and brewer Aaron Adams for release at the brewpub.

Monday, August 4th

Tipsy Cow

Avery Pre-Party, 5:00-8:00pm

Avery representative will be on hand! Beers include:

  • Avery IPA
  • Lilikoi Kepolo – Belgian Wit brewed with Passion Fruit
  • Summers Day – IPA with Tangerine
  • 21st Anniversary – Hoppy Brown
  • Hog Heaven – 1st installment of Holy Trinity of Ales, a serious beer for serious beer aficionados

Tuesday, August 5th

Dexter’s Pub

Cicerone Smackdown! 5:00pm-Close

Certified Cicerones compete in a Hop-Rocket Challenge.  Each Cicerone chooses a beer and ingredients for the hop rocket.  Both the beer and the contents of the hop rocket are secret.  Customers can purchase a flight of all hop-rocketed brews and vote for their favorites.  Later in the evening, we will reveal the beer and hop rocket combinations and announce a winner, as well as a ‘most creative’ prize.  Flights for the Cicerone Smackdown will be available from 5:00-8:00pm. After 8:00pm full pours will be available and at 10:00pm we tally votes and announce winners.

Dublin’s – West Bend

Tyranena Beer Dinner, 6:00pm

Six course beer dinner at Dublin’s in West Bend. $45/person

Wednesday August 6th

Dexter’s Pub

Green Flash and Oskar Blues Party, All Day

Dexters hosts Green Flash and Oskar Blues! Beers include:

Green Flash:

  • West Coast IPA
  • Imperial IPA
  • Hop Head Red (Double Red IPA)
  • Road Warrior (Imperial Rye IPA)
  • A fourth beer will be used as an ingredient in the Chef’s Mac & Cheese..

Oskar Blues Brewing:

  • Dale’s Pale Ale
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Czech Pilsner)
  • Old Chub (Scotch Ale)
  • Deviant Dale’s (IPA)
  • GUBNA (Imperial IPA)
  • G’Knight (Imperial Red IPA)
  • And at least one rare barrel-aged version of G’Knight
  • Beer will also be used as an ingredient in this special Wing Night, which will feature five hot sauces with the chicken.

Craftsman Table and Tap

North Coast Tap Takeover, 4:00pm

North Coast Tap Takeover at Craftsman Tap and Table.  Enjoy a great lineup of brews from North Coast brewing, including a very rare keg of Barrel Aged Old Rasputin.

Star Liquor

Toppling Goliath Free Sampling, 4:00-7:00pm

Whole Foods- Madison

Burgers and Bluegrass, 5:00-8:00pm

“Burgers & Bluegrass” sampling with Tyranena.

Thursday August 7th

Bassett Street Brunch Club

Southern Hospitality Dinner with Ale Asylum, 6:30pm & 7:45pm

Join Chef Matt Pace as he takes you on a culinary tour of the south with his five course menu; each course is paired with an Ale Asylum beer. The dishes are created to show off the best our southern cousin’s have to offer, while highlighting the freshest ingredients of the season.

  • Fried oysters paired with Pantheon (Imperial Brown Ale)
  • Sweet Corn Soup and Goat Cheese Dumplings paired with Unshadowed (Hefeweizen)
  • Red Snapper, Summer Squash, Spinach, Sweet Onion and Andouille Sausage with Shrimp Bisque paired with Hopalicious (American Pale Ale)
  • Sausage-Stuffed Quail and Collard Greens paired with Ambergeddon (American Amber Ale)
  • Lemon Buttermilk Tart with Tripel Nova

There are two seatings, at 6:30 and 7:45 pm; tickets are $40/person and can be purchased online.

Capitol Chophouse

Three Floyds Beer Dinner, 5:00-10:00pm

A four-course pre-fixe dinner with beer pairings from Three Floyds. Multiple seatings throughout the course of the night. First seatings start at 5:00pm. Contact Capitol Chop House at (608) 255-0165 to reserve your seat! Beers available include:

  • Pride & Joy
  • Robert The Bruce
  • Zombie Dust
  • Gumballhead

Coopers Tavern

Founders Great Taste Warm Up Party, 5:00pm

We’ll be getting festival-goers and beer lovers alike prepped and ready on Thursday with a special cask made just for Coopers, as well as a lineup that includes:

  • KBS
  • Dissenter IPL
  • Backwoods Bastard
  • Devil Dancer
  • Curmudgeon Old Ale
  • Double Trouble
  • All Day IPA

Dexter’s Pub & Vintage Brewing Company

Pub Swap! 5:00pm-12:00am

Dexters and Vintage are swapping pubs! At Dexters, all 24 tap lines will be devoted to Vintage beers, and will feature new releases, archived rarities, high-gravity treats from barrels, and all Vintage summer seasonals and year-round brands. Moreover, the kitchen teams at both establishments are working together and trading recipes, so for one night only, Dexter’s kitchen will serve Vintage dinner menu dishes and the bar will offer a selection of Vintage’s signature craft cocktails. Likewise, Vintage will prepare some of Dexter’s dinner offerings, and the Vintage bar will offer versions of its Dexters drink specials. For those looking to soak in both experiences first-hand, a shuttle will run between Dexter’s and Vintage, with trips on the hour until midnight.

