Great Taste Eve

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. We are happy to share information as it comes in upon request.

2015 Events


  • Thu
    06
    Aug
    2015
    5:00 pm430 W. Gilman St, Madison

    Blue Velvet Lounge in Madison is tapping a fresh keg of Zombie Dust to kick off the Great Taste weekend.

  • Thu
    06
    Aug
    2015
    6:00 pmThe Sugar Maple | 441 E. Lincoln Ave., Bay View

    The Sugar Maple, along with Surly Brewing Co., New Holland Brewing Co., and Central Waters Brewing Co. would like to welcome our brewery friends to an evening of congregation with the masses, to share and enjoy their efforts in fermentation at our second annual Pre-Great Taste party. The ROLL MKE food truck will also be here to fill your hungry belly.

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    11:00 am | Special Releases - 4 pm222 W. Gorham St., Madison

    HopCat opens with 17 Founders beers on tap, leading up to four hours of special releases of some of Founders’ highest-rated and hardest-to-find beers. (Sorry, no growler fills of special releases)

    [On Tap at 11 a.m.] Pale | Nitro Pale | Nitro Oatmeal | Nitro Rubaeus | Rubaeus | Mosaic Promise | Double Trouble | Devil Dancer | Imperial Stout | Curmudgeon | Angelic Revenge (Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale brewed for Great Taste) | Azzaca Double IPA (American Imperial IPA brewed for Great Taste)

    [Special releases]
    • 4:00 p.m. - Backwoods Bastard
    • 5:00 p.m. - Blushing Monk & Big Luscious
    • 6:00 p.m. - KBS
    • 7:00 p.m. – CBS
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    1:30 to 6:00 pmDeparts from Machinery Row Bicycles | 601 Williamson St., Madison

    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 -12 miles round trip, 90 percent on Bike Trails. There will also be Madison Beer History stops along the way visiting the former sites of Fauerbach Brewery and the Hess Cooperage. Cost: Bring Your Own Bike - $45 / Rent a Bike - $68 (includes Bicycle, Helmet and Bike Lock Rental from Machinery Row) *Please arrive early if you are renting a bicycle.

    • 1:30 p.m. - Check in begins at Machinery Row
    • 1:50 p.m. - Orientation at Machinery Row.
    • 2:00 p.m. Depart Machinery Row (don't be late!)
    • 3:00 p.m. Ale Asylum (includes two sample pours)
    • 4:00 p.m. Next Door Brewing (includes two sample pours)
    • 5:00 p.m. One Barrel Brewing (includes two sample pours)
    • 6:00 p.m. Return to Machinery Row Bicycles
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    3:00 pmMadison's | 119 King St., Madison
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    3:00 pm to midnightParched Eagle Brewpub

    5440 Willow Rd Suite 112, Westport, Wisconsin 53597
    Our pre-Great Taste of the Midwest event is the release party for Alferd! Named after Alferd Packer, the most famous alleged cannibal in Colorado history, this the most unique beer brewed at the Parched Eagle yet is very much a Saison that is augmented by Briess' Blackprinz de-bittered black malt, malted rye, and a boosted alcohol content of 8%! Also spiced with zest from a bag of organic Valencia oranges and ground Indian coriander. [More details]

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    4:00 pm to midnightBrasserie V | 1923 Monroe St., Madison

    Join us for a Great Taste Pre-Party with our friends at Perennial Artisan Ales out of St. Louis. Perennial focuses on hand-crafted, small batches of beer. On this night, we will be pouring 8 of their wonderful brews, many that are normally only available in their tasting room.  Here is the lineup:

    • Abraxas
    • Savant Beersel
    • Fantastic Voyage
    • Suburban Beverage
    • Saison de Lis
    • Regalia
    • Mon Ami
    • Stefon
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    4:00 to 11:00 pm4539 Helgesen Dr., Madison

    4 bands, Food Carts, 25+ beers. | Admittance is FREE and open to Patrons 21+
    10 oz. Beer tickets (so you can taste a few!) will be $3.50 or 7 for $20

    Madison’s House of Brews, MobCraft Beer and Greenview Brewing are teaming up to hold a music, and beer festival at their shared brewing facility. The night will feature performances from: Sunspot, Bluegrass Tea & Company, The Apologists, and No Name String Band.