Gray’s Tied House

Live Music and Specials, 3:00-Close

$2.50 taps of Gray’s Beer from 3:00pm-Close, and live music from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Inn on the Park

Inn on The Park welcomes St Francis Brewing for Two Special Nights, 7:00-10:00pm

Featuring industry/trade specials and the only spot in Madison to get two special releases: Cucumber Saison and Pirate Stout! DJ and eats, and the best prize giveaways on the Square! Stay for Friday “recap” in the Signature lounge 3:30-close. Featuring 2-for-1 specials.

Lucky’s Bar and Grille

Capital Brewery Release and Pre-Party, 5:00pm

A 10 tap invasion including:

  • Whiskey BA Pumpkinataur
  • Apple Brandy BA Appleanche
  • Capsized Again
  • Appleanche
  • Lakehouse
  • Oktoberfest
  • Ghost Ship
  • WI Amber
  • Mutiny

Also the debut of Capital Brewer Jake Erbe’s “Old and Weiss”- a tribute beer to his father’s favorite style, a traditional, straightforward Bavarian Hefeweizen that will not disappoint! Come have a beer with Jake and the Capital Crew!

Mason’s on Main- Oregon

Summer Beer Dinner with Wisconsin Brewing Company, 6:30pm

Brewmaster Kirby Nelson and Chef Daniel Bear are teaming up for this five-course summer beer dinner. The menu will be centered on kobe beef and diners will receive a complimentary pint glass and tour pass for the brewery. $85/person


KINK Release Party, 4:00pm

Ale Asylum’s week-long tap takeover at Merchant culminates with a 4PM release party for KINK, Belgian-style Abbey, their newest release! Live music is on the menu too, with Johnny Chimes & Gator Bait playing at 9:30 p.m.


Sam Adams sampling! 5:00-7:30pm

Next Door Brewing Company

Thursday Release Party and Raffle! 11:00am-9:00pm
Come in to Next Door to register for raffle prizes! Drawings will start at 5:00pm and continue every hour until 9:00pm. You do not have to be present for the prizes drawn between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. At 9:00pm we will draw for two Great Taste Tickets! For this one you will need to be present to win.

At 3:00pm we will be releasing our Tranquil Tripel!

Ray’s Wine and Spirits- Wauwatosa

Tyranena Tap Takeover, 5:00-8:00pm

Tap Takeover event at Ray’s Wine & Spirits “Growler Gallery” in Wauwatosa (feat. several rare, limited release beers).

Star Liquor

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Free Sampling, 4:00-7:00pm

Sugar Maple- Milwaukee

Pre-Great Taste Party in Milwaukee, 6:00pm – Close

New Holland, Central Waters, Perennial, Surly, Indeed, Toppling Goliath, and more, featured at the Sugar Maple for Milwaukee’s Great Taste Pre-Party. DJ Joel (Joel Armato- National Sales Manager from New Holland) will be spinning tunes starting at 8:00pm for your eardrum enjoyment.  Join brewery reps for some special releases and great conversation.

The Malt House

Against the Grain Pre-Party, 5:00-8:00pm

Meet the gang from this award winning brewery out of Louisville, KY! Andy Moore’s band Winn Dixie will play at 6:30 and the “Melted” gourmet grilled cheese food cart will be on hand for dinner and snacks! We’ll also be raffling off one pair of Great Taste of the Midwest tickets at 8:00pm! Beers to be poured include:

  • Galangal Action- Chef Collaboration Series, brewed with galangal root
  • The Brown Note- the Brown Ale to end all Brown Ales
  • Killiwitte (Collaboration with 18th St. Brewery- Gary, IN)- Smoked Wit
  • Citra Ass Down- a very hop forward American style IPA

Trixie’s Liquor

Great Lakes Sampling, 4:00-6:00pm

$1.00 off all 6 packs, stop in to taste SPACEWALKER, their new Belgian style Pale, 8.2% ABV. Enter to win fabulous prizes.

Friday August 8th

608 Restaurant and Bar

Capital Brewery Pre-Party, 7:00pm

A 12 tap invasion with Capital Brewery Brewmaster Brian Destree, including Whiskey Barrel Aged Pumpkinataur and Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Appleanche and Applelanche 2014. We stashed a very limited reserve of Aged Eternal Flame and are debuting a new roll-out of Mutiny IPA with 50% more dry hop boost. Special glassware giveaway to the first 50 people.

  • Whiskey BA Pumpkinataur
  • Apple Brandy BA Appleanche
  • Capsized Again
  • Appleanche
  • Lakehouse
  • Oktoberfest
  • Ghost Ship
  • WI Amber
  • Supper Club
  • Dark Voyage
  • Eternal Flame
  • Mutiny IPA


Dark Horse Pre-Party, All day

10 draft line tap takeover. Special Tappings at 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Beer selection is TBD.

Argus Bar and Grille

3 Floyds Pre-Taste Party, 3:00pm

Meet and Greet the Owners, Brewers and Crew of 3 Floyds Brewery.  We will have 7 tap lines including:

  • Zombie Dust
  • Gumball Head
  • Evil Power
  • Yum Yum (Pale Ale)

And, for the first time in Madison:

  • Apocalypse Cow (Imperial IPA)
  • Big Tiddy Assassin (Flemish Red)
  • Deesko (Berlinerweiss)

The Argus Underground (downstairs) will also be open at 6:00pm will all the same beers.