    Beers on tap from House of Brews, MobCraft Beer, Alt Brew, Vintage, New Glarus, Next Door, Karben4, Lake Louie, The Great Dane, O'so, Sand Creek, Titletown, and more. A Collaboration beer brewed by House of Brews and MobCraft Beer will make its debut at the party. Limited release beers to be tapped will include: House of Brews Bourbon barrel beers.  MobCraft- Sour Support, Fest Only Sour Barrel aged Barleywine, Whiskey Old Fashioned Berliner Weiss, Arabian Date Night, New Glarus Enigma and more.

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    4:00 to 11:00 pmCraftsman Table & Tap | 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton

    We'll be hosting Nebraska Brewing Company for a tap takeover the night before they hit the Great Taste of the Midwest! We'll have their Summertime Rye, EOS Hefeweizen, Wick for Brains Pumpkin Ale, IPA, Truthbender Begian Golden Ale & Little Betty Russian Imperial Stout! [More details...]

     

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    5:00 pm240 W. Gilman St., Madison

    Badger State Brewing (Green Bay) VS Brugge Brasserie (Indianapolis)
    Presented by TheBeerSpot.com
    Beer first. Ask questions later.

    [Badger State Brewing beer list]
    Up Nort IPA brewed with native "Northern Discovery" Wisconsin hops | Bourbon Barrel Maple Porter from our Whiskey Business Series, aged in American Bourbon Whiskey barrels | Hoppy Heifer Hefeweizen, brewed in collaboration with Mobcraft (Madison) | Wheat Thrasher Wheat Wine from our Pilot Series; usually only available in our Green Bay tap room | Mean Green IPA brewed with New Zealand hops and tangerine peel

    [Brugge beer list] Tres Mauvaise Chaton - Imperial berliner aged in cognac barrels | Hopes and Dreams Sour Reserve - Wheat beer with 8 botanicals fermented with rice wine yeast aged in Cognac barrels | Super Kitty Fantastico - American Wild Ale | Madeline La Framboise - Flanders Brown with Raspberry | White - Belgian Wit | Tripel de Ripple | Black | Pooka - Boysenberry Sour | Tripel de Ripple aged in Brandy Barrels | Diamond Kings of Heaven - American Sour | Brett FavreHouse - One more Saison (with Brett obviously)

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    5:00 pmNext Door Brewing Company | 2439 Atwood Ave., Madison

    Oliphant Brewing Co. (Somerset, WI) takes over the taps at Next Door Brewing Company on Great Taste Eve.

    Tap Takeover Selection:

    • GOBIAS | Coffee Black Ale
    • IPA (YET UN-NAMED) | With Galaxy & Warrior Hops
    • PARTY ON WAYNE | Sooped Up Blonde Ale
    • RED HULK | Red Lager
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    5:00 pm211 King St., Madison

    Furthermore Beer (Spring Green, WI) and Next Door Brewing Company (Madison) takeover the taps at Natt Spil for Great Taste Eve. Takeover Tap Selection:

    [Furthermore Beer]

    • VIKING AFTERNOON | Session IPA
    • FLOATING FIRE | IPA
    • FATTY BOOMBALATTY | Belgian
    • PROPER | English Ale
    [Next Door Brewing Company]

    • KALEIDOSPOKE | APA
    • LUMINOUS | IPA
    • EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER | English PA
    • HAMMERHEAD | Belgian IPA
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    5:00 to 8:00 pm554 W. Main St., Madison

    The Echo Tap welcomes Summit Brewing Co. for an official pre-Great Taste of the Midwest tap invasion featuring:

    • Pint and Pitcher specials
    • A chance to meet the Summit crew
    • Summit Swag giveaways and a raffle for 2 Great Taste tickets!