Barriques-Monroe St

Lucette Brewing Sampling, 5:30

Meet Head Brewer Jon Christiansen and co-founder Michael Wilson! Barriques will have six beers on tap, including all three of Lucette’s Belgian-style beers: Shining Dawn (Belgian golden ale), Double Dawn (imperial golden ale) and Aphelion (Belgian pale ale). It’s the first time that all three have been offered at one Madison location at once. There will also be an opportunity to try the phenomenal weissbier Hips Don’t Lie on a nitrogen!

Blue Moon Bar & Grill

Black Husky Great Taste Pre-Party, All Day

Join Tim and Toni in celebrating the Great Taste Weekend and sample some of their most impressive brews. The Blue Moon will be pouring Eight Taps, including both Equinox and Simcoe Variants of their Famous Pale Ale and Howler! And of course, in addition to our delicious Fish Fry, enjoy a Drunken Mushroom Burger with roasted red peppers and Queso Fresco!

Beer Lineup:

  • E-Howler (Equinox)
  • S-Howler (Simcoe)
  • E-Pale (Equinox)
  • S-Pale (Simcoe)
  • Sproose
  • Sparkly Eyes
  • Harold Imperial Red
  • 12-Dog Imperial Stout

The Brass Ring

Titletown Pre-Taste Party

Titletown is here taking over 5 tap lines and tapping an exclusive pin! Brewery staff will also be on site for the tapping and a Meet and Greet!

  • Johnny “Blood” Red
  • Green 19 IPA
  • Dark Helmet Schwartzbier
  • Summer Snow
  • Stammtisch Lager
  • A pin of Summer Snow with Grapefruit zest

Brasserie V

Perennial Artisan Ales Tappings, 3:00pm

Nine beers on tap including Barrel Aged Sump – Brewers attending!

  • Trixie – Belgian style wit brewed with grape must, brewed for Annie Gunn’s in St. Louis, 4% ABV
  • Saison de Lis – Belgian style saison steeped on chamomile, 5% ABV
  • Hommel – dry hopped Belgian style pale ale, 5.9% ABV
  • Aria – Belgian style ale brewed with Brett brux, 7.2% ABV
  • The Last Word – Tart ale brewed with wormwood, wintergreen & limes, 7% ABV
  • Savant Blanc – Belgian style ale fermented entirely with a Brett yeast strain from Beersel, Belgium and aged in white wine barrels with Missouri-grown white wine grapes (special events only) , 8% ABV
  • Loomiweisse – black German-style berlinerweisse brewed with omani limes, brewed in collaboration with Evil Twin (brewery only availability) 4% ABV,
  • IPA 9 – dry hopped American IPA (brewery only availability), 7% ABV
  • Barrel Aged Sump – Our GABF silver medal winner and absolutely amazing. Aged in Rittenhouse Rye whiskey barrels for 11-13 months. 10.5% ABV

Brews Brothers- Madison

Sam Adams Tasting, 4:00-7:00pm

Sam Adams sampling! A brewer from the Boston Beer Company will be bringing some of Sam’s limited offerings for this happy hour tasting party. A Rep from the brewery will be on hand with give-aways and chance to win a Sam Adams Coleman cooler filled with beer! See you there!

Brickhouse BBQ

Brickhouse BBQ Hosts Central Waters, Short’s Brewing & Hinterland! 5:00-Close

Central Waters returns to its roost at Brickhouse for a tap takeover that will include 25 beers and a couple special kegs. These will be tapped in sequence at specific points through the evening, and all will be pitted against another set of offerings from the neighboring mitten state.

Ten beers from Short’s, including limited releases, will be featured in a reprise of its ongoing Great Taste Eve tap-to-tap challenge against Central Waters.

Hinterland is taking over 12 draft lines, featuring limited releases like our Templeton Rye White Out and Grand Cru Belgian Quad. Your favorite seasonal and year round beers will be there too!

Here’s the tap list from Central Waters:

  • Hop Rise
  • Mudpuppy
  • Ouisconsing Red
  • Satin Solitude Stout
  • Glacial Trail IPA
  • Honey Blonde
  • Illumination
  • La Petite Mort
  • Bourbon Scotch Ale
  • Bourbon Cherry Stout
  • Bourbon Barleywine
  • Bourbon Stout
  • Nitro Hop Rise
  • Y2K Barleywine
  • La Riviere Coulee with Peaches
  • Call Me Old Fashion (new/experimental)

Timed Tappings

  • 16 @ 7:00pm
  • Rye Barrel Cherry Stout @ 8:00pm
  • Plums Were On Sale (sour, hoff stevens barrel) @ 9:00pm

Brocach on the Square

Tallgrass Brewing at Brocach Capitol Square, 7:00- Close

Meet the Founder of Tallgrass Brewing! Listen to live music while sampling a ceremonial firkin and rare releases. If you bring more folks than are with the brewery, you will earn something special (hint: bring at least six people!).

Buck and Badger

August Schell Brewery Pre-Taste Party, 6:00-10:00pm

August Schell Brewing Company will be sampling our 30th Anniversary Hefe series (1984, 2014, Dampfbier and a Weizenbock) along with a few other special creations made by Jace Marti just for Buck and Badger. Sample beers from the second oldest, family-owned brewery in the US! Jace Marti, a sixth generation owner and brewmaster at Schell’s, two other brewers will be on hand. We’ll also be raffling off tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest!

  • Beers on tap include:
  • Schell’s Goosetown
  • Firebrick
  • Shocked
  • 1984 Hefe
  • Weissen Bock
  • Dampfbier
  • 2014 Hefe
  • 2 Fass kegs

Cannery Wine and Spirits

New Glarus Tasting!

We will be sampling various New Glarus Beer and the event is FREE!

Capital Tap Haus

Capital Brewery Pre-Party, 4:00-7:00pm

All your Capital Brewery favorites including “Heeeeeere’s Johnny,” brewer John Abernathy’s pilot brew! This golden lager is brewed with Wisconsin ginseng and honey, which are balanced with a little fresh ginger. Also on tap is “Franken Rye,” a rye DIPA, featuring Hospteiner Experimental Variety 07270. Brewed by/with Cory Meyer, the Tap Haus’ very own 2014 Madison Craft Beer Week “Brew-winner.” Johnny and Corey on hand to talk about their creations. Also, last call for Great Taste Tickets! A pair will be given away at 7:00pm!

  • Whiskey BA Pumpkinataur
  • Apple Brandy BA Appleanche
  • Capsized Again
  • Appleanche
  • Oktoberfest
  • Heeeeeere’s Joynny
  • Franken Rye

Coopers Tavern

Coopers and Lagunitas’ Annual Pre-Great Taste Soiree, 5:00pm

Come party with Lagunitas at The Coopers Tavern for the fouth consecutive year! Celebrate the opening of the new Lagunitas brewery in Chicago! The beer line up includes:

  • IPA
  • New Dogtown Pale
  • Pils
  • Little Sumpin’ Extra!
  • Fusion 21
  • Fusion 22
  • Fusion 23
  • *CASK of DayTime Ale

Dexter’s Pub

Toppling Goliath Party, 12:00pm- Close

Toppling Goliath is making it’s return to Dexter’s for its Great Taste Eve party. Special tappings include a firkin at noon, another at 3:00pm, and Mornin’ Delight (imperial stout) at 10:00pm.

Dotty Dumplings Dowry

Ale Asylum Pre-Party, 7:00pm

Dotty Dumpling Dowry will be offering an Ale Asylum sampler set with the following beers: Hopalicious, Calyptic (Limited Asylum Blonde IPA), Pantheon (Limited Asylum Imperial Brown Ale), and Kink (Belgian-style Abbey Ale). Ale Asylum co-owner Otto Dilba, Brewmaster Dean Coffey and others will be on hand to co-host the festivities.

Drackenberg’s Cigar Bar

Sand Creek Sampling, 7:00-10:00pm

Meet the Brewers! Sand Creek Brewing Company will be pouring from their special reserve series of beers. Flights will be available.

  • Noir- Belgian Black Barley Wine
  • Rye Dopplebock
  • “New Release” Wild Ride IPA – barrel aged and dry hopped
  • Double Oscars 15th Anniversary Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Echo Tap

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company Pre-Taste Party, 5:00-9:00pm

Join Leinenkugel’s on the Echo Tap patio for pours from our custom made draught canoe featuring:

  • India Pale Lager (NEW! First sampling in Madison!)
  • Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest (Imperial Oktoberfest)
  • Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
  • Oktoberfest

Customers also have the chance to take home free merchandise and two lucky guests will receive tickets to Saturday’s Great Taste of the Midwest!

Essen Haus – Come Back Inn – Up North Pub

GIANT Great Taste Eve Block Party! 4:00-Close

The Essen Haus, Come Back Inn, and Up North Pub are combining to have one amazing Great Taste Eve party.

At the Come Back In, Tyranena Brewing Company from Lake Mills, WI will be bringing eight of their best brews. Pair your beer with our special Friday night fish fry and some other great American cuisine.

  • Bitter Woman IPA
  • Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale
  • Headless Man Amber Alt
  • Three Beaches Honey Blonde
  • Down N’ Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
  • Doubly Down & Even Dirtier barrel-aged double stout
  • Citra-Hop Imperial IPA
  • Session IPA

At The Essen Haus: Revolution Brewery is breaking away from Chicago, Il for the night to help us throw an Oktoberfest Release Party. They’ll be taking over the outside deck & patio with five featured brews. The Bolzen Beer Band is also making the trek to Madison with some party punk polka you won’t soon forget. They’ll be on the patio from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

  • Fist City EPA
  • Rosa Hibiscus Summer Ale
  • Bottoms Up Wit
  • Bean Gene Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter
  • Oktoberfest (5.7%)

Sprecher Brewing Company, out of Milwaukee, WI, will also be serving up four of their fantastic concoctions. A brewer meet and greet will take place from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with live polka music from Jason Rowe to follow at 8:30pm.