     

  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    6:00 - 11:15 pm

    Hop on the FREE Hop Head Tours shuttle co-sponsored by the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild. A 14-passenger shuttle bus will be running a loop between the following breweries throughout the evening before the Great Taste of the Midwest:

    • Great Dane Brewpub Downtown | 123 East Doty St, Madison
    • One Barrel Brewing | 2001 Atwood Ave, Madison
    • Next Door Brewing Co. | 2439 Atwood Ave, Madison
    • House of Brews | 4539 Helgesen Dr, Madison

    Itinerary - Note: We will not depart a stated location before the time indicated as the stop time but it is possible we'll arrive later than the stated time.

    Great Dane One Barrel Next Door House of Brews
    6:00 p.m. 6:07 p.m. 6:11 p.m.  6:21 p.m.
    6:37 p.m. 6:44 p.m. 6:48 p.m. 6:58 p.m.
    7:14 p.m. 7:21 p.m. 7:25 p.m. 7:35 p.m.
    7:51 p.m. 7:58 p.m. 8:02 p.m. 8:12 p.m.
    8:28 p.m. 8:35 p.m. 8:39 p.m. 8:49 p.m.
    9:05 p.m. 9:12 p.m. 9:16 p.m. 9:26 p.m.
    9:42 p.m. 9:49 p.m. 9:53 p.m. 10:03 p.m.
    10:19 p.m. 10:26 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 10:40 p.m.
    10:56 p.m. 11:03 p.m. 11:07 p.m.
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    6:00 pmBrickhouse BBQ | 408 W. Gorham St., Madison

    Central Waters Brewing Co. will be at the Brickhouse BBQ on Friday.
    3 Sheeps Brewing Co. & Upland Brewing Co. will also be in attendance.

    Tap selection includes: Mudpuppy Porter | Glacial Trail IPA | Horicon Sesssion IPA Nitro | Ouisconsing Red | Honey Blonde | Satin Solitude Imperial Stout | Octoberfest | HHG APA | 2014 Bourbon Barrel Stout | 2015 Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout | 2015 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine | 2015 Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale | Call Me 'Ol Fashion | Peruvian Morning | 17 | Imperial Blonde Ale w/ Agave **New Beer** | Cassia Sunset (Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels w/ coffee, vanilla, & cinnamon) **New Beer** 

    [6:00 pm] Maple Barrel Bourbon Stout (Imperial Stout aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels) **New Beer**
    [7:00 pm] Rye Black Gold **New Beer**
    [8:00 pm] Black Gold **New Beer**
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    9:00 am - 8:00 pmDexter's Pub | 301 North St., Madison

    [Patio Party, 9:00 am-8:00 pm]
    Morning Delight 5oz pour: $7 | Free coffee & Greenbush donuts, while supplies last
    SR-71 Blackbird Tickets: $20 | SR-71 tickets will be good for one 5oz pour in a keepsake glass.  Customers can redeem tickets at the bar any time on Friday August 7th after 11am.  Tickets must be used on Friday August 7. Limited number of tickets available.  Limit 4 per person. Select Toppling Goliath brews will be on tap outside throughout the day

    • 2pm – Firkin Tapping of Toppling Goliath Peach Saison
    • 4pm – Firkin Tapping of Toppling Goliath MoZee
    • 6pm – Firkin Tapping of Cherry Tart Tsunami

    *Brats/Veggie Brats and chips will be available after 11am for $5. Please note patio is CASH ONLY, ATM available in bar.

    [Inside Dexter’s] Bar opens at 11am. Limited ‘Special Events’ menu, including Dexter’s Famous Fish Fry.Amazing Toppling Goliath line-up to include:

    • Rover Truck
    • Murph’s Irish Red
    • Tsunami Pale
    • pseudoSue
    • Light Speed
    • Golden Nugget
    • Watershed Wheat
    • Naughty 90
    • King Sue
    • Dorothy’s Lager
    • Zeelander
    • Coffee Milk Stout
  • Fri
    07
    Aug
    2015
    All DayAlchemy Cafe | 1980 Atwood Ave., Madison