  • Oktoberfest
  • Hefe Weiss
  • Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
  • “Malternative” Hard Ginger Beer

And at the Up North Bar, the Summit Brewing crew will be hosting a special firkin tapping along with a few other special surprises on draft. Summit will be taking over the taps at the Up North with six of their specialties. Featuring a “Keep the Pint” night along with $4 pints and $5 firkins all night. 7:00-11:00 pm

  • Summer Ale
  • True Brit IPA
  • Horizon Red IPA
  • Oktoberfest
  • Union Series Southern Cape Sparkling Ale
  • Extra Pale Ale straight out of the firkin
  • Sága IPA, another Summit selection, will also be available in bottles.


Sour Beer Night, 5:00pm

All taps and most of the bottle selection will be dedicated to sour beers. The line up will include Berliner Weiss, Brett pale ales, and Brett strong ales, featuring beers from O’so and New Glarus!

Glass Nickel

Annual Founders Great Taste Pre-Party, 6:00pm

It’s become a Great Taste tradition for the Founders team to meet at Glass Nickel Pizza on the evening before the fest to drink some rare beers and eat tasty pizza.  This year we’ll be featuring:

  • 2012 and 2013 Backwoods Bastard
  • The latest Backstage Release, Dissenter IPL
  • The last Backstage Release, Sweet Repute.
  • KBS
  • Devil Dancer

Gray’s Tied House

Special Release! 6:00-9:00pm

Friday release of our new Frapple Apple Ale! We will also have live music in the bar from 6:00pm-9:00pm.


Potosi Tasting Party and Rolling Bar! 3:00pm

Potosi will be serving a half-dozen of its beers, including St. Thomas Belgian Abbey, Tangerine IPA, and its newest release, a hefeweizen. The latter two are typically only available on tap at the brewery’s restaurant in Potosi itself. Potosi will also have their “Rolling Bar”  parked outside of Graze, serving Princess Potosa Root Beer. Forty feet long, this bar on wheels is a replica of the original Rolling Bar used by the old Potosi Brewery in the 1940s and ’50s.

The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co.

Exclusive Releases and DJ! 10:00pm-Close

Stop in in at the downtown Great Dane after Ziggy Marley at the King Street Free Summer concert series. Dee-jay extrodinaire Mike Carlson will keep the party going in the Great Dane billiards lounge at 10:00pm. Exclusive releases and cellared specialty beers available in celebration of the Great Taste of the Midwest!

Heritage Tavern

Upland Happy Hour, 4:00pm

Featuring the only Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses in WI, a handful of Upland’s prized lambics and a host of other rare, difficult-to-find, impossible-not-to-enjoy beers.

Meet the Upland Brewers on Friday night, taste their art all weekend long! Brunch Beers will be featured throughout the weekend!

  • Dragonfly
  • Campside
  • Infinite Wisdom
  • Coastbuster
  • Hill Walker Saison
  • Buron Barrel  Teady Bear Kisses

Hop Head Beer Tours 

Madison Brewery Bike Tour, 3:30-7:30

Join us for our Brewery Bike Tour! We’ll be starting our trip at Machinery Row Bicycles on the Isthmus and visiting Ale Asylum, Next Door Brewing and One Barrel Brewing BY BICYCLE. There will also be Madison Beer History stops along the way visiting the former sites of Fauerbach Brewery and the former Hess Cooperage.

3:30 pm. Orientation at Machinery Row.
4:30 pm: Ale Asylum (includes two sample pours).
5:30 pm: Next Door Brewing (includes tour & two sample pours).
6:30 pm: One Barrel Brewing (includes tour & two sample pours)
7:30 pm: Machinery Row Bicycles.

$40/person Bring Your Own Bike
$62.50/person includes Bicycle, Helmet and Bike Lock Rental from Machinery Row

Departure location: Machinery Row Bicycles, 601 Williamson St. Madison, WI.
14 miles round trip, 90% on Bike Trails.
Transportation: BICYCLES!

FREE Friday Night Shuttle

Starts at 7:00pm at One Barrel Brewing Co. and runs continuously until midnight:

  • 1st. stop – One Barrel Brewing Co.
  • 2nd. stop – Next Door Brewing Co.
  • 3th. stop – House of Brews
  • 4th. stop – Karben4
  • 5th. stop – Ale Asylum, & back to One Barrel.

The Hop Head Shuttle bus will run 10, 30 minute loops starting at 7:00pm.

House of Brews

Mob the House Party, 4:00-10:00

MobCraft Beer, House of Brews and Greenview Brewing are teaming up at their shared brewery to throw the pre-party of all pre-parties. They’ll be joined by several other Madison breweries and other Midwest breweries including Vintage, Karben4, Next Door Brewing, One Barrel and more!

The event will takeover the large parking lot in front of the Brewery and have food carts, 6 bands and 25+ different beers on tap with several limited release beers including, House of Brews “Bungalow gone Arye”, Bourbon Barrel aged Stout and Bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale. MobCraft’s limited releases include “Sour Support”, an Oak Aged Sour with ginger and black berries, a “Brandy Barrel Aged Rabbit’s Bounty (carrot cake ale)”, and many more!

Band list includes “Big Band String Thing”, “Oh My Love”, “Sir! No Sir”, “The Apologist”, “Lazy Dead Poet” and features “Jack Selmer Band”!

Doors open at 4:00
Bands start at 4:00
Food Carts are running at 4:00
See YOU at 4:00!

Inn on the Park

Inn on The Park welcomes St Francis Brewing for Two Special Nights, 3:30-Close

Featuring industry/trade specials and the only spot in Madison to get two special releases: Cucumber Saison and Pirate Stout! DJ and eats, and the best prize giveaways on the Square! Stay for Friday “recap” in the Signature lounge 3:30-close. Featuring 2-for-1 specials.

Jacs Dining and Tap House

Destihl Brewing Pre-Party, 5:00pm-Close

Join our friends from Destihl Brewing Company in Illinois for a few draft-only exclusives as well as some year-round favorites: Abby’s single Belgian-style ale, Flemish style amber, Vertex IPA, and Adambier Dortmunder style barrel aged sour.

Jordan’s Big 10 Pub

Coronado Pre-Party, All Day

Jordan’s Big Ten welcomes the 2014 world Beer Cup Mid-sized Brewery of the YearFeaturing several award winning brews and the hard-to-find Cigar City Brewing Baltic Porter collaboration brew, Jurata. Food and Beer specials all day! Meet the Coronado team!


K4 Special Release Party, All Day

Try the latest from K4 Idiot Farm, a big and bold double IPA named Idiot Farm.

Local Option- Chicago

The Great Taste of the Local Option, 3:00pm

Local Option will be hosting The Great Taste Of the Local Option. This event will feature rare and highly sought after releases from midwest brewers.

  • Half Acre Navaja
  • Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S
  • Hoppin’ Frog Gangster Frog
  • Jolly Pumpkin Not Special K
  • Jolly Pumpkin Rambic
  • Pipeworks Toasty Nut Abduction
  • Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
  • Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
  • Three Floyds Yum Yum
  • Three Floyds/New Belgium Grätzer


Goose Island Party! 3:00pm

Many of Goose Island’s rarest, biggest, and funkiest beers are served at this pre-party, including multiple offerings from the coveted Bourbon County Stout series of extremely limited releases.

  • Boudonia
  • BCS Barley Wine
  • Kuperweizen
  • Gillian
  • Devon Ave
  • Halia
  • The Ogden

Madison Children’s Museum

17th Annual Great Taste of the Midwest Brewers Reception, 8:00-11:00pm

Three stories of drinking pleasure! Free beer from Breweries in the Not Yet In the GTMW Beer Festival Beer Festival. Vast quantities of free pizza and live music with the Fisherman featuring Raleigh “Nitro” Smith. Free attitude. Bring your own bail money.

Trade and Industry folks only. Not open to the public. Legal age and Brewery ID (or the event flier) required for entry.


Bells Annual Pre-Party at Maduro, All Day

All 18 taps and a firkin dedicated to Bell’s for their annual Pre-Party! The line up includes:

  • Wild One (American Wild Ale)
  • Raspberry Wild One
  • Larry’s Latest Double IPA
  • Honey Hearted (bourbon barrel-aged malt beverage made with honey and both orange and lemon zest)
  • Beer Michigan Ale (Barleywine)
  • Kalamazoo IPA
  • Traverse City Cherry Third Coast Old Ale (Barleywine)
  • Roundhouse (India Red Ale)
  • Baron Von Nordwestlich (Kölsch)
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Kalamazoo Stout
  • Mercurial Belgian-Style Ale
  • Sparkleberry (a blend of Sparkling Ale and Raspberry Ale)
  • Kalamazoo Hopsolution Ale (Double IPA)
  • Oracle (Double IPA)
  • Oarsman (Berliner Weiss)
  • Oberon
  • Amber
  • Porter
  • And a firkin of Two Hearted Ale


Ale Asylum Panteon Release Party and Tap Takeover, 5:00pm


Natt Spil

Furthermore Disco Pre-Party, 5:00pm

Six Tap takeover and Firkin, plus DJs Samroc and Real Jaguar spinning vinyl all night long!

  • Proper (English Pale Ale)
  • Knot Stock (American Pale Ale made with black pepper)
  • Oscura (dark Mexican lager made with coffee)
  • Fatty Boombalatty (Belgian Pale Ale)
  • Full Thicket (Double IPA)
  • Viking Afternoon (Session IPA)

Next Door Brewing Company

Friday Pre-Party and Raffle! 11:00am-9:00pm

Come in to Next Door to register for raffle prizes! Drawings will start at 5:00pm and continue every hour until 9:00pm. You do not have to be present for the prizes drawn between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. At 9:00pm we will draw for two Great Taste Tickets! For this one you will need to be present to win.

One Barrel Brewing

A Celebration of Barrel Aged Beers, 3:30pm

Featuring five barrel aged beers from One Barrel including:

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged 1B-K4 – Brewed in collaboration with Karben4 and aged 14 months in Few Bourbon casks
  • #2 Strong Ale – Aged in French Burgundy wine barrels
  • Jimbo Imperial Stout – Aged in Old Sugar Distillery Whiskey casks
  • Falcor Blackberry Sour – Soured with Blackberries in Oak casks
  • Brandywine Bridge – An Old Sugar Brandy Barrel aged Barleywine

Paul’s Club

Founders Great Taste Happy Hour, 3:00pm

Because day drinking is always better under a shade tree, we will be tapping some Founders rarities at Paul’s Club at 3:00pm including:

  • Founders KBS
  • Backwoods Bastard
  • Sweet Repute

3 Sheeps Pre-Party, 8:00-11:00pm

3 Sheeps Brewing honors Nitro of ‘American Gladiators’ fame by serving up 3 nitro beers: Really Cool Waterslides (IPA), Rebel Kent the First (Belgian Amber), and Cashmere Hammer (Rye Stout)! Also on tap will be First Kiss, their IIPA with honey. Put on some stars and stripes and join us!


Milwaukee Brewing Company Tap Takeover!

From our Destination Local Series:

  • Recombobulation Imperial Black Ale
  • Doppelvision Bourbon Barrel Aged Doppelbock
  • Dark Matter Imperial Schwarzbier
  • Anti Matter Imperial Barrel Aged Schwarzbier

From our Herb-In Legend Series:

  • Hop Freak Double IPA
  • O-Gii Imperial Wit

From our Year round and seasonal lineup:

  • Outboard Cream Ale
  • Increase Wheat Berliner Weiss

We also plan on featuring a special firkin for the occasion that we will ceremoniously tap at 5:00pm. Roast is planning on featuring some special menu offerings for the evening. Sliders and other small bites prepared and paired with MKE Brewing Beers.

With each purchase of MKE Brewing beers each patron will receive a entry into a raffle. We will have raffles throughout the evening which will include a MKE Igloo Rolling Cooler, Brewery tour tickets, MKE Brewing work shirts, and a possible chance to win a ticket to the GTOMW Beer Fest on Saturday.

Shamrock Bar

Pints and Pride with Summit! 7:00-11:00pm

Summit brewer Mike Lundell will be hanging out at the Shamrock from 7:00-11:00pm for a night of Pints & Pride!  Mike will be around to answer questions about beer, chat about brewing and to hoist a few prideful pints of Summit beers.

Side Door Grille and Tap

Atwater Brewing and Nebraska Brewing Co! 5:00-Close

Atwater Brewing and Nebraska Brewing Tap Takeover. Meet the owner of Atwater Brewing! Earn a free glass. Decadent chocolate.

Star Bar

Star Bar Welcomes Door County Brewing!, 4:00-Close

Come meet the Door County Brewing Family! Featuring DCB core beers and specialties including:

  • Citra Pale Ale
  • Svart Vinter Imperial Porter
  • Saison Nelson
  • Brux Rye Saison
  • And a pin of Coconut Milk Stout!

Beer and Cheese Pairings too!

Star Liquor

Pearl Street Brewing Free Sampling, 4:00-7:00pm

Steve’s Wine, Beer and Spirits– University Avenue

Tyranena Sampling, 4:00-6:00pm

Tyranena sampling, including some past Brewers Gone Wild! beers Steve’s has been aging in their beer cellar.

The Free House

Solemn Oath Tap Invasion, 5:00pm

Solemn Oath, which just started distributing in Wisconsin, will bring a handful of its bigger beers for this pre-party. The line up includes:

  • Snaggletooth Bandana (American IPA)
  • Butterfly Flash Mob (Belgian IPA)
  • Ultra High Frequency (imperial red ale)
  • None More Black (black farmhouse ale)
  • And a brew made in collaboration with Stone Brewing Company of San Diego

A firkin of something special may also be added to the menu. Solemn Oath co-founder and owner Joe Barley and head brewer Tim Marshall will be hosting!

The Malt House

O’so At The Malt House, 5:00-8:00pm

We will raffle off TWO pair of GT tickets while Marc is here, one pair at 6:00pm and one pair at 8:00pm! Bagpiper Al Smith will play off and on in the beer garden that night, and will precede each ticket drawing with a bagpipe fanfare. Plus, cheesemaker Bill Anderson (Creme de la Coulee) will be here showing off his French/abbey style cheeses (free sampling and will have some for purchase). The “Melted” gourmet grilled cheese food cart will also be on hand for dinner and snacks!

  • Wee on the Lam (Oud Bruin)
  • Restless Soul (Brett barrel aged Dank)
  • Elijah Craig BA Spikes (Maple beer aged in spirit barrels)
  • Funky Lady (Lactose Sweet Stout funked in barrels)
  • Holy Wa (Belgian Golden Strong)
  • Dank 12 (Dank aged 2 years, probably best batch ever)
  • Bourbon Barrel aged Night Train 12
  • Burnheim Wheat Whiskey aged Dominator Doppelbock
  • ESB (One-off 14)
  • Memory Lane

The Mason Lounge

Blind Pig Pre-Party, 6:30pm

Brewmaster Bill Morgan will be on hand with rare selections!

The Old Fashioned

Dave’s BrewFarm Pre-Party, All Day

Owner and Brewmaster David Anderson will be here with at least three beers from his wind-powered brewery!

The Rigby

Great Lakes and Lakefront Team Up! 1:00pm- Close

GLBC and Lakefront Brewery are once again planning to co-host a GTMW Eve party at the Rigby. The party begins at 1:00 and will feature special tappings at 4:00 and 7:00. We have yet to finalize the entire beer lineup but we’ll be sharing the 14 taps equally. GLBC will also feature one of our beers with an infusion from our hop rocket.

From Great Lakes:

  • Wandering Pelican
  • Tripel Dog Dare
  • Wriht Pils
  • Lake Erie Monster
  • Edmund Fitz
  • Elliot Ness
  • Burning River

From Lakefront:

  • Wisconsinite
  • Extended Play
  • Fixed Gear
  • My Turn Pilo
  • IPA
  • Bridgeburner
  • Cherry Lager
  • My Turn Andy

Tipsy Cow

New Holland and Special Guests Surly Brewing Company, 1:00pm

New Holland, Surly Brewing, and the Tipsy Cow come together to form the Beermuda Triangle – where beers disappear before your eyes!  New Holland and Surly will share the taps with some very exclusive brews, including a collaboration between New Holland and the Tipsy Cow – Cow Tipper, a Kickerbocker gin Barrel Aged Belgian IPA.  We will also have 3 different Dragon’s Milk versions, a special hop rocket, and some great sours.  Surly is bringing some big guns as well, including Pentagram and SYX.  We’ll kick off at 1pm, so give those livers a little workout before the big day.

New Holland:

  • Cow Tipper – This is the collaboration that we brewed with them this year. Tipsy Cow barrel aged Belgian IPA-6.5% abv 51 IBU’s. twice dry hopped with Styrian Golding, East Kent Golding and Saaz hops aged in Knickerbocker Gin barrels and neutral 3rd. use barrels
  • Blue Sunday
  • Night Tripper
  • Coffee Dragon’s Milk
  • Chocolate Dragon’s Milk
  • Pilgrim’s Dole
  • Four Witches


  • Furious
  • Bender
  • Bitter Brewer
  • Darkness
  • Pentagram
  • Schadenfreude
  • SYX
  • Blakkr

Trixie’s Liquor

Ale Asylum KINK Sampling, 4:00-6:00pm

Ale Asylum Co-Founder Otto Dilba will be on hand sampling KINK, Belgian-style Abbey, their next new beer release. KINK six-packs won’t officially be available on the market until 8/15 but he’ll have a limited supply for a sneak preview. Don’t miss out!

Whole Foods- Madison

Free Door County Brewing Sampling, 4:00pm

Brewery owners John, Danny and Ben McMahon will be on hand at the grocery store to serve samples of their beers and answer questions.

Wisconsin Brewing Company

WBC Pre-Party! 1:00pm-Close

Free tours all day, and live music at night! Join us on the patio for music by the New Moon Gypsies.

Saturday, August 9th

Dexter’s Pub

Great Taste Breakfast and Shuttle, 9:00am

Dexters is serving a special pre-Great Taste breakfast before shuttle to the festival.

Gray’s Tied House

Free Shuttle to the Great Taste! 12:00-6:30pm

Free shuttle on Big Red, Gray’s own private bus. First bus leaves Gray’s at 12:00pm and the last bus leaves the Great Taste at 6:30pm.

Metcalf’s Hilldale

House of Brews Hop Garden Sampling, 2:00pm

Come sample beers made with hops from The Hop Garden, a local hops farm. The beers were all made at House of Brews. The sampling includes: Local Harvest Pale Ale, Bushel Basket IPA, and Nuggetopia, which is an IPA made exclusively with Nugget hops.

Tex Tubb’s

The Beering Continues Post-Taste Party, 4:00pm

A re-release of Mexico-themed collaboration brews originally brewed for Madison Craft Beer Week, incuding Saison de Cilantroctus, a farmhouse ale made in collaboration with MobCraft, and Enrique Sucio, a mezcal barrel-aged imperial IPA made with House of Brews.

Vintage Brewing Company

Pre-Great Taste Lunch, 10:30am

Come early for the lunch specials and fill your belly before you head out, or grab a portable options to take with you on the free shuttle to the festival! First shuttle is leaving at noon.

Sunday, August 10th

Blue Moon Bar & Grill

Hangover Brunch with New Holland and Conscious Carnivore Meats!

Roll out of bed and nurse your hangover at The Blue Moon with the help of New Holland Taps, Inspired Cocktails, and Conscious Carnivore Meats! We know that the only way to cut through the haze of the Great Taste is with Breakfast Burritos, Biscuits and Gravy, and maybe a Beer Barrel Bloody Mary. And since it is never too early to start mending, the Blue Moon will be open at 9:00am to start the healing process.

Beer Lineup:

  • White Hatter
  • Pilgrims Dole Wheatwine
  • Smog Breath Dragons Milk Reserve
  • More to be announced!


  • Beer Barrel Bourbon Bloody Mary
  • White Hatter Mimosa
  • Beer Barrel Knickerbocker Rad
  • Rad-erita with Clockwork Orange Liquor

Hangover Fillers:

  • Verde Cantona Burrito
  • Eggs, Chorizo, Queso Fresco, and Roasted Tomatillo Verde. Served with Black Beans

Build your own Biscuits and Gravy

  • Buttermilk Biscuits Served with Scrambled Eggs and Choice of:
  • Southern Sausage Gravy
  • Red Chorizo Gravy
  • Mushroom Gravy
  • Or Skip Eggs and get a Combo